Alumni Success stories

Dimitri D'Ippolito

SACI Alum, Dimitri D’ippolito (Summer 2010, 2011) is an Italian/American photographer and a craftsman from Florence. He recently graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA Honors in Fine Arts Photography. Dimitri currently works for photographer Mark Power as a studio assistant. In 2016, Dimitri participated in 4 exhibitions in the UK (Ardesia Projects), Latvia (They are Not), Poland, and Canada. Dimitri's art concerns social issues in contemporary society and of past happenings that have an influence on our present. His bodies of work are often politically and satirically charged, as he works following the lines of socially responsible art. For more information about Dimitri’s work see his website:

Susan Schell

SACI Alumna, Susan Schell studied jewelry design and fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Studio Arts Centers International (2011/2012), and Parsons The New School of Design. She recently graduated from Parsons with a Bachelors in Fine Arts where her body of work focused on wearable sculpture and jewelry objects. Fascinated by rocks, minerals, gemstones, and shells, she has an assortment of gems and minerals that she has collected from her travels around the world. She now works as a jewelry and accessories designer in New York City. Incidentally, she is also a hand model, coveted by magazines like Vogue and Nylon for their editorials. How did her hand modeling career begin? "I honestly fell into hand modeling. People had often complimented or commented on my hands and nails but I never really thought of hand modeling as a legitimate career. My first real hand modeling experience was while we were shooting an editorial for the company I design jewelry at, Bobby Pin Jewelry, for TWELV Magazine. I got thrown into the shoot at the very last minute—they slapped a red nail on me and had me stand behind the model, covering her face with my hands adorned in numerous rings. It was a very Guy Bourdin inspired shoot. The shoot went really well and left me with some high quality pictures of my hands to send into an agent. I got signed with a parts agency and the rest is history." Find more information about Susan’s jewelerly design at and read about her hand modelling career at

Justin Ervin

Director/Cinematographer and SACI Alum, Justin Ervin (Fall 2002), graduated Magna Cum Laude from undergraduate studies in the area of Time-based Media/Video production. He completed his first documentary in Florence, Italy: “As In A Mirror,” a documentary chronicling Senegalese merchants living abroad in Florence, Italy. His first feature-length documentary film, “Elephant in the Room” was official selection at San Diego Black Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and Garden State Film Festival, where it won Best Documentary Short in April of 2013. His follow up film, a narrative short entitled, “Six Months Later” was screened in over 7 notable film festivals in 2014 and his most recent film, “LEAP” was screened at both New Filmmakers NY and New Filmmaker LA and won the Audience Awards. Justin graduated with a MFA degree in Social Documentary Filmmaking from School of Visual Arts in NYC in 2012 and recently completed a Master Class at the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers in Los Angeles. In 2013 Justin incorporated ELEMENT FILMS INC., a company of his own, dedicated to excellence in digital motion picture imaging. He has shot videos and campaigns for a variety of clients including: Vogue, Conde Nast, Adobe, Guess, CNN, The Gap Inc., Swim Suits for All, Staples and Aspire TV. Justin has recently DP’d content for The Travel Channel and Centric networks. For more information, see

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