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Meet VMCAD’s Graphic Design College Faculty


Todd Saperstein

Todd Saperstein
Graphic Design Dept Head

Mr. Saperstein is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration. He recently completed his Master of Arts Degree at Full Sail University in the Education Media Design and Technology program, which focused on new media and technology for use in education and business communication. He specialized in virtual learning environments and social networks, both personal and professional.

Mr. Saperstein accepted the Graphic Design Department Head position at VMCAD in October of 2002. His mission was to provide every student with the faculty, environment, and opportunity to build all of the vital skills necessary to succeed as a professional graphic designer. Saperstein confidently states, “Over the next two years, we will test every ounce of your creative skill, work ethics, and character, in order to prepare you for entry into the industry.”

Prior to his position here at the College, Mr. Saperstein worked as the Senior Designer for Ernst & Young LLP in Cleveland, responsible for creating custom proposals, marketing collateral, and brand designs both internal and external for a global client base. He has also illustrated for American Greetings, designing a line of humorous greeting cards for their European Division.

Mr. Saperstein is a proud and active member of the American Advertising Federation and the American Institute of Graphic Art.

Ted Chanter

Ted Chanter
Graphic Design Instructor
Professional: Owner of Chanter Concept and Design

Mr. Chanter has developed several high profile designs throughout his career.  He spent more than 25 years with American Greetings in Vice President and Executive Director roles for various divisions.  He conceptualized and developed the original Care Bears characters and created MadBalls for AG’s toy division.  Mr. Chanter now runs his own Concept and Design Firm.

Patty Flauto

Patty Flauto
Graphic Design Instructor
Professional: Principal of Patty Flauto Art and Design

Ms. Flauto holds a Master in Fine Arts and is a practicing fine artist.  Her paintings are mixed media and are displayed in several art galleries around town.  She specializes in color theory, basic design and layout and art fundamentals.  She focuses her work on consumer product development and creativity training.  Some of her clients include American Greetings, Progressive Insurance, Rubbermaid, Medical Mutual and Corning.

Chuck Prasek

Chuck Prasek
Graphic Design Instructor

Mr. Prasek will always bring a smile to your face. A talented Graphic Designer, he is also an award-winning instructor. Mr. Prasek was awarded the Certificate of Recognition as a Master Teacher by the State of Ohio. And he always says, “To be born with talent is to chase perfection forever.”

Nina Messina

 

 

Nina Messina
Graphic Design Instructor
Professional: Owner of The Graphic Edge Professional Design, Inc.

Ms. Messina has been teaching at VMCAD since 2006.  She owns her own Graphic Design company, The Graphic Edge Professional Design, and has previously worked as an Art Director and Graphic Designer for Ad-Man Graphics, Inc.  She has won three Apex Awards of Excellence for her creative concepts and designs.  And she says her favorite part of teaching is being able to inspire her students to achieve.

Greg Luvison

Greg Luvison
Graphic Design Instructor
Professional: Graphic Design Supervisor, Vitamix

Mr. Luvison is an accomplished Art Director and Designer who has worked for high profile advertising agencies in Northeast Ohio on accounts including McDonald’s, The Ohio Lottery, Things Remembered, Pearle Vision and The Plain Dealer, who now works as the Graphic Design Supervisor at Vitamix Corporation. Mr. Luvison is an active member of the American Advertising Federation.


Art and General Studies

Patrick Melnick

Patrick Melnick
Director of Art Studies

Any student will tell you that Mr. Melnick is one of the best! An art studies instructor, he teaches Anatomy and Figure Drawing, History of Art and Fashion Illustration. An instructor for more than 26 years, Mr. Melnick earned his Master of Fine Arts Doctoral in Studio Arts from the University of Notre Dame. He’s worked throughout Ohio and in Chicago teaching and working in art galleries.

Sally Heston

Sally Heston
Art Fundamentals and Basic Color Theory

Ms. Heston has more than 30 years of teaching experience. She has art published in several books and exhibits much of her solo work in art galleries throughout Pennsylvania and NE Ohio. She’s also a co-currator at the MD Garage Art Gallery in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is President of the Board of Trustees of the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

Andrij Maday

Andrij Maday
Art Fundamentals and Color Theory

Mr. Maday is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is the recipient of 12 awards, a Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant among them. Mr. Maday has exhibited extensively in 33 solo and over 85 group exhibitions. His woodcuts, drawings, as well as paintings, both secular and ecclesiastical, may be found in numerous private and permanent collections in North America, Europe, and Australia. Specializing in custom site specific commissions, his work can be viewed at www.andrijmaday.com.

Keith Smith

Keith Smith
Anatomy & Figure Drawing, Art Fundamentals and Color Theory

Mr. Smith is a graduate of VMCAD and holds an Associate Degree of Applied Business in Interior Design.  He serves on the board of the VMCAD foundation, and teaches the art fundamentals, color theory and anatomy & figure drawing courses.  He also teaches Intro to Interior Design and Anatomy & Figure Drawing for ID. Mr. Smith owns the fine art firm Esoteric Painting Design located in downtown Cleveland.  He specializes in faux painting techniques, and color consulting.

Katherine Miracle

Katherine Miracle
Small Business Mgmt, Advertising and Promotions, Salesmanship
Founder and Owner of Miracle Resources

Ms. Miracle is the founder and owner of Miracle Resources, a consulting, training and educational resource for businesses and non-profits.  She specializes in teaching her clients and her students about advertising, promotions, branding, public relations, marketing and revenue development.  Her clients include The Cleveland Clinic, The American Red Cross and Dunkin Donuts.

John Kenney

John Kenney
Photography

Mr. Kenney teaches still photography at VMCAD. He’s worked for various news outlets including the National Press and Sports Illustrated. He’s won more than 280 photography awards throughout his career and has work displayed in the Football Hall of Fame. He graduated from Capital University and was trained at the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Wayne Pearsall

 

Wayne Pearsall
Business Law, Economics

Mr. Pearsall is a practicing Attorney with active licenses in both Ohio and Florida. He is a sole practitioner with an emphasis on Family Law, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy and Small Claims. He has also done Pro Bono work for Homeless Women’s Shelters. But Mr. Pearsall also enjoys using his creative talents through photography and web design. He does photography for various VMCAD events and has created several websites for his other hobbies – baseball and research on Internet Law, publishing an online journal called the Cyberbug Law Journal.


The Graphic Design department at VMCAD presents exciting and leading-edge graphic design classes for its students – from beginning designers to professionals seeking to enhance their graphic media skills. With world-class experience and training at their disposal, these men and women strive to prepare their students for exciting graphic design careers in the 21st century. Contact us today to learn more about our graphic design school situated in the heart of Cleveland’s west side.


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“My time at VMC shines among the best times of my life. When I started, I wasn’t sure I had the skills to become a graphic designer. I was coming from a background without software skills, and I was also lacking in other areas (Art Fundamentals really made a difference). I feel that the instructors were both…”
– Kimberly Roth Graphics Coordinator at Penton Media
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