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Alumni

Tanya Hamilton

Tanya Hamilton is a film director and producer. Hamilton’s first project was a short film entitled The Killers, which was released in 1997. This work won awards at the Berlin International Film Festival and New Line Cinema. Her first feature film was Night Catches Us, a portrayal of former Black Panthers reuniting in 1976 Philadelphia. In 2011, Hamilton received a Black Reel Award nomination for best director for this film. It was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Awards, four Image Awards, a Gotham Awards, a Chlotrudis Award and the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. Hamilton is currently a Fellow at the Sundance Screenwriter and Filmmaker Lab.

Stanley Squirewell

Class of 1996 – Stanley Squirewell works in a combination of found objects, furniture, and old and new visual technology to assemble images that are metaphorically related to the condition of people of African ancestry. Squirewell received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting. Mr. Squirewell has exhibited his work and won the Rush Philanthropic and the Bombay Artisan Series competition in Miami, Basel.

Nekisha Durrett

Class of 1994 – Nekisha Durrett earned her BFA at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. She went on to earn her MFA in photography in 2000 at the University of Michigan as a Horace H. Rackham Fellow. Her work was most recently featured in Vote With Your Art at the OK Harris Gallery in New York. “I put ambiguous things out there just out of curiosity to see how people will respond and what people will think about the images.”