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VLOG_Thumbs_Nadel2.jpgMatthew Nadel
Matthew Nadel, CSSSA Film 2015, is currently a junior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he concentrates on film in the Communication Arts Department. He served as the Vice Chair of the Florida Youth Commission and wants to create film and video for art and social change. Matt heard about CSSSA online, and after completing copious research and speaking with Film/Video Department Chair Lee Lynch, decided that CSSSA would broaden his horizons and allow him to grow as an artist.

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Sydney-BreyTH.jpgSyndey Brey
In 2014, Sydney Brey traveled over 3,000 miles across the country from New Hampshire to attend the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA). Located on the CalArtscampus in Valencia, CA, she studied animation at one of the best programs in the country with teachers who actually work in the field of animation.

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PicassoTH.jpgPicasso Milano
Picasso Milano was accepted into the CSSSA Animation program at CalArts when he was 14. His portfolio included a Claymation of pop girl group TLC. Picasso worked closely with Mentor Cornelius "Corny" Cole who contributed his animation expertise to some of the most brilliant Disney animations, Corny also placed several of Picasso's dramatic abstract works of art on the wall in his office seeing the endless imagination that sparked within Picasso.

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MollieTH.jpgMollie Luria-Robertson
Mollie Luria-Roberson attended the CSSSA Animation program in 2009 when she was a junior in high school. She was thrilled to finally surround herself with like-minded artists. When she came home and began her senior year, she carefully prepared a portfolio that positioned her as a competitive candidate for an arts school.

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MargaretTh2.jpgMargaret Dilloway
Margaret Dilloway attended the CSSSA Creative writing program in 1992. She notes that, “I’ve written since I could, well, write…”

Dilloway majored in Studio Art at Scripps College in Claremont, where she wrote her thesis about children’s book illustrators and won the Fine Arts Foundation award for best senior art exhibition. She was also awarded a Getty Multicultural Internship in Arts Education.
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PhoebeTH.jpgMeet Phoebe
Phoebe Schenker attended the CSSSA Visual Arts program in1995 where she studied photography. Coming from a small town where she attended public school, she had a hard time finding like-minded artists. The current of her life changed when she attended CSSSA because she was surrounded by artistic peers and professional working adults who taught classes and visited as guest artists.

One of her favorite CSSSA memories was wandering into the CalArts main gallery where she found two acoustic guitarists riffing Spanish Flamenco music and she had never seen anything like it before. She sat down and sketched it out so she wouldn’t lose that magical moment.

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