Designer Patrick Auletto Returns to MCCC
With Creative Ideas for the Classroom

1/09


Nine years ago, Patrick Auletto '02 was a motivated MCCC student, eager to soak up technical knowledge in advertising design and illustration from his instructors. Today, as an adjunct faculty member, he thrives on being at the front of the room, teaching illustration to a new crop of MCCC students who are pursuing this creative and challenging field.

"The best thing about teaching is seeing students step outside their comfort zone and hit a home run on a concept and finished illustration," said Auletto, who teaches digital and traditional illustration techniques, concepts and target marketing. "Students get excited about what they are doing. I enjoy helping them find out who they are as artists and exposing them to new ways of approaching their work."

Designer Patrick Auletto has returned to the
MCCC campus as an adjunct instructor.

By day, Auletto puts his knowledge to work as a graphics designer and production artist for Alphagraphics, a printing company in New Brunswick. He creates visual content ranging from Web sites to logos for various small companies.

His work was featured in the December 2008 issue of Digital Arts, and magazines including Layers, Mac Design, and Computer Arts. His illustrations have appeared in The Miami Herald, City Pages and in the publications of various companies. Auletto has even illustrated a 20-page children's book, Bed Time for Percy, by Pat Geurds, to be published this spring.

Graduating from Mercer in 2002 with associates degrees in both Advertising Design and Illustration, Auletto believes his Mercer education steered him in the right direction. "Mercer gave me a strong foundation to make the next step to a four-year school. It helped me mature from a young adult to a skilled junior professional with a clear career goal."

Auletto continued his studies at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (U of Arts), where he earned a bachelor's of fine arts degree in illustration/design in 2006 and was selected for the Michael Liddy Award for Achievement in Illustration and Design. He worked as a Mac technician in U of Arts' Academic Computing department and in various technical capacities for Creative Media Works, Sir Speedy Printing and All Sports Photography.

"Throughout my career, I have always kept what is best for the client at the top of my priorities," Auletto said. "My students are just as important. My ultimate career goal is to teach full time and to continue with freelance illustration. I find helping others highly satisfying. Mercer has given me the stepping stones to achieve great things." To see some of Auletto's work, visit www.patrickauletto.com.

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