Patrick Auletto Returns to MCCC
With Creative Ideas for the Classroom
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
"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
Patrick Auletto has returned to the
MCCC campus as an adjunct instructor.
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.
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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