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Alumni Award for Excellence

Photography alumnus Chad Hunt (1994) is our 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence recipient. Hunt will be honored during our Alumni & Family Weekend, Oct. 4–5, 2013.

2013 Nominee Bios

Please note, the bios below are based on information provided by the nominator.

Steven Bindernagel (2002)
Patrick Eastlake (1976)
Michael Flechtner (1981)
Chad Hunt (1994)
Paitoon Ratanasirintrawoot (1993)
Manjari Sharma (2004)

Steven Bindernagel—Fine Arts 2002

Nominated by Tim Rietenbach—Fine Arts 1977

Steven has worked as a painter since his graduation from CCAD in 2002, including earning an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2006. His exhibition activity far surpasses his relative youth, spanning both national and international art spaces. His beautifully crafted, distinctive work is included in such internationally renowned contemporary art collections as that of Ronald Pizzuti—alongside the likes of Frank Stella and Gerhardt Richter. His work ethic and skill have allowed him to make a living as a painter, which often seems like an insurmountable goal. Visit his website:

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Patrick Eastlake—Fine Arts 1976

Nominated by Kenneth Batista—Fine Arts 1975

Since leaving CCAD, Patrick has forged a career path uniquely his own. He began by working in small woodworking companies to learn the craft/skills of the woodworking trade. He went on to earn his Master of Design degree. He has established Pat’k Eastlake Company which focuses now on design/detailing of architectural woodwork. He has worked for several exemplary companies on projects all over the world, and been the lead woodwork design-detailer on many of those. Projects he has worked on in various capacities include the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Art, City Center LV, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Orient Express Hotels, and the homes of Bill Gates and Les Wexner.

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Michael Flechtner—Fine Arts 1981

Nominated by Walter King—Illustration 1981 and Michelle Desroches-Nagel—Associate 1979

After graduating CCAD, Michael pursued training in neon fabrication. He has completed several public commissions, including Burimu in Japan, Canis Rebus Magnetum in Alaska, and a highly visible neon aquarium in a Los Angeles Starbucks. He was also commissioned to design a stamp for the United States Postal Service, Neon Celebrate!, which was released in 2011. Visit his website:

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Chad Hunt—Photography 1994

Nominated by Ric Petry—Faculty

Over the past 10 years Chad has spent time in Afghanistan as an embedded photographer with U.S. military forces. His work has been featured on the cover of Time, as well as in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, and The New Republic. His clients are as diverse as Vonage, Pentagram, and the New York Jets. His work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the Woodstock Center of Photography. Visit his website:

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Paitoon Ratanasirintrawoot—Industrial Design 1993

Nominated by Joe Haysley—Illustration 1992

After leaving CCAD, Paitoon went to work at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he contributed to many feature films, including The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast (Special Edition), Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Lilo and Stitch, and Brother Bear. He now maintains his own design firm, and his clients include the Anheuser Busch theme parks, Astrodome—Space Adventure, Marvel Comics, Scholastic Entertainment, the Chicano Museum, and Coca-Cola. Paitoon has won the Golden Web Award (1997–2002), the NAACP Regional Newsletter Graphics Design Award, and the POPOI Award in the POPOI Point of Purchase Design contest. Visit his website:

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Manjari Sharma—Media Studies 2004

Nominated by Helen Hoffelt—Illustration 1982

After graduating from CCAD, Manjari moved to New York City, where she has created both commercial art and expressions of her own artistic vision. Her photography has been featured in multiple magazines, including Geo, Conduit, Canteen, and, most recently, the cover of Forbes India. Her personal work has been included in exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Visit her website:

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