Graphic + Media Design Faculty

Sean Hovendick

Sean Hovendick

Sean Hovendick graduated from Eastern New Mexico University studying broadcast communication, art and computer animation. After ten years of industry experience in video post-production, motion graphics and interactive media, Sean went on to earn his MFA in computer art from Syracuse University. He is a member of The Professional Association for Design (AIGA), the College Art Association (CAA) and the New Media Caucus (NMC). Professor Hovendick also serves as Coordinator of the Graphic + Media Design program at Sage College of Albany.

In addition to operating his own design studio since 1998, Sean is an exhibiting media artist. His interactive, procedural and time-based artworks explore the hidden forces of power, identity and social order within the mediated psyche. Sean’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia SC, Rutgers University, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the Delhi International Arts Festival in New Delhi India, and the JavaMuseum in Cologne, Germany. More information about Sean can be found on his website

Jean Dahlgren


Jean Dahlgren received bachelor and master degrees from SUNY Oswego and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Marywood University. Her work has been published in AIGA’s online journal, Voice and Education International. She has presented at national design conferences including AIGA Future History and the National Art Educators Association. Jean’s design work has been featured in Vogue, Town and Country and Martha Stewart magazines and was included in the Urban Forest Project in New York City’s Times Square.

She is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and serves as faculty advisor to Sage’s AIGA Student Group. She has lead design-themed study trips both domestically and abroad to London, San Francisco, Italy and Greece. She has worked for the College Board for several years as an AP Reader for Studio Art. Her most recent project, Art & Design Advisor ( is a website for high school students who need help with portfolio preparation. Jean also teaches portfolio preparation for in the summers at Sage.

Matt McElligott

Matt McElligott

Matthew McElligott has been a member of the Sage faculty since 1998. He teaches illustration, graphic design, and digital multimedia courses. He is a graduate of Alfred University and the University of Buffalo, and is a former president of the Graphic Artists Guild of Albany. He is over six feet tall and owns more than a dozen chickens.

Matt is the author and illustrator of thirteen books for children including Even Aliens Need Snacks, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, and the Benjamin Franklinstein series. His books have been published in six languages on five continents, and have sold nearly a quarter million copies around the world. Recent awards include the 2012-13 Oregon Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award for The Lion’s Share and the 2012-13 South Dakota Prairie Bud Children’s Book Award for Even Monsters Need Haircuts. More information at

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