Despina M. Costalas

Exhibitions

 (2018)

“M-15 Lounge: Artist Exhibition” - Fall and Spring, New York, NY

(2017)

“ArtUnited” - Philadelphia, PA

“Penn Social: Artist Exhibition” - Washington, DC

 

(2016)  

 “I Colori si Rivelano la Notte” - Rome, Italy - Drawing  

“Made in the Dark: Artist Showcase” - Vox Populi (Philadelphia) - group exhibition, self-curated  

 

(2015)   

 “First Friday” - Solo exhibition, Phila PA    

“PhotoVoice” - Solo Presentation for Phila. City Council

 

(2011)    

Scholastic Awards for Artist & Writing  - New York, NY

Congressional Art Award - Washington, DC

 

 

Skills

  • Grant proposals and Donor Writing

  • Greek (Conversational and Literate)

  • French (Conversational and literate)

  • Press & Media Management

  • Digital Mapping & Photogrammetry

  • Data Analysis and Surveying

  • Non-Profit Management

  • Adobe Products

  • Layout, Archiving & Publication Editing

  • Analog Photo and Studio Lighting

  • 3D Triangulation & Printing

  • Website Design & Management

 

Work Experience

 

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Greek & Roman Dept. - - Loan Assistant

             New York, NY

 

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art - Contemporary Dept. - - “Philadelphia Assembled”

Philadelphia, PA

 

  • Crane Arts - Icebox Project Space - - Assistant Curator

Philadelphia, PA

 

  • University of Pennsylvania - - Photographer and Sales Representative

Philadelphia, PA

 

  • Joel Nafuma Refugee Center - - Resettlement Coordinator and Photojournalist

Rome, Italy

  • Created Photojournalistic thesis on the Reformations of the EU Asylum Policy.

 

  • City Mayor’s Office (C.E.O.) - - Food Policy Analyst and Fellow

Philadelphia, PA

  • Created a photojournalistic series documenting the lives of free meal clients at New Pathways for Women

 

  • YCenter @ Benjamin’s Desk - - Project Manager
    Philadelphia, PA

 

  • JPG Photography - - Photographer and Editor
    Philadelphia, PA

 

  • Office of Equality and Diversity - - Program Coordinator and Photographer
    Drexel University

 

  • The Law Offices of Michelle Rosenfeld - - Administrative Legal Assistant
    Potomac, MD

 

Volunteer

  • International Center of Photography - - Teaching Assistant

  • Manimenti - Roma

  • Hyphen Art & Literary Magazine

  • American University, School of Communication - Photography Darkroom

  • Mighty Writers

  • Pan-Icarian Foundation & Brotherhood of America

  • DesignPhiladelphia

  • WKDU 91.7FM

  • City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

 

Education

Temple University   

 -  Temple Grant and Dean’s List Recipient

 -   BA in Political Science: International Relations and Urban Politics/Policy

 -   Minor in Photography: Photojournalism & Visual Studies at Tyler School of Art

 -  Certification in ArcGIS and Digital Mapping

 

Study Abroad

Temple University Rome   

- Graduated. Completed Coursework, internship and volunteering