Arts Hall of Fame Inductees 2024

Jeannie Cammarota – SSD Teacher 1991-2017 – Arts HOF

Jeannie was an artist from a young age, and she was trained at Rosemont College, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art Certification. She began her career in the Marple Newtown School District. While taking a break to raise her children, she volunteered with Art Goes to School and at Sabold. She painted map murals showing students their communities, state, and country. After a year of working as a substitute art teacher in SSD, she was hired in 1991 to teach at Sabold. 

While at Sabold, Jeannie initiated numerous projects, including clubs, Artist in Residencies, partnerships with Penn State, an Art Exchange with Japanese students, and creating the Sculpture Garden. This learning environment combined art and nature inspired creativity, and promoted environmental awareness and problem-solving. It included a water feature, herb and vegetable gardens, a butterfly garden, a Zen Garden, and works of art created by students. With parent and community volunteers, Jeannie and her students created a sanctuary that was loved by children and adults and was recognized by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  

A lifelong learner, Jeannie pursued her passion for art by enrolling in classes in various art disciplines. She shared these specialties with her students, enriching their experience by providing lessons connected to their curricula. Jeannie then completed her master’s degree in educational psychology at Temple University. 

Jeannie has been awarded grants and scholarships throughout her career, including The Violette de Mazia Scholarship to study at the Barnes Foundation, the Digital Grassroots Grant to fund classroom technology and multidisciplinary projects in the Sculpture Garden, the Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship to study in Japan, and the Institute for Educational Excellence and Entrepreneurship Educator 500 Award. 

After over two decades at Sabold, Jeannie was assigned to Springfield High School, where she had the pleasure of teaching new and former students advanced art skills. She regularly exhibited her students’ artwork both in the school and around the community. Jeannie has taught students in all grade levels and adults at Penn State Brandywine, Rosemont College, and Delaware County Community College. 

Since retirement, she has become a Master Gardener and volunteers with them. She serves as Vice President of the Garden Club of Springfield. She also teaches children art at the Community Arts Center. Jeannie finds joy in creating art, tending to her gardens, traveling nationally and internationally, and spending time with friends and family, especially her four grandchildren.

Dave Perillo – SHS Graduate 1992 – Arts HOF

Dave Perillo graduated from Springfield High School in 1992. When he was in first grade at Scenic Elementary, he revealed in his autobiography "Me Book" that he wanted to be the cartoon character Ziggy and an artist when he grew up. With the help of an Ed Emberly drawing book, hours of cartoons, and a “healthy” diet of sugary cereals, he doodled his way through school and on to college to study graphic design. 

Dave started at Delaware County Community College and continued to Cabrini University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He credits classes such as typography and color theory for helping him to become a better illustrator. His retro art style developed from his love of the mid-century modern aesthetic. He is inspired by Walt Disney, Charles Schultz, and Jim Henson. Out of college, he took a position as a third-shift Ad Designer for a medical trade magazine and eventually got promoted to work in their editorial illustration department. In 2014, he started working for himself as a freelance artist. 

Dave’s first major gallery show in 2009 was at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. This led to many more group and solo shows throughout the years at various galleries across the country. Much of his work is licensed poster design for movies, television, bands, sports teams, and video games. Some notable clients include Target, Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Hasbro, Lucasfilm, and Wawa. Other frequent projects include book illustrations, product and game design, and logo design. One of his favorite projects was designing an officially licensed "Planet of the Apes" retro-themed Monopoly board game in his style.   

In 2012, Dave was invited to contribute artwork to a new gallery opening in Disneyland called the WonderGround Gallery. He has continued to be a freelance artist for Disney and a guest artist at their annual Festival of the Arts in Epcot. He feels that designing attraction posters for Disney fulfilled a childhood dream and is one of the greatest highlights of his artistic career.  

Dave lives in Springfield Township with his wife, Tracy, and children Sam and Maggie. He feels very fortunate to have a career that he loves. “As a kid, I always drew what I liked.  I still get to do that today.”

Rich Sangillo – SHS Graduate 1994 – Arts HOF

Rich Sangillo, class of 1994, is a highly accomplished Creative Director and Developer with a stellar track record of transforming brands and crafting exceptional user experiences. With over two decades of experience, Rich solidified his reputation as an innovative thinker and a leader in his field. After leaving Springfield High School, he studied Computer Graphics at Syracuse University, earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. 

In his professional career, Rich has worked for companies such as IBM, America Online, Halliburton, and NASA. During his time at NASA, he received the Silver Snoopy, an award given by NASA to individuals or teams who have significantly contributed to the success and safety of human spaceflight missions. Now living in Dallas, Texas, Rich has masterfully wielded his expertise as both a Creative Director and a successful business owner. He has orchestrated impactful campaigns for Fortune 100 clients and top-tier Hollywood studios, including Sony, NBC Universal, FOX, Netflix, Hulu, and Warner Bros.  

With his knowledge and contribution to the creative community, he has spoken at major industry events such as Adobe MAX. With an engaging presence and a wealth of knowledge, he captivates audiences with his forward-thinking insights and groundbreaking techniques, pushing the boundaries of HTML5 and digital advertising. Rich's mother, Diane Sangillo, sister and her husband, Janine and Michael Graff, fellow Springfield High School graduates, and his girlfriend and business partner, Kelsey Taylor, are joining today.