The annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list highlights successful and influential twentysomethings for outstanding impact on their fields and industries. Curated from over 20,000 candidates, this year's list features seven Arts & Science alumni across five different categories!
In the Art & Style category, Sam Kapp (CAS '17) was named to the list as a co-founder of NYC contemporary art gallery Kapp Kapp. Founded with his brother Daniel Kapp, Kapp Kapp is located in Tribeca and prominently displays the work of historically overlooked artists. The gallery seeks to feature insightful, vibrant, and intimate exhibitions.
Mir Hwang (LS, CAS '19) was named to the Consumer Technology category as co-founder of GigFinesse, an online booking platform that connects entertainment venues with artists and performers. Attending Liberal Studies Core and then CAS, Hwang began developing GigFinesse while he was at Arts & Science utilizing the resources of the Leslie eLab. Through funding from the NYU Innovation Venture Fund and others, GigFinesse secured $5 million in venture funding and in 2022 had $2.4 million in revenue.
Graduate School of Arts & Science alum Niko McCarty (GSAS '22) was named to the Education category for his work as a learning specialist at MIT. McCarty developed a genetic engineering program that will be used to help train undergraduate students and has broader implications for future biomaterials and vaccine development.
The Hollywood & Entertainment category included three A&S alumni! Sketch comedy group "Please Don't Destroy" was first formed in 2017 by NYU alumni Ben Marshall (LS, TSOA '17), Martin Herlihy (TSOA '19), and John Higgins (CAS '18). Ben Marshall began his NYU career at LS Core before completing his degree at Tisch, and John Higgins graduated from the College of Arts & Science in 2018. The group's videos are frequently featured on Saturday Night Live and their debut film is being released on Peacock, titled Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain.
Liberal Studies Core and Tisch alum Emma Seligman (LS, TSOA '17) was also named to the Hollywood & Entertainment category for their work as a director. Seligman is best known for their debut feature Shiva Baby, which won the 2022 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, and Bottoms, which was released in 2022.
The final Arts & Science alum on the 30 Under 30 list is Atalie Gimmel (CAS '17) who was named to the Media list for her work as Associate Director of Social Media at Vogue. Among Gimmel's accomplishments include 93 million followers across Vogue platforms and a 30% increase in the hashtag #metgala. Gimmel has won a Webby Award and Shorty Award and currently leads social media for Tudum at Netflix.