Summer Institute : Art, Media + Design : Faculty

Courses in Art, Media + Design are taught by artists and creative professionals. The majority of our faculty teach in the degree programs at UArts. Our expert faculty is comprised of seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise and collaborate with the next generation of artists.

*Please note: this list reflects a selection of our 2016 Summer Institute instructors.  Check back for updates about the 2017 Art, Media + Design faculty.

Figure Drawing
David Berger has taught at the University of the Arts in Core Studies and Pre-College for almost 15 years. His work has garnered many honors, including a Congressional Citation, the Lambert and Emma Wallace Cadwalader Prize for Portraiture, the Philadelphia Watercolor Award, and the Fred & Naomi Hazell Faculty Fellowship.  Mr. Berger has exhibited his paintings widely throughout the Philadelphia region.

Taxidermy as Wearable Art
State and federally licensed, Beth Beverly is Philadelphia’s premiere couture taxidermist, specializing in wearable mounts and unusual home decor. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the television show Immortalized on HBO. Since 2011 Beverly has been instructing courses, and executing demonstrations on taxidermy and the many ways to incorporate this craft into a myriad of artistic platforms.


Lowell Boston is an animator, filmmaker and college professor who lives in Collingswood, N.J. Born in upstate New York, he discovered an interest in art from an early age. Pursuing a love of drawing, writing and works of the imagination upon graduating high school, he attended the University of the Arts as a double major in live-action filmmaking and animation in 1988. He earned his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Experimental Animation in 1991. Writing short stories and poetry in his spare time, he currently teaches Animation at the University of the Arts, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and Philadelphia University, and conducts animation and art workshops across the Delaware Valley. His personal and professional work has been shown on WYBE/MiND TV 35 Philadelphia, PhillyCAM, CTV, and nationally on ABC, Fox, and ESPN.

Lives and works in Philadelphia. Adam Carlton Carrigan is an artist, film-maker, and writer living in Philadelphia. Working with the Liberian community of Philadelphia, he co-wrote and was the cinematographer for the films Legalization and Once Upon A Lie which screened throughout the United States and West Africa. Aside from his narrative work, he has worked on a number of music videos for bands including Mahogany, Pink Skull and the prolific recording artist Robert Pollard. His music video for 10lb Moustache by the band Man Man was chosen for Vice Magazine's Ten Year Anniversary DVD. Recently his work was exhibited in Philadelphia's Love Park as part of InLiquid's Welcome House for Design Philadelphia 2009.

Drawing + Painting
Veronica Cianfrano is a multimedia artist, curator, and lecturer at the University of the Arts. She received her BS from Southern Connecticut State University and her MFA in painting from the University of the Arts. Since receiving her MFA 2010, she has served as both co-founder and curator for Manifesto-ish and Champions of Empty Rooms. She has also served as a mentor, collaborator, and teacher for art students as well as professional artists through her work with CH.E.R and Manifesto-ish, as well as her time teaching at Burlington County College, Moore and UArts. In her own art practice, she often works collaboratively, creating multimedia installations that require public participation.  

Jason Corbett
Game Design
Jason Corbett is an independent game developer and multimedia designer with a BFA in Design, Art + Technology from The University of the Arts. He has experience working in the whole video game development process, from creating 2D and 3D digital art assets to bringing them to life with the underlying code in popular game engines such as Unity and Unreal. Jason’s games often touch on social issues regarding how the internet and digital life has transformed how people interact with each other. His other design work includes motion graphic animations, interactive plush toys using soft circuitry and programmable microcontrollers, and websites and applications. Jason’s interactive and motion work has been shown in the UArts Sculpture Gallery, CRUXspace, and the Little Chair Gallery. He has participated several of in Philly Dev Night's game jams and won first place in the "Death Jam" for his game "Ghost Castle."

Christina P. Day is a Sculptor and Textile-based instructor and teaches at both UArts in Philadelphia, PA and MICA in Baltimore, MD. She holds an MFA in Fiber from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Crafts/Fibers from the University of the Arts. Her architectural and surface based material work has been shown both nationally and internationally. She has articles she has written that have also been published in both Architecture & Ideas (Carleton University) and Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture. She just recently completed a Full Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center Art Residency and is an alum of Sculpture Space, an international sculpture residency in Utica, NY.

Drawing + Painting
Sarah Gamble creates mixed media works on paper, and paintings, that explore the notions of electromagnetic fields and the ways in which they interact with human experiences and conditions. Gamble has exhibited her work widely, including exhibitions at Edward Thorp Gallery, New York; Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY; PS122 Gallery, New York; Pageant Soloveev Gallery, Philadelphia; and Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Harrisburg, PA. She attended the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art residency program in Omaha, NE, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Gamble received her B.F.A. from the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C., and her M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Digital Effects for Film + Animation
Michael George is a graduate of Rutgers University-Camden with a B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Animation. He has worked for a number of post production companies in New York City including SpontaneousThe Mill, and Hey Mister!. He has worked on commercials for clients such as AT&T, Verizon, Schick, Maybelline New York, and Bic. His work reel can be viewed at

Joe Hocker received his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and his BFA from The University of the Arts. His  work is primarily landscape-based and focuses on the subtleties of the spaces that  photographed. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Alberta College of Art and Design – Alberta, Canada, Orange Coast College - Mesa, CA, Penn Medicine - Philadelphia, PA and Parsons School for Design - New York, NY. His work is also held in public and private collections. He has taught at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia and Delaware County Community College.

Industrial Design
Brandon Klevence graduated from University of the Arts as an industrial design major. His primary interest is low-cost electronics, education, and digital fabrication. Prior work experience includes, String Theory schools, The free Library,  and various participatory design projects around our city working with the homeless, toddlers, the disabled, and recently children and young adults.  Past student projects of his have included a digital mural, digital interactives, and a group workshop how-to for the Makey Makey.

Lindsey's work has screened nationally and internationally including the Slamdance Film Festival, the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, San Francisco Doc Fest and the Nomad Project in Paris. Her film, Every Speed, won the Premio Asolo Award for Best Film on Architecture at the Asolo Art Film Festival. Her films have also screened at various conferences and symposiums around the U.S. Lindsey received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from Temple University. She currently resides in Philadelphia and teaches at the University of the Arts

Patch is a cartoonist, illustrator, designer and all-around art monkey. He has lived in Philly his entire life and truly loves this city. He divides his time between making art, teaching and collaborating with the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society. Patch's art has appeared on everything from comic books to greeting cards.

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Photography + Skateboarding

Drawing + Painting
Sarah Pohlman is a Philadelphia-based visual artist with a BFA in Book Arts and Printmaking and a MAT in Art Education from The University of the Arts.  Pohlman’s work, which explores her observations of the interconnectedness of human beings, ranges from book arts to collage to light boxes.  In 2007, she was the recipient of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Publication Grant to create an edition of 125 artist books.  In 2011 she was a resident artist at the Julia and David White Artist Colony in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica.  Her work has been exhibited nationally.

Jody Sweitzer’s works in animation, video, installation, and performance have been on display in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Denver, New Jersey and in the Philadelphia area including shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Painted Bride Arts Center, Gallery Joe’s Bird Park, Vox Populi, Nexus, Bridge Street Theater, Gallery Siano, International House, Rowan University, Off the Wall Gallery, and various public sites during several years of The Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Her work has received substantial support from the Independence Foundation and the Leeway Foundation and favorable press from such publications as Art News, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, City Paper, Art Blog, and the Philadelphia Weekly.