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.


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.  David has exhibited his paintings 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.

Animation, Digital Effects for Film + Animation

Lowell Boston is an animator, filmmaker, and educator based in Collingswood, N.J. He earned his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Experimental Animation and his BFA in live-action filmmaking and animation from the University of the Arts. He 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 work has been shown on WYBE/MiND TV 35 Philadelphia, PhillyCAM, CTV, and nationally on ABC, Fox, and ESPN.

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.  

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 paper prototyping to 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. His other design work includes motion graphic animations, interactive plush toys using soft circuitry and programmable microcontrollers, 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 won first place in several local game development contests, including multiple Philly Dev Night game jams and being on the winning team of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's 2017 Hackathon.

Amanda D'Amico is a book artist and offset printer. She is the Director of Print Services at the University of the Arts, overseeing the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts and the Digital Imaging Labs. She also teaches in the Interdisciplinary Fine Art program. Amanda is on the board of the Philadelphia Center for the Book, where she served as president from 2010 to 2012. She was previously the Interim Director of the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program at the University of the Arts during the 2013-14 academic year. Her work has been collected and exhibited nationally.

Chris is an artist and award-winning filmmaker who has exhibited his work at numerous film festivals and alternative venues. Chris earned a BS in Television, Film, and New Media from San Diego State University in 2005, and received his MFA from Temple University in 2013. He has been a media arts instructor at numerous universities.  He is currently working on various film projects. 

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

David graduated from the film program at Temple University and has worked on both indie films and Hollywood features. He has written, been hired to write and/or doctor nearly 25 feature film screenplays, one of which, What Matters Most, was produced in New York City in 2007 and another one, Aftermath, was optioned by an L.A. producer. He has reviewed films for national publications and contributed a chapter on the history of photography to publisher Walter Foster’s The Daily Book of Photography.  David believes that effective films have to be about something that touches, provokes or otherwise moves an audience and that the source of this content originates in the writing. He specializes in screenplays for ultra-low-budget films.

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.

Jewelry + Metals
Kaitlin Kerr is a graduate of the Crafts department at the University of the Arts.  Her newest venture, Echo Metals, combines her love of color and pattern in a format that is easily accessible. She makes her work in her home studio in South Philadelphia.

Industrial Design
Brandon Klevence graduated from the 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.

Graphic Design, Screenprinting
Andrea Levy received her BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design and her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of The Arts. 

Alternative Painting, Drawing
Adam Lovitz paints to consider both the collective and unique nature between the dust on earth and that of a planet not yet explored. Layering acrylic residues that soak in mucky water with paint chips and minerals, he reworks a surface through an embodiment of terrestrial relic licked with city ruminations.   Lovitz attended the Vermont Studio Center in 2009. In 2012, he received his MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Recent exhibition venues include the University of the Arts, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, and FJORD in Philadelphia, along with The Satellite Show Miami, and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.  He is a former member of Philly artist collective, Little Berlin, and now serves on the gallery committee at University City Arts League.  

Illustration, Character Development: Illustration
Christian “Patch” Patchell is a cartoonist, illustrator, designer and all-around creative collaborator. Patch has lived in Philadelphia his entire life and truly loves the city. He divides his time between making art, teaching and collaborating with the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society. His art has appeared on everything from comic books to greeting cards.  Patch is the author of the book “I Put the Can in Cancer: A Journey Through Pictures” which is a visual journey through his life-changing battle with cancer. He is also the writer and illustrator of “Monster Mondays” an online comic strip about creatively surviving and the creator of “The Brothers Brimm” the award-winning animated short and comic series.  

Advanced Drawing
Sarah Pater received her MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Boston University.  Her work has been included in recent exhibitions,  A Body Has No Center, at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, 106 Green Presents at Brennan & Griffin in New York, and Brick Moon at FJORD in Philadelphia.  She has taught at Rhode Island School of Design and in pre-college at the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art.  Her research interests include the history of image making, American minimalism, and the aesthetics of everyday social spaces.  Pater’s work was featured in the New American Paintings 2017 northeast issue, and she recently completed a residency at the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation in New Berlin, NY.  

Jody Sweitzer’s animation, video, installation, and performance projects have been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Vox Populi, Rowan University, and various public sites during 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.