THIS WEEK @ UARTS: November 21 - 27, 2011

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
University Forum with President Buffington
New Funding Opportunity for Students
2011–2012 Academic Year Calendar and Holidays
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NEWS
Dance Alumna Performs with Beyoncé, Usher
Video by Foundation Faculty Member To Be Screened in NY
Communication Grad Is Videographer of Philly Art Scene, Tastykakes
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EVENTS
Rick Lawn's Power of 10 Faculty 'little big band' CD Release
Brind School Presents Junior Directing Showcase
Course Stories XII
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IN THE GALLERIES
President's Office
Printmaking Gallery
Gallery 817
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
University Forum with President Buffington
Faculty, staff and students are invited to a University Forum at which President Buffington and Provost Pillow willreport on strategic planning.
November 30, 11:45 a.m.
Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium

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New Funding Opportunity for Students
Student Financial Services has received new student funding opportunities for the Print and Graphics Scholarship, Gundaker Grant, Kids Choice of PA Scholarship and many more. These and other opportunities are posted to the University's online Scholarship Bulletin Board. Additional information can also be found on the scholarship bulletin board outside Student Financial Services (Hamilton Hall, 2nd floor). Students applying for scholarships and/or grants who would like help compiling materials, organizing applications or editing essays should contact Associate Director of Student Financial Services Amanda Black at 215-717-6137.

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2011–2012 Academic Year Calendar and Holidays
The University's official Thanksgiving Holiday is Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25. Undergraduate and graduate classes will meet on Wednesday, November 23, but Continuing Studies will not hold classes. The day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 23, is a staff work day.

The University's Winter Break officially begins at the close of business on Monday, December 19, 2011, and will continue until offices reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2012. That means that Monday, December 19 is an official staff work day and staff members wishing to take the day off will need to request a vacation or personal day.

Please be sure to put appropriate messages on your voicemail and email to handle any communications that may occur during the Thanksgiving Holiday and Winter Break.

The holiday schedule for the remainder of the 2011-2012 academic year is as follows:

  • January 16: University closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • March 5–9: Spring Break (No classes; residence halls remain open; administrative offices closed on Monday 3/5 and Friday 3/9)
  • May 28: University closed for Memorial Day
  • July 4: University closed for Independence Day

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Join UArts on Kickstarter.com!
The University of the Arts is establishing a UArts curated page on Kickstarter.com, the largest funding platform for creative projects. Kickstarter allows individuals with projects focused on the creative arts—art, dance, film, music, photography, publishing and theater—as well as projects from the diverse and creative fields of food, design, fashion, technology, games, comics and journalism, to gain access to an audience that is more than half a million strong.

The UArts page will provide a unique way for members of our community to showcase their activities and projects in progress. If you have a project currently going on Kickstarter, please send your information to Alumni + Parent Relations Director Lauren Villanueva at lvillanueva@uarts.edu for inclusion on our page. We will also be extending this opportunity to alumni, so please feel free to forward this information to graduates with whom you are in touch.

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Staff Council-Sponsored Food Drive
Staff Council has partnered with Philabundance for a holiday food drive to assist needy Philadelphia families that runs through December 14. Non-perishable food donations (no glass containers, please) can be placed in boxes stationed at the entrances of Hamilton, Terra, Anderson, Gershman and at the Merriam. For more information, contact Debi Leonard at 215-717-6071 or JoAnne Clancy at 215 717-6070.

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Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception
Come celebrate the season at the faculty and staff holiday reception. Cool cocktails, hot bites and warm conversation.
December 15, 5 – 7 p.m.
Caplan Studio Theater, Terra Hall, 16th Floor
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NEWS
Dance Alumna Performs with Beyoncé, Usher
Ashley Seldon BFA '07 (Jazz Dance) is one of Beyoncé's lead dancers, performing with her at this year's Billboard Awards. She previously toured with Usher, appearing in his video "Hot Tottie," which she also choreographed. Seldon has also appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance," "MAD TV" and other television and videos.

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Video by Foundation Faculty Member To Be Screened in NY
A video by Foundation Assistant Professor Kristine Marx will be shown at a DVD release event hosted by New Amsterdam Records, home to flute and percussion duo Due East's new album, "drawn only once." Marx's entrancing video accompanies the band's song, "Littoral," with rapidly shifting geometric forms superimposed over transient oceanic landscapes. The New Amsterdam album/DVD release show will be held on November 21 at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, N.Y., featuring a multimedia performance of Marx's video and Due East at 8 p.m.

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Communication Grad Is Videographer of Philly Art Scene, Tastykakes
Kim Paynter BS '10 (Communication) is videographer for theartblog.org's new series, "Art Safaris," promoting Philly's booming art scene. The project is the brainchild of veteran writers, bloggers and art enthusiasts Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon, who received a Knight Arts Foundation Challenge grant to create and promote a First Friday caravan that takes collectors and art enthusiasts to see the work of emerging artists in some of Philadelphia's out-of-the-way locations.Paynter also produces video (including this piece on Philly's iconic Tastykakes) and photography for Newsworks, the website for Philadelphia's award-winning NPR affiliate, WHYY.

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Career Services Director Pens Article for EACE
An article by Career Services Director Elisa Seeherman that she penned for Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers(EACE) about the "Road Trips to the Real World" program was recently published online.

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EVENTS
Rick Lawn's Power of 10 Faculty 'little big band' CD Release
Power of 10, the School of Music's faculty ensemble, plays at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Center City Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 30 to celebrate the release of their new CD "Earth Tones" (with graphic design by Illustration Professor Steve Tarantal). The new CD features an eclectic mix of compositions and reinventions of classics by former College of Performing Arts Dean Rick Lawn.
November 30, 7 p.m.
Chris' Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St., Philadelphia

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Brind School Presents Junior Directing Showcase
The Brind School's junior directing class invites you to an exciting program of one-act plays by contemporary authors in a wide variety of styles and genres. Join us for an evening complete with tales of love, flights of fancy, of fairy tales and paranoia! Featured performances include "The Problem," "Every Man," "Tape," "Blood Oranges," "Beauty" and "Baby Food." The plays are directed by students Brey Ann Barrett, Leigh Bicica, Elaina Di Monaco, Dalton Gough, Brad Ogden and Jessica Schwartz.
Caplan Studio Theater
December 2, 8 p.m.
December 3, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

All Brind School productions are FREE to the University community, though advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Please visit tickets.uarts.edu and enter either the UASTAFF or UASTUDENT promo code for a 0.00 ticket. Tickets can also be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis - one hour prior to curtain - at the box office. Questions can be directed to Jennifer MacMillan, audience services coordinator, at x6450 or jmacmillan@uarts.edu.

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Course Stories XII
Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Please RSVP at teaching-learning@uarts.edu. Light refreshments will be available.

  • Insightful Incidents: The Evolution Of "Writing The Short Film" David Greenberg, Senior Lecturer, Media Arts
  • Getting Students as Excited About Seminars as About Studio Courses De Angela Duff, Associate Professor/Interim Director, Multimedia
  • Collaboration and Spontaneity in Activism: Joining with Purpose Jen Goettner, Senior Lecturer, Industrial Design

November 29, 2011
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Terra Board Room, Terra Hall, 9th Floor

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The Corzo Center Presents:
Sell or Go Home
The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and Good Company Ventures present a workshop on marketing strategies. Learn about the sales process: how to keep customers engaged, how to make them into first-time buyers and then keep them buying for life. Aaron McLean is creative director & executive VP of Eight Eleven Inc., an agency specializing in B2B and consumer marketing, branding, web, digital media and public relations. Time for a Q&A will follow the lecture. Free and open to UArts students and alumni. Registration is recommended as seating is limited.
December 1,7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, Rooms 511-13

Anatomy of an Independent Contract
The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and Good Company Ventures present a workshop on legal documents. What artists and media makers need to know about contracts as an independent contractor, working for hire, or writing a general agreement for work or services. Presented by Frank Taney, shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and consultant to entrepreneurs and start-ups. Time for a Q&A will follow the lecture. Free and open to UArts students and alumni. Registration is recommended as seating is limited.
December 6,7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, Rooms 511-13

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Symbiosis: Mi-Kyoung Lee
The work of Associate Professor and Fibers Head Mi-Kyoung Lee addresses complex contemporary human psychology and lifestyle revelations in materialism and superficiality through mix-media sculptures. Fundamental textile binding and netting processes are used as a progress for the construction of artwork and also as a metaphor for personal and collective connections.
Exhibit: Through December 18
First Friday Reception: December 2, 5 – 7 p.m.
The Painted Bride
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia

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Cooking in Other Languages
Join the University community to celebrate culture through food, art, dance and music at a global music, art, lecture and free lunch series sponsored by Academic Support Services, Student Development and Activities, and International Student Services.
November 16: Japan - a student photo-documentary opening luncheon, with UArts jazz musicians, sushi lunch and discussion about students' exchange experience in Japan
November 23:
Global Thanks - international Thanksgiving lunch and live music
November 30:
China - Chinese animation lecture
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Levitt Foyer, Gershman Hall (3rd Floor)

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Chinese Culture and Language Workshop
Every Friday starting November 18 through the end of the Fall 2011 semester. Free Chinese snacks!
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Gershman Hall, Room 411

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Lunchtime Yoga
The popular lunchtime yoga class sponsored by Staff Council and the Provost's office is held every Wednesday and is for all levels. Free and open to faculty, staff and students.
November 30
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Terra Hall, Room 406

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Meditation Group
Join us each Monday to start your week with a free guided meditation led by UArts staffer Tracy Farquhar to help you relax and get back in touch with yourself. The meditations will consist of a total physical relaxation and a visualization, which will help you clear your chattering mind and find a peaceful and centered state of being. You need not bring anything with you; meditations will be done seated in a chair unless you prefer to sit on the floor (if so, you may want to bring a mat).
Mondays through December 5, 12 - 1 p.m.
Gershman Hall, Room 415

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IN THE GALLERIES
President's Office (Hamilton Hall)

And now…
An exhibition of recent work by Multidisciplinary Fine Arts seniors Meghan Leskanic, Leighann Hoffman, Andrea Nelson, Amanda Lubrant, Cory Espinosa, Yeonhee Kim, Elizabeth Fuller, Kristin Varga, Tyler Bailey and Charlette Hove. Join us at the opening reception for hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Exhibit: Through December 30

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Printmaking Gallery (Anderson Hall, 6th Floor)

Johnny Carrera & Shanna Leino: Extreme Bookmaking
Works by Johnny Carrera and Shanna Leino, visiting artists to the 2011 MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program. Carrera publishes works through his imprint Quercus Press, most notably his Pictoral Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities, a 400-plus page volume using the original wood engravings as a visual reference of 19th century America. Leino specializes in historic bindings and builds hand tools. Working with leather, vellum, bone and wood, Leino makes sculptural books that reveal the fine binding process.
Exhibit: November 21 - December 9
Lecture: November 21 and 22, 12 p.m.
Anderson Hall, Room 212

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Gallery 817 (Anderson Hall, 8th floor)

Christopher Davison: Brawler
"Brawler" features works on paper from the last two years and a large-scale wall drawing created specifically for the exhibition. Davison's work contrasts delicate line, spattered strokes, with thick passages of gouache and tempera to create a visceral tension between material, image and the figure. Narrative is constructed through fragments, drawn from myth, art history and allegory, often using the figure or landscape as expressive motifs. The balance between artifice and image gives birth to a body of work that is at once familiar and unknown.
Exhibit: Through December 1
Artist Talk: November 29, 11:45 - 1 p.m.
Reception: November 29, 6 – 8 p.m.

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Sol Mednick Gallery (Terra Hall, 15th floor)

Roberto Linkser: mar de homens (sea of men)
Brazilian photographer Roberto Linkser's "mar de homens (sea of men)" documents the activity of traditional fishing along the 8,000 kilometers of Brazilian coast. This exhibition of black-and-white photographs is drawn from Linkser's entire body of work on the subject, which he has been exploring for nearly 15 years.
Through December 9

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Gallery 1401 (Terra Hall, 14th floor)

Dan Dubowitz: The Presence of Absence
Originally trained as an architect, photographer Dan Dubowitz has been investigating wastelands and abandoned spaces for 19 years. His meticulously printed digital color works in "The Presence of Absence" explore society's relationship to the emptiness of what were once cultural and societal landmarks.
Through December 9

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Richard C. von Hess Illustration Gallery (Anderson Hall, 7th floor)

The Art of Jody Hewgill
A native of Montréal, Québec, Hewgill attended the commercial art program at Dawson College and subsequently moved to Toronto to study at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she currently teaches the illustration graduate program. Hewgill has been painting and illustrating since 1988, and has worked on a wide variety of assignments and commissions including book covers, celebrity portraits, theater posters and retail interior murals for clients in North America, Europe and Asia. She is the recipient of many awards including American Illustration, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, the Society of Publication Designers, and the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles.
Through November 23

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Special Gifts Gallery (Terra Hall, 10th floor)

I Love ART EDUCATION
A student fundraiser for the National Art Education Association Conference. This exhibit and silent auction is a first for the Department of Art + Design Education, featuring original artwork, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, fibers and photography by our graduate students and faculty. Visit 32auctions.com (password & ID are arted/arted) for more info.
Through November 30

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