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Longtime UArts Trustee Jill Felix Colton Passes Away
We are sad to report that longtime Board of Trustees member Jill Felix Colton passed away on Monday, September 16, 2013, at the age of 69. A trustee since 2002, Jill brought passion and a dynamic presence to the Board. Her family has established the Jill Felix Colton Memorial Scholarship to honor her long service as a trustee and her contributions to Philadelphia and its creative community. Read more >>
Former Painting Faculty Member Doris Staffel Dies
Former Painting faculty member Doris Staffel, one of Philadelphia’s preeminent abstract painters and colorists, died peacefully at her home on Friday, September 13, 2013. An influential teacher who had a profound effect on generations of young painters, Staffel taught at the Philadelphia College of Arts (now the University of the Arts) from 1957 to 1990. Read more >>
Blick Back to School Sale
Stock up on art supplies during the Blick Art Materials back to school sale and save with an exclusive UArts coupon. Sale ends October 6. While you're picking up your supplies, enter for a chance to win a Scion tC. Enter in store and online through October 6 for two chances to win. Entry and official rules >>
'CITYWIDE' Exhibit to Feature UArts Alumni, Faculty, Staff
This November, more than 25 artist-run collectives will join forces to present CITYWIDE, a month-long celebration of Philadelphia contemporary art that will feature work by several alumni, faculty and staff members. A Kickstarter campaign is underway now through October 6 to help raise funds for this cross-collaborative event. Read more >>
Creative Writing Faculty to Speak at UArts-Sponsored Conference
The University of the Arts will host "Conversations & Connections," a one-day writing conference being held September 28. Devoted to giving writers practical advice on getting published, this popular conference offers panels and workshops featuring a robust list of writers and editors, including Assistant Professor Elise Juska, director of UArts’ newly launched Creative Writing program, and Assistant Professor of Poetry Zach Savich. Students from the new BFA program will attend the event, which has sold out every year since 2008. More info >>
Grad Student Named Top Winner of 'Really Big Print Show'
Kyra Devine MFA '14 (Book Arts/Printmaking) was named the first-place winner of the Cheltenham Center for the Arts' "Really Big Print Show" at an opening reception held September 15. The juried exhibition, which features Devine's award-winning piece "Introducing…The Horrific Flying Spider and the All Too Terrifying Man-Eater," runs through October 14. Read more >>
School of Music Faculty Member Releases CD
School of Music Senior Lecturer and alumnus Josh Lawrence BM '04 (Music Performance) has just released a new album titled "One Night in Atlanta." The Philadelphia-based trumpeter, composer and performer, who has recorded with such artists as Erykah Badu and Boyz II Men, was featured in the September 17 issue of Newsday. Read the article >>
Professor Camille Paglia to Participate in 'Are Men Obsolete?' Debate
University Professor of Humanities & Media Studies Camille Paglia will participate in the 12th semi-annual Munk Debate, a lively and substantive forum for leading thinkers to discuss the pressing issues of our time. Paglia joins British broadcaster, critic, columnist and author Caitlin Moran, who will speak against the Munk Debate motion: Be it resolved: men are obsolete. Speaking for the resolution are Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and Hanna Rosin, author and senior editor of The Atlantic. The event will take place on November 15 in Toronto, Canada.
Professor Reviews 'Sots Art' Sculptor in 'Art in America'
Liberal Arts Professor Patricia Stewart explores the work of Russian artist Leonid Sokov in the September 13, 2013, issue of Art in America magazine. Sokov's work is part of the Sots Art movement – often referred to as "Soviet Pop Art" – which began in the early 1970s as a reaction against the official aesthetic doctrine of Socialist Realism. Read the review >>
The Man of Mode
"The Man of Mode" is a comedy by George Etherege that satirizes the behavior of the libertines, courtiers and wits of London during the 17th century. It is the fashionable world of theatricals, parks, drawing rooms and bed chambers, of people who can sleep through the morning, of masks, flirtations, stylish clothing and sexual intrigues that returned to London after the fall of the Commonwealth. By George Etherege; directed by Neill Hartley. Tickets >>
September 26 – 29
Caplan Studio Theater
Lecture: Damian Skinner
What makes contemporary jewelry unique? Join Damian Skinner, noted scholar, art historian and curator of Applied Art and Design at the Auckland Museum in New Zealand, for an exciting conversation on the field of contemporary jewelry today and its remarkable future. The discussion, part of the Art Jewelry Forum Speakers Tour marking the publication of AJF's book Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, is free and open to the public. More info >>
September 23, 2:30 p.m.
CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall
Visiting Writers Series: Joyce Carol Oates
National Book Award winner and bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates will inaugurate the University of the Arts' new Visiting Writers Series. Created in connection with the University's newly launched BFA in Creative Writing program, the series will feature six acclaimed contemporary writers visiting the UArts campus each year. Oates' reading is co-sponsored by The American Poetry Review. Free and open to the public. More info >>
September 24, 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by International Student Programs. Events take place Wednesdays in the Levitt Foyer in Gershman Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Teaching and Learning in Ghana, West Africa: Ethiopian lunch
UArts Dancers at the Venice Biennale: Italian lunch
Teaching and Learning in China: Chinese lunch
Jazz Journeys: Korean lunch
Study Abroad Workshop: Middle-Eastern lunch
International Thanksgiving Lunch: Traditional Thanksgiving lunch
The Philadelphia Cartoonist Society (PCS) and the Library Company of Philadelphia (LCP) present Ephemera! curated by Concetta Barbera BFA ’05 (Photography) and Illustration Senior Lecturer Christian Patchell BFA ’95 (Illustration), featuring works by PCS members Melissa Lomax BFA ’97 (Illustration), Tim Durning BFA ’08 (Illustration), Christine Larsen BFA ’04 (Illustration) and Eamon Dougherty BFA ’07 (Illustration) inspired by LCP’s extensive collection of historical ephemera. More info >>
Through December 13
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Don R. Miller & Charles J. Adams
Come see the beautifully crafted works of Craft & Material Studies Associate Professor Don R. Miller, head of the UArts Wood program, and Charles J. Adams as Allen's Lane Art Center exhibits a number of their important and signature pieces.
Through October 20
The Carolyn and Howard Alber Gallery
601 West Allens Lane, Philadelphia
Knowing Dance More Series
Presented by the School of Dance, "Knowing Dance More" is a series of lectures, conversations and informal showings led by important artists, theorists, scholars and curators in the international field of dance. All lectures take place 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall
Dance Theater at the Drake
Free Lunchtime Yoga
The popular free lunchtime yoga class sponsored by Staff Council is suitable for all levels and open to faculty, staff and students. Bring your yoga mat and take advantage of this beneficial opportunity. Classes continue weekly on Wednesdays through May 7, 2014. There are no classes during University Forums or winter and spring breaks.
September 25, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Terra Hall, Room 407 (note new location; room changes will be communicated by email)
Camp Paradox Days
The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery is pleased to present "Camp Paradox Days," featuring Lucas Blalock, Alex Da Corte BFA '04 (Printmaking), Andrew Gbur BFA ’07 (Painting/Drawing), Amanda Ross-Ho and Tyler Rowland. More info >>
Through October 8
Roma Beyond Borders + Smokey Mountain: Nigel Dickinson
The work of Nigel Dickinson, a London- and Paris-based photojournalist, will be featured with work from two projects. The Roma, a people whose history is not written within onecountry's borders, is the subject of "Roma Beyond Borders." The other selection is from Dickinson's "Smokey Mountain" project. Smokey Mountain is a rubbish dump, which started as a landfill site 60 years ago on the outskirts Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh; the grey cloud of acrid smoke exuding from constantly burning garbage gives it its nickname. More info >>
September 27 – October 25
Senior Printmaking: Show in a Week
Exhibit features work by Printmaking seniors Aubrey DiDonato, Julia Lemyre, Eric Shetter and Meghan Toth.
Through September 25
Shake Rattle Roll: Mike Dias '13
The Hamilton Hall Public Art Initiative at the University of the Arts is pleased to present a new project by alumnus Mike Dias BFA '13 (Multidisciplinary Fine Arts). Titled "Shake Rattle Roll," Dias' project presents a pair of automobiles on the two opposing platforms outside of Hamilton Hall: one in a position of triumphant success, the other stripped down and flipped over as if defeated. More info >>
Through October 1
Gallery One (Hamilton Hall, lower level)
Art, Play and Bringing the Outside In
A collaborative project by MFA Program Director Erin Boyle MFA '05 (Sculpture): Concept and Curator, Zac Pritchard MFA '14 (Studio Art): Lead Collaborator and MFA in Studio Art students. This project is the third in a series of projects dealing with collaboration and play. The purpose of this collaborative project is to see what happens when we bring a sculpture that was created to be outdoors and try to configure it to fit into a small inside space. More info >>
Through October 5
President's Office (Hamilton Hall, 1st floor)
Worlds on Stage: Theater Design & Technology Student Work
Students in the Theater Design & Technology program have many opportunities to realize their creative visions. The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts assigns student designers and technicians to its 12+ productions each year before adding in any faculty, staff or outside professionals. The images and objects in this exhibit are student work – the students even took most of these photographs. More info >>
Through October 18
Richard C. von Hess Illustration Gallery (Anderson Hall, 7th floor)
The Art of Jon Krause
Jon Krause creates images that are typically characterized by a sense of calm that masks an elegant edginess and witty irony. His intelligent, thought-provoking illustrations have appeared in Time, Forbes, Business Week, The Atlantic and Random House, and his work has been awarded by all of the major illustration annuals. More info >>
Exhibition: Through November 16
Public Presentation: October 24, 1 – 2:30 pm, CBS Auditorium
Reception: October 24, 3 – 4 p.m., von Hess Gallery
Sol Mednick Gallery (Terra Hall)
Melting Away: Camille Seaman
"Melting Away" is Camille Seaman's collection of images made over the course of a decade traveling back and forth between the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet. Polar ice continues to shrink atrecord levels because of climate change. Seaman is currently a TED Senior Fellow as well as a Stanford Knight Fellow. More info >>
September 27 – October 25
Hamilton & Arronson Galleries (Hamilton Hall)