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BEIJING – On Friday, August 30, 2019 the Special Exhibition of the United States at the 8th Beijing International Art Biennale officially opened at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, curated by University of the Arts.
UArts President and CEO David Yager and Vice President Rick Longo served as curators for the special exhibition, the sole representative of the United States at the major international art event.
Hundreds gathered for the private opening of the Biennale, and and more than a million visitors were expected to attend over the event's 20-day run.
“It is a great honor for the University of the Arts to be selected to curate the United States pavilion at this global art exhibition,” said Yager. “It’s also an exceptional opportunity to showcase the extraordinary artist/educators from the University of the Arts, and the university’s history of developing creative leaders for over a century.”
President Yager was interviewed on several national television networks in China, including Beijing TV and China Central TV (CCTV), which together reach more than 500 million viewers across China.
Since its inception in 2002, the Beijing International Art Biennale has featured more than 4,000 artists from over 100 countries.
The American Special Exhibition showcased UArts’ 142-year legacy of arts leadership and spotlighted the University’s mission of advancing human creativity. Twenty-one artworks by 10 teaching artists and alumni of the University were presented. The artworks spoke to the unique culture of creativity education that the University instills in its students. Teaching artists and alumni included:
- Mark Campbell ‘74
- Daniel Clayman
- Matt Curtius and Gina Triplett
- Shawn Faust ‘18
- Laura Frazure ‘86
- Michael Grothusen
- Mi-Kyoung Lee ‘96
- Alan Price
- Rebecca Sack
- Loveis Wise ‘18
Watch President Yager's interview with Beijing TV here.
The School for Temporary Liveness
Sept. 25 – Oct. 2, 2019
Presented by the University of the Arts School of Dance, The School for Temporary Liveness reimagines performance through the poetic frame of a school. The School for Temporary Liveness mobilizes educational structures to generate new forms of knowledge and spectatorship. Comprising three zones of encounter, the School for Temporary Liveness invites audience members to move between a new commission by Isabel Lewis in The Classroom; nora chipaumire's three-part live-performance album in The Library; and group and one-on-one tutoring sessions led by a host of expert-practitioners, artists and scholars in Study Hall.
Wednesday, Sept. 25 – Friday, Sept. 27 | 4 p.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28 | 4 p.m. – midnight
Sunday, Sept. 29 | midnight – 4 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 30–Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Learn More on The School for Temporary Liveness Website.
The School for Temporary Liveness has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
A UArts Dance alum and a faculty member have been recognized as 2019 winners of the prestigious Princess Grace Award. Stanley Glover BFA ’16 (left) and School of Dance assistant professor Tommie-Waheed Evans (right) were honored by the Princess Grace Foundation–USA, Glover in the dance category and Evans for choreography.
The organization works to continue the legacy of Princess Grace of Monaco (formerly the Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly) by elevating extraordinary artists in theater, dance, and film via awards in the form of grants, scholarships and fellowships.
The Foundation was created in 1982 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor the legacy of his wife, Princess Grace, after her tragic death. Her family wanted to create an organization that reflected the native Philadelphian’s love for the U.S., and her dedication to the arts. During her reign, Princess Grace significantly enhanced arts and culture institutions in Monaco, while quietly supporting a number of American performing and film artists.
In 2016, UArts alum Marc Crousillat BFA ’16 (Dance) was also honored with a Princess Grace Award in the dance category. He currently performs with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Netta Yerushalmy.
Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the 2014 recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from UArts, was a Princess Grace Award winner in 1993.
News & Events
The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust has made an extraordinary contribution to the Uniquely UArts campaign, designating $1.5 million to create a new multi-use center as a part of the University’s current project to construct a student center.
The new space will be designed to be utilized as an auditorium for screening films, a lecture hall for visiting artists, a classroom space for large presentations and more. It will be used by a variety of academic programs across the University, and also potentially by external groups from the Philadelphia community.
“This project is very exciting,” said Nat Hamilton BFA ’07 (Photography), a UArts trustee and a member of the trust’s board. “The new center will make it possible to offer a wide range of activities to enhance students’ artistic educations and the range of their creative experiences.”
UArts President and CEO David Yager expressed his thanks for the foundation’s generosity and for the impact the new space will have on UArts’ students.
“The Hamilton Family Charitable Trust’s generosity continues the remarkable impact of the Hamilton family on UArts and its students,” Yager said. “I’m especially gratified that the younger generation has joined the longer-serving members of the trust’s board in supporting our young artists, performers, designers and writers.”
The multipurpose hall is a part of a five-year project to create the University’s first student center, proposals for which also include a café, a gallery and community spaces for student interaction.
Deadline reported that UArts alum Darnell Brown ’10 (Writing for Film and TV) is one of only eight 2019 HBOAccess fellows, who were chosen from among 3,000 applicants. Also the 2019 winner of the ABFF/Turner TV Writing Contest, Brown will work on a pilot for HBO or Cinemax during his fellowship.
The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship began in 2014 in order to diversify writers’ rooms across the nation. New fellows are selected every other year and are mentored by HBO executives for eight months as they develop their scripts.
“Way beyond excited and legit still freaking out to be one of this year’s HBOAccess Writing Fellows!” he tweeted on May 23. “Can’t wait to get to work!”
A University of the Arts Animation student and two UArts alumni earned awards at the 50th ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) East Film Festival in May 2019. Bethie Kazanjian ’19 (Animation) won first place in the “Student Film” category for The Pigeon.
Another first place winner—in the “Commissioned Film Under 2 Minutes” category—was Morgan Miller BFA ’00 (Film) for Big Jim, created by J.J. Sedelmaier Productions for Progressive. Bryan Brinkman BFA ’07 (Animation) came in second place in the same category for Voting Avenue, which was created for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Winners were voted on by ASIFA members, who hail from more than 50 countries and represent the field of animation. ASIFA East represents the eastern U.S.
View the winning UArts films below.
Bethie Kazanjian ’19 (Animation)
Morgan Miller BFA ’00 (Film)
Bryan Brinkman BFA ’07 (Animation)
The University of the Arts’ Makerspace is a digital and traditional fabrication studio that is a major opportunity for the entire UArts community.
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