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We’re the only art university in the U.S. that allows our students to collaborate across traditional lines. Painters can minor in piano, dancers can study film, guitarists can take classes in screenwriting.
With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose.
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The University of the Arts celebrates the life and legacy of the late Stan Lee, the force behind the immense Marvel Universe—comics, films, TV shows and much more—and a 2016 recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from UArts.
Stan Lee passed away on Monday, Nov. 12 at the age of 95. He was known to millions as the man who helped created superheroes including Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Avengers, The X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four and hundreds of others.
“Stan was a force in the entertainment industry for decades, and he loved what he did,” says UArts President and CEO David Yager, who bestowed the honorary degree upon Lee.
“His advice to our students was simple, and reflected Stan’s own history: to choose a career that they truly enjoy, rather than one that may pay better but not offer the same level of satisfaction.”
Surprisingly, the honorary doctorate from UArts was the only such degree Lee received during his lifetime.
Lee injected human emotions and issues into his superheroes, as well as his trademark wit, creating nuanced storylines in a previously formulaic medium. We are grateful for his innovative, exciting and voluminous work, and that he became a part of the University of the Arts community.
UArts Dance alumni Dominique Loude '17 and Ashley Seldon '07 perform prominently with Beyoncé and Jay-Z in their new video, "Apes**t," from their surprise joint album Everything is Love.
Ashley has been a featured dancer with Beyoncé for several years, performing with her in the halftime shows at Super Bowls 47 and 50, and in a number of previous videos, including the powerful “Formation” in 2016.
Dominique also got an Instagram shout-out from Beyoncé, who posted a photo of Dominique seated in front of one of the Louvre’s large-scale paintings. The post received more than 2 million likes.
Ashley and Dominique are currently performing with Beyoncé and Jay-Z in the music power-couple’s “On the Run” tour across Europe and the United States.
The Philadelphia Inquirer featured a profile of the two talented UArts alumni, and you can learn more about the significance of this video by reading recent articles published on the New York Times and the Atlantic.
Watch the video below:
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