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Art Basel Miami Beach, held annually, is one of the world's top art fairs, with important galleries, collectors, curators and tens of thousands of others attending. This year, the University will have a major presence at the December event, partnering with The National Hotel in an artistic “takeover” of the hotel, featuring alumni artists Hironaka & Suib (Nadia Hironaka BFA ‘97 & Matthew Suib BFA ‘95), Stephen (Espo) Powers ‘93 and Deborah Willis BFA ’75.
University of the Arts is partnering with the historic National Hotel in Miami’s South Beach to mount a hotel “takeover,” “I’m here waiting for you: UArts at the National.” The exhibition will feature new works of art by prominent artist-alums, including Hironaka & Suib (Nadia Hironaka BFA ‘97 & Matthew Suib BFA ‘95), Stephen (Espo) Powers ‘93 and Deborah Willis BFA ‘75.
Artworks will transform the National Hotel inside and out, and will include a rooftop neon installation, a video projection on the rear facade of the hotel, and a photographic installation throughout the first floor of the hotel. The title of the takeover, "I’m here waiting for you", was coined by Stephen (Espo) Powers ‘93.
UArts will also host a VIP event on Wednesday, December 5 and a public reception on Thursday, December 6 with live entertainment by UArts alums including Keandra Cordero BM ‘10 and Nicholas Whittaker BM ‘10. Generous hors d'oeuvres and festive refreshments will be served.
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.
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