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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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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:
UArts Illustration alumni are on a roll. In June, two of them received sought-after commissions to illustrate the cover of The New Yorker magazine.
In May, just weeks after graduating, Loveis Wise BFA ‘18 was picked to illustrate the cover of the publication’s annual Fiction issue. Weeks later, Harry Bliss BFA '90 was the cover artist.
Wise’s illustration, “Nurture,” graces the June 4 – 11, 2018 issue of the publication, which also features a Q-and-A style interview with the Washington, DC-born, Philadelphia-based artist. The artwork reflects the issue’s themes of parenting, childhood, and the ties that bind both.
“For an illustrator, the cover of the New Yorker is the pinnacle in an editorial career,” said Mark Tocchet, director of the UArts School of Design. “For a recent graduate to receive such an opportunity is unheard of.”
For Bliss, it was the latest in a string of more than 15 New Yorker covers and many more cartoons over the years. His illustration for the June 25, 2018 issue is titled “City Living” and features the many unique residents of a high-rise apartment building.
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Recent grad, UArts alumna Loveis Wise BFA ’18 (Illustration), was commissioned to illustrate the cover of The New Yorker
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