Happy Holidays to the UArts Community

Originally sent to students, faculty and staff Friday, Dec. 15, 2022

Dear students, faculty and staff,

As you receive this, many of you are already departing our campus on the eve of our winter break, eagerly anticipating a well-deserved intermission. While our campus will be quiet, some will still be hard at work preparing final grades, envisioning new projects for the dawn of 2023 or refreshing our facilities and learning environments with yet another successful semester now behind us.

The months leading to the start of a new year are often marked with moments of quiet reflection, and the waning of 2022 is no different. In briefly categorizing the past year, I would describe it as one of both transformation and renewal. This fall, with our return to campus, we nurtured the extraordinary imaginative spark that makes our academic experience so unique, while also discovering new ways to connect and bond with one another through our common language of art. Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, you played a crucial role in our continued success. For that, you have my utmost admiration and gratitude.

Considering UArts’ enduring mission, to advance human creativity, I fully expect the prominent themes of the past year to continue uninterrupted. When we return in January, we’ll welcome new members to our remarkable community, whose enthusiasm and innovative thinking will propel our university forward. We’ll also celebrate an incredible enhancement to our campus, when the new Student Center in Gershman Hall opens later this winter. I have no doubt that this transformative project will bolster the already potent connections that bind us together as artists.

Additionally, I look forward to seeing you at the opening reception of The Street, which is sure to be a fascinating and intriguing exhibition organized by Alex Da Corte BFA ’04 (Expanded Drawing and Print Media) and our exhibitions team in Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. I hope you’ll join me at the gallery on Friday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and also partake in the full slate of exciting events surrounding the exhibition. Since the exhibition opens before students return, we anticipate hosting a special engagement for them.

As we step away, I wish you a restful holiday season full of relaxation and inspiration. No matter which holidays you observe or how you choose to observe them, I hope you will enjoy the essential moments of connecting deeply with those you love, and those who love you equally, over this winter break.

May this new year of 2023 bring you continued comfort, joy and good health. I look forward to seeing you back on campus soon.