For an illustrator, the cover of The New Yorker is the pinnacle in an editorial career. For a recent graduate to receive such an opportunity is unheard of.
University of the Arts alumna Loveis Wise BFA ’18 (Illustration), who graduated in May, has accomplished a professional feat that eludes many illustrators over the entire course of their careers: they were commissioned to illustrate the cover of The New Yorker magazine.
Their 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.
“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.”
Wise was recognized with UArts’ President’s Award at UArts' commencement ceremony. During their senior year they completed commissioned work—motion graphics, hand lettering, surface design, product design and editorial illustration— for clients as wide-ranging as The New York Times, Vice, Cartoon Network, Buzzfeed, Penguin/Random House books, and Planned Parenthood.
They also recently completed a large-scale mural for The March of Dimes in Washington, DC. In addition, their work was selected for inclusion in the 2017 and 2018 Student Award Competitions at The Society of Illustrators, the leading organization for professional illustrators.
Alex Da Corte is widely recognized as a rising star in the art world. His first survey exhibition, Free Roses, was held at MASS MoCA in Massachusetts in 2016, and which The New York Times called "the most ambitious show of his career."
Working as an “anthropologist of the immediate past,” Alex creates sculpture with the colorful artifacts of turn-of-the-21st-century consumer culture. His reworked everyday objects take on an otherworldly quality in his constructed environments, videos and digitally collaged images, or as material, in the case of his shampoo paintings. “I don’t think of sculpture as static, as dead objects," he says. "I think of them as tracing an action. “Sculpture is the unraveling of a familiar object.” His work often involves bright colors and crisp advertising imagery, and cameos by pop-culture figures like a fake version of Eminem played by the artist himself.
Alex's work was also included in the group exhibition "Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016" at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Past group exhibitions include the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; the 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France among many others. In 2012, Da Corte was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. In March 2019, Da Corte was included in the 2019 Venice Biennale Artist List (ArtNews).
Julia Rainer is a singer, guitar player, songwriter and producer. In the MBET program at UArts, she discovered a talent and passion for music production. Julia also made valuable connections, including with her current employer, Brian McTear, at Weathervane Music Organization. Julia has devoted herself to non-profit work; working with the city’s youth, and now a worldwide community of music and production enthusiasts.
After graduating in the Spring of 2017, Julia signed with the label Creep Records, and released her debut full-length solo record “Spirits” in September of 2017.
Future plans include touring, making more records, and continuing to give back through making music, working with youth and remaining active in her community.
The painting department at the University of the Arts is a community for artistic growth but it is also a home of passion for the arts and a dedicated family.
My experience at the University of the Arts was transformative! The painting department prepared me for not only developing my studio practice and challenging and expanding my ideas of painting and drawing but also gave me the confidence, skills, and knowledge to prepare for graduate school. The painting department at the University of the Arts is a community for artistic growth but it is also a home of passion for the arts and a dedicated family.
Jonathan's work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Thiery Goldberg, in New York and Lord Ludd in Philadelphia, PA. Recent group exhibitions include Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia, PA; Green Hall Gallery at Yale University, in New Haven, CT; The California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and currently at the V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is represented in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia; The Wedge Collection, Toronto, CA; and the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia.
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Keenan D. Washington was born in Detroit, MI and raised in Miami, FL by his single mother. He began his theater training with Tanisha Cidel (Moonlight) and his dance training with Traci Young-Byron (Young Contemporary Dance Theater). Keenan received his BFA from The University of the Arts and is also an alumni of New World School of the Arts, The School at Jacob's Pillow and Springboard Danse Montreal, under the direction of Alexandra Wells (The Juilliard School). Keenan is currently, a cast member in the 1st National Tour of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical. He was a cast member in both NBC’s Hairspray Live with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, and Peter Pan Live with Christopher Walken and Allison Williams. Keenan’s talents have also afforded him the opportunity to sing, dance, and tour the world with artists such as Brandy, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, P. Diddy, Pharrell Williams, Fifth Harmony, and Christina Aguilera - to name a few. Keenan is also a NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medalist and National finalist. With an undying passion for the Arts, Keenan continuously strives to reflect a lifestyle of discipline, skill, craft, and uniqueness; all characteristics of the Latin word Artes.
Meet Graphic Design alum Mike Tyson '12, a graphic designer at Siegel + Gale in NYC.
I’m passionate about incorporating beautiful aesthetics and user experience into designs.
Chris Santone is a designer for W&P Design in Brooklyn, New York. W&P is a unique design and manufacturing firm, composed of a group of passionate designers and foodies whose mission is to bring new ideas to life in the food and drink "universes."
“My background is in Industrial Design,” Chris says, “but I also work on product design, packaging design, graphic design, editorial design and illustration."
Among the work Chris has done is to design a pineapple-shaped drink shaker for the high-end kitchenwares and home furnishings company Williams-Sonoma.
“I’m passionate about incorporating beautiful aesthetics and user experience into designs,” Chris says, “and I am always eager to collaborate with diverse groups of people.”
Haley Sung is originally from South Korea, where she started Korean folk dance and ballet training at the age of 8. She attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she received the “Promising Artist” Scholarship and earned her BFA in Dance in May 2017. Haley’s drive to widen her vocabulary in dance brought her to The Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp where she continued her studies in contemporary dance. Additionally, she has performed abroad in France, Korea, Italy, and Israel and has performed the works of Ohad Naharin, Agostina D’alessandro, Hofesh Schecter, and Jesse Zaritt, among others. She holds teaching experience at several well-regarded institutions and collectives, including Peridance Capezio Center, Marymount Manhattan University, and Vessels Move. Haley currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and dances for Andrea Miller / Gallim Dance, Netta Yerushalmy, and Marygrace McNally + Artists.
Amanda K'mett Pendry hailing from Southern Maryland, is a dancer living in New York City. Currently, she dances with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Julie Mayo, Nico Brown and Netta Yerushalmy. Since receiving a BFA from The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, she has had the pleasure of working with artists Jonathan Allen, Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Jodi Melnick, Sam Kim, Katie Swords, Teddy Tedholm, Romeo Castellucci, Meg Weeks and Adrienne Westwood.
Creating a new space by using different materials, it is playful. I begin every piece by playing, like a child plays with her toys. I believe this is the way to open my mind.
Since graduating from UArts, Qiang Gong BFA ’13 (Fibers) has, among other exciting things, designed and constructed costumes and sets for the International Opera Theater in Italy for its world-premiere project “Azaio.”
Qiang says that when she was 7 years old, she had the experience of nearly drowning in a river. “Years passed, and I still remember the first breath after being pulled out of the water. From that moment on, I have lived in the moment. The simple act of breathing- the inhale and exhale- become part of my attention in the work.”
Qiang’s work investigates people’s psychology, and she works with the idea of creating a space that can interact with the viewer, calling it “interior interaction.”
“Creating a new space by using different materials, it is playful. I begin every piece by playing, like a child plays with her toys. I believe this is the way to open my mind.”
While in her senior year, Elana was the artistic intern at the Arden Theatre Company and worked under Terrence J. Nolen, Amy Dugas Brown and Matthew Decker. The internship that UArts required provided Elana with the foundation of work ethic and efficiency required in her post-graduate work as a theater administrator. This past fall, Elana was thrilled to return to Philadelphia for a few months to work on “Parade” at the Arden Theatre Company with Terrence J. Nolen.