THIS WEEK @ UARTS: January 11 - 17, 2016

January 11, 2016

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UArts Mourns the Loss of Guitar Professor Tom Giacabetti
Jay Baker Named Dean of Liberal Arts
Students: Call for Entries to Transform Utility Boxes into Works of Art
Call for Participation in Faculty Member’s Commissioned Airport Exhibit

UArts Alum Is Costume Designer for 'Star Wars'
Alumna Nominated for 2 Grammys
Illustration Alum Named to 'Forbes' 30 Under 30 List
Solo Exhibit by Crafts Grad Featured on 'CFile'

Getting Involved in NEUARTS
Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape
Music for the Arts Benefit: Christina Cullen '94
Mannequin: A Group Photography Exhibition

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
Hamilton & Arronson Galleries
Gallery 817
Window on 11

UArts Mourns the Loss of Guitar Professor Tom Giacabetti
The University of the Arts mourns the loss of longtime School of Music faculty member Tom Giacabetti, who passed away on December 17, 2015, at the age of 64. An adjunct assistant professor who taught guitar at UArts since 1991, Giacabetti was a well-known guitarist and educator in the Philadelphia and Atlantic City areas. He performed with such jazz greats as Nancy Wilson, the Count Basie Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Randy Brecker, Kenny Barron, Morganna King and the Michael Pedicin Quartet, among others. He also taught at Temple University, Rowan University and Bucks County Community College. Giacabetti is survived by his wife and two children.

Jay Baker Named Dean of Liberal Arts
Associate Professor Jay Baker has accepted the position of dean of Liberal Arts after serving as interim dean throughout 2015. Baker began at UArts as a part-time faculty member in 1998, teaching a broad range of Liberal Arts classes. He has also chaired a number of committees, including the Liberal Arts Course and Curriculum Committee, was the Liberal Arts representative on the Core Studies Planning Committee and chaired the former University Committee on Instruction. Baker is an active and valued contributor to the Council of Deans and an excellent advocate for the Division of Liberal Arts.

Students: Call for Entries to Transform Drab Utility Boxes into Works of Art
The College of Art, Media & Design is accepting submissions from current University of the Arts students for designs to cover the unsightly brown utility boxes located in Philadelphia’s Washington Square West neighborhood. Selected designs will be printed on vinyl coverings that will be fitted to the utility boxes in 17 area locations. There is no limit on the number of submissions and selected work will receive $100. The deadline for proposals is February 12, 2016; final artwork is due April 1. 

Call for Participation in Faculty Member's Commissioned Airport Exhibit
Craft + Material Studies Lecturer Won Kyoung Lee invites submissions to “My Philadelphia Story,” a permanent public art collection being created as part of her $25,000 commission from the City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art program. The final project will be installed in June 2016 at the Philadelphia International Airport and be on permanent display to its more than 30 million annual visitors. The deadline for submissions is January 28. 

Blick’s Winter Back-to-School Sale
The new year is here! Save on the art supplies you need most during Blick’s Winter Back-to-School Sale now through February 14. Featuring deals on canvas, paints and brushes, plus buy one/get one drawing supplies, be sure to take advantage of these great offers – see the in-store flyer. Also, save the date for Winter Madness on Thursday, February 11 for a fun Valentine’s Day-themed demonstration you can try for yourself. For up-to-date information, become a Preferred Card member and receive instant savings through Blick’s Web Match Rebate program. Sign up at your local store today.

UArts Alum Is Costume Designer for 'Star Wars'
Michael Kaplan BFA '71 (Sculpture), the costume designer for the history-making blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” was featured in The Philadelphia InquirerPeopleElleVanity FairEntertainment Weekly and other publications in advance of the movie’s highly anticipated release. Kaplan has also designed costumes for the latest “Star Trek” films, as well as for “Blade Runner,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “I Am Legend,” “Burlesque,” “Flashdance” and “Fight Club,” among others.

Alumna Nominated for 2 Grammys
Blues-pop singer Elle King ’12 (Multidisciplinary Fine Arts) has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for her top 10 smash “Ex’s and Oh’s.” The 25-year-old Brooklyn-based artist, who is the daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and former model London King, co-wrote the hit, which is up for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on February 15 from Los Angeles.

Illustration Alum Named to 'Forbes' 30 Under 30 List
Congratulations to UArts alumnus Daniel Fishel BFA ’09 (Illustration), named to Forbes magazine’s 2016 "30 Under 30: Art & Style" list. The Queens-based illustrator, who created a set of tarot cards for The Portlandia Activity Book and is the artist behind the covers of two books by award-winning writer Nick Hornby, is included in a group who are “creating and designing the future, from the gallery to the runway.” Fishel was also included on Print magazine’s 2015 New Visual Artists list as one of “15 brilliant creatives under 30.” See the list >>

Solo Exhibit by Crafts Grad Featured on 'CFile'
“Forbidden Fruit,” a solo exhibition by John Souter BFA ’12 (Ceramics) on display at Philadelphia’s Snyderman-Works Gallery through January 30, was featured on CFile, an influential online review journal dedicated to avant-garde ceramics. Souter is the recipient of a 2012 Windgate Fellowship and this is his second solo show at Snyderman-Works. Read the review >>

Metals Alum Featured on Local Pittsburgh News
Michael Studebaker BFA ’08 (Metals), owner of Studebaker Metals in Pittsburgh, Pa., was featured on the local CBS affiliate in a piece titled “Studebaker Metals Shining New Light on Metalsmithing.” Studebaker and his wife and partner, Alyssa Catalano, talk about their recently opened store and metalsmithing business. Watch >>

Book Arts Grad Interviewed on
Alumna Sun Young Kang MFA '07 (Book Arts + Printmaking) was interviewed on, where she talks about what it means to make books as your art using techniques she learned and developed in the MFA program here at UArts. Read the interview >>

Alum's Film Shown at UN Climate Change Conference
"The Anthropologist," a documentary by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Seth Kramer BFA '96 (Film), was shown at the UN Climate Change Conference held December 7 in Paris. The film, which premiered at the Doc NYC Festival in November, looks at climate change through the lens of two anthropologists. Read more >>

Getting Involved in NEUARTS
The Center for Teaching and Learning presents “Getting Involved in NEUARTS: Neighborhood Engagement at the University of the Arts.” Come learn about our engagement in Point Breeze doing art at Child's Elementary and Vare Recreation Center. The presentation will include photography and video from our NEUARTS Collaborative Studio courses and will invite discussion about how to sustain neighborhood engagement at the university. Come to brainstorm about new courses involving neighborhood children for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. All are welcome. Presenters: Anna Beresin, Lindsay Sparagana, Arturo Stable, Karl Staven. Questions? Contact Carol Graney, associate provost & director of Libraries.
January 27, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Cushman Conference Room, Terra Hall 7th floor

Revealed Terrain: The Semantics of Landscape
Curated by Associate Professor Cynthia Nourse Thompson, director of the MFA in Studio Art and MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking programs. This exhibit illuminates trans-disciplinary thought—structure and content; decontextualized pure typography; printing; bookbinding; the multiple; and two‐ and three‐dimensional experimental design—as an experimental map for exploration. 
January 22 - April 2
The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, New York

Music for the Arts Benefit: Christina Cullen '94
This annual benefit concert is sponsored by the family of the late alumna Christina Cullen BFA '94 (Photography) in support of the Christina Marie Cullen Memorial Scholarship for Photography at the University of the Arts, with additional proceeds donated to breast cancer research. Doors at 7 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m. $15 entrance fee/donation will be accepted at the door. 
January 16, 7 p.m.
Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue

Mannequin: A Group Photography Exhibition
Curated by Laura Storck, a student in the Continuing Studies Digital Photography certificate program, this exhibition shows the collective work of 30 Philadelphia-area photographers, who each share their own unique viewpoint of mannequins and their roles as life-size models. 
Through January 31
Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catharine Street, Philadelphia

Forbidden Fruit: John Souter '12
Solo exhibition by John Souter BFA '12 (Ceramics), winner of a 2012 Windgate Fellowship. “Forbidden Fruit” displays the artist’s provocative, yet subtle capability to exploit tensions in material, surface and color while maintaining a high level of focused fluidity. 
Through January 30
Snyderman-Works Gallery
303 Cherry Street, Philadelphia

Trenton Blacksmiths: CJ Harker '14
Solo exhibition by UArts alumnus CJ Harker BFA '14 (Photography) featuring approximately 24 11” x 14” palladium prints from digital negatives matted in 20” x 24” artist-made frames. 
Exhibition: Through January 23
Artist Talk: January 16, 2 p.m.
Artworks Trenton
19 Everett Alley, Trenton, NJ

2015 Master of Fine Arts Biennial
Group exhibit featuring MFA students and recent graduates includes work by Kathleen Greco BS '79 (Industrial Design), MFA '15 (Studio Art) and Sue Carrie Drummond MFA '15 (Book Arts + Printmaking)
Through March 4
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Craft Forms 2015
This international juried exhibition of fine, contemporary craft is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists to exhibit their work. Featured artists include UArts alumni Christopher Darway BFA '70 (Crafts)Holly Goeckler BFA '85 (Crafts) and Jimin Jung BFA '15 (Craft + Material Studies).
Through January 30
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA

Emergence: Craft + Technology
This special exhibition of professional craft artists whose work exemplifies the ever-increasing intertwining of advanced digital processes with traditional hand-made craft features faculty members Rod McCormick, head of the University’s Craft + Material Studies program, and Lecturer Emily Cobb; alumni Doug Bucci BFA '94 (Crafts)Anthony Tammaro BFA '97 (Metals) and Jimin Jung BFA '15 (Craft + Material Studies); and staff member Rea Rossi
Through January 30
Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne, PA

Art in Wood: Philadelphia's American Craft Council Fellows
Part of Craft NOW Philadelphia, featuring work by Professor Emerita Sharon Church and Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Metcalf, both American Craft Council Fellows.
Through January 16
The Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (Anderson Hall, 1st floor)

Matt Mullican
Matt Mullican is one of the foremost artists of the Pictures Generation. His various drawings, paintings, performances, video and print works create cosmic analogies of how the mind symbolically perceives and delineates representations of the world. 
Exhibition: January 19 – February 26
Opening Reception: January 19, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Hamilton & Arronson Galleries (Hamilton Hall, 1st floor)

Community College of Philadelphia Faculty Exhibition
UArts presents an exhibition of work by art and design faculty members at the Community College of Philadelphia. This exhibit includes an impressive array of two and three-dimensional pieces. 
January 11 – February 19
Reception: January 28, 4 – 7 p.m.

Gallery 817 (Anderson Hall, 8th floor)

The Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Painting program at UArts presents “::seek/find/copy/replay::,” a two-person exhibition featuring the works of Anne Scheafer and William DiBello, curated by Andrea Gaydos Landau. 
January 18 – February 20
Reception: February 3, 5 p.m.

Window on 11 (Terra Hall, 11th floor)

Architectural Beaux-Arts Wash Renderings
Window 1101 in Terra Hall will exhibit five elegant watercolor renderings by artist David Genther. Each piece illustrates architecture reflective of the Beaux-Arts style of the late 19th century. 
January 11 – 29

Gallery 1401 (Terra Hall, 14th floor)

Redacted Topographies: Nicolò Sertorio
Nicolò Sertorio is a multi-award winning advertising and fine art photographer based in the San Francisco Bay area. 
Through February 5

Gallery One (Hamilton Hall, lower level)

Manifestation: A Student Curated Event
Gallery One challenges artists to create work that addresses each member’s relationship to their own practice along with the concept of “manifestation.” 
Through January 31

Sol Mednick Gallery (Terra Hall, 15th floor)

City of Ambition: Ferit Kuyas
"City of Ambition" by Zurich-based photographer Ferit Kuyas features images of Chongqing, China, one of the largest cities in the world. 
Through February 5

Richard C. von Hess Illustration Gallery (Anderson Hall, 7th floor)

The Art of Robert Byrd
Exhibit of work by author and illustrator Robert Byrd, who has been delighting children of all ages with his whimsical, fantasy-filled children's books for over 30 years. 
Exhibition: Through March 7
Public Presentation: February 11, 1 - 2:30 pm, CBS Auditorium
Reception: February 11, 3 - 4 pm, Von Hess Gallery