THIS WEEK @ UARTS: January 25 - 31, 2016

January 25, 2016

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Brind School Announces 2016 'Polyphone' Festival, March 20-27
Students: Call for Entries to Transform Utility Boxes into Works of Art
Blick’s Winter Back-to-School Sale

Professor Discusses David Bowie's Legacy on
'Philadelphia Inquirer' Reviews Dance Alum's Return to His Hometown
Faculty, Alumni Win 2016 Meyer Family Award
Art + Design Ed Hosts Visiting Professors

Graduation Fair 2016
Study Abroad Information Session
Opera/Oratorio Ensemble Concert
Graduate Open House

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
Printmaking Gallery
Sol Mednick Gallery
Gallery 224

Brind School Announces 2016 'Polyphone' Festival, March 20-27
The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts announces the 2016 lineup for “Polyphone,” a “festival of the emerging musical.” Running March 20-27 on the UArts campus, the 2016 “Polyphone” festival produces staged concerts of new musicals and re-imagined canonical works offering professional composers, librettists and directors an opportunity to develop their work among the rich creative community of the Brind School. The festival will program five musicals, including both classical and new works, with three performances each. 

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.

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.

Professor Discusses David Bowie's Legacy on
Camille Paglia, University Professor of Humanities & Media Studies, was interviewed on about the legacy of David Bowie, who died on January 10. Paglia, who has often hailed the music icon as one of her central influences, especially for her book Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, wrote a catalogue essay on Bowie for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s 2013 show of his costumes, which is still touring internationally. Sexual Personae is included on the list of Bowie’s 100 favorite books, which went viral after his death. Read the interview >>

'Philadelphia Inquirer' Reviews Dance Alum's Return to His Hometown
Alumnus Mark Caserta BFA '10 (Dance) returned to Philadelphia, “dancing to his hometown audience with a luxuriantly sensual vengeance” in a stellar performance with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal at the Prince Theater that was featured in the January 15 issue of The Philadelphia InquirerRead the review >>

Brown Box Public Art Project Featured in 'Philadelphia Inquirer'
Alumni Jason Chen BFA ’08 (Animation) and Sara McCorriston BFA '09 (Theater Design + Technology) and College of Art, Media & Design Dean Mark Campbell were featured in the January 20 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer in an article about the transformation of Philly’s ugly brown utility boxes into works of art. Read the article >>

Faculty, Alumni Win 2016 Meyer Family Award
Congratulations to Senior Lecturer Matthew Courtney BS '84 (Industrial Design) and alumna Sun Young Kang MFA '07 (Book Arts + Printmaking), who were named winners of the 2016 Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art. Presented by Main Line Art Center, each artist receives $1000 and a solo exhibit at the 12th annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, which will be on display March 7 – April 17. Congratulations also go to Senior Lecturer Christine P. Day BFA ’99 (Crafts), who was named a finalist.

Art + Design Ed Hosts Visiting Professors
The Art + Design Education department is hosting professors Lin Li and Yang Ming-qing from the Department of Industrial Design at Guizhou University in China during the 2015-16 academic year. The visiting scholars are collaborating with Professor Slavko Milekic on a research project in the area of "affective design," using portable electroencephalogram (Emotiv) to record individuals' brain activity and eye-tracking technology to record the focus of their visual attention. Using this technology in the context of Kansei engineering methodology (affective engineering), they are hoping to provide guidelines and a mechanism for creating an “affective taxonomy” for large databases of complex visual stimuli (like a digitized art collection or an online catalogue). The research is based on a previous work by Milekic and alumnus Benjamin Farahmand MID '12 (Industrial Design), where a viewer's brain waves and facial expression determined their "path" through a digitized art collection. If you are interested in contributing to or taking part in this research project, please contact Slavko Milekic at smilekic@uarts.eduWatch a video about the project >>

Alum's UFC Fight Featured in 'Boston Globe'
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter and UArts alumnus Paul Felder BFA ’08 (Acting) was featured in the January 15 issue of the Boston Globe in advance of his January 17 match at Boston’s TD Garden (which he won). The 31 year old thinks his theater background gives him an advantage in the ring: “There are some guys who step into the octagon who might get nervous about the bright lights, the noise, the fans . . . but honestly, I enjoy that part of it. I got all that stuff in school.’’ Read the article >>

Work by Professor Emeritus on View in Europe
Professor Emeritus Thomas Porett’s video work “On China Sea” was selected to be shown as part of “Art Speaks Out,” an online exhibition held during the UN Climate Conference COP21 in Paris this past December. The piece is currently being shown at the Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition “TILL IT’S GONE,” on view through June 5. The video is also one of seven works that are part of ikonoTV, a streaming video art source based in Berlin, Germany.

Graduation Fair 2016
Review your degree audit with graduation advisors from the Advising Center and the Office of the Registrar, order your cap and gown, sign up for graduation portraits, and enjoy fun activities with your classmates. There will be free giveaways, voting for graduation superlative awards, the announcement of the graduation logo winner, food and much more. 
January 27, 11 am – 2 pm
Solmssen Court, Hamilton Hall

Study Abroad Information Session
Are you interested in studying abroad? This Information Session is for students who are interested in a full semester overseas or taking part in one of the University's Travel courses. The deadline for applying for a full semester abroad for Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 is March 14. 
January 27, 12 p.m.
Caplan Recital Hall

Opera/Oratorio Ensemble Concert
Performance by the School of Music ensemble featuring selections from “The Pirates of Penzance.” Please note: the cancelled January 23 concert will be rescheduled at a later date.
January 30, 4 p.m.
Arts Bank

Graduate Open House
Spring Graduate Open House provides the perfect opportunity to explore the UArts campus and community, and learn more about graduate programs in the visual arts, design, museum studies education and performing arts, as well as financial aid and the application process. More info + registration >>
February 13, 2 -5 p.m.
Hamilton Hall

Sarah Flood in Salem Mass
Performance by the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. Written by Adriano Shaplin; directed by Amy Smith and Adriano Shaplin; with Headlong Dance Theater. 
February 5 – 14
Levitt Auditorium

Visiting Writers Series: Liz Moore
Sponsored by the Creative Writing program, this reading features acclaimed writer and musician Liz Moore, whose books include The Words of Every SongHeft and a third novel that will be published this year by W.W. Norton. She is the recipient of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature. 
February 18, 6:30 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium

Tasteful Yet Biting
“Tasteful Yet Biting” features Philadelphia and New York artists who deal with issues that either subtly touch upon or directly tackle current American LBGTQ culture, including Senior Lecturer Jennifer Zaylea. This exhibit is on display at new media artist gallery CRUXspace, founded by Design, Art + Technology lecturer and alumnus Andrew Cameron Zahn BFA '11 (Multimedia), MFA '13 (Studio Art)
Exhibition: February 12 – April 1
Opening: February 12, 5-8 pm
700 Master Street, Philadelphia

Health & Wellness Fair
Students, faculty and staff are invited to UArts’ annual Health & Wellness Fair featuring massage therapy, acupuncture, local vendors, student performances, snacks, giveaways and more.
February 24
Solmssen Court

Culture Vultures: Spring 2016
Student Affairs’ free performance series. Please see Gina Giusto in Gershman 311 to pick up tickets. First-come, first-served.

René Marie (jazz vocalist) 
I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt)
January 30, 8 p.m.
Kimmel Center/Perelman Theater

For the Love of Pig Iron: La Vie Bo-HAM
Pig Iron Theatre Company’s legendary annual benefit cabaret featuring all of Philly’s zaniest and talented performers, including the lovely and spectacular Ms. Martha Graham Cracker. Also features:
* Les chanteurs du Opera Philadelphia
* That gymnastic garçon, Gunnar Montana
* Le Orchestre du Philly Oeste, aka the West Philly Orchestra
* Monsieur Lorin Sklamberg of the Klezmatics
* The belly-dancing mademoiselles of Setu Tribe
* That rascal of romance, Johnny Showcase
* Emmanuelle Delpech as a real French lady
* Introducing Valerie Marcozzi
February 5, 8 – 11 p.m.

Don Quixote PA Ballet
March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Academy of Music

Ballet X
April 23, 8 p.m.
Wilma Theater

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 BFA '06 (Photography), Arturo StableKarl 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

Icebreaker 7: National Juried Exhibition
Kathleen Greco BS '79 (Industrial Design), MFA '15 (Studio Art) is included in this group exhibit that features dynamic contemporary art in all mediums from across the nation.
Through January 30
Ice Cube Gallery at the Dry Ice Factory
3300 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205

Free Lunchtime Yoga
Sponsored by Staff Council, this class is suitable for all levels and open to faculty, staff and students. Bring your yoga mat and take advantage of this beneficial opportunity. Classes continue weekly on Wednesdays through the beginning of May. Visit the Staff Council Wiki page for any changes to the schedule (login required).
January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Terra 407

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

Matt Mullican
A major exhibition of works by Matt Mullican, one of the foremost artists of the so-called “Pictures Generation.” 
Through February 26

Printmaking Gallery (Anderson Hall, 6th floor)

Work by Juniors
The Interdisciplinary Fine Arts/Printmaking program presents the exhibition “Work by Juniors.”
January 26 – February 5

Esthetics of Learning
The Interdisciplinary Fine Arts/ Printmaking program presents the exhibition “Esthetics of Learning,” curated by Romanian visual artist Răzvan Anton.
February 8 – 18

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

Gallery 224 (Anderson Hall, 2nd floor)

An exhibition of alumni work from the Craft + Material Studies program, curated by Fibers Coordinator and Associate Professor Mi-Kyoung Lee MFA '96 (Book Arts + Printmaking). Featured artists include William Gerhard BFA '97 (Crafts), Caitlin McCarthy BFA '15 (Crafts), John Riggi BFA '15 (Crafts) and Dot Vile BFA '13 (Crafts)
Through February 3

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

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. 
Exhibition: Through February 19
Reception: January 28, 4 – 7 p.m.

President’s Office Gallery (Hamilton Hall, 1st floor)

Obscure: Halah Alfadl ’15 & Kathleen Greco ’79, ’15 
“Obscure” combines the works of Halah Alfadl MFA ’15 MFA (Studio Art) and Kathleen Greco BS ’79 (Industrial Design), MFA ’15 (Studio Art). Their photography, which examines the identity and perception of women, is not about memories but rather, through the camera, Alfadl and Greco question the body to expose obscure private cultural and social boundaries. 
Exhibition: Through February 26
Closing Reception: February 25, 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. 
Through January 29

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

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. 
Exhibition: February 20
Reception: February 3, 5 p.m.

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