THIS WEEK @ UARTS: February 8 - 14, 2016

February 8, 2016

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Nominations Being Accepted for Alumni Council
Student RUSH Tickets to 'Exit Strategy'
Discount Tickets to 'Beauty and the Beast'
Call for Submissions for 6th Annual OTIS Imaging Lab Exhibition

Faculty Member's Animated Feature Continues to Screen Worldwide
Photo Alum Featured in 'Entrepreneur' Magazine
More Screenings for Film Faculty's Work

Graduate Open House
Lecture: Lynn Batchelder
Visiting Writers Series: Liz Moore

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
Sol Mednick Gallery
Printmaking Gallery
Sculpture Gallery

Nominations Being Accepted for Alumni Council
The Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations for graduates to join the Alumni Council, which assists the Office of Alumni Relations in its efforts to engage and support UArts alumni. Members of the Alumni Council play an active role in the life of UArts by participating in alumni events, reconnecting alumni to their alma mater, helping students – our future alumni – to be successful, and much more. Nominees are elected based upon their demonstrated leadership and service to their chosen profession, UArts and the community. Nominations are due by February 29, 2016. Phone interviews will be conducted during the month of March, and the Alumni Council will vote on the appointment of selected candidates at its April meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy E. Smith, director of Alumni + Parent Relations, at 215-717-6139 or

Student RUSH Tickets to 'Exit Strategy'
$10 student RUSH tickets are available to the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s production of “Exit Strategy,” starring alumni Aimé Donna Kelly BFA '09 (Acting)and Brandon J. Pierce BFA '12 (Acting). Tickets are available three hours prior to curtain for any “Exit Strategy” performance through February 28. Each student can request two tickets by showing their UArts ID and providing their name and email at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre box office. More about “Exit Strategy” >>

Discount Tickets to 'Beauty and the Beast'
Students, faculty and staff: save 35% off tickets to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at the Academy of Music. Valid for the February 16, 17 and 18 evening performances. Offer valid at the box office, phone and online. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or premium seating. Certain restrictions apply. Use promo code BELLE.

Students: Call for Submissions for 6th Annual OTIS Imaging Lab Exhibition
The OTIS Imaging Lab Exhibition is a juried exhibition of student work open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students at UArts. Selected work will be printed by the Imaging Labs, framed by our friends at Trinity Framing and displayed in Anderson Hall. A jury of four faculty members will review the show and select one student to receive the Print Services Award of $500 during the University’s annual Award Ceremony at the end of the year. Submission forms can be picked up at the Imaging Labs, Terra 1316 or Anderson 616, and are due February 26. For more information, contact James Matusheski at

Last Call for Utility Box Entries
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.

Faculty Member's Animated Feature Continues to Screen Worldwide
"The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead," an animated feature by Master Lecturer Elliot Cowan, continues to screen worldwide including at the Animex International Festival of Animation & Computer Games in the UK on February 13; Animation Dingle in Ireland, March 18 and 19; Queens World Film Festival in New York on March 18; and Drawtastic in Seattle on April 30, where Cowan will also give a presentation.

Photo Alum Featured in ‘Entrepreneur’ Magazine
Brittany DeMaio BFA ’09 (Photography), who recently opened her own boutique family photography studio franchise with Little Nest Portraits in Montclair, N.J., was featured in Entrepreneur magazine. The former freelance photographer is enjoying “the tears of joy she often sees over a beautiful family portrait.” Read the article >>

More Screenings for Film Faculty’s Work
"Cubano Bas" by School of Film Master Lecturer Kathy Rose will screen at the 2016 Dance on Camera Festival being held at New York’s Lincoln Center on February 13. A program of Rose’s work will also be shown at the EPOS International Film Art Festival taking place at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, March 16-19. In addition, Rose has just completed a new video titled “The Silence of the Snow,” which features three Korean exchange students.

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.
February 13, 2 -5 p.m.
Hamilton Hall

A collaborative juried exhibition featuring student works from four Philadelphia art colleges, including the University of the Arts, Moore College of Art and Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Tyler School of Art, which hosts this year’s exhibit. “Bodies” features a range of media that explores bodies and the space they occupy. 
Through February 23
Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery
2001 N 13th Street, Philadelphia

Lecture: Lynn Batchelder
Craft + Material Studies presents a lecture by Lynn Batchelder, whose studio practice relies on a drawing process where forms and ideas develop intuitively through the initial exploration of a line on paper. 
February 12, 2:30 p.m.
CBS 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

Ira Brind School of Theater Arts Performances
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. 
Through February 14
Levitt Auditorium

This Beautiful Stupidity
Directed by Alex Bechtel BFA '08 (Musical Theater); devised by The Company.
February 19 – 28
Caplan Studio Theater

Open Mic Night
Students: Sign up for the first Open Mic Night of the semester! If you are interested in signing up, please fill out this Google form by Monday, February 15 at 12 p.m. Please direct any questions to Maggie Stauffer at
February 16, 8 p.m.
Levitt Auditorium

Synapse and Surrender: JenMarie MacDonald
“Synapse and Surrender: Dynamics of Collaboration,” a lecture by JenMarie MacDonald, is sponsored by the Creative Writing program and the University Common Curriculum. MacDonald will discuss collaborative dynamics in her work and in works by others. The session will include a collaborative writing activity. Open to the UArts community. For information, contact Professor Zach Savich at
February 12, 1 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium

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

Self-Assessment and Reflective Practice
The Center for Teaching and Learning presents Phyllis Blumberg, Ph.D., assistant provost for Faculty and Leadership Development and director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of the Sciences, and author of Assessing and Improving Your Teaching. The presentation will cover building assessment practices through critical reflection and evidence to self-assess teaching and encourage renewal. Questions and RSVP: contact Carol Graney, Associate Provost & Director of Libraries.
February 10, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Cushman Conference Room, Terra Hall

School of Music Performances
All performances take place in the Caplan Recital Hall.

Voice Department Freshman Recital
February 10, 7 p.m.

"Z" Big Band Concert
February 15, 7 p.m.

Voice Department Faculty/Student Recital
February 24, 7 p.m.

Screening/Lecture: Making Sense: Alex Schein
Screening of the Alex Schein film “Making Sense” followed by a presentation and Q&A. “Making Sense” is a portrait of the rising “maker culture” in Philadelphia as seen and heard through the hands, words and workshops of some of the city’s most prominent young artisans, including Visiting Assistant Professor and alumnus Andrew Dahlgren MID ’07 (Industrial Design)
February 18, 4:30 p.m.
CBS Auditorium

Staging the Self: María Martínez-Cañas ’82
This traveling group exhibition features 54 works by six contemporary U.S. Latino artists, including María Martínez-Cañas BFA ’82 (Photography). Organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center. 
Through March 27
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Basic Intro to Entrepreneurship
The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts presents an interactive, two-week course that provides a chance to learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Free for UArts students, alumni, faculty and staff. The deadline to register/apply is February 2 at 5pm. Registration is for all six sessions. Coursework is cumulative; participants must plan on attending all classes.
February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha
1900 N 9th Street, Philadelphia

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

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

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

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

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).
February 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

Sol Mednick Gallery (Terra Hall, 15th floor)

Beyond the Forest: Loli Kantor
“Beyond the Forest” is a photographic series that represents the fragile renewal of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the early 21st century. The project began when Loli Kantor, an Israeli-American photographer, turned a journey to discover the world of her family, most having perished in the Holocaust, into a broader engagement with the daily life of the Jews of Eastern Europe today.
February 12 – March 11

Printmaking Gallery (Anderson Hall, 6th floor)

Esthetics of Learning
The Interdisciplinary Fine Arts program in Printmaking presents the exhibition “Esthetics of Learning,” curated by Romanian visual artist Răzvan Anton. This exhibit features four artists/printmakers from the University of Art and Design in Cluj/Napoca Romania: Miklósi Dénes, Cristian OprișRaluca Popa and Răzvan Anton.
February 8 – 18

Sculpture Gallery (Hamilton Hall, lower level)

Stages of the Denizen: Anja Marais
The Interdisciplinary Fine Arts program in Sculpture presents a multimedia exhibition by visiting artist Anja Marais.
Through March 1

Gallery 1401 (Terra Hall, 14th floor)

Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play, Gitmo on Sale: Debi Cornwall
“Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play, Gitmo on Sale” by photographer Debi Cornwall looks at the grim absurdity of daily life for both prisoners and guards at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (known as “Gitmo”) through their residential and leisure spaces, as no faces may be depicted per military regulation.
February 12 – March 11

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.
Through February 20

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
Presentation: February 11, 1 - 2:30 pm, CBS Auditorium
Reception: February 11, 3 - 4 pm, Von Hess Gallery

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.
Through February 19

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.