THIS WEEK @ UARTS: April 25 - May 1, 2016

April 25, 2016

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138th Commencement
College of Art, Media & Design Senior Showcase
Senior Jewelry Raffle
Blick Preferred Card – Sign Up Today

Junior Named Outstanding Soloist at Next Generation Jazz Festival
ID Sophomore Named 2016 Student Employee of the Year
Alumna’s New Book Gets Rave Reviews
Creative Writing Awards First Stephen Berg Scholarship

CE Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition
Ladies First: An Afternoon of Networking and Discussion
Emotions in Design: Slavko Milekic
Creative Writing Student Reading

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
Richard C. von Hess Illustration Gallery
Gershman Y Gallery
Sol Mednick Gallery + Gallery 1401

138th Commencement
Graduating students: view full details about the University’s 138th Commencement ceremony, including information about tickets, cap and gown distribution, awards and master’s hooding ceremonies, mandatory rehearsal, and a post-ceremony reception.
May 10, 10:30 a.m.
Merriam Theater

College of Art, Media & Design Senior Showcase
Annual senior thesis exhibitions by students in the College of Art, Media & Design. Free and open to the public.
Interdisciplinary Fine Arts
Exhibition II: April 25 – 29
- Painting + Drawing Reception: Friday, April 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
8th Floor Painting Studios + Gallery 817 (Anderson Hall)
- Printmaking + Book Arts Reception: Friday, April 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
Printmaking Gallery (Anderson Hall, 6th floor)

Craft + Material Studies
Exhibition: April 29 – May 6
Reception: Friday, April 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
Solmssen Court and CBS Auditorium (Hamilton Hall)

Photography: Kitchen Sink
Exhibition: April 29 – May 6
Reception: Friday, April 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
Hamilton & Arronson Galleries and CBS Auditorium (Hamilton Hall)

Film + Video and Animation 
Film + Video: Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Animation: Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.
Combined Show: Sunday, May 1, 5 p.m. (reception to follow)
Levitt Auditorium (Gershman Hall)

School of Design: PROCESS
Exhibition: May 7 – 12
Reception: Saturday, May 7, 5 – 8 p.m.
Terra Hall, Floors 5, 10, 12 and 13

MFA Book Arts + Printmaking 
Exhibition: April 25 – May 13
Reception: Friday, May 6, 5 – 7 p.m.
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (Anderson Hall)

Senior Jewelry Raffle
Help support the Jewelry/Metals seniors in the Craft + Material Studies program. Stop by the Anderson 511 Jewelry Studio to purchase tickets from any senior or purchase tickets in the Anderson 416 Crafts office. Each senior has contributed jewelry pieces to be individually raffled. One ticket = $5; five tickets = $20. The drawing will be held during the Craft + Material Studies Thesis Exhibition reception on Friday, April 29, 5 – 7 p.m.

Blick Preferred Card – Sign Up Today
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School of Music Junior Named Outstanding Soloist at Next Generation Jazz Festival
School of Music junior Henry Tirfe ’17 (Saxophone) was named an Outstanding Soloist at the 46th Next Generation Jazz Festival, a prestigious competition for college and high school ensembles held April 8-10 in Monterey, Calif. Tirfe performed with the UArts “Z” Big Band, which was named a finalist in the College Big Band Division. Not only was Tirfe the youngest award recipient in the category, but he was also the first “Z” Big Band member in the University’s history to be so honored. 

ID Sophomore Named 2016 Student Employee of the Year
Sophomore Shane Mastronardi ’18 (Industrial Design) [ID Shop] was named the 2016 Student Employee of the Year during an annual luncheon held in honor of the University’s work-study students. School of Dance senior Samantha Dowdy ’16 (Dance) [Registrar’s office] received an Honorable Mention during the April 13 gathering, which included 15 other student worker nominees, their supervisors and invited guests. 

Alumna's New Book Gets Rave Reviews
The Last Boy and Girl in the World, a new book by young adult author and recent visiting writer Siobhan Vivian BFA '01 (Writing for Film + Television), has been receiving rave reviews in advance of its release on April 28 by Simon & Schuster. Publisher’s Weekly, the School Library Journal and VOYA each gave the YA novel a starred review, and it was also named a Junior Library Guild selection. New York Times bestselling author Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) had this to say: “A transcendent love story, as profoundly moving as it is fun. This is Siobhan Vivian’s finest hour.”

Creative Writing Awards First Stephen Berg Scholarship
The Creative Writing program has announced the first recipient of the Stephen Berg Scholarship Fund as Katelynn Mirra ’20 (Creative Writing). This annual scholarship is intended to support the continued creative development of a sophomore Creative Writing major studying poetry. The scholarship was named in memory of the long-serving faculty member and American Poetry Review founder who passed away in 2014.

Alum's Play Selected for National Playwrights Conference
“The Burdens” by Matt Schatz BFA ’01 (Writing for Film + Television) is one of eight plays selected from a pool of 1,400 for the 2016 National Playwrights Conference sponsored by the O'Neill Theater Center. A dark family comedy about how technology helps keep us close while still enabling us to keep our distance, “The Burdens” will undergo the O'Neill's signature development process this June, with Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (“The Humans,” “Sons of the Prophet”) participating as writer in residence.

Films by Faculty, Alumnus Screen at Local Festival
“Stomping Grounds,” a feature film by Writing for Film + Television Senior Lecturer David Greenberg, will have its Pennsylvania premiere at the upcoming Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, an annual festival that seeks out and programs a curated collection of local and global films. “Stomping Grounds” will screen on May 7 at 1 p.m. in Connelly Auditorium. Andrew Donato BFA ’12 (Writing for Film + Television) will also premiere a short film titled “Equity” during the festival’s opening night on May 4 at 6 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium. Now in its ninth year, the 2016 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival takes place May 4-8.

CE Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition
The Division of Continuing Studies presents the work of Digital Photography certificate students
 Laura Storck (“Simulacra and Simulation”) and
 Mariana Fernandez (“Dominion”).
Exhibition: April 28 – May 30
Opening Reception: April 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Continuing Studies Gallery
Terra Hall, 9th Floor

Ladies First: An Afternoon of Networking and Discussion
Networking hour and panel presented by “Laurie Wagman Presents,” a new series run by students in the Music Business, Entrepreneurship + Technology (MBET) program in collaboration with UArts Trustee Laurie Wagman. Panel moderated by MBET Master Lecturer Jen Corsilli. RSVP:
April 29, 4 – 7 p.m.
Caplan Recital Hall

Emotions in Design: Slavko Milekic
Art + Design Education Professor Slavko Milekic hosts professors Lin Li and Yang Mingqing, visiting research scholars from Guizhou University in China, who will demonstrate the potential for using off-the-shelf components (eye-tracker and EEG) in creating a methodology to study the emotional aspects of design.
April 27, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Terra Hall, Room 513

Creative Writing Student Reading
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the Creative Writing program will read from their work. Readers will also include winners of this year's Liberal Arts Poetry Prize and Short Story Prize.
May 2, 6 pm
CBS Auditorium

Jayson Musson: The Truth in Song
Solo exhibit by Brooklyn-based artist and UArts alumnus Jayson Musson BFA ’02 (Photography) at Fleishman/Ollman Gallery, co-owned by fellow alum John Ollman BFA '67 (Sculpture). Musson, a 2013 UArts Silver Star Alumni Award recipient who is also known as his YouTube alter-ego "Hennessy Youngman," presents a new series of Coogi sweaters—wildly colored knit garments—mounted on stretchers and transformed into pictures.
Through May 28
Fleisher/Ollman Gallery
1216 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Ira Brind School of Theater Arts Performances
Apartment 27
Four Shorts from "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" by Tennessee Williams; directed by Cara Lisa Franz ’16 (Directing, Playwriting + Production).
Through April 30
Caplan Studio Theater

God's Ear
Directed by Shira Berger '16 (Directing, Playwriting + Production).
Through April 30
Caplan Studio Theater

Eat and You Belong to Us
Incubator project directed by Rebecca Wright; written by MJ Kaufman.
April 28 – May 1
Arts Bank

In Conversation: Candy Chang and SWOON
World-renowned visual artist and printmaker Caledonia Curry, a.k.a. SWOON, will visit Philly for a frank and honest discussion with artist and TED Senior Fellow Candy Chang about the power of art to confront and unpack personal trauma. Moderated by Jane Golden, executive director of the Mural Arts Program, and presented with the University of the Arts, this one-night-only conversation is a can't-miss event.
April 27, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Levitt Auditorium

Spring Dance Series
The Spring Dance Series features the works of UArts faculty members, as well as world-renowned dance makers and artists.

Program C
April 29, 7 p.m. & April 30, 7 p.m.
Merriam Theater

YGym Dance Theater Performances
April 29, 9 p.m. & April 30, 4 p.m.
YGym Dance Theater

Presentation: Ndabibi Environmental Conservation Centre and Earth Wind Fire + Water
The Office of the Provost, along with the Industrial Design, Design for Social Impact and Product Design programs, will welcome Josphat Macharia, founder and director of the Ndabibi Environmental Conservation Centre in Kenya, and Vivian and William Gast, president and vice president of Earth, Wind, Fire + Water, a non-profit organization committed to teaching environmental sustainability and stewardship through their partnership with Ndabibi Environmental Conservation Centre. Bill Gast is also a UArts trustee.
April 27, 6 p.m.
Terra Hall, 5th Floor

Arthur P. Williams Lecturer: Ruth R. Rogers
The MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking program presents the Arthur P. Williams Lecturer: Ruth R. Rogers, curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College. Rogers will present a lecture, critique our students and write a foreword for the thesis exhibition catalog discussing the exhibitions. Free and open to the public.
May 3, 12 p.m.
CBS Auditorium

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

"Z" Big Band Concert
April 26, 7 p.m.

Musical Theater Ensemble Concert
April 30, 7 p.m.
May 1, 4 p.m.

Output Art
Curated by InLiquid, “Output Art” takes place at CRUXspace, Philadelphia's only new media art gallery founded by faculty/alum Andrew Cameron Zahn BFA '11 (Multimedia), MFA '13 (Studio Art). The exhibit features work by artists Jeff BrownBill Cromar and Leo Hylan that explores how digital artwork can be made through a procedural approach: gather data, run an algorithm, output the art.
Exhibition: May 6 – June 17
Opening Reception: May 6, 5 – 8 p.m.
700 Master Street, Philadelphia

Bodies Without Organs: Jennifer Pascoe MFA ’13
Solo exhibit by Rowan University Spring 2016 Artist in Residence Jennifer Pascoe MFA ’13 (Book Arts + Printmaking). “Bodies Without Organs” is a collection of new work exploring the perceptions, accurate or not, we have of ourselves and other human bodies.
Exhibition: April 27 – July 16
Opening Reception: April 27, 5 – 7 p.m.
Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 27, 6 pm.
Rowan University Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

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).
April 27
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Terra 407

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

MFA Book Arts + Printmaking Thesis Exhibition
Exhibition: April 25 – May 13
Reception: May 6, 5 – 7 p.m.

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

The Art of Victo Ngai
Exhibition of work by Victo Ngai, a New York illustrator from Hong Kong who is a Forbes 30 and Under (Art and Style) honoree and Society of Illustrators NY Gold Medalist.
Through May 22

Gershman Y Gallery (Gershman Hill, 1st floor)

Myth & Menagerie: Lesley Dill
Exhibition by renowned artist Lesley Dill, curated by Cynthia Nourse Thompson, director of the MFA programs in Book Arts + Printmaking and Studio Art. “Myth & Menagerie” serves as the premiere of a newly produced body of work by Dill who works in sculpture, photography, printmaking and performance, using a variety of media and techniques to explore themes of language, the body and transformational experiences.
Exhibition: April 24 – July 22
Opening Reception: May 6: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Closing Reception: July 22, 5 – 7 p.m.

Sol Mednick Gallery + Gallery 1401 (Terra Hall, 14th + 15th Floors)

Sophomore Photography: Recent Work
This annual student exhibition features recent work from sophomore students in the Photography program. In conjunction with the Sophomore Show, the junior Photography class will be exhibiting work in the hallways surrounding the Sol Mednick Gallery.
Exhibition: April 29 – August 5
Opening Reception: April 29, 4 – 6 p.m

Various Galleries

College of Art, Media & Design Senior Showcase
Annual senior thesis exhibitions by students in the College of Art, Media & Design. Free and open to the public.
Exhibitions: Through May 13
Receptions: See schedule above in Announcements

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

Kitchen Sink: 2016 Senior Photography Exhibition
Exhibit of work by seniors in the Photography program, supported by the UArts Alumni Association.
Exhibition: April 27 – May 5
Opening Reception: April 29, 5 – 7 p.m.

Hamilton Hall Platforms (Broad Street)

PowerPlant: Ephraim Russell
The Hamilton Hall Public Art Initiative presents “Power Plant,” a two-part installation by visual artist Ephraim Russell developed as an audio/visual emulator of the electrical transformer and various implements of construction from our urban infrastructure.
Through May 20