THIS WEEK @ UARTS: May 2 - 8, 2016

May 2, 2016

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Pulitzer, Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Composer Tom Kitt Headlines UArts' 138th Commencement Ceremony
Summer Building Hours
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'Z' Big Band Named Top College Jazz Ensemble by 'DownBeat' Magazine
Alumna to Produce New Angelica Huston/Bill Pullman Film
Crafts Professor Named Hauberg Fellow at Pilchuck Glass School
Video by Professor Emeritus Accepted into Fonlad Festival

138th Commencement Ceremony
Creative Writing Student Reading
Arthur P. Williams Lecturer: Ruth R. Rogers
Continuing Education Spring/Summer Information Session

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
Hamilton & Arronson Galleries
Various Galleries
Hamilton Hall Platforms

Pulitzer, Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Composer Tom Kitt Headlines UArts' 138th Commencement Ceremony
Composer, musical director, conductor, arranger and musician Tom Kitt, whose awards include a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and two Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for the rock musical “Next to Normal,” will deliver the keynote address at UArts’ 138th Commencement ceremony, taking place on Tuesday, May 10 at the University’s Merriam Theater on the Avenue of the Arts. He will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (HDFA) degree. Longtime UArts Board of Trustees member and former board chairman Ronald J. Naples will also receive an HDFA. Sharing the spotlight will be Silver Star Alumni Award recipients Fredric Snitzer BFA ’73 (Sculpture), a Miami-based art gallery owner and Art Basel selection committee member, and UArts Associate Professor Kim Yvonne Bears-Bailey BFA ’84 (Ballet), assistant artistic director of innovative dance company PHILADANCO. 

Summer Building Hours
In an effort to accommodate summer activities and operate efficiently, building hours have been modified beginning on Wednesday, May 11 through Wednesday, August 24. All buildings will be locked at the closing hour. If there are scheduled events beyond the closing time, we will keep the buildings open to accommodate those events, at the cost of the requesting department. Contact JoAnn Malandro at 215-717-6826 with any events.

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'Z' Big Band Named Top College Jazz Ensemble by 'DownBeat' Magazine
For the second consecutive year, the University of the Arts’ “Z” Big Band has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. Led by Assistant Professor Matt Gallagher MM '01 (Jazz Studies), the School of Music band was named the top college large jazz ensemble in the 2016 DownBeat magazine Student Music Awards, considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education. 

Alumna to Produce New Angelica Huston/Bill Pullman Film
Jaclyn Bashoff BFA ’00 (Writing for Film + Television) will be producing “Trouble,” an indie comedy-drama from Theresa Rebeck, the creator of NBC's “Smash.” Angelica Huston and Bill Pullman will play a feuding brother and sister whose differences entangle the fate of an old friend, played by David MorseRead a Hollywood Reporter article >>

Crafts Professor Named Hauberg Fellow at Pilchuck Glass School
Associate Professor and Glass Coordinator Alexander Rosenberg has been named a John H. Hauberg Fellow at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Wash. Named for the late Pilchuck co-founder, the fellowship was established to encourage collaboration among a group of outstanding artists. Rosenberg will also present a video and lecture titled “Glass As Performative Practice” at Bearnstow Performance School in Maine on July 1.

Video by Professor Emeritus Accepted into Fonlad Festival
"Shadow Whispers," a video by Professor Emeritus Tom Porett, was accepted into the 2016 Fonlad Video & Performance Festival in Coimbra, Portugal. The online festival of digital arts is a collaborative art project that aims to promote and encourage artistic creation in terms of new media, with particular emphasis on video art through presentations, exhibitions, online exhibitions, installations, workshops, residencies and performances.

Alum's Work Featured in 'Colossal' Art Blog
Art blog Colossal features new work by alumnus Jason Chen BFA ’08 (Animation), co-founder of Philly’s Paradigm Gallery + Studio and film/animation studio Juggling Wolf. Chen’s work is currently included in the Paradigm group exhibition “Portrait,” on display through June 18. Read the blog post >>

Professor Emerita Gives Talk at Queens College
Professor Emerita Carol Moore, founding director of the MFA in Studio Art program and former associate dean of the College of Art, Media & Design, gave a talk at the annual Migrating Objects: Material Culture and Italian Identities conference held April 29-30 at Queens College/CUNY in New York City. The interdisciplinary conference focuses on material culture in the contexts of Italy, its colonies and its diasporic communities.

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

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

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

Continuing Education Spring/Summer Information Session
Take the first step in learning about Continuing Education courses and certificate programs. Our curriculum provides an accelerated, in-depth learning experience taught by talented working professionals who emphasize practical knowledge and skills using a project-based approach. RSVP to or 215-717-6095.
May 11, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Brief Presentation: 5:45 p.m.
Terra Hall, Room 901

Film + Video Junior Showcase
The Film + Video program presents the Junior Showcase. Come see an eclectic mix of narrative and short films produced by the class of 2017! Screening will be followed by a Q&A and reception. For more info, email
May 5, 7 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium

Words & Pictures: Senior Illustration Portfolio Event
An evening with senior Illustration students, featuring a keynote address by Brian Rea. Please join us as we begin with the inspiring words of our guest speaker and move on to a reception featuring food, drink, and most importantly, the portfolios of our soon-to-be graduates. We welcome design professionals, alumni and faculty to mix with our seniors and speak to them about their work in a casual atmosphere. 
May 5, 6 – 10 p.m.
Lecture: 6 – 7 p.m.
Reception: 7 – 10 p.m.
Caplan Center for the Performing Arts

Photography Portfolio Review
Professor Barbara Proud’s Professional Practices in Photography class of 2016 invites you to review the portfolios of the senior Photography students. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to
May 4, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Terra Hall, Room 1511

Free Lunchtime Zumba Class
Staff, faculty and students are invited to attend a Free Lunchtime Zumba class, sponsored by Staff Council. Wear comfy clothes, sneakers, bring water and come join the fun. Licensed Instructor Maureen Osborn leads the dance party. Questions?:
May 5, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Terra 407

Changing the Rules: NEUARTS Photography by Lindsay Sparagana '06
Join Senior Lecturer and alumna Lindsay Sparagana BFA '06 (Photography) for the opening celebration of photographs from NEUARTS: Neighborhood Engagement at the University of the Arts.
May 5, 3 – 5 p.m.
Office of the President

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

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

(kachi haeyo) | Let's Do This Together
International collaborative student exhibition and performances featuring artists Kiman Park, Luke HanAbdul Almutairi, Lena Feliciano-Hansen, Siwon ChoJeunghwan Cho, Jiyon Song, Han Bit KangJessica LamHalah Alfadl, Kihoon Choi,Yuanchou Liu, Han Wang, Alexander BardCharlie DuncanMingfeng Yao, Yezi Wang and Siyuan Liu.
Through May 14
Levitt Auditorium Foyer

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 May. 
May 4
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Terra 407

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

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

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.
Through May 5

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.

Craft + Material Studies
Through May 6

Solmssen Court and CBS Auditorium
Photography: Kitchen Sink
Through May 6

Hamilton & Arronson Galleries and CBS Auditorium
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: Through May 13
Reception: Friday, May 6, 5 – 7 p.m.
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery

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

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: Leslie Dill
Exhibition by renowned artist Leslie 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.

Photo is a still from Shadow Whispers by Thomas Porett