THIS WEEK @ UARTS: February 20 - 26, 2017

February 20, 2017

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Health & Wellness Fair

All are welcome! Students, Staff and Faculty

Health Services and The Office of Student Life invite you to the annual Health & Wellness Fair. Enjoy healthy snacks, reiki, comfort animals, acupuncture, have your blood pressure checked and more!

Wednesday, February 22
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Solmssen Court
(due th the Fair, this week's yoga class is cancelled)

UArts/Broad Street Ministry partnership presentation

As an extension of UArts’ core values of community collaboration and engagement, the University is launching a partnership with Broad Street Ministry. The new relationship will create opportunities for the UArts community to become involved in ongoing group volunteering; community building; support of the Ministry’s mission of "radical hospitality and works for a more just world through civic engagement," and other areas. This Thursday, February 23, 2017, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a presentation on the new program, with Broad Street Ministry representatives providing details on the organization and the program, including the Ministry’s services and future projects. Volunteer sign-up will be available.

3 – 4 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017
Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium
Light refreshments available

Save the Date: Art Unleashed

The 8th Annual Art Unleashed Exhibition & Sale will showcase exceptional works by UArts students, alumni and faculty. Jewelry, furniture, sculpture, photography, illustrations, paintings and more will be on exhibit and for sale to support student scholarships April 7-10; the ticketed Opening Night Party is April 6. This year’s Alumni Spotlight Artist is Shelley Spector BFA ’94 (Sculpture) a respected artist, innovative gallery owner, teacher and champion of emerging talent.
Hamilton Hall

April 6, 2017
Opening Night Party (ticketed, entry times vary)

April 7-9
Exhibition and sale (free admission)

Corzo Center Innovation Lab Grants for Student Entrepreneurs

For students who have a business idea or who want to develop a program with social impact, the Innovation Lab at UArts' Corzo Center may be able to help. The Innovation Lab is a new program designed to support UArts undergraduates who want to start a business, create a non-profit or push something they’ve already started to the next level. If a student has an idea, a plan and is a UArts undergraduate, he or she is eligible to apply for a grant of up to $2,500. Grants will be awarded in mid-April and work must be completed by August 30, 2017. Deadline to apply: March 3, 2017, at 5 p.m. ET.

Blick Preferred Card – Sign Up Today

Are you a Blick Preferred Customer yet? Sign up at your local Philadelphia store and receive extra perks. All Preferred Customers are eligible for the Web Match Rebate for instant savings. Plus, get exclusive discounts and updates on the latest events. Ask an associate for more details or visit the Blick website.

Creative Writing Faculty Member’s New Novel to be Released

Creative Writing program faculty member Rahul Mehta's novel, No Other World, will be released by Harper Collins next Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The novel has been praised by National Book Award-nominated authors George Saunders and Lauren Groff (among others) and has received a starred review from Booklist.

Jewelry Alumna and Faculty Member are Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

Alumna Mallory Weston BFA ’09 (Jewelry) and faculty member Emily Cobb are among five women featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer feature article that calls them "up-and-coming jewelry designers." The five make up the "JV Collective," housed in a small studio in the Bok Building in South Philadelphia.

Book about "Last Stands" in Movies Published by Film & Media Studies Faculty Member

Longtime UArts faculty member Martin Novelli has co-authored a new book titled Last Stands from the Alamo to Benghazi: How Hollywood Turns Military Defeats into Moral Victories. The book, co-written with Frank Wetta, is published by Routledge, and examines how filmmakers teach Americans about the country’s military past, examining 23 representative war films and locating them in their cultural and military landscape.

Recent Painting Alumnus in Exhibition at NYC Gallery

Thierry Goldberg Gallery in Manhattan presents Chase / Fratino / Lee, a three-person exhibition with paintings by alumnus Jonathan Lyndon Chase BFA ’13 (Painting), Louis Fratino, and Kristina Lee. While the three artists all depict the human form, each does so in a different manner, often incorporating their own unique perspectives to portray people in novel and engrossing ways. Chase creates figurative paintings that highlight the quotidian episodes of black queer men and the difficulties faced by defining one’s identity as such in contemporary society.

February 24 – April 2, 2017
Opening: Friday, February 24, 6-8pm
Thierry Goldberg Gallery
103 Norfolk St, New York, NY

Brind School Presents 3rd Annual Polyphone Festival March 28 to April 1

The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts announces the lineup for year three of Polyphone, a "festival of the emerging musical" at UArts in Philadelphia. The 2017 Polyphone festival, March 28-April 1, will continue to challenge audiences with the question "What is a musical?" Each new work presented at Polyphone is stripped down to an off-book, staged concert with a full band, inviting audiences into the evolution of how musicals are made. The festival brings together artists-in-training, emerging composers, librettists, choreographers, and directors developing new works to present four musicals over five days.

"Folk Wandering"
March 28 & 31 at 8 p.m.; April 1 at 12 p.m.; Merriam Theater

March 28 & 31 at 8 p.m.; April 1 at 9 p.m.; Arts Bank

"The Real Whisper"
March 29 & 30 at 8 p.m.; April 1 at 6 p.m.; Merriam Theater

"The Best Songs in the World Show
A New Musical by Red 40 & The Last Groovement"

March 29 & 30 at 8 p.m.; April 1 at 3 p.m.; Arts Bank

Marathon Day on Saturday, April 1
12 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Merriam Theater and Arts Bank
Four new works in succession: "Folk Wandering," "The Best Songs in the World Show," "The Real Whisper", "Normativity"

UArts/Pig Iron MFA in Devised Performance: First-Year Students’ Work

The University of the Arts/Pig Iron School Class of 2018 presents an evening of short theatrical pieces emerging from its work in the first year of the UArts/Pig Iron Devised Performance program. Featuring Nathan Alford-Tate, Matthew Armstead, Travis Draper, Jeffrey Evans, Shea-Mikal Green, Viktoria Lange, Jeanne Lyons, Parker Matthews, Leslie Miller, Rebecca Muszynski, Rebecca Posner, Ari Rampy, Bayla Rubin, and Isabella Sazak. Admission is free. Please RSVP to

Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Pig Iron School
1417 N. 2nd Street, Phila.

Knowing Dance More: He Jin Jang - "Drifting Body"

Presented by the School of Dance, "Knowing Dance More" is a series of lectures, conversations and informal showings led by important artists and scholars in the international field of dance. "Drifting Body" is a performative practice that is shared with the public in the form of a self-conversation. It is a choreographic experiment of the w/hole—either whole or partial self, w/hole community in relation to where we live. In this lecture performance, the artist will share some perspectives on her kinetic/dynamic visions (seeing the world in transit) as an immigrant female artist.

March 1, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Terra Hall, Caplan Recital Hall

UArts Creative Writing program’s Visiting Writers Series presents screenwriter David Greenberg

Liberal Arts faculty member David J. Greenberg's feature-length writing-directing debut, Stomping Ground, premiered at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2016. His numerous writing credits include the indie films What Matters Most (2012), Used to Love Her (2014) and the documentary Bonnie & Clyde: Lovers On the Run(2015). In 2015, he wrote and directed the short film "Interrogation," which won a Grand Jury Prize at the L.A. Neo-Noir Festival, and his 1995 short "The True Meaning of Cool" won an award from the American Film Institute. Greenberg teaches screenwriting at UArts.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

Spring Music Festival

A weeklong series of ensemble and senior performances that will feature a different theme each night, celebrating the diversity and creativity of the School of Music. The final night will culminate with a reception and performance featuring alumni guest artists that celebrates the centennial of legendary drummer Buddy Rich.

March 13 - 18
Caplan Recital Hall

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

After Now
UARts’ Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery presents "After Now," a group exhibition of six artists, each of them among the most exciting artists working in contemporary Philadelphia. The exhibit is an extension of the Circa 1995 project in the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery this past fall. The artists in this current iteration are Gideon Barnett, Michael Ciervo (assistant director of the gallery), Micah Danges, Samuel Hindolo, Peter Allen Hoffmann and Kelsey Halliday Johnson.

Through February 28

Hamilton + Arronson Galleries, the President's Office Gallery and Hamilton Hall Platforms (Hamilton Hall, 1st Floor)

The Perpetual Subject
Works by faculty and alumni, focusing on the figure as a central subject. The exhibition, curated by Laura Frazure, includes a range of media and formats, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and stained glass. Addressing the long history of figurative studies at UArts, The Perpetual Subject celebrates the rich variety of contemporary expressions, including public works, situated north and south of the Hamilton Hall entry.

Charles Browning, Eoin Burke BFA '07 (Sculpture), John Carlano BFA '78 (Photography), Harvey Citron, Charles Cooper BFA '88 (Illustration), Larry Day, Jim Dessicino BFA '07 (Sculpture), Scott Donahue BFA '73 (Sculpture), Walter Erlebacher, Laura Frazure BFA '86 (Sculpture), Natalie Charkow Hollander, John Horn BFA '75 (Sculpture), Elsa Johnson, Louis Marinaro BFA '74 (Sculpture), Photography program Director Anne Massoni, Tom Miles BFA '75 (Sculpture), Roberto Osti, Leo Robinson, faculty member Judith Schaechter, Anthony Visco BFA '70 (Sculpture). Through March 3

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

The Art of Sam Wolfe Connelly
Sam Wolfe Connelly has a profound fascination with the unknown. Whether his narratives contain ethereal ghost-like entities or humans in various states of anguish or despair, his foreboding images are charged with a penetrating unease. Through March 7

Sol Mednick Gallery (Terra Hall, 15th floor)

Libuse Jarcovjakova: trans_fusion
Libuse Jarcovjákova's exhibition trans_fusion explores the everyday with an open rawness that belies the images' seemingly banal origins, presenting the work of a Czech photographer who created her evocative snapshot images at a time when almost nobody was able to understand the genre as a distinct art form. Their unique poetic, sincerity and openness make these raw photographs – often presented in the form of a visual diary – a chronicle of a dramatic life, the story of an outsider within a subculture. Through March 10 

Gallery 1401 (Terra Hall, 14th floor)

Pedro Farias-Nardi: Fe Glas: Ice Sellers Across The Border Dominican Republic and Haiti
While working on the market of Dajabon, in the Dominican Republic, Pedro Farías-Nardi was struck by Haitians crossing the border to buy ice. On the Haitian side, electricity is either nonexistent or the voltage is too low. His photo essay explores the dire conditions of the Haitian population. Through March 10


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