Summer Institute : Art, Media + Design : Faculty

Courses in the Art, Media + Design program are taught by an eclectic group of practicing artists. The majority of our faculty teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs at UArts. Our outstanding instructors are made up of seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise and collaborate with the next generation of artists.

David Berger
Figure Drawing Instructor
David Berger has taught at the University of the Arts in Core Studies and Pre-College for almost 15 years. His work has garnered many honors, including a Congressional Citation, the Lambert and Emma Wallace Cadwalader Prize for Portraiture, the Philadelphia Watercolor Award, and the Fred & Naomi Hazell Faculty Fellowship.

Mr. Berger has exhibited his paintings widely throughout the Philadelphia region.

Chris Davison
Drawing Instructor
Christopher Davison received his MFA from Tyler School of Art. His work has been exhibited nationally in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles and internationally in Copenhagen, Rome and Brussels. Davison's work can be viewed in the public collections of the Rose Art Museum (Mass.), University of Alabama and the Museum of the Hague (The Netherlands). He lives and works in Philadelphia and is represented by Mark Moore Gallery (Calif.) and Fred Torres Collaborations (N.Y.).

Chrissy Day
Fibers Instructor
Christina P. Day is a Sculptor and Textile-based instructor and teaches at both UArts in Philadelphia, PA and MICA in Baltimore, MD. She holds an MFA in Fiber from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Crafts/Fibers from the University of the Arts. Her architectural and surface based material work has been shown both nationally and internationally. She has articles she has written that have also been published in both Architecture & Ideas (Carleton University) and Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture. She just recently completed a Full Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center Art Residency and is an alum of Sculpture Space, an international sculpture residency in Utica, NY.

Rebecca Gilbert
Screen Printing Instructor
Rebecca Gilbert is an experienced printmaker that works primarily in the mediums of woodcut and intaglio. She earned her MFA in Printmaking/Book Arts from The University of the Arts where she was awarded the Elizabeth C. Robert Prize for Graduate Study in MFA Book Arts/Printmaking. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from Marshall University. More recently, she studied non-toxic etching at the Grafisk Eksperimentarium in Capeliera, Spain. Rebecca has been an artist in residence at Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming and is an alumnus of Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art in Philadelphia where she served as members’ president for four years. Rebecca teaches Printmaking at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Kaitlin Kerr
Jewelry + Small Metals Instructor
Kaitlin Kerr is a Philadelphia jewelry artist.  She studied at the University of the Arts and received her BFA in Crafts with a concentration in jewelry and metalsmithing.  Kerr creates pieces with the knowledge of metalsmithing techniques and historical jewelry motifs to make contemporary dialgoue between the past and the present.  Her work and resume can be seen at

Sheila Master
Photography Instructor
Sheila Master is a photographer and photography instructor in the Philadelphia and Delaware areas.  Master graduated from the University of the Arts with her BFA in Photography.  She is an organizer of the Delware Fun-A-Day project, a community-centric art project and show where participants choose a project and produce one piece of artwork every day for an entire month. For more information on Sheila Master you can visit her blog.

Christian "Patch" Patchell
Illustration Instructor
Patch is a cartoonist, illustrator, designer and all around art monkey. He has lived in Philly his entire life and truly loves this city. He divides his time between making art, teaching and collaborating with the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society. Patch's art has appeared on everything from comic books to greeting cards.

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Sarah Pohlman
One-Week Intensive Drawing + Painting Instructor
Sarah Pohlman is a Philadelphia based visual artist with a BFA in Book Arts and Printmaking and a MAT in Art Education from The University of the Arts.  Pohlman’s work, which explores her observations of the interconnectedness of human beings, ranges from book arts to collage to light boxes.  In 2007, she was the recipient of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Publication Grant to create an edition of 125 artist books.  In 2011 she was a resident artist at the Julia and David White Artist Colony in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica.  Her work has been exhibited nationally.

Jody Sweitzer
Sculpture Instructor
Jody Sweitzer is a mixed-media sculptor who received a full scholarship to attend the University of the Arts, where she received a BFA in Metals in 1995. Combining her education of working with various materials and self taught experiences utilizing found objects, film, video, and computers she established herself as an emerging artist. In 1993, while in school, she became active in the local arts community by pioneering the, still active, artisan group “Traveling Wares”. She invited and curated up to twenty-five artists to present & sell their work in “out of the ordinary venues”. She is a member of the artist cooperative Vox Populi. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she focused on strengthening her film and video skills and graduated from the MFA program in 2003.  Sweitzer is an active member of the , Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA, the curator for the Off the Wall gallery, a volunteer Art Teacher at two after school programs, a Professor at the University of the Arts Pre-college program and the Arts Editor for the quarterly arts publication XConnect.

Her jewelry has been available in galleries in San Francisco and Philadelphia. Her works in animation, video, installation, and performance have been shown in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and primarily in the Philadelphia area including shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Painted Bride Arts Center, Gallery Joe’s Bird Park, Vox Populi, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA, Bridge Street Theater, Gallery Siano, Off the Wall Gallery, and various sites during several years of The Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Her work has received substantial support from the Independence Foundation and the Leeway Foundation and favorable press from such publications as Art News, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, City Paper, Art Blog, and the Philadelphia Weekly. Her works delve deeply into voyeuristic acts upon the self while, attempting to shift the relationship of the stagnant viewer to an active, self-reflecting participant.