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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Neil Gaiman Headlines University's 134th Commencement
Kay F. Williams Named New CPA Dean
University Forum: April 25
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NEWS
UArts.edu Nominated for Webby Award: Cast Your Vote!
University Professor Camille Paglia to Publish New Book
Alum, Faculty Member Curates Equality Forum's Annual Art Exhibit

EVENTS
'Underground Pool' Reading & Launch Party
School of Music Performances
Art + Design Education 2012 Student Teacher Show
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OPPORTUNITIES
Call for Art: 'Otherwise,' an International Exhibition

IN THE GALLERIES
Solmssen Court
Hamilton Hall Galleries
President's Office
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Award-Winning Author and Graphic Novelist Neil Gaiman Headlines University's 134th Commencement
Best-selling English author Neil Gaiman, whose dark fantasy tales and graphic novels have won him Newbery and Carnegie medals as well as Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker awards, will deliver the keynote address at the 134th Commencement of the University of the Arts. The award-winning author of the graphic novel series The Sandman and gothic horror/fantasy novel Coraline will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts (HDFA). Additional honorees include this year's other HDFA recipient, Tony Auth, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former editorial cartoonist at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and alumnae Hilary Clark BFA '98 (Modern Dance) and Alina Wheeler BFA '70 (Illustration), who will each receive the Silver Star Alumni Award.

More about the honorees >>

The 134th Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Academy of Music on Philadelphia's famed Avenue of the Arts. Don't miss the live webcast, which will begin shortly before the start of the ceremony.

More Commencement info >>

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Kay F. Williams Named New Dean of the College of Performing Arts
The University of the Arts has announced the hiring of Kay F. Williams as dean of its College of Performing Arts (CPA), effective July 1, 2012. Williams will come to UArts from Washington, D.C., where she operates SiG Productions, LLC, an arts consulting and production company. The new dean will lead the three performing arts schools in CPA: Dance, Music and the Ira Brind School of Theater ArtsRead more >>

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University Forum: April 25
Faculty and staff are invited to a University Forum at which President Buffington will provide a financial update.
April 25, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Gershman Hall
, Levitt Auditorium

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Blick Spring Fling
Wednesday, April 25 is Blick Art Materials' Spring Fling event, a one-day happening full of art demonstrations, raffles, prizes, refreshments and discounts. Coupon available online >>

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NEWS
UArts.edu Nominated for Webby Award: Cast Your Vote!
The University of the Arts' new website has been selected as a 2012 Webby Award nominee. The Webby Awards are the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Designed by a UArts alumnus-led firm, Siegel+Gale, uarts.edu is one of only five nominees in the School/University category, selected from tens of thousands that were submitted. As a Webby Award nominee, UArts is also eligible to win a Webby "People's Voice Award," voted on by the global Web community. Voting ends April 26. Vote for UArts >>

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University Professor Camille Paglia to Publish New Book
Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, a new book by University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies Camille Paglia, is set to be published on October 16. Glittering Images is an enthralling tour through more than two dozen images of paintings, sculptures, architectural styles, performance pieces and digital art that have defined and transformed our visual world. Paglia combines close analysis with background that situates each artist and image within its historical context. Read more on Amazon.com >>

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Alum, Faculty Member Curates Equality Forum's 13th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit
Alumnus and Photography faculty member Jordan Rockford BFA '00 (Photography) is the curator for the 13th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit, "Equator," by celebrated Israeli photographer David Adika. The exhibition is a collaboration between the University of the Arts and Equality Forum, the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit. Adika will present a lecture on his work on Wednesday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in CBS Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Read more >>
Exhibition: April 30 - May 10
Opening Reception: May 3, 6 – 8 p.m.
Open Lens Gallery, Gershman Hall

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EVENTS
'Underground Pool' Reading & Launch Party
The second issue of the student literary magazine Underground Pool includes student contributors representing a range of different majors: Illustration, Sculpture, Painting/Drawing, Writing for Film & Television, Acting, Animation and Graphic Design. Work includes illustrations, comics, short fiction and poetry.
April 23, 7 p.m.
Terra Hall, Room 1703

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School of Music Performances
Transfusion Ensemble Concert
?The Questions are as Important as the Answers?
April 25, 7 – 9 p.m.
Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium

Chorus/Handbells Concert
Students perform songs in nine ensembles.
April 26, 8 – 10 p.m.
The Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany
330 South 13th Street

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Art + Design Education 2012 Student Teacher Show
A showcase of children's art and a demonstration of how student teachers make an impact in K-12 classrooms, this exhibit is the largest in the department's history. The artwork created by the elementary, middle and high school students under the guidance of 24 student teachers placed in 33 schools throughout the Philadelphia area will be exhibited throughout the department, including the Special Gifts Gallery.
Exhibition: April 29 – May 8
Opening Reception: April 29, 1 - 4 p.m., Terra Hall (10th floor)

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Brind School Presents 'The House of Bernarda Alba'
Five unmarried daughters live together in the house of their mother, Bernarda Alba, in an atmosphere of simmering sexual desire, jealousy and fear. When one of them begins a clandestine affair with her sister’s suitor, the consequences are devastating. Lorca's masterpiece of love, oppression and loathing was completed just months before he was murdered by Franco's supporters in 1936. More info >>
April 20 - 28, 2012
Arts Bank

All Brind School productions are FREE to the University community, though advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Please visit tickets.uarts.edu and enter either the UASTAFF or UASTUDENT promo code for a 0.00 ticket. Tickets can also be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis - one hour prior to curtain - at the box office. Questions can be directed to Jennifer MacMillan, audience services coordinator, at x6450 or jmacmillan@uarts.edu.

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Rick Lawn's Power of 10 Faculty 'little big band' Performs
Power of 10, the School of Music's faculty ensemble, plays two sets at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Center City Philadelphia. Performing music by Rick Lawn, the ensemble includes Mike Cemprola, Chris Farr, Mark Allen, Jon Shaw, George Rabbai, Randy Kapralick, Tony Miceli, Mike Kennedy, Tom Lawton, Kevin MacConnell and Erik Johnson. $10/general admission; $5/students.
April 25, 7 p.m.
Chris' Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St., Philadelphia

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Philly Tech Week: April 20 -29
Philly Tech Week is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia, organized by Technically Media Inc., with over 100 events April 20-29. For a full listing of events during Philly Tech Week, visit phillytechweek.com. The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and UArts are hosting over 15 events on campus, including:

  • Digital Performances in a Possible Future
    New Paradise Laboratories will share its innovative process of integrating technology into theatrical performances.
    April 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    CBS Auditorium
  • Gamification for Non-Profits
    A full-day lecture series on the benefits of gamification for non-profit organizations presented by the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and Philadelphia Game Lab as part of Philly Tech Week 2012.
    April 24, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium
  • Switch Philly
    Five Philly startups compete for a prize pack that will help switch their business to the next level.
    April 25, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    Levitt Auditorium
  • Entrepreneur Expo
    A showcase of work from over 50 entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial community.
    April 26, 6 – 9 p.m.
    Levitt Auditorium
  • New Technologies: Impact on Artists
    A discussion of the impact of technologies on the way artists work, how they present their art and how they promote their careers.
    April 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Gershman Hall Chapel
  • A Collision of Music and Games
    As part of Philly Tech Week, the  Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and Philadelphia Game Lab present lectures and a dialog with the people creating amazing and groundbreaking games that integrate music into gameplay. This isn't about music for games, but rather games in which music is a core interactive element.  Followed by a concert of local chiptunes, music created largely on videogame hardware.
    April 27, 8 – 10 p.m.
    Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium
  • Grassroots Game Conference: Developer Weekend
    Presented by the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and Philadelphia Game Lab. Free for UArts students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Registration is recommended as seating is limited.
    April 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium

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Digital Performances in a Possible Future: Extremely Public Displays of Privacy & Fatebook
New Paradise will open the laboratory doors to its Fringe productions in virtual space and live theater. Using excerpts, Whit MacLaughlin, artistic director, and Larry Loebell, dramaturg/playwright, will explain what they're doing and propose a possible future for the delivery of theater.
April 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium

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Handwork Artisans
Bring your knitting, crochet, needlework or just come and learn how! For more Information, contact Gina Guglielmi, Student Affairs Coordinator, at 215-717-6617.
Every Friday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Pine Hall, Room 101

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Blood & Cigarettes: Student Short Play Showcase
A casual evening of short plays with two common ingredients. Written, performed and produced by UArts students. Free to the UArts community, but seating is limited. More information >>
April 27 – 28, 8 p.m.
Terra Hall, Room 703

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'Knowing Dance More' Lecture Series: Sidra Bell
The final lecture in the School of Dance's "Knowing Dance More" series of conversations and informal showings lead by important artists, theorists, scholars and curators in the international field of dance. This series seeks to bring into focus current issues within the production, performance and practice of dance works and will hopefully foster ongoing conversations about knowing dance (more). Sidra Bell is a sought-after master teacher and has taught her unique approach to creative process, improvisation, repertory and technique at many prestigious institutions for dance and theater. She is currently refining and cataloging her approach in a comprehensive study of movement entitled Contemporary Systems - An Interior & Material Approach to Movement. She has also been a special guest lecturer introducing her artistic philosophy: Developing the Conscious, Critical and Present Mind through Art Making.
April 25, 11:45 a.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

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Lunchtime Yoga Extended Through May 9
The popular lunchtime yoga class sponsored by Staff Council and the Provost's office has been extended until May 9. Free and open to faculty, staff and students. Classes are suitable for all levels and are held on Wednesdays, with the exception of April 26, which is a Thursday.
May 2, May 9
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Terra Hall, Room 406

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Meditation Group
Join us each Monday to start your week with a free guided meditation led by UArts staffer Tracy Farquhar to help you relax and get back in touch with yourself. The meditations will consist of a total physical relaxation and a visualization, which will help you clear your chattering mind and find a peaceful and centered state of being. You need not bring anything with you; meditations will be done seated in a chair unless you prefer to sit on the floor (if so, you may want to bring a mat). Questions? Please email Tracy at tfarquhar@uarts.edu.
Mondays, Through April 30, 12 – 1 p.m.
Anderson Hall, Room 212

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Working for Sea People
An exhibition of ink drawings by President's Office staff member Jenny Kanzler, based on the absurdist short fiction of Abram Lynch. With DJ Monchichi and special guest performance by Eric Carbonara. Visits through May 5 by appointment: 267-303-9374.
Reception: April 28, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
7 p.m.: Reading of Working for Sea People
7:15 p.m.: Animation Screening
Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art
12th and Spring Garden Streets

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OPPORTUNITIES
Call for Art: 'Otherwise,' an International Exhibition
University of the Arts students, staff and faculty are encouraged to submit work with an international connection, however loose, for this exhibit sponsored by the Office of International Students. All media is welcome and should be submitted to the International Student Programs office in Gershman Hall, Room 412 or 414, by Thursday April 26. The exhibit will run Mary 1 – 20 in the foyer of the Levitt Auditorium. The opening reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 1. For more information, contact Mara Flamm, director of International Student Programs, at 215-717-6621.

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IN THE GALLERIES
Solmssen Court (Hamilton Hall)

Nonesuch: Senior Crafts Thesis Exhibit 2012
"Nonesuch" features the work of 23 emerging artists in Fiber, Glass, Ceramic, Metal and Wood. Each artist will present a body of work that reflects a cultivation of technique, conceptual thought and individual voice, marking the completion of their study at UArts. More info >>
Exhibition: April 27 – May 4
Opening Reception: April 27, 5 - 8 p.m.
Closing Reception: May 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

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Hamilton Hall Galleries (Hamilton Hall)

Coalesce: Senior Photography Thesis Exhibit 2012
A group exhibition displaying the diverse photographic works of 30 current senior photography majors, the show represents the energetic, eclectic and diverse works of artists utilizing traditional, mixed media and digital imaging methods. 
Exhibition: Through May 10
Opening Reception: May 4, 6 – 8 p.m.

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President's Office (Hamilton Hall, ground floor)

m(eye)environment
The mission of m(eye)environment is to educate and encourage today's youth to express themselves through digital photography. Sponsored by OLYMPUS of America, Adobe Systems, Innova Digital Art, Kingston Systems, the University of the Arts and the Philadelphia Zoo.
Through April 27

Ancient Red Ocher Abalone: The Swords of Destiny One Water Bucket
New York artist Robert Younger exhibits a number of personalized themes that he uses to create what he calls ART.
Exhibition: May 3 - 31
Opening Reception: May 3, 5 - 7:30 p.m.

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Crafts Gallery (Anderson Hall, 5th Floor)

Constructed Homeland
Solo exhibit by resident artist in the Jewelry/Metals program of the Crafts department, Bifei Cao. A native of China, Cao graduated from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and received his MA at the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, before receiving an MFA in the Jewelry and Metals program at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) under Lynda LaRoche. These multi-piece sculptures comprised of both wearable and hollowware elements are made of precious metals, wood, acrylic and found objects.
Exhibition: Through May 12
Opening Reception: April 26, 5:30 – 7 p.m., The Crafts Gallery
Artist's Public Lecture: April 26, 4 p.m., CBS Auditorium

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

MFA Book Arts and Printmaking 2012 Thesis Exhibition
Chapter 1 featuring Anna Boyer, Brian Patrick, Sarah Atwater Bourne and Victoria Burge.
Through April 27

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Anderson Hall Cases (outside Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery)

Second Annual OTIS Imaging Lab Exhibition
Join the Print Services staff and students Caitlin Lord '12 (Photography), Kelsey Niziolek '12 (Illustration), John Thomas '12 (Illustration) and Jiayin Yu '12 (Graphic Design) at the second annual OTIS Imaging Lab Exhibition, a juried exhibition of prints by UArts' students. These students from across the College of Art, Media & Design will be exhibiting recent work.
Through May 17

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Gallery 224 (Anderson Hall, 2nd floor)

The Italian Way: A Response to Italian Arts & Culture
This exhibition features a collection of artwork inspired by the masterpieces and cultural sites seen during a 10-day study abroad course touring the quintessential Italian cities of Florence, Siena and Rome. Ranging from drawings to three-dimensional conceptual projects to photo-documentation, these artworks illustrate the personal impact that Italian art and culture, ancient to contemporary, had on the students involved. The show includes work from Deschenes Graham, Kristen Isenberg, Tara Kosch, Danielle Kulp, Michael Gail Malloy, Molly Murphy, Emily Pannell, Michael Perrotti, Denise Philipbar, Tara Reynolds, Gretchen Schwegler and Natalia Vieyra, led by Art and Design Professor Carol Moore.
Exhibition: April 30 - May 7
Opening Reception: May 3, 5 – 7 p.m.

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Gallery 1401 (Terra Hall, 14th floor)

Private Spaces: The Backyard Project
As the gateway between public and private, the backyard is at once a playground, a privilege and an escape. 1992 Photography alumna Rebekah Schmidt Rocha's saturated color photographs explore this veiled world, the banal and the fantastic, nature and artifice. Beyond the promised privacy and security from fences and hedges lies a curious place of fantasy, where gardens, work sheds and secret paths reflect the desires of their owners, and exist in a state seemingly isolated from the outside world.
Through April 27

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

The Art of Kinuko Craft
Kinuko Y. Craft is one of the most widely respected and well-known fantasy artists in the United States today. She considers herself a storyteller. Her past commissions have included paintings for the book covers of many well-known fantasy authors, opera posters, fairy tale books and covers for many national magazines. Her art is also widely licensed on calendars, posters, greeting cards and other consumer goods, and can also be found in public collections at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, the Cornish Colony Museum in Windsor, Vt., the Museum of American Illustration in New York City, the National Geographic Society and other corporate collections.
Through May 21

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Sol Mednick Gallery (Terra Hall, 15th floor)

A R C A N U M R E S E A R C H: Quantifying the Complexities of the Puzzle
1988 Photography alum C. Thomas Lewis's evocative images, released from the archive of Arcanum Research, present investigations of often-overlooked inexplicable occurrences. In the large color photographs, researchers attempt to analyze and understand the mysterious phenomena confronting them.
Through April 27

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Printmaking Gallery (Anderson Hall)

Fine Arts, Printmaking/Book Arts Senior Thesis Exhibitions
Featuring students F. Joshua Bicker, Jordan Gulaskey, Daniel Mullins, Zak Parsons, GinaPierce, Paul Portis and Ross Stoops.
Through May 11

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