THIS WEEK @ UARTS: July 9 - 22, 2012

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Alumni Win $60,000 Pew Fellowships in the Arts
Crafts Professor Named American Craft Council Fellow
Philadelphia Is One of '15 Hottest Cities of the Future'
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NEWS
Groundbreaking Public Art Project Connects Faculty, Students, Alumni with Local Community
Crafts Faculty Member Wins International Glass Prize
Illustration Alum's Taco-Loving Dragons Praised in 'New York Times,' 'Publisher's Weekly'
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EVENTS
New Student Orientation
Pre-College Summer Institute
Painting Is History
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IN THE GALLERIES
President's Office
Sol Mednick Gallery
Gallery 1401


ANNOUNCEMENTS
Alumni Win $60,000 Pew Fellowships in the Arts
Alex Da Corte BFA '04 (Printmaking/Fine Arts), Meg Foley BFA '91 (Modern Dance) and Anthony Smyrski BFA '02 (Graphic Design) have been named 2012 Pew Center for Arts and Heritage fellows. Established by the Pew Charitable Trusts in 1991, the $60,000 Pew Fellowships in the Arts (PFA) are given annually to up to 12 artists of exemplary talent in the five-county Philadelphia area.

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Crafts Professor Named American Craft Council Fellow
Congratulations to UArts Crafts professor and renowned studio jeweler Sharon Church on being elected as an American Craft Council (AAC) fellow. Founded in 1943, the ACC is a national, nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to promote the understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft through such programs as the bi-monthly magazine American Craft, annual juried shows and the Aileen Osborn Webb Awards.

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Philadelphia Is One of '15 Hottest Cities of the Future'
BusinessInsider.com has named Philadelphia as one of the "15 Hottest American Cities of the Future," calling it a "dynamic arts destination." Included on the list as part of the business site's Great Debate feature "Where Will Americans Be Living in 20 Years?," the City of Brotherly Love was cited for having a "cool arts scene" and "some of the best public art in the country." Philly also topped the list of the "10 Cities with the Fastest-Growing Wages in America."

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Submissions for 'Making IT' Alumni Exhibit Now Being Accepted
The University of the Arts is pleased to invite submissions for "Making IT: Alumni Works '02 '12," a juried exhibition of works by recent alumni. Submissions are open to all University of the Arts alumni from the classes of 2002 through 2012, including undergraduate and graduate alumni. Only artwork created after graduation is eligible for submission. "Making IT" will be on display October 2 – 29 in the Hamilton Hall lobby and on the first floor of Solmssen Court, with an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, October 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. Read more >>

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NEWS
Groundbreaking Public Art Project Connects Faculty, Students, Alumni with Local Community
The University of the Arts, in partnership with energy company PECO and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, has just wrapped up the first-ever Commotion Festival, a two-week long public art event held June 16 - 30 in various South Philadelphia neighborhoods. Led by UArts faculty member John JH Phillips, Commotion began in January 2012 with a series of hands-on workshops that invited the community to interact and explore their neighborhoods in new and unexpected ways. "Getting people involved in this process, they realize it's not just being plopped down in their neighborhood. They had some relationship to it," Phillips told The Philadelphia Inquirer. Commotion featured current and past students from a variety of disciplines, including 2012 Sculpture grads Olivia Diehl, Trey Dunlap and Aimee Goldsmith, who helped to erect a 20-foot tall Frankenstein-like sculpture called the "Super Creature of Energy and Power." Other Commotion participants included Liberal Arts Senior Lecturer Tim Fitts, Tyler Bailey BFA '12 (Multidisciplinary Fine Arts), Derek Scull '13 (Communications), Dejha Ti BFA '08 (Multimedia), Maxwell VanHook BFA '12 (Multimedia) and Andrew Zahn BFA '11 (Multimedia).

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Crafts Faculty Member Wins International Glass Prize
Alexander Rosenberg, assistant professor of Crafts and the newly appointed head of the Glass Arts program at UArts, has been named a winner of the 2012 International Glass Prize. In addition to the prize, Rosenberg has also been awarded a residency at the Glazen Huis Museum in Lommel, Belgium, at the end of August. The museum plans to acquire some of the work he produces as part of the residency. A catalogue has been produced documenting the exhibition from which the prize winners were chosen.

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Illustration Alum's Taco-Loving Dragons Praised in 'New York Times,' 'Publisher's Weekly'
Dragons Love Tacos, a new children's book illustrated by University of the Arts alumnus Daniel Salmieri BFA '06 (Illustration), has been receiving high praise since its release last month. The "irresistible story" was featured in the June 15, 2012, issue of The New York Times Sunday Book Review, which calls the Brooklyn-based illustrator's pencil-and-watercolor drawings "a wacky delight" and "strangely beautiful." Written by Those Darn Squirrels! collaborator Adam Rubin, the book also earned a starred review in Publisher's Weekly, with illustrations by Salmieri that "set a benchmark for oddball observational humor." Other favorable reviews can be found in the School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and on Wired.com's GeekMom blog.

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Free Performances of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Features Students, Faculty and Alumni
Philadelphia-based REV Theatre Company is offering free, outdoor performances of Shakespeare's most popular comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," July 14 - 15. The production is directed by Ira Brind School of Theater Arts faculty member Rosey Hay, who is also artistic director of REV, and features Brind School students and alumni, including Eric Goetschel BFA '11 (Acting), Jessie Holder BFA '11 (Musical Theater), Morgan Knight '14 (Acting), Aaron Lofton '13 (Acting), Adriana Lopez BFA '12 (Directing, Playwriting & Production), Bethany McCall '13 (Musical Theater), Sam Nagel BFA '12 (Musical Theater), Merri Rashoyan '13 (Acting), Sean Ravitz '14 (Directing, Playwriting & Production), Sarah Spangenberg BFA '12 (Musical Theater) and Andrew Tardif BFA '11 (Acting). Read more >>
July 14, 6 p.m.
July 15, 4 p.m.
313 S. Broad Street (next to the Broad Street Ministry)

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Crafts Professor, Students Spend Summer Break at Ceramics Workshop in Japan
Crafts Professor James Makins, a UArts alum who also serves as coordinator of the University's Ceramics program, took 13 Crafts students with him on his annual trip to the International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname (IWCAT), where the young artists got to experience a city with a rich history in pottery and ceramics. "I want more students to learn about Japanese culture and pottery making," he told The Japan Times, the country's major English-language newspaper. Read the article >>

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Theater Grad Gives Shout-Out to UArts in 'Playbill'
Billy Bustamante BFA '04 (Musical Theater), who just ended his role as the Waiter in Arden Theatre Company's production of "Tulipomania: The Musical," took Playbill readers on a behind-the-scenes photo tour of the show - and of Philadelphia (and UArts) in the process. One of the slideshow images features the University's signature red and white banners with City Hall as a backdrop and the caption, "Quick shout out to my alma mater, the University of the Arts. Half of the Tulipomania company are U. Arts grads!" Those grads are Ben Dibble BFA '00 (Musical Theater) and Alex Keiper BFA '07 (Musical Theater), who starred in the musical as the Painter and the Young Woman, respectively.

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EVENTS
New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation (NSO) is designed to help students make a smooth transition into college life and to the University of the Arts in particular. NSO is a fun-filled and enlightening time where students learn practical skills, experience Philadelphia sights and sounds, and get to know classmates and faculty.
Undergraduate NSO: August 23 - 29
Graduate NSO: August 28

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Pre-College Summer Institute
The Pre-College Summer Institute is a four-week, immersive program for high school juniors and seniors that includes classes in Art, Media + Design, Dance, Music, Theater and One-Week Commuter Intensives.
July 9 – August 4

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Painting Is History
A group exhibition featuring work by Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Charles Browning and artists the Chadwicks, David Fertig, Joe Fig, Valerie Hegarty and Steve Mumford. While the practices of these artists vary greatly, they are united by their interest in the traditional use of painting to record history.
Exhibition: July 11 - August 10
Opening Reception: July 11, 6 – 8 p.m.
Winkleman Gallery
621 West 27th Street, New York City

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18th Annual MFA Summer Lecture Series
The MFA Program in Studio Art announces the 18th Annual Summer Lecture Series featuring noted visiting artists and curators. Lectures will take place June 15 – August 10 and are free and open to the public. For more information, contact MFA Program Director Joe Girandola at jgirandola@uarts.edu or MFA Administrator Erin Williams at ewilliams@uarts.edu.

Cristiana de Marchi
Cristiana de Marchi was born in Turin, Italy, and currently lives and works between Dubai and Beirut. An artist, curator and writer, she holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class honors from the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy. She conducts personal artistic and literary research as well as publishing articles and essays in catalogues and magazines devoted to contemporary art. A former associate member of the collective "Sezione", Turin, she is a founder member of Artfield, Turin and collaborates with The Flying House in Dubai. Her works have recently been shown in group exhibitions in Sharjah and Dubai, UAE; Morelia, Mexico; Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Milano, Italy; Sofia, Bulgaria.
July 11, 7 p.m.
Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium

Lonnie Graham
Since 1980, Lonnie Graham has traveled throughout Asia, Africa and North America interviewing people and recording their opinions and beliefs regarding their culture, heritage and traditions. In 1994, he was awarded with the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the PEW Travel Grant, enabling him to expand his travels, broadening the scope of his project. Graham is presently a Professor of Fine Arts at Pennsylvania State University and an instructor of special programs at the Barnes Foundation.
July 12, 7 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

Julien Robson
Julien Robson is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Robson relocated to Philadelphia in 2008 after eight years in Louisville, Kentucky where he was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum and Adjunct Professor at the University of Louisville. A native of Scotland, Robson initially trained as an artist at Bath Academy of Art, and the Slade School of Fine Art in London before taking up curatorial positions at the University of Sussex and, subsequently, the University of Southampton, England.
July 18, 7 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

Susan Myers
Susan Myers is a visual artist and metalsmith living and working in Philadelphia. Her artwork has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the United States and has been published in the books 500 Metal Vessels, 500 Necklaces, 1000 Rings and Art Jewelry Today, and in Metalsmith Magazine's 2006 Exhibition in Print.
July 19, 7 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

Amira Hanafi
Amira Hanafi has worked in diverse capacities in the cultural field for over 15 years as an artist, writer, teacher, curator and arts administrator. She grew up as an Arab in America and returned to Egypt in 2010 to compile a psycho-geography of Cairo, featuring insider and outsider perspectives. In January 2011, she began working with Artellewa Art Space in Giza, Egypt, managing the space and its projects. As an artist, Hanafi works primarily with text and printed matter. She is the author of Forgery (Green Lantern, 2011), a collage essay centered around a 140-year-old Chicago steel forge, and Minced English (aHa Books, 2010), an index of 29 terms for people of mixed race.
July 25, 7 p.m.
Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium

Paulina Kolczynska
Paulina Kolczynska is an art historian, curator and an art adviser. She studied Art History at Warsaw University in Poland and St. Andrews University in Scotland. Exhibits she has organized include "Andrzej Wajda Film Drawings" at the Edinburgh Film House and "Polish Roots British Soil" at the Edinburgh City Art Center. Kolczynska has freelanced as a writer and arts reporter for the Polish section of the BBC in London (radio) and contributed to Art & Design (London), Springer (Vienna), Tema Celeste Art Magazine (Milan) and Art Index Magazine. She has appraised leading international collections for the Art Dealers Association of America in New York since 2005.
August 3, 7 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

Diane Karp
Diane Karp is the executive director of the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is an arts activist, arts educator, arts connector and devoted supporter of the creative process in all realms of society. Karp holds a Ph.D. in Art History and after teaching 20th-century art history at Temple University, she became the curator of the Ars Medica collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she was responsible for acquiring, researching and developing "Art, Medicine and the Human Condition," an exhibition that traveled to 20 countries after opening at the PMA.
August 7, 7 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

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Artist As A Filmmaker Series: 'Beginners'
Presented by UArts and the Philadelphia Film Society, the "Artist As A Filmmaker" monthly film series highlights world-renowned directors who transitioned their careers from visual artistry to filmmaking. This month features "Beginners" directed by Mike Mills, a graphic designer and artist who incorporates both his illustrations and personal experiences when shifting into the filmmaking process. "Beginners" is an autobiographical story that includes still-image montages that peek into the brain of the main character Oliver, modeled after the director himself. This year, the film won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Christopher Plummer. Tickets are only available the day of the show at the door for $5. Complimentary access to Philadelphia Film Society members and University of the Arts students and faculty (with proper ID).
July 11, 7:30 p.m.
Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall

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Paul King: Free Fall
Illustration Adjunct Associate Professor Paul King has an exhibition of his work at the Martin Art Gallery in the Baker Center of the Arts at Muhlenberg College. The show includes about 30 of his most contemporary paintings, all semi-abstract.
Through July 28
Muhlenberg College
2400 Chew St., Allentown PA

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Alumni Exhibition: New Voices
An annual exhibit of ideas in medals and commemoration by UArts alumni Cory Espinosa BFA '12 (Multidisciplinary Fine Arts), Rex Kalehoff BFA '02 (Sculpture), Ronald Kustrup BFA '12 (Painting/Drawing) and Colin O'Neill BFA '11 (Sculpture).
Through July 21
Medialia Rack and Hamper Gallery
New York City

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IN THE GALLERIES
President's Office (Hamilton Hall, ground floor)

Erin Boyle: Two Moms, Three Boys and Two Dogs
UArts alumna Erin Boyle MFA '05 (Studio Art) is a sculptor and a senior lecturer in the low-residency graduate programs in the College of Art, Media and Design at the University of the Arts. She received her BFA from Syracuse University in 2001 and earned her MFA at UArts in 2005. As a practicing artist, she enjoys how art can also act as a healing process. This exhibit explores the ideas about what makes up a family and investigates sewing, quilting and weaving to express the role she plays in the family dynamic.
Through July 30

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Sol Mednick Gallery (Terra Hall, 15th floor)

Paula McCartney: Bird Watching
"Bird Watching" combines varied natural settings with carefully placed craft store songbirds to create enhanced landscapes. Rather than settling for what nature has to offer, photographer Paula McCartney has taken control of the environment and decorated the trees herself, creating a body of work in which performance art, site-based installation, and traditional wildlife and nature photography collide. Approaching the project with the mindset and precision of an ornithologist, the creations are startlingly realistic.
Through August 3

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Gallery 1401 (Terra Hall, 14th floor)

Rita Maas: Reality TV
"Reality TV" investigates the blizzard of imagery and data we are exposed to daily, our compulsion to consume it and the effects it may have on us. Maas states, "In approaching this series, I focused on the imagery broadcast into our homes via the television. Instead of recording the faces and graphics on the screen, I recorded the ambient light emitted from the tube as it fell on the white walls of the room, reducing the imagery to pure color and muting its message. The assembled images of saturated color vibrate against each other, creating their own visual sensation."
Through August 3

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