December 2008

ID students win PMA design competition
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ID Juniors Take Top Spots in Museum of Art Competition
Industrial Design juniors Jesse Gerard and Matt Braun channeled famed architect and designer Frank Gehry to take the top two spots in the 16th annual Collab Student Design Competition of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (above left). (More)
The University Celebrates Jazz Trumpet Legend Clifford Brown Clifford Brown
Jazz greats, aficionados and educators gathered at The University of the Arts this fall for "Brownie Speaks," a major symposium and concert series celebrating and documenting the life, music and legacy of Clifford Brown (right), the influential jazz trumpeter who died in 1956 when he was just 25. Soupy Sales, who captured the only known video of Brown during an appearance on Sales' late-night talk show "Soupy's On," was honored for his contributions to jazz. (More)
Fibers Program Students Strut Their Stuff in Annual Experimental Costume Show
Students in instructor Christina Day's Experimental Costume Design and Performance class capped off their semester's work by putting on a runway-style fashion show in Solmssen Court in Hamilton Hall (above right). Costumes included a giant hamster-ball of sweaters, a "swamp thing," a trench coat transformed into an evening gown, and an underwater sea creature. (Photo Gallery)
Big Men on Campus: An Oscar Nominee and a Tony Winner Speak to Students Ben Vereen
During one week in November, students in the College of Performing Arts received firsthand advice from Tony Award-winning actor, singer and dancer Ben Vereen (right), in town to perform at the Marian Anderson Awards, and Oscar-nominated actor Chazz Palminteri, whose one-man show "A Bronx Tale" was playing at the University's Merriam Theater. (More)
Monologues by Faculty Members Named 'Best'
A monologue from the play "La Tempestad" by Writing for Film and Television adjunct assistant professor Larry Loebell has been published in "One on One: The Best Men's Monologues for the 21st Century," which covers the best of Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and experimental theater. Two monologues from Liberal Arts adjunct professor Albert Innaurato's two new plays, "The Impossibility of Most Things" and "Via Crucis" are also included. Both faculty members will also have work featured in "Duo! The Best Scenes for the 21st Century," to be published in 2009.
Inaugural University of the Arts Family Day Family Day
Hundreds of family members of University students convened on campus Dec. 6 for the inaugural Family Day. While on campus, families were treated to a wide variety of arts-related experiences including College of Art and Design senior thesis shows, the School of Theater Arts production of "Little Women," and the collaboration performance of the schools of Music and Dance. (President Sean Buffington speaks to a parent. More Photos)
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