March 2009

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Art&Design@50: Expo/Sale
Nearly 100 University students, faculty and alumni have submitted more than 150 pieces of original artwork for the inaugural University of the Arts Art Exposition and Sale, and the numbers keep growing. Artists participating in the event include Charles Long, Heather Mae Erickson, Alida Fish, Harris Fogel, David Graham, Jeanne Jaffe, Elsa Johnson, David Kettner, Rod McCormick, Carol Moore, Barry Parker, Diane Pepe, John N. Phillips, Thomas Porett, Phyllis Purves-Smith, Michael Rossman, Anthony Shostak, Rachelle Lee Smith, Stephen Tarantal, Mark Tocchet and Susan Viguers.Expo/Sale logo

Part of the College of Art and Design's 50th anniversary festivities, the sale benefits the University's Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund and features book arts, ceramics, fibers, glass, metals/jewelry, wood, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Prices range from $30 to $24,000. View a large sampling of the artwork.

A free pre-sale exhibition will be held in Hamilton Hall on Wednesday, March 18 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, Ma
rch 19 begins with a Collector's Special Preview ($500 for two guests) from 5 - 6 p.m., followed by an Early Shoppers preview ($100 per person) from 6 - 8 p.m. The Community Sale, which is open to the public, takes place from 8 - 10 p.m. For more information, contact Kate Johnson in the Development Office at 215-717-6145.
Olympus Features Photo Students and Highlights Their Work
Ten University Photography students were given the new Olympus E-30 digital SLR cameras and unleashed their creativity (photo above left by Erica Capabianca) during a three-day whirlwind tour around the Avenue of the Arts and throughout Philadelphia--from Boathouse Row to the Art Museum, from the top of City Hall to the Reading Terminal Market--that was captured on video. Two students' photographs were selected for use at a national tradeshow and in Olympus' corporate literature. Read more.
University Alums Help Bring 'Coraline' to the Big Screen
University alumni Suzanne Twining '98 (Media Arts) and Aaron Jarret '96 (Illustration) worked behind the scenes on the movie "Coraline" (photo, above right), the first animated stop-action feature to be conceived and photographed in stereoscopic 3-D. Read about Twining's experience working on the set, and view photos of scene painter Jarret on the set.
Playwrights Marnich and Blessing on Campus to Speak to Students
The quirky "Quake" and the inter-generational study of three women, "Eleemosynary," were staged recently at the University of the Arts with two very special guests in attendance: "Quake" writer Melanie Marnich and "Eleemosynary" writer Lee Blessing, who also happen to be husband and wife. AftMarnich/Blessinger taking in their plays on Friday, Feb. 27, they took center stage at an open forum and post-show discussion. Marnich, a writer for HBO's "Big Love," and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Blessing participated in the forum with "Quake" director Amy Feinberg and senior Anya Anthony, who directed "Eleemosynary." Each also took part in a director-moderated audience question-and-answer session following performances of each of their plays.

The University's next mainstage performance, "The Cider House Rules," opens April 1 at the Merriam. Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online.
Summer Institute Alumna Stars in Sony Pictures' 'Fired Up'Fired Up
University of the Arts 2002 Summer Institute alumna Hayley Marie Norman (left) stars on the silver screen in "Fired Up," a Sony Pictures release in which two popular high school boys decide to forgo summer football camp and try out for cheerleading. A professionally trained dancer, Norman plays Angela, one of the squad's cheerleaders. The 24-year-old Los Angeles native broke into show business as a model and spokesperson for African-American Barbie doll before landing steady work as suitcase model 25 on NBC's "Deal or No Deal." She has since appeared in the cable series "Crash," the soap opera "The Young and the Restless," and the feature film "Hancock" with Will Smith and Charlize Theron. Norman will appear this summer in the films "Jelly" and "Nephilim." Read a Kansas City Star feature profile of the actress.
CMAC Alumna Siobhan Vivian Publishes Second Novel Same Difference
Author Siobhan Vivian, who attended the University's Pre-College Summer Institute and graduated from the College of Media and Communication (Writing for Film and Television, 2001), has published her second novel, the young adult reader-targeted "Same Difference," loosely based on her Summer Institute experience. Read more.
Alumni Council Call for Nominations
Alumni, now is your chance to become involved in your alma mater through the Alumni Council. The council's mission is to represent the nearly 15,000 alumni from the University of the Arts and all of its predecessor institutions, assist in alumni relations programming and communications efforts, offer input and guidance in alumni outreach, provide leadership, and serve as advocates for the University. Council members also help identify and communicate the needs of the University's alumni and motivate other alumni to become involved. The group meets quarterly and each member serves on at least one committee or task force. If you are interested--or know someone who is--contact Nomination Committee chair Mark Donnolo '85 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!
Alumni Socials in the City - Los Angeles and San FranciscoLA Alumni Social
More than 100 alumni braved the unusually cold and rainy Southern California weather to heat it up at the Club House at James Beach in Venice, Calif., for the University's annual Los Angeles Social in the City held Feb. 9. Alumni gathered at Circa in San Francisco on Feb. 11. The University of the Arts is coming to a city near you! For more information, contact Laura J. Armstrong, Director of Alumni Relations, at 215-717-6139 or visit

Pictured at the Los Angeles Alumni Social are (back row, l-r): Nima Dabestani '04, Johnnie Hobbs III '04, Tony Sanders '87; (front row, l-r): Gloria Pena '05, Tai Ricci '04, Amanda Fink '04, John Filizzola '04, Jasmine Andersen '04

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