June 2009

The Hybrid Book: Gunnar Kaldewey
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Tony-Winning Director James Lapine Delivers Commencement Address
After receiving an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree at the 131st commencement of the University of the Arts at James LapinePhiladelphia's Academy of Music, three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway director James Lapine (right) delivered a unique address to the nearly 500 graduates in attendance - in the form of a mini one-act play entitled "The Devil and Diane Feinstein or Her Imaginary Son." The play was an allegory about the power of the arts, and a call for increased funding for them. University President Sean T. Buffington presided over his second Commencement. Please Touch Museum founder Portia Hamilton Sperr also received an honorary doctorat, and the late illustrator Richard Amsel '69 and cult stop-action animators Timothy and Stephen Quay '69 received the University's Silver Star Alumni Award. More, including photo gallery and Webcast.

2009 graduate pictured top right
New Alumni Craftworks at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
Alternatives Museum Shop at the Delaware Center for the Untitled (Service Spoons)Contemporary Arts will feature work by 2009 graduates of the  University's Crafts department in the show "On the Rise" from June 5 through July 31, 2009. The opening reception is at the DCCA on Friday, June 5, from 5 - 9 p.m. Read more.

Untitled (Service Spoons) by Morgan L. Jamison '09
The Hybrid Book Conference and Fair
Hundreds of book artists will converge at the University to explore their art and craft at the international conference and fair "The Hybrid Book - Intersection + Intermedia," June 4 - 6, 2009. TheThe Hybrid Book: Hedi Kyle University's MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program hosts the event featuring panels with established and emerging artists, designers, educators and collectors; exhibitions of work by acclaimed artists Irma Boom, Gunnar Kaldewey, Hedi Kyle and university alumni; and a book fair featuring over 100 artists selling a wide range of artists' books. Read more.

Work by Gunnar Kaldewey pictured top left; work by Hedi Kyle pictured right.
'Food for Thought' Lecture Series
The University's MFA Program in Ceramics, Painting and Sculpture kicks off its 15th annual "Food for Thought" Susan Stewartsummer lecture series on June 12. Featuring noted visiting artists and critics, this year's line-up includes Susan Stewart (right), Peter Krashes, Corin Hewitt, Nicole Cherubini, Kristin Jones and Lisa Sanditz. The series runs through July 29, 2009, and is free and open to the public. All lectures are held in the CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall (320 S. Broad St.). For further information, please contact program director Jennie Shanker at 215-717-6106 or Martha McEwan at 215-717-6489. Read more.
4th Annual UArts Golf TournamentGolf Tournament
Raising funds for the Promising Young Artists Scholarship fund that benefits the University's talented and deserving students, the 4th annual UArts Golf Tournament tees off August 24, 2009, at Stonewall in Elverson, Pa. Trustee James P. Vesey is this year's event chair. In its three years, the event has raised more than $600,000 for the scholarship fund. For additional information, please contact special events manager Kate Johnson at 215-717-6145.

Mike Hagan tees off at last year's UArts Golf Tournament.
Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Breakfast Reception - Santa Fe, N.M.
Patina Gallery - 10th anniversary celebration
Sunday, June 14, 2009, 9 - 11 a.m.
10 soul-stirring years
131 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Happy Hour - Philadelphia
Come celebrate the Class of 2009 at the Triumph Brewing Company. Open to new grads, local alumni, faculty and staff. First round is on the house!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
117 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

To register for either event, simply send your name and program/year to alumni@uarts.edu.
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