July 2009

"The Scrum" by Tim O'Brien
the e-newsletter of the university of the arts

Alumnus Arnold Roth Inducted into Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame"Obama, Shaman"
Famed illustrator and cartoonist Arnold Roth, a 1950 graduate of the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now the University of the Arts), was one of five individuals inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame at a black-tie event at the Society's New York City headquarters on June 25. Roth's work has appeared regularly in nearly every major American magazine, from Time to Sports Illustrated to The New Yorker for the past 50 years. Read more.

Illustration from 2008 City Journal article entitled "Obama, Shaman."
Faculty Member Tim O'Brien Illustrates 'Time' Cover, Receives Top Award from Society of Illustrators
Illustration adjunct professor Tim O'Brien is on a roll. At the end of May, O'Brien was given 24 hours to create the portrait Time magazine coverof Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor that graced the cover of the June 8, 2009, edition of Time magazine (right). Iterations of the portraits can be found on O'Brien's blog. And on June 25, he was honored with the Society of Illustrators' Hamilton King Award, given for the best illustration of the year by a Society member, for his painting "The Scrum" (top, left), done for a billboard advertising World Cup Rugby in Ireland. Read more.
Pew Fellowship Awarded to Staff Member Jennifer Levonian
University of the Arts Academic Support Services staff member Jennifer Levonian was named a 2009 Pew Fellowship in the "Holy Donuts!" by Jennifer LevonianArts award winner in the media arts category. The $60,000 awards are the largest such grants in the country for which individual artists can apply. This year, the awards went to artists working in fiction and creative nonfiction, media arts, and works on paper. Levonian's work involves cut-paper animations that explore the ambivalence of everyday life, with the goal of bringing into focus unnoticed events and transforming them into bizarre and uncanny ones. Read more.

Top, right: still from "Smells Like English Boxwood"
; above: still from "Holy Donuts!"
MFA Faculty Member Eileen Neff's Photography Exhibition Reviewed in 'Art in America'
"Things counter, original, spare," the latest photography exhibition by Eileen Neff, an adjunct professor in the University's s"After the Winter Before" by Eileen Neffummer MFA program in Ceramics, Painting and Sculpture, received a positive review in the June/July issue of Art in America. The show ran at Philadelphia's Locks Gallery from February 27 - April 4. Reviewer William Pym states, "Neff's precisely weighted technological sleights make us open our eyes wide, and prime them first to look and then to relish the time it takes to make sense of what we see."

Neff's "After the Winter Before," 2009, C-print on aluminum, 32" x 38.75"

Jazz Greats, University Alumni Merritt and Pitts To Be Honored at Philadelphia Jazz Fair Jymie Merritt and Trudy Pitts
Philadelphia jazz greats Jymie Merritt, a hard bop double bassist, and soul jazz keyboardist Trudy Pitts will be honored with awards from the Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Project when jazz aficionados gather to celebrate the city's rich musical legacy at Philadelphia Jazz Fair 2009 being held at the University of the Arts on July 12, 2009. Both are University alumni; Pitts is also a faculty member in the School of Music. Read more.

Jymie Merritt (left) and Trudy Pitts

'Food for Thought' Lecture Series
The University's MFA Program in Ceramics, Painting and Sculpture continues its 15th annual "Food for Thought" summer Nicole Cherubini installationlecture series on July 15 with sculptor Nicole Cherubini, whose work has been called "not polite ... anti-pottery, anti-craft and anti-conventional beauty." The lecture series finishes with presentations by Kristin Jones, whose most recent project, Tevereterno (Eternal Tiber), works to revitalize Rome's river by transforming it into a site for the cultural life (July 22), and landscape painter Lisa Sanditz (July 29). Free and open to the public, the lecture series is held in Hamilton Hall's CBS Auditorium (320 S. Broad Street). For further information, please contact program director Jennie Shanker at 215-717-6106 or Martha McEwan at 215-717-6489. Read more.

A Nicole Cherubini installation at Santa Barbara (Calif.) Contemporary Arts Forum, 2009

4th Annual UArts Golf Tournament
Raising funds for the Promising Young Artists Scholarship fund that benefits the University's talented and deserving studSean Buffington and James P. Veseyents, 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.

President Buffington with trustee and event chair James P. Vesey

Upcoming Alumni Events

Martha's Vineyard Summer Soiree
The University of the Arts invites alumni living on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket to join us for an informal gathering at the home of Linda Hughes '75. If you have a summer hom
e on the Vineyard and would like to stop by, simply email LAlumni Reunion 2009 logoaura Armstrong, Director of Alumni Relations.
Saturday, July 25 @ 5 p.m.
10 Bridge Lane, West Tisbury, MA 02575

Save-the-Date: REUNION 2009
October 16 - 18

Alumni Council Update
After an intense selection process this past spring, Alumni Council is pleased to announce that five new members have been elected to serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2009. Please join us in congratulating each of them in their new leadership role at the University.

Adam Dotson, MFA '07 (Museum Exhibition Planning and Design)
Christopher Gee '89 (Graphic Design)
Kimberley Gray '85 (Industrial Design)
Vincent Matyi '01 (Multimedia)
Nicole Tranquillo '08 (Voice)

"Smells Like English Boxwood" by Jennifer Levonian
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