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|Theater Arts Faculty, Alumni Earn Barrymore Nominations
Faculty and alumni from the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts earned almost a dozen nominations for Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre when the slate for the 15th annual event honoring Philadelphia's best stage productions was announced recently at the University's Caplan Center. Theater Arts alumnus Ben Dibble '00 garnered two nominations as outstanding leading actor in a musical for his portrayals of Candide in "Candide" (Arden Theatre Company) and of Leo Bloom in "The Producers" (Walnut Street Theater). Produced by the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, the award show will be held October 15, 2009, at the Walnut Street Theatre. Read more.
Top left: Ben Dibble in his nominated role as Leo Bloom in "The Producers."
Alumnus Joe Kulka Honored by U.S. Forest Service for Smokey Bear Illustrations
Joe Kulka '87 (Illustration) was recently honored by the United States Forest Service (USFS) for his illustrations in the new Smokey Bear Story "big book." The book, which was unveiled at Smokey's 65th birthday party in Washington, D.C., is part of the USFS's effort to introduce a new generation of children to Smokey Bear and his message of fire safety. The book tells the true story of Smokey, a bear cub rescued in a New Mexico forest fire in 1950. Kulka also illustrated the 2004 children's book Woodsy's ABCs for the USFS, and wrote and illustrated Wolf's Coming!, The Rope and the upcoming book Dinosaurs Back from Vacation, scheduled for release next fall. Check out a slideshow of the Smokey Bear illustrations and a video of Kulka.
Illustrator Joe Kulka shows one of the Smokey Bear graphics he created. (Photo
by Don Fisher/The Morning Call)
Brind School Mounts 'See What I Wanna
See' for Philly Fringe Festival
The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts is mounting the Philadelphia premiere of "See What I Wanna See" (top right) for this year's Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Directed by Brind School
Lecturer Bill Buddendorf, the production stars Musical Theater upperclassmen Rory
Donovan, Kat Borrelli, Allison Caw, Michael Linden and Allen Weaver in a variety
of roles. A
musical about crimes of passion and crises of faith by Michael John LaChiusa,
the show runs September 2 - 6 at 8 p.m. and September 5 - 6 at 2 p.m. at the
University's Caplan Center for the Performing Arts
(Terra Hall, 9th floor), 211 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets are
$20, $15 for University of the Arts students. Get all the latest Brind School developments on the
Web, "Now on Stage" page, Twitter feed
or Facebook page. Read more.
Allison Caw and Rory Donovan as Kesa and Morito in "See What I Wanna See."
As the College of Art and Design celebrates its 50th anniversary,
it casts a spotlight on the wide array of work its own faculty creates in a two-part faculty exhibition at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery and Hamilton and Arronson Galleries.
Part one runs through September 15 and includes work from faculty in the
Design, Film, Photography, Illustration, Museum Studies and Art Education departments.
Part two runs from September 18 through October 12, and includes work from faculty in
the Book Arts, Crafts, Foundation, Painting/Drawing, Sculpture and Printmaking
"Omaha, Nebraska" (Photographic C-Print) by Media Arts Professor David Graham is part of the exhibition.
Art and Design in Second Life: Exploring Virtual Worlds
Artists, designers, educators,
musicians and institutions are coming together and creating a 3-D
interactive online community that transcends the boundaries of physical
possibility. This discussion introduces the art, marketplace and
design possibilities of Second Life and Virtual Worlds, and surveys new
directions in the creation and marketing of art, innovative learning
experiments, global outreach through virtual museums and libraries, and
the uses of virtual spaces for distance learning and community
development. Featured are Jeff Lipsky, an artist who uses online
virtual world and social networking technologies to connect to
international audiences, marketplaces and local arts communities, and
a pioneering book artist who was the first
to examine the differences and similarities between real life and
Second Life art, including aesthetic, technical, legal and economic
September 15, 5 - 7 p.m.
Hamilton Hall, CBS Auditorium
320 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Send-Off in Los Angeles
Five new students and their families joined alumni at the home of Mary
Norris Dembo '85 (Graphic Design) in Pacific Palisades, Calif., for an afternoon of food, fun and Philadelphia - complete with Tastykakes and soft
pretzels - at the annual "New-Student Send-Off." Now in its second year, the event
is a collaborative effort between Admission and Alumni Relations, designed to
prepare incoming students for moving to Philadelphia.
The location varies each year based on how many students are admitted from a
particular area; the first event was held in 2008 in Atlanta, Ga.
If you are interested in hosting a send-off event at your home next summer,
please email Alumni Relations Director Laura Armstrong.
Mary Norris Dembo (far right) welcomes new students and fellow alumni to her home.
Making a Change During Challenging Times: Continuing Studies Hosts Career ReDesign Fair
host of new certificate programs for adult learners seeking to make a career change, advance their
careers, or update their skills, the Continuing Studies Division of the University of the Arts is hosting a Career
ReDesign Fair. Faculty and certificate advisors will be on hand to field
questions about which courses will best aid in career development. For
more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 215-717-6095.
September 11, 5:30 p.m.
Terra Hall (9th
211 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Remember. Reunite. Reconnect
Members of the Alumni Council invite alumni of the University of the Arts and all of its predecessor institutions
back to campus for Reunion 2009, October 16-18. Come back to
campus, see old friends and make new ones, visit professors, observe classes
and celebrate our history. The weekend schedule is full of engaging programming,
receptions, tours, exhibits, student performances and social gatherings, including several special
presentations by faculty and alumni. No matter where life has taken you since
your days at UArts, we invite you to simply ... COME AS YOU ARE. There has never been a better time to reconnect with your alma mater. Contact Alumni Relations
for registration materials and additional information about programming and travel and lodging.
The Alumni Council welcomes Lisa (Potter) Oster '99
(Dance Education) as its new chair and Adam Kantorski '85 (Architectural
Design) as chair-elect. Oster has been
an arts/non-profit administrator for the past 10 years and a member of the
Alumni Council since 2005. Most recently, she was employed as a program officer
for the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, providing grant money and other
assistance to charities in a variety of sectors across Canada. Kantorski
is an architect in Philadelphia and has been a member of the Alumni Council
since 2005. He works at Teknion, LLC in its architectural products division.
The Alumni Council is most grateful to Sophia Bilynsky '79 (Graphic Design) for
her service to the council over the past two years. During her time as chair,
she brought a wealth of new ideas and energy to the council, and set the stage
for the fast-paced growth the organization has seen since 2007.
Insurance in a Recession
September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. If you haven't reviewed
your life insurance needs in a while, now is a good time. The University's
Alumni Relations insurance program offers products and tools
that can help with your review. One of the tools available to University alumni
is CALC, an online calculator that anonymously
gives you sophisticated information, taking into account educational
aspirations of family members, investment yields and differences in regional
living costs. Watch your mail for life insurance information. To learn more
about group term life insurance available through the alumni association,
direct your browser to Meyer and Associates.