February 2010

Art Unleashed
the e-newsletter of the university of the arts

Alumnus Pinkney Wins Caldecott Medal for Best American Picture Book for Children for 'The Lion & the Mouse'The Lion & the Mouse
Illustrator, children's book author and 1960 University of the Arts graduate Jerry Pinkney (Illustration) won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for distinguished American picture book for children for his wordless adaptation of the classic fable The Lion & the Mouse (Little, Brown and Company). He is also a five-time runner-up for the prestigious award. The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, selects the annual honoree. Read more.

Top right: The book's cover illustration; above: an interior page illustration.
Save the Date: 'Art Unleashed' Benefit Exhibition and Sale
The second annual exhibition and sale to benefit student scholarships at the University of the Arts, "Art Unleashed" includes hundreds of works of art from across a broad spectrum of artistic disciplines created by "Pretty Marsh" by David Grahamstudents, faculty and recent alumni. Alumni work is by invitation from the participating College of Art and Design Chairs. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings and prints, ceramics and sculptures, mixed and digital media, and crafts. Proceeds benefit the Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for this extraordinary event. For more information, contact special events manager Kate Johnson at 215-717-6145.
Preview Party (admission charge): April 22, 5 - 9 p.m.
Public Sale (free admission): April 23, noon - 8 p.m.
Dorrance Hamilton Hall (320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)

Top left: Postcard invitation detail.; above: "Pretty Marsh" by Media Arts Professor David Graham.
Industrial Design Juniors Tour Philadelphia Auto Show with GM Design Chief
More than 20 Industrial Design juniors from the University of the Arts recently received a private tour of the annual Philadelphia AuEd Welburnto Show from General Motors Vice President for Global Design Ed Welburn and learned many of the different ways design impacts bringing a car to market. This look into the world of automobile design comes as the ID students are engaged in their semester-long junior studio focused on Utility Cargo Cycling (UUC) - a term coined by co-teachers Rama Chorpash and Will McHale that refers to a bicycle culture in the urban environment. Read more.

Above: GM Design Chief Ed Welburn with the new Chevy Volt.
Photo Faculty Member's Exhibition Sheds Light on the Devastation and Rebirth of New Orleans6021 Dauphine Street (2004, 2005, 2009)
New Orleans native John Woodin, an adjunct associate professor in the University's Media Arts department, photographed his hometown in August 2004, He returned one year later, just after Hurricane Katrina wrought devastation on the Delta, to shoot images of the same buildings - or more accurately, the remains of the buildings or the empty lots on which they once stood. He is exhibiting the remarkable before-and-after images in a show at Gershman Hall through April 11. Read more.

Above: A triptych of 6021 Dauphine Street, photographed in 2004, 2005 and 2009.
Philadelphia PBS Station to Broadcast School of Dance-Related DocumentarieLaVaughn Robinsons
WHYY-TV, Philadelphia's PBS affiliate, will air two documentaries this month that are directly associated with the University's School of Dance. Produced and directed by Barry Dornfeld, former director of the University's Communication program, "Cuban Pete" will air at 8:30 p.m. on February 3 and "Dancing History - LaVaughn Robinson" will air on February 10 at 8:30 p.m. The programs will be broadcast on the following channels: 12.1 over air, Comcast 240 and FiOS 512. Read more.

Right: Legendary tap dancer LaVaughn Robinson.
University Students Stage 'Dancing for Relief,' a Benefit for the Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti
Jazz Dance senior Michael Susten and Dance sophomore Jenna Mazanowski have co-organized a benefit performance for theConvoy of Hope logo victims of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12. "Dancing for Relief" will feature performances by the Xhale Dance Company, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Smoke Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative, Voice senior Michael Linden, Dance freshman Teddy Tedholm and "So You Think You Can Dance" top 20 finisher Peter Sabasino. Admission is free but a $10 donation is requested. Proceeds from this event will go to Convoy of Hope, a nonprofit organization that feeds the hungry and provides pure drinking water to people in need across the United States and around the world.
February 19
7:30 p.m.: raffle and refreshments
8:45 p.m.: performances
Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium

Pioneer Game Developer Chris Crawford on Campus for Interactivity WorkshopChris Crawford
Pioneering computer-game developer Chris Crawford (right) will be on campus for an all-day workshop on interactivity. Crawford is the author ofthe classic book The Art of Computer Game Design; publisher of the first periodical on game design, The Journal of Computer Game Design; and organizer of the Game Developers Conference, the largest annual gathering of professional video game developers. Crawford designed games for Atari and Macintosh before concentrating his energies on interactive storytelling. The workshop is open to the entire University of the Arts community. Read more and RSVP.
February 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hamilton Hall, Hunt Room

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