April 2010

James Tierney's
the e-newsletter of the university of the arts

Illustration Senior Wins Prestigious Scholarship from Society of IllustratJames Tierney's ors
Illustration senior James Tierney has been selected from among more than 6,200 students as the recipient of the 2010 Nancy V. Rhodes Roberts Scholarship and its $4,000 prize from the Society of Illustrators. Tierney will have his depiction of "King Azaz the Unabridged, ruler of Dictionopolis and lover of words" (above left and right) - a character from the 1961 Norton Juster-written, Jules Feiffer-illustrated children's adventure novel The Phantom Tollbooth - included in the Society's annual student competition exhibition May 5 - 29 at its headquarters in New York City. Read more.
Museum Exhibition Planning and Design Graduate Student Wins National FSarah Asper Smithellowship
Sarah Asper-Smith (right), a first-year graduate student in the University's Museum Exhibition Planning + Design (MEPD) program, recently received one of two student fellowships to attend the 2010 American Association of Museums (AAM) annual meeting in Los Angeles May 23 - 26. Asper-Smith's recognition marks the second such award in six years for a University of the Arts student. Read more.
Composition Senior's Work Makes Debut
A piece for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola and bass, "RingAround" Ian Munroby Composition senior Ian Munro (right) will receive its premiere at the Prince Music Theater Blackbox (1412 Chestnut St.) on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. Selected to be performed through the New Voices program of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum, "RingAround" will be performed by the Argento Chamber Ensemble from New York City. Tickets are available online. Most recently, Munro's string quartet piece "Hymn" had its premiere at the Graduate Association of Music and Musicians conference at the University of Texas.
Multimedia Hosts Laetitia Sonami and Her 'Lady's Glove' for Performance, Installation
Composer, performer and sound installation artist Laetitia Sonami will perform on campus with her innovative "Lady's Glove" (above right) which allows her to control sounds, mechanical devices and lights in real-time with her hand. Sonami's work combines text, music and "found sound" in compositions which have been described as "performance novels." "Experimental music is rarely this visceral and engaging," claimed the Los Angeles Times of her performances. Sonami will stage an installation in the Multimedia Gallery (Terra Hall, 12th floor) April 8 - May 14.
Performance and Reception: Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m.
Terra Hall, Caplan Recital Hall

Crafts Faculty Member Schaechter to Be Featured in Debut of WHYY-TV's Magazine Show 'Friday Arts'Judith Schaechter
Crafts adjunct faculty member Judith Schaechter (right) and her "paradoxical" stained glass will be featured in the premiere episode of WHYY-TV's "Friday Arts" arts-oriented magazine show on April 2 at 8:30 p.m. The program will be broadcast on the following channels: 12.1 over air, Comcast 240 and FiOS 512. Read more.
University's 'Art Unleashed' Exhibition and Sale to Benefit Student Scholarship Fund
With hundreds of student, faculty and recent alumni-created artworks from a wide spectrum of disciplines, "Art Unleashed," the University's second annual exhibition and sale, has something to offer every levArt Unleashedel of art enthusiast - from the beginning collector to the most avid aficionado. The three-day event will feature paintings, drawings and prints, ceramics and sculptures, mixed and digital media, and crafts, and will benefit the University's Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund, the main source of scholarships for University students. "Pop-up" performances showcasing students from the University's schools of Music, Theater Arts and Dance will highlight the preview party. Philanthropist Anne F. Hamilton, who serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Academy of Music, Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Hospitality, is co-chairing the event committee with fellow philanthropists Pamela Berkman, Laurie Marshall and Pia Roychowdhury. For more information, please contact special events manager Kate Johnson at 215-717-6145.
April 22, 5 - 9 p.m. (Preview party)
April 23, noon - 8 p.m.; April 24, 1 - 5 p.m. (Public sale)
Hamilton Hall (320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)

University Students and Alumni Earn Nominations in Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival
Eleven University students and alumni earned nominations in three categories for the fifth annual Greater Philadelphia Student Film Festival, which will be held on Friday, April 2 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Levitt Auditorium. Offering the best student-produced films in theVera Wang Lui region, the festival received 106 submissions from 11 different schools. Class of 2009 Animation graduates Audrey Skalkowski, Olga Volkova, Vera Wang Lui and Duong Tran earned nominations in the "Best Animation" category; 2009 graduates Vincent Mascoli (Animation) and Patrick Toole (Film / Digital Video) topped the "Best Drama" category; and senior Joanna Revelle (Film / Digital Video) and junior Samantha Gurry (Animation), along with 2009 Animation graduate Juno Mendiola and 2009 Film / Digital Video graduates David Hao and Bradley Wright earned five of the six nods in the "Best Experimental" category. Tickets are $7 online or $10 at the door the night of the event.

Above: Vera Wang Lui's "Lui Lui in Amelica."

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