May 2010 The University of the Arts

Art Unleashed
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'Art Unleashed' Raises $300K for Student Scholarship Fund"Lighter Couple" by Samantha Castrale '10 (Photography)
"Art Unleashed," the second annual University exhibition and sale held April 23-25, raised more than $300,000 for the University's Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund, triple the amount raised by the inaugural event last year. More than 350 guests attended the preview party on April 23 at the University's Hamilton Hall and had the opportunity to peruse hundreds of original paintings, drawings and prints, ceramics and sculptures, mixed and digital media, and crafts created by students, faculty and alumni. Students from the College of Performing Arts staged "pop-up" performances throughout the evening. Philanthropists Anne F. Hamilton Pamela Berkman, Laurie Marshall and Pia RoyChowdhury chaired the event. Read more.

Top: Postcard invitation detail; above: "Lighter Couple" by Samantha Castrale '10 (Photography).
Moses PendletonHonorands for 132nd Commencement Announced
Famed choreographer Moses Pendleton (right), artistic director of MOMIX dance company and a founding member of Pilobolus Dance Theater, will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts (HDFA) and deliver the keynote address at the University's 132nd commencement May 20 at the Academy of Music. Former president of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Peggy Amsterdam, who passed away on December 26, 2009, after battling cancer, will receive an HDFA posthumously, and Robert Capanna '73 (Composition), the recently retired executive director of Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, will also be honored with an HDFA. One of the nation's leading furniture makers Alphonse Mattia '69 (Dimensional Design), a senior critic in the Rhode Island School of Design's graduate program in Furniture Design, will received the College of Art and Design Silver Star Alumni Award, while Pilobolus rehearsal director and artistic associate Renee Jaworski '94 (Modern Dance) will receive the College of Performing Arts Silver Star Award. Read more.
Breaking Down the Boundaries of DesignDesign Does
Focusing on "design" as a verb, the spring exhibition "Design Does" illustrated how University of the Arts students can push design beyond conventional aesthetic boundaries to problem-solve in new and unexpected ways. Staged at Philadelphia's Ice Box Gallery, the exhibition was the University's first focusing on all of its design-oriented disciplines and was organized by verbs such as "educate," "innovate," "advocate" or "entertain," instead of by academic program. The show featured more than 70 pieces of work by Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Multimedia, and Museum Exhibition Planning and Design seniors and graduate students.

Still from Multimedia senior Tom Gigliotti's video installation entitled "The Aesthetic Interpretation of Negative Thought."

Ira Brind School of Theater Arts Announces Producers Grants for Students and Alumni
The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts is pleased to announce the launch of its Producers Grant program, which will support entrepreneurship among its current students and alumni. The Brind School is requesting proposals for grants to be given to support worthy theater production projects. In 2010, the inaugural year of the program, two grants will be awarded. The larger of the two, a professional grant of $4,000, will be given to a project undertaken by a group or organization whose leaders include a significant alumni presence; the second, a student grant of $2,000, will be given to a project team made up of current students in the Brind School enrolled in the Producing class. These grants are made possible in part by the University's Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and President Sean T. Buffington's office. Program details are available online.
Re-Imagined Jules Verne Book Covers Take First Place in Ely Illustration Exhibition"From the Earth to the Moon" by James Tierney '10 (Illustration)
James Tierney's digital-process covers of four Jules Verne novels took the top prize at the University's 2010 William H. Ely Illustration Exhibition competition. More than 50 Illustration majors submitted more than 225 pieces, from children's books to movie concept art to surf boards. Second prize went to Kei Tawara (digital environmental concept art); third prizes: Tara Scolley (digital children's posters) and Dillon Shea (digital graphic novel "PSIMAN"). Honorable mentions included Elizabeth Hallman (color pencil greeting cards), Jet Landis (oil children's book), April Read (acrylic opera posters) and Sean Talamini (oil pharmaceutical posters). David Adams won the "Official Work Ethic Award" for his digital Absolut vodka poster and packaging. Read more.

Detail of "From the Earth to the Moon," one of Tierney's winning Jules Verne book covers.
School of Music Adds 'Business, EntrepreneursMusic Minorhip and Technology in Music' Minor
Responding to the rapidly changing landscape of the music industry, the School of Music at the University of the Arts has launched a 15-credit minor course of study in business, entrepreneurship and technology in music. Open only to School of Music students, courses will begin being offered this fall semester. Read more.
College of Media and Communication Duo Producing Feature FilmLa Meduse Rouge
Michael Wellenreiter, an assistant professor in the University's Communication department, and Adam Carrigan, media support specialist in the College of Media and Communication, co-wrote and are producing the feature film "La Méduse Rouge" through their Philadelphia-based production company Severine Pictures. Directed by Wellenreiter, the film follows a business tycoon (Carrigan as protagonist Carl Jorstad) who goes through a surreal, episodic journey after a global economic collapse causes a societal breakdown. Production began on Martha's Vineyard last year and is expected to continue through this summer in the Philadelphia area. Co-founded by Wellenreiter and Carrigan, Severine Pictures has brought three other films to the screen: "Once Upon a Lie" (2008), "Legalization" (2005) and "The Daily Grind" (2003).
Expanded Health Insurance Offerings for Alumni
The University of the Arts Alumni Insurance Program offers a variety of health insurance options for individual alumni and their family members -- even in states where insurance regulations limit the availability of some products. In some cases, high premiums and rising unemployment can make finding affordable coverage difficult. Now alumni in Massachusetts, New York City and Vermont have access to additional options through the alumni association. These expanded offerings reflect our commitment to make well-designed and competitively priced products and services available to you.
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