June 2010 The University of the Arts

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Choreographer, MOMIX Founder Moses Pendleton Headlines 132nd CommencementCommencement 2010
Famed choreographer and MOMIX dance company founder Moses Pendleton (top) received an honorary doctorate of fine arts (HDFA) and delivered the keynote address at the University's 132nd commencement held May 20 at the Academy of Music. President Sean T. Buffington presided over the ceremony that included nearly 600 graduates, making the class of 2010 the largest in the University's history. Peggy Amsterdam, the former president of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance who passed away on December 26, 2009, after battling cancer, received an HDFA posthumously. Cultural Alliance Chairman Hal Real accepted the honor on Amsterdam's behalf. Robert Capanna '73 (Composition), the recently retired executive director of Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, was also honored with an HDFA. Read more >>
Multimedia Senior in the Running for Gigabit Genius GrantMatt Trigaux
Multimedia senior Matt Trigaux is in the running for the $10,000 Gigabit Genius Grant offered by Philadelphia's Gigabit City and needs votes. Launched in response to Google's national competition to have ultra-high bandwidth gigabit connectivity installed in portions of the winning city, the Genius Grant intends to spark conversation about installing an experimental gigabit fiber network in Philadelphia with or without winning Google's involvement. Trigaux's idea for how to utilize a gigabit fiber network: "Allow for free high-quality video chat between families and their relatives in the hospital. An average chemotherapy session is eight hours, patients often only have their cell phone. Would allow people to see their loved ones rather than just hear them." The most promising idea wins $10,000. The deadline to vote and submit ideas is June 30.
Alumnus Directs PBS Documentary 'The New Recruits'
A partner at Garrison, N.Y.-based Ironbound Films, Seth Kramer '96 (Film) (below) co-directed the documentary "The New Recruits," which will air nationally on PBS on June Seth Kramer15 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). The new recruits referred to in the film's title are a battalion of jet-setting business students armed with a radical plan to end global poverty: charge poor people for goods and services. "The New Recruits" takes an unflinching look at social entrepreneurship, a movement touted as the new alternative to charity - its ideals, practitioners and realities. Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight Schrute on NBC's "The Office," narrates. The documentary was funded by the PBS Foundation through a grant from the Skoll Foundation. Kramer collaborated with his Ironbound partners Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger on "The Linguists," a hit at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival about two scientists' travels to the ends of the earth (Siberia, India, Bolivia and others) to document languages on the verge of extinction.
Book by Alumnus About Alumnus Wins Silver Roger Hane: Art, Time and TragedyMedal in 2010 IPPY Awards
The Robert Hunsicker '63 (Adverting Design) book Roger Hane - Art, Time and Tragedy (Vanguard Productions) about slain "Chronicles of Narnia" artist Roger Hane '61 (Illustration) earned a silver medal in the Popular Culture category of the 14th annual Independent Press Awards (IPPYs). The award was presented at a gala ceremony held during Book Expo America on May 25. Since 1996, the IPPY Awards have recognized the best indie-published books of the year in 67 categories.
Quay Brothers Commissioned to Create Film about Philadelphia's Mutter Museum The Quay Brothers
Stephen '69 (Film) and Timothy '69 (Illustration) Quay - the internationally recognized Quay Brothers - have been commissioned by Philadelphia's Mutter Museum to create a film about its collection of anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments and apparatus, and memorabilia of famous scientists and physicians. Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery Exhibition coordinator Edward Waisnis, through his Pro Bono Films production company, will produce the film. University Liberal Arts Master Lecturer David Spolum is co-writing the script and conducting related research. Filming begins this summer and the premiere is slated for next spring. Project funding has been provided by the Pew Charitable Trusts, administered through the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
REV Theatre Company Presents 'The Witch of Edmonton'
The Witch of EdmontonFounders of the REV Theatre Company, Rosey Hay (Ira Brind School of Theater Arts Adjunct Assistant Professor) and Rudy Caporaso, bring their adaptation of "The Witch of Edmonton" (right) to the University's Caplan Center for a nine-performance run that involves numerous University students, alumni, faculty and staffers. "The Witch of Edmonton" is based on the true story of a 17th century English woman, Elizabeth Sawyer, who was accused of witchcraft and executed. Sawyer is persecuted by the Puritan community in which she lives, and takes revenge on her tormentors by enlisting the help of the devil in the guise of a dog. Lust, bigamy, revenge, madness, suicide, and murder are all unleashed as the devil-dog hunts his prey through the town of Edmonton. The production stars University of the Arts seniors Alyssa DiPalma and Andrew Tardiff (left); Jennifer MacMillan '06 (center); 2009 graduates Ryan Touhey (right) and Ryan Walker; and new grads Haley McCormick, Nicholas Muni and Daniel O'Neil. Brind School Senior Lecturer D'Arcy Webb and Brind School staffer Darin J. Dunston are also on the bill. Tickets ($20/ga and $10 students/seniors) can be purchased online. Not suitable for children.
June 2 - 6 and 9 - 12, 8 p.m.
Terra Hall, Caplan Studio Theater (16th floor)
Join Us in Sante Fe for Our Annual Alumni RAlumni gather at Patinaeception
Please join the University of the Arts at Patina Gallery (right), one of our favorite Santa Fe destinations, for our annual alumni gathering and cocktail reception. This will be our second year holding an event in conjunction with SOFA WEST, the international sculpture objects and functional art fair, being held at the Santa Fe convention center. This year we welcome University President Sean T. Buffington as our special guest. You won't want to miss it!

Now in its 11th year, Patina Gallery is the creation of artists Allison and Ivan Barnett '69, whose fresh curatorial aesthetic has established Patina as an international destination for connoisseurs of soul-stirring craft in clay, fiber, wood and studio jewelry.

July 11, 4 - 6 p.m.
Patina Gallery
131 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe
, NM
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