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UArts dancers in Venice, Italy

February 2011


Dance Students First Americans Ever Chosen for Prestigious Workshop in Venice


Three University of the Arts Dance students are the first Americans ever selected to participate in the prestigious Arsenale della Danza workshop at LaUArts dancers in Venice, Italy Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Biennale), one of the world's most renowned cultural institutions and dance centers. Seniors Noelle Cotler and DJ Smart, a recent performer on Fox TV's "So You Think You Can Dance," and junior Patrick Cubbedge, the youngest dancer chosen, are among the 30 dancers selected at auditions held this past fall in Italy. The dancers will spend four months in Venice, from January 17 to May 15.

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Top (l-r): Cubbedge, Cotler and Smart at a cafe in Venice; above (l-r): Smart, Cotler and Cubbedge pose in front of a La Biennale billboard.

12 Studio Art MFA Students Participate in Exhibition in United Arab Emirates


Twelve University of the Arts graduate students were selected to exhibit their work in the Emirates Fine Arts Society's 29th Annual Exhibition being held in the city of Sharjah, the third largest of the seven emirates that make upMFA students at Sharja Art Museum the United Arab Emirates. The students are part of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Studio Art, directed by Assistant Professor Joe Girandola, and include Eric Abaka, AJ Bredensteiner, David Chatfield, Harry Hukkinen, Michele Kishita, Guy Loraine, Lauren McCarty, Carrice McKinstry, Marge Renno, Kris Strawser, Andrew Walker and Tae Gyun Yoon. The exhibition is on display at the Sharjah Art Museum through May 16, concurrently exhibiting with the International Sharjah Biennial 10, which runs March 16 - May 16.

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MFA Director Joe Girandola (bottom row, 3rd from left) and Associate Provost Jim Savoie (second step from bottom) gather with MFA students and Emirati artists in the Emirates Fine Arts Society office courtyard at the Sharjah Art Museum complex.


University's Groundbreaking 'Seductive Subversion' Exhibit to Receive Association of Art Critics Award

"Green Triptych" by Marjorie Strider"Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968," the groundbreaking exhibition developed and premiered at the University of the Arts' Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery last year by curator Sid Sachs, has been selected to receive an International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Award in the "Thematic Show Nationally" category. This prestigious award, given annually for the last 25 years by the U.S. section of the AICA, honors artists, curators, museums, galleries and other cultural institutions in recognition of excellence in the conception and realization of exhibitions. The winning projects were nominated and voted on by the 400 active members to honor outstanding exhibitions of the previous season. The awards ceremony and dinner will take place March 14 at Cooper Union's Rose Auditorium in New York City.


"Green Triptych" by Marjorie Strider, 1963, acrylic paint, laminated pine on masonite panels, 105 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the Artist/Collection of Michael T Chutko, photography by Randal Bye.


The Design Programs at the University of the Arts, Corzo Center Partner with DesignPhiladelphia to Present 'Periodic Lectures on Design,' Featuring National Leaders in Design Fields

Periodic Lectures on Design"Periodic Lectures on Design: Innovation and Entrepreneurship" is a free, open-to-the-public lecture series featuring five leading design experts who illustrate remarkable and exciting approaches to problem solving and innovation. Presented by the Design programs at the University of the Arts and the University's Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in partnership with DesignPhiladelphia, all lectures will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in CBS Auditorium (Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia). Admission is free, but seating is limited.


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Tom SzakyTerraCycle Inc. Founder Tom Szaky (left) kicks off the series on February 15 with "Redesigning the Throw-Away Culture." The series also features Susan Szenasy (March 1), editor in chief of Metropolis Magazine; Matt Owens (March 29), founding partner of the design collective Athletics; Ellen Lupton (April 12), curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; and Tucker Viemeister (May 3), co-founder of the LAB at noted design firm Rockwell Group.


New York City Alumni Reception

Walking with Pygmalion #8 by Alida FishThe New York Chapter of the Alumni Association at the University of the Arts invites you to an exclusive New York City Alumni Reception. Many faculty members will be joining us this year, so don't miss this special opportunity to reconnect! To register, send your full name, program and graduation year to This event is limited to 100 attendees. The deadline to register is Monday, February 7, 2011.


February 10, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Klotz Gallery
511 W. 25th Street, 7th Floor
New York City


"Walking with Pygmalion #8" by Alida Fish, faculty member and interim dean at the College of Art and Design, whose work is represented by Klotz Gallery and who will be in attendance at the reception.

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