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Circle In by Denise Amses

March 2011

Third Annual 'ArtUnleashed' Exhibition and Sale to Benefit Scholarship Fund

This April, the University of the Arts will present the third annual ArtUnleashed exhibition and sale to benefit student scholarships. With hundreds of student, faculty and recent alumni work that includes jewelry, glass, furniture, original paintings, drawings and prints, ceramics and sculptures, photography and more, ArtUnleashed offers something for every level of art enthusiast -- from the beginning collector to the most avid aficionado. Last year's event raised $300,000 for the University's Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund.  


Preview Party: April 13, 5 - 9 p.m.ArtUnleashed logo

Public Sale: April 14 - 16, 12 - 6 p.m.

Hamilton Hall

320 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia 


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Music Alumni Shine at 2011 Grammys

 Chris Farr

Three alumni from the School of Music at the University of the Arts shone in the spotlight of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards held February 13 in Los Angeles. Nominated in two categories, alumnus Stanley Clarke  '71 (Bass) took home his second Grammy and Chris Farr '94 (Saxophone), MAT '95 (right) and Matt Cappy '96 (Trumpet), MAT '97 were performers on "Shine," a song by John Legend & The Roots that was also a winner.   


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University of the Arts Students Featured on WHYY's 'NewsWorks' Portal


UArts student Maxwell Van Hook '12 (Graphic Design)

As part of the collaborative project between the University of the Arts and Philadelphia PBS / NPR / online media provider WHYY, several Photography students and Writing for Film & Television junior Kevin Wright were recently featured on NewsWorks, the online home of WHYY News. "Portraits of Black History Month," a slideshow of images taken by sophomore, junior and senior students in Master Lecturer Peter Tobia's Photojournalism class, are highlighted on the site, as well as Wright's most recent piece, "Cave a Vestige of the 'Hermits of the Wissahickon,'" about the Cave of Kelpius located in Philadelphia's Fairmont Park. NewsWorks covers the Philadelphia region, Delaware and South Jersey, with a focus on regional issues, neighborhoods, health and science, and the arts.


University of the Arts student Maxwell Van Hook '12 (Graphic Design) photographed by Ashlee Espinal '13 (Photography).


Alumna's Installation Crowns Restoration of Empire State Building Lobby


Circle In by Denise AmsesAn illuminated etched-glass installation by University of the Arts alumna Denise Amses '80 (Painting) titled "Circle In" (top and right) was recently unveiled as the crowning glory of the $20 million dollar, multi-year restoration of the storied Empire State Building's lobby. The three-dimensional work sparkles with over 15,000 stars and 5,000 circles and was inspired by the celestial images in the building's recently uncovered original Art Deco ceiling murals.  


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Films by Media Arts Faculty Member Kathy Rose To Be Screened at Philly's Scribe Video Center

Still from She by Kathy RoseMedia Arts Master Lecturer and Pre-College instructor Kathy Rose's "Dance, Performance and Video Spectacles" will be screened at Scribe Video Center on  Friday, March 11. The program, which will be followed by a post-screening discussion with Rose, features six of her provocative, enigmatic and visually stunning short videos fusing dance, performance, sound, animation and filmed sequences. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for Scribe members.   


March 11, 7 p.m.

Scribe Video Center

4212 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia


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Still from "She," one of the six films included in Rose's "Dance, Performance and Video Spectacles" screening. 


Film/Digital Video Alumni Earn Festival Honors  


Still from Girls, Robots and Digital Cameras by Richard LawFilms by University of the Arts Film/Digital Video graduates Emre Ozdemir '10 and Richard Law '08 were recently honored by a number of prestigious film festivals. Ozdemir's short documentary "Urva" received a Director's Choice Award at the Black Maria Film + Video Festival and was named Best Student Film at the New Jersey Film Festival  held at Rutgers University. Law's 13-minute senior thesis film "Girls, Robots, and Digital Cameras" was also honored by Black Maria, receiving the Jury's Choice - 2nd Prize at its 36th annual New Jersey Young Film & Videomakers Festival.


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Calling All Alumni!  

Now is your chance to re-engage with your alma mater through the Alumni Council. The Council's mission is to represent the over 16,000 alumni from the University of the Arts and all of its predecessor institutions; provide leadership; assist in alumni relations programming and communications efforts; offer input and guidance in alumni outreach; and serve as advocates for the University. Council members also help identify and communicate the needs of alumni to University administration and work to motivate other alumni to become involved. The group meets quarterly and each member serves on at least one committee or work group. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Harriet Feinstein '62 (Fibers), chair of the nominating committee, for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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