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Mapping Experience

April 2011


Visiting Japanese Students Find Support at UArts During Earthquake, Tsunami Crisis   

Mapping Experience: A Japan and UArts Exchange

While 15 visiting fine arts students from Kinki University in Osaka, Japan, were busy creating collaborative art installations with their University of the Arts hosts, a massive earthquake and devastating tsunami struck their home country. Here as part of an innovative international exchange coordinated by Sculpture Professor Jeanne Jaffe, the Japanese students spent 10 days working and living with a group of 18 University of the Arts students from a variety of majors to create a cross-cultural collaborative exhibit titled "Mapping Experience: A Japan and UArts Exchange." Though fortunately none of the students was personally affected by the disaster, the news and images coming out of Japan shook both the visitors and their hosts. Heightened emotions reinforced the bonds the students had already been forging.  


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Japanese Students Get By with Help from UArts Friends >> 


In Time of Trouble, Japanese Students Create Art, Forge Bonds >> 


Top: A Kinki University student collaborates with a University of the Arts student on an art installation; above, right: artwork from the "Mapping Experience" exhibit. 

International Design Visionary Bill Moggridge Headlines 133rd Commencement


Bill MoggridgeThe University of the Arts has announced the honorees for its 133rd Commencement, scheduled for May 19 at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. This year's keynote speaker will be renowned industrial and interactive designer Bill Moggridge (right), co-founder of the global design firm IDEO and the director of the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in New York, the first design practitioner to hold that position. Widely credited with designing the look of the first commercial laptop, Moggridge is an advocate for user-centered design and has been a Royal Designer for Industry since 1988. He was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 2009 National Design Awards held at the White House. Other honorees include noted documentary filmmaker Louis Massiah, founder of Philadelphia's Scribe Video Center, who will receive an honorary degree. The Silver Star Alumni Award recipients are renowned painter and printmaker Leonard Lehrer and award-winning composer and School of Music faculty member Evan Solot.

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

The University of the Arts will present the third annual ArtUnleashed exhibition and sale to benefit student scholarships April 13 - 16. 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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Illustration Students, Alumnus Gather Honors


"Speak" by Lindsay Beach '11

Young illustrators from the University of the Arts are in the spotlight as four current Illustration students were chosen as finalists in the Society of Illustrators' annual Student Scholarship Competition and a recent alumnus was named one of 2011's "New Visual Artists" by leading design publication, Print.


Work by junior Elizabeth Bobzin and seniors Philip Bartel, Lindsay Beach and Nina Goffi was selected by a jury of their professional peers to be exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration in New York as part of the Society of Illustrators' annual Student Scholarship Competition. Their original artwork will be on display at the museum May 4 - 28 and the students will be honored at an opening reception on May 6.


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"Speak" by Lindsay Beach '11 (Illustration) is a finalist in the Society of Illustrators' Student Scholarship Competition.


Aournd the World in 80 Days by Jim TierneyPrint magazine called professional book designer and 2010 Illustration graduate Jim Tierney "one of 20 designers to watch under 30." The magazine hailed him as a "cerebral image-maker/deep depictor," who "...demonstrate(s) not only formal and conceptual excellence, but also explore(s) how illustration lives in the world."


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Tierney's re-imagined cover of the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days.   


Multimedia Alumna's Webcasting Company Profiled in 'Philadelphia Inquirer'


Dejha TiDejha Ti '08 (Multimedia) [right] and her webcasting business LLC were featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer for her successful pitch to produce the first recruiting webcast for Wharton's Executive MBA program. "A musician (drums, guitar and vocals) and designer by passion and trade (stylish eyeglasses, sharp handbags), she oozes as much entrepreneurial instinct as art ethos," the article said. Her Fishtown-based company has also been hired to produce additional webcasts for incoming Wharton undergraduates.   


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Photo: APRIL SAUL / Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Photographer 


Special Insurance Rates for Alumni


The Alumni Association is always on the lookout for great deals for our alumni, and we've found another one! Did you know that as graduates of the University of the Arts, you can purchase high-quality auto, home and renter's insurance at a group discount rate of 10-20 percent through Liberty Mutual's Group Savings Plus? Philadelphia residents call William Papa at 215-925-7915 x53253 for a free, no-obligation quote, or call 800-835-0894 to be directed to the nearest Liberty Mutual office. You can also request a free quote online at

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