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Raiders of the Lost Ark

July 2011

Alum's Iconic Illustration Named 'Greatest Hand-Drawn Movie Poster'


Raiders of the Lost Ark Richard Amsel '69 (Illustration) created the swashbuckling "Raiders of the Lost Ark" movie poster, which was just named the No. 1 "Greatest Hand-Drawn Movie Poster" by, who called it "the archetypal adventure poster." Amsel's illustrations advertised some of the most important and popular films of the 1970s and 80s, including "Chinatown," "The Last Picture Show," "The Muppet Movie" and "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome." The University hosted a major exhibition of his work in 2009 and he was honored posthumously with the Silver Star Alumni Award that same year. Amsel died in 1985.


Top and above: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" movie poster detail. 

Work by Crafts Professor at Venice Biennale, Smithsonian  


Widow by Judith Schaecter The stained-glass work of Crafts Adjunct Professor Judith Schaechter is featured in "Glasstress," an international exhibition of contemporary glassworks being held through November 27 at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti in Venice, Italy, as part of the 54th Annual International Art Exhibition at the renowned Venice Biennale. Her work is also featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery exhibit "History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011," which showcases four artists who create works that combine historical techniques with contemporary art forms. The Renwick show runs through July 31. An interview with Schaechter, who explains that she does not want to be called "some kind of grand poobah savior of stained glass," appears on


"Widow," 2008. Collection of Colleen and John Kotelly. Photo by Dominic Episcopo / Renwick Gallery, SI.


'Most Notorious Portrait of Our Times' Created by Illustration Professor Tim O'Brien 


Osama bin Laden Time magazine cover When the death of Osama bin Laden made the cover of Time magazine in May, his hyper-realistic portrait (marked with a bloody red "X") was created by University of the Arts Illustration Professor Tim O'Brien, who has illustrated more than 25 covers for the news publication. The portrait was originally commissioned in 2002, then, as O'Brien says, "it waited for its time." A Q&A with O'Brien about the Time cover recently appeared in the Miami Art Blog.


'Philadelphia Inquirer' Features ID Alum's Sustainable Design Company, MIO Culture 


Jaime Salm '01 (ID) Designer and entrepreneur Jaime Salm '01 (Industrial Design) tells The Philadelphia Inquirer how his senior project at the University of the Arts and a commission from retailer Anthropologie sowed the seeds for MIO Culture, his sustainable design business.

Salm works with butterfly-shaped panels called butterfly nomads in his 12th Street studio. (Ron Tarver / Inquirer Staff Photographer).


Theater Alumna, Star of 'The Office' Profiled in 'Washington Post'


Kate Flannery and partner-in-comedy Scot Robinson as the Lampshades

More than just boozy "Meredith" on the smash hit television show "The Office," Kate Flannery '87 (Theater Arts) stays in touch with her live theater roots with her cult-comedy act the Lampshades, touring the East Coast this summer. She talks about the Lampshades -- a "lounge act gone horribly wrong" -- in a recent profile in The Washington Post.


Kate Flannery (left) and partner-in-comedy Scot Robinson as the Lampshades.


Work by Medallic Art Class Spotlighted in International Exhibition in Poland


Medallic artwork by Pavia Burroughs '11 (Sculpture)

Work by students in Master Lecturer Mashiko Nakashima's Medallic Sculpture class is featured in an international medallic art project presented by the International Art Medal Federation (FIDEM) at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Students from universities in 10 countries submitted their designs on the theme of "home," showcasing the diversity of contemporary medallic art, which features small metal works such as coins, medals and medallions.


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Medallic artwork by Pavia Burroughs '11 (Sculpture). 


N.Y. Solo Shows by Sculpture Alumnus Receive Critical Praise


the holy Hermit by Sean Landers '84 (Sculpture)International contemporary artist and alumnus Sean Landers '84 (Sculpture) received critical praise for his two New York solo shows "Around the World Alone" (a retrospective of work from the mid-90s not previously shown in New York) and "Midnight Modern Conversation" (a show of new work) in The New York Times, Time Out New York, Artforum and The Huffington Post. A Q&A with the artist appeared in Art in America, who called Landers "the leading proponent of 'slacker art,' the practitioners of which use confession and metaphors for misery to both self-lacerate and critique the easy pathos of popular entertainment." Landers has had over 25 solo exhibits of his work at galleries around the world.


"The Holy Hermit," 2011, oil on linen, 68" x 52" from the "Around the World Alone" series.

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