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Humor: Orgins of Debonair Behavior and Raunchy Jokes by Arnold Roth

April 2012 

ArtUnleashed Preview Party Tickets Available
There's still time to purchase a ticket to the ArtUnleashed Preview Party on April 11. ArtUnleashed is the University's largest fundraiser, raising money to support the Sam S. McKeel Promising Young Artists Scholarship Fund with an exhibition and sale of artwork in all media from talented students, faculty and alumni. This year's event will feature work by two noted alums who are true American originals: Arnold Roth BFA '50 (Illustration) and Adam Wallacavage BFA '95 (Photography).


Preview Party (admission charge):
Wednesday, April 11, 5 - 8 p.m.

Public Sale:
Thursday, April 12, 12 - 5 p.m.
Friday, April, 12, 12 - 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 12 - 5 p.m.

Blick Art Materials
is the lead corporate sponsor of ArtUnleashed and a supporter of UArts scholarships (see below for an online coupon).

Top: "Humor: Origins of Debonair Behavior and Raunchy Jokes" (detail) by Arnold Roth.

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TimOBrienIllustration Prof Is 'Hunger Games' Artist
Mockingjay by Tim O'BrienIllustration Professor Tim O'Brien, well-known for his portraits of such newsmakers as Osama bin Laden, Steve Jobs and the Pope, has been catapulted into the pop culture stratosphere with his illustration of the "mockingjay" brooch for the best-selling book series turned blockbuster film, The Hunger Games. The Brooklyn-based artist's work, which appears on the books' covers and as the movie's ubiquitous logo, was adapted by the film's producers in order to keep a consistent visual reference to the popular series. The mockingjay was animated in to create a powerful ending visual for the film's trailer. In a profile in The Philadelphia Inquirer, O'Brien said of the image, "I've done postage stamps, covers. I've never had an illustration that was so universally recognized."

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UArts Hosts Spring Open House
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Despite the chilly weather, the University of the Arts' Spring Open House welcomed over 1,000 visitors from 21 states and three foreign countries (Portugal, South Korea and Thailand). Prospective students and their families met with faculty, staff, current students and alumni. They attended presentations, demonstrations and rehearsals, and received important information on financial aid and preparing portfolios and for auditions. Prospective student attendance was up 40 percent from spring 2011. "Admit One," the University's exclusive event for accepted students, saw a 38 percent increase in attendance over the prior year. New students and their families enjoyed dance, theater and music performances from current students while mingling with faculty and staff, including President Sean T. Buffington.
The next Open House is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2012.

Ceramics Student Wins $15K Windgate Fellowship
Composite pohot of John Souter's workJohn Souter '12 (Crafts), whose senior ceramics work was inspired by a gothic cathedral in Chartres, France, is one of 10 students nationwide selected for a 2012 Windgate Fellowship, one of the largest gifts to Crafts majors in the country. The $15,000 grant will allow Souter to travel and study in France this summer as well as support his post-graduation work. Funded by the Windgate Charitable Trust, the award recognizes graduating seniors who have excelled in the world of craft. An international jury selected by the University of North Carolina's Center for Craft, Creativity and Design chooses the grant winners each year.


Above: Composite image of Souter's ceramics work.

Junior Wins National Honor from Society of Illustrators

The Haunted Hallway by Samantha Schechter '13 (Illustration)Junior Illustration major Samantha Schechter, whose artwork "The Haunted Hallway" (right) was selected for exhibition in this year's Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition, has been recognized for excellence with a $4,000 scholarship. Schechter, who studies with Professor Tim O'Brien (see story above), was one of nine UArts Illustration students chosen as finalists in the Society's annual competition. Her work and the work of the other 253 selected artists will be on display at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City from May 9 through June 2. Awards and certificates will be given out during an opening reception on May 18.


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School of Dance Hosts National High School Dance Festival


Alumna Ashely Seldon conducts a hip-hop master class

Young dancers swarmed Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts last month as more than 1,300 students from around the country gathered for the 2012 National High School Dance Festival hosted by the School of Dance at the University of the Arts. The bi-annual event allows young dancers to preview undergraduate dance programs at dozens of universities. UArts dance alumna Ashley Seldon BFA '07 (Jazz Dance), who has performed with Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, Usher and Mary J. Blige, returned to her alma mater to talk with students and conduct master classes in commercial jazz and hip-hop dance (pictured above right).


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blickBlick Art Materials Supports UArts

Blick logoBlick Art Materials is a proud supporter of scholarships for promising young artists, and is committed to offering art materials that are environmentally friendly because of the way they're formulated, manufactured, or packaged. Celebrate Earth Day by choosing earth-friendly green products. Coupon available online to save a little green.
Alumni Association Accepting Nominations for Alumni Council 2012-2013


Alumni Council 2011The Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations from graduates interested in running for election to the Alumni Council. The Council is a partner to the Office of Alumni Relations in its efforts to engage, advance and support UArts, its alumni and students through a variety of programs, services and volunteer opportunities. The call for nominations concludes at 5 p.m. on April 13. All UArts alumni will be invited to vote in the elections.


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Above: Current Alumni Council members. 

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