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Curiosity Rover driven by Sculpture alumnus

September 2012 


Sculpture Alum Is Mars Rover Driver   


Frank Hartman BFA '92 (Sculpture) took his fine arts degree a long way after graduating from the University of the Arts - all the way to Mars. The Pitman, N.J., native, who now calls NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories in California home, spends his days boldly going where no one has gone before: driving the rover Curiosity across the surface of the Red Planet, just as he has for the past eight years with the rovers Spirit and Opportunity.


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Top: Mars rover Curiosity in artist's concept, close-up (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech).

Brind School Faculty, Alumni Top List of Barrymore Nominees 

Forrest McClendon (r) in The Scottsboro Boys Faculty and alumni from the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts topped the list of nominees for the 2012 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, announced August 16 by the Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia. Winners will be announced in October. Nominees include faculty members Jackie Goldfinger, Rosemary McKelvey, Eric Ebbenga and Forrest McClendon, and alumni Justin Jain BFA '04 (Acting) and Pete Pryor BFA '90 (Theater).  




Above right: Forrest McClendon (right) stars in "The Scottsboro Boys." 

CD by Grad Ensemble Praised in 'All About Jazz'

Mars Apes CD cover "Mars Apes," the whimsically titled recording by the School of Music Graduate Ensemble, received a glowing review in the August 31 issue of All About Jazz. Produced by Don Glanden, head of the MM in Jazz Studies program at UArts, the CD features original music by Mark Allen BM '10 (Music), MM '11 (Jazz Studies) on saxophone, Dave Bozenhard MM '12 (Jazz Studies) on guitar, Rihards Fedotovs MM '12 (Jazz Studies) on drums and Sandy Eldred BM '12 (Music), MM '13 (Jazz Studies) on bass. Raves All About Jazz: "The inherent talent of these four young men, combined with the phenomenal education they have received, has resulted in a uniquely creative work." 


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MoMA Showcases Films of Alumni/Animators the Quay Brothers
Street of Crocodile

Timothy Quay BFA '69 (Illustration) and Steven Quay BFA '69 (Film), the identical twin experimental stop-motion animators better known as the Quay Brothers, have opened a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City titled "Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets." The show, which runs through January 7, 2013, was praised in the August 10 issue of The New York Times.  


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Above right: Décor from the Quay Brothers' 1986 film "Street of Crocodiles."  


'Forbes' Calls Philly 'Cool'; 'New York' Mag Loves Its Art Scene

Philly skyline Philadelphia was once again in the spotlight, with Forbes magazine naming it one of "America's Coolest Cities." Ranking No. 15 on the list of 20 topped by Houston, Philly was included in the category of "up-and-coming metro areas" whose low costs of living and/or strong economies have been attracting artists and young adults. According to the article, "Philadelphia had been forgotten, but now it's being referred to as the Sixth Borough." New York magazine featured Philly in its "Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan" and had this to say about the City of Brotherly Love: "World-class museums, cutting-edge galleries and ubiquitous street murals make this city a trove of creative riches."

Above right: Photo of Philly skyline by B. Krist for GPTMC. 
Family and Alumni Weekend: October 19 - 21

Family and Alumni Weekend Parents and families of current students and all alumni are invited to join us for Family and Alumni Weekend, scheduled for October 19 - 21, 2012. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the UArts Alumni Association, this year's program will showcase the many talents of the UArts community and will provide plenty of opportunities for you to connect with current students and their families, as well as with alumni and faculty. We look forward to welcoming you to campus this fall!


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Professor Presents Paper on Eye-Tracking at London Conference

Human eye University of the Arts Professor Slavko Milekic presented a paper titled "Using Eye- and Gaze-Tracking to Interact with a Visual Display" at the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012) conference held recently in London. The paper is an overview of his research on potential uses of eye-tracking technologies and features the work of recent UArts students. Dr. Milekic holds a U.S. patent for an original way of using eye-tracking to interact with visual displays with UArts as a patent license holder, making it the University's first research patent.  


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Brind School Presents 'The Walls' at Live Arts Fest/Philly Fringe Through Sept. 9

The Walls The Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts presents "The Walls" as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe being held September 7 - 22. Performances of "The Walls" run through September 9 at the Caplan Studio Theater (211 S. Broad Street, 16th floor). Tickets are $15.

A scholarly young woman must confront the issue of her mother's untimely death and the possible consequences of her own complicated inheritance in this time-bending play about the elusive nature of madness. The Philadelphia premiere of a provocative drama exploring the links between identity, creativity and non-conformity.  


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