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October 2012 


UArts Honors Irvin Borowsky, Laurie Wagman for $500,000 Gift   


Borowsky reception Dozens of their friends and family members gathered at the University of the Arts on September 19 to honor UArts Trustee Emeritus Irvin J. Borowsky and his wife, Laurie Wagman, whose $500,000 gift will enable the University to significantly expand and enhance its Glass Arts programs and the art form itself. The gift will be used to establish the Irvin Borowsky Center for Glass Arts and the Irvin Borowsky Prize in Glass Arts. An innovator and leader in the publishing industry and a generous patron of the arts, Borowsky has been a member of the University's Board of Trustees since 1981.


Above right (l-r): Irvin Borowsky, UArts President Sean T. Buffington, Glass program head Alexander Rosenberg, Laurie Wagman, and glass artist and alumnus Dan Dailey BFA '69 (Fine Arts).

New Dean of Admissions Appointed  

Anthony Padilla Anthony Padilla (right) will join the University of the Arts as the new dean of Admissions, effective October 15, 2012. Padilla joins UArts with a wealth of experience in arts college admissions, having served as the chief admissions officer at Laguna College of Art & Design, Parsons The New School for Design and Chester College of New England. Prior to that, he worked in admissions at Pacific Oaks College and Otis School of Art & Design. Padilla holds a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in California.   


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UArts, DesignPhiladelphia Partner for 8th Annual Festival

DesignPhiladelphia logo DesignPhiladelphia, the city-wide celebration of all things design, kicks off its eighth year on October 10 with over 100 events and more than 400 participating designers. One of the largest events of its kind in the country, DesignPhiladelphia has been presented in partnership with the University of the Arts since 2010. This year's festival runs through October 14.    


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Photo Student Work on Display at Philadelphia History Museum

Portrait by Leon Syfrit '13 (Photo) Work by Photography students from last year's Professional Practices classes is featured in the "Face to Facebook" exhibition at the newly reopened Philadelphia History Museum. Included in the exhibit are photos of everyday Philadelphians that illustrate the informal nature of today's portraits taken by Photography senior Leon Syfrit and 2012 graduates Nathan Novak, Amanda Hagenbuch, Caitlin Lord, Tara Robertson, Nell Slaughter, Elizabeth Kreitschmann, Felicia Puff, Chelsea A. DeJesus, Cierra Butler and Michael Gail Malloy. "Face to Facebook," which also includes work by such artists as Charles Willson Peale and Thomas Sully, runs through December 31 in PHM's second floor main gallery.     


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Above right: Portrait by Leon Syfrit '13 (Photography). 

'Making IT' Alumni Exhibit Showcases Work of Recent Grads
2 Above and Below by Tania O'Donnell
More than 150 works were submitted by University of the Arts alumni from the classes of 2002 through 2012 for the juried exhibit "Making IT: Alumni Works '02-'12." The 57 selected works create a coherent and innovative exhibition, showcasing the excellence and artistic diversity of our recent alumni. "Making IT" runs through October 29 in Hamilton Hall, with an opening reception scheduled for October 20 during Family & Alumni Weekend.


Top: "Cyprium Gorgonia" by April Field BFA '11 (Crafts); above right: "2: Above and Below" by Tania O'Donnell MAT '03 (Visual Arts). 

Brind School Faculty Win 2012 Barrymore Awards   

Forrest McClendon (r) in The Scottsboro Boys Lecturers Jacqueline Goldfinger and Forrest McClendon from the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts were among the winners of the 2012 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, announced September 25 by the Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia. Goldfinger's Flashpoint Theatre Company production "Slip/Shot" was named Outstanding New Play, while McClendon took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his Tony-nominated role in "The Scottsboro Boys."  


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Above right: Forrest McClendon (right) stars in the Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of "The Scottsboro Boys."

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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