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Voices of Clouds (detail) by Isa Barnett

November 2012 


Noted Illustrator and Alumnus Jerry Pinkney Inducted into American Academy of Arts & Sciences    

Jerry Pinkney Award-winning children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney DIPL '60 (Advertising Design) has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies. The ceremony was held October 6 at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Pinkney's awards include the prestigious Caldecott Medal for The Lion & the Mouse, five Caldecott honors, five "Best Illustrated Books" awards from The New York Times, five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors.

Above right: Pinkney signs the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Book of Members, a tradition that dates back to 1780.

Record Number of Prospective Students Attend Fall Open House
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The University's Fall Open House was a spectacular success, with the highest attendance for any Open House in the past five years. Held on Saturday, October 27, 545 prospective students and 1,052 parents participated, coming from 12 states and Washington, D.C., and as far away as Canada. A highlight of the event was an electrifying surprise dance flash mob led by William Burden '13 (Dance Education) and a jazz ensemble performance featuring School of Music students Anthony DeCarlo '13 (Instrumental Performance: Guitar), Joe Anderson '13 (Instrumental Performance: Trumpet), Sam Greenfield '14 (Instrumental Performance: Tenor Sax), Lionel Forrester '15 (Instrumental Performance: Drums) and Nick Perri '16 (Instrumental Performance: Bass).

The next Open House is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Father-Son Alumni Exhibition at UArts

Painting of Isa and Ivan Barnett by Leon Karp '23 (Illustration) "Generation to Generation," a unique exhibition in tribute to the late Philadelphia/Santa Fe artist, illustrator, and University of the Arts alumnus and faculty member Isa Barnett DIPL '43 (Illustration), is on display through November 26 in the President's suite in Hamilton Hall at UArts. The exhibit is presented by his artist son and fellow UArts alumnus Ivan Barnett BFA '69 (Illustration), whose own work is also on display.


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Top: "Voices of Clouds" (detail) by Isa Barnett; above right: Painting of Isa and Ivan Barnett by Leon Karp '23 (Illustration). 


School of Film Grads, Faculty Are Film Fest Winners


Earth Emergency still Work by alumni and faculty in the School of Film topped the winners' lists at two recent film festivals: the  Bucks Fever FilmFest and the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). Winners at Bucks Fever included Reid Carrescia BFA '12 (Film/Video), whose short  "Harvest" won both the Best College Narrative and Best of the Fest awards; "Earth Emergency" by Su Yeon Lim BFA '12 (Animation), which earned the top prize in the College Animation category; and Associate Professor/Animation Coordinator Karl Staven, whose "From Point A to Point Z" was named the Emerging Animation winner. Rob Shaw BFA '97 (Animation) took home the award for Best Television Animation for Adults at OIAF for his "Zero Rats" segment from the Peabody Award-winning comedy series "Portlandia."  




Above right: Still from Lim's "Earth Emergency."
Theater Alumna Is Contributing Author of Audition Guide

So You Wanna Be A Superstar? book cover Mara Jill Herman BFA '07 (Musical Theater) is a contributing author of So You Wanna Be A Superstar? The Ultimate Audition Guide (Running Press Kids), a how-to guide for teens auditioning for their school shows, choirs, glee clubs and a cappella groups. Written by Ted Michael with Nic Cory, this playful yet informative learning tool is available on Amazon and at major bookstores. The recently released book features audition advice from UArts faculty member Charlie Gilbert, director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, and a foreword by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, as well as industry quotes from Broadway, TV and film stars like Will Chase, Emily Skinner, Steven Sater, Craig Burns, Julia Murney, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Chad Kimball.

Graphic Design Professor Awarded Imagery Grant

GeoEye images Graphic Design Assistant Professor Rachele Riley has been awarded a grant from the GeoEye Foundation for the use of high resolution satellite imagery of the Yucca Flat valley of Nevada - the site of experimental, post-World War II nuclear detonations - to further her "Evolution of Silence" project. A creative investigation into the dramatic transformation of Yucca Flat, the multi-dimensional project includes a web-based archive, installation and publication that present an exploration of a restricted landscape and a visual mapping and interpretation of its destruction.  


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Above right: Satellite images of Yucca Flat courtesy of the GeoEye Foundation. 


$50,000 Samuel P. Mandell Foundation Challenge Grant Doubles Your Gift 

Faculty member and student in the studio The Office of Advancement is very pleased to announce that thanks to the $50,000 Samuel P. Mandell Foundation Challenge, all new or increased gifts to the Annual Fund (up to $5,000) will be matched one to one, doubling the value of your contribution. The Annual Fund provides critical scholarship dollars to over 90 percent of our students as well as for many of the services they need. Please help us take advantage of this magnificent opportunity, made possible through the generosity of UArts Trustee Seymour "Sonny" Mandell.


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