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Jordan Baumgarten, a member of the UArts Photography faculty has been working on a project over the past 5 years called Slow Blink Open Mouth to be published as a book by GOST this fall.

From the artist:

Slow Blink Open Mouth is a glimpse into the rampant chaos and lawlessness present in a place with no oversight. With that apparent lawlessness, chaos is inevitable; that chaos is now evident, with the city of Philadelphia in the grip of the opioid crisis. In this world, private moments are public, animals and humans roam free, fueled by id, and always, somewhere, there is a fire burning. My neighborhood, Kensington, happens to be the nexus for those in and around Philadelphia seeking heroin, and all that it entails.

The title Slow Blink Open Mouth comes from the pictograph illustrating “severe pain” in hospital universal pain assessment tools. I discovered this while in the hospital after someone stuck me with a used heroin needle during my work on this project. The title is also meant to convey being stoned or astonished, as well as the feelings of bliss and ecstasy. At its core, the project is about the opioid epidemic and its supporting addiction-based economy. While all the photographs were made in Philadelphia, the project is not about that specific place. Rather, the city serves as a microcosm to discuss issues tearing apart the fabric of our social landscape.

We are excited to let you know that GOST will be publishing a book based on his project, Slow Blink Open Mouth. Images are available through the artist’s website to support the project publication.

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The Scoop

One of the amazing things about working here at a university that focuses on the arts is that the staff is so talented! Something that has been making me smile, Tran Nguyen who is the Student Employment Coordinator for the University, has been working on an All Ages productions on some web shorts. Tran has also been taking our Continuing Education Taxidermy courses has been working on some amazing film projects featuring...cats!


Tran did the costuming, wigs, and sewn props for the Bravo network and Henrick's Gin.

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Summer 2017 Variety Show

Continuing Education held the Summer Variety Show on August 9. Thank you to everyone who made this such a great night including Continuing Studies staff Sarah Pater, Melanie Pulley, Melissa DiGiacomo and from the College of Performing Arts Meghan Walsh, Jennifer Jaynes and Lisle Hummerston who helped us take over a bigger theater, which we needed with more than 100 people in attendance!
 

Photos by Sarah Naji

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UArts ArtsWeek Final Exhibition

A huge thank you and congratulations to all the participants of last week's UArts ArtsWeek!  We all enjoyed a fabulous week of working in the studio, taking trips to area collections, and attending special events including an artist talk & book signing by Ennis Carter, a Keynote by Ben Volta, and closing exhibition. Here are some of the highlights.

    • UArts ArtsWeek 2017
    • Comics and Graphic Novels
    • ArtsWeek Students
    • WPA Posters
    • Landscape Painting at Independence Seaport Museum
    • Landscape Painting
    • Nonfiction Filmmaking
    • Photograms on Sunpaper
    • Ceramics: Glazing
    • 3-D Printing
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Professional Development + Encrichment courses for Graphic Designers

These courses are offered as professional development opportunities for artists and graphic designers who want to  get inspired, enhance their skills and train with renowned leaders in the field.
 
  • Data Visualization
    Visual presenation of quantitative data
     
  • Letterform Design
    Developing unique alphabets + letter sets based
    on classical principles of the Latin-based letterforms.
     
  • Photographics
    Explore the constructed photograph - street shooting
    + controlled studio lighting.
     

Visit cs.uarts.edu/ce/courses for a full list of Fall 2017 CE courses and information about our certificate programs. Call us at 215-717-6006 with questions or to register over the phone!

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Fall 2017 Director's Spotlight Courses

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DIRECTOR’S SPOTLIGHT 
Caitlin Perkins Director of Continuing Education + Special Programs


When people ask me how to get started on a path to creativity I stress the importance of quantity. Want to learn to draw? Make a ton of drawings. Don’t get stuck trying to make one perfect painting, or develop writer’s block from anxiety about getting the pen to page – instead, welcome the mistakes, learn from them, and enjoy your journey of becoming a maker.
 

To get you started, I am offering a special tuition rate of $295, on a selection of Continuing Education courses. I’m certain our courses will delight you. Courses include:
 

Register online or contact the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006 with any questions.
 

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In The Spotlight

Chelsea Puglese

Chelsea Puglese

UArts PIE + MEd congratulates Chelsea Puglese, who earned her MEd in Educational Program Design, UArts in 2017. Chelsea is a K-6 art teacher with Abington School District, where she has taught for the past seven years. She has activated her Master's thesis, An Assessment-Based Elementary Art Curriculum, in her classroom, incorporating assessment methods she designed for her students while in the MEd program, with a focus on student self-assessment.

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Call for Submissions for the Dotphotozine Award for Excellence in Photography

Award for Excellence in Photography

Award for Excellence in Photography

Hey photographers! Dotphotozine is seeking submissions for the 2017 Dotphotozine Award for Excellence in Photography. The winning entry receives a $1,000 cash prize and a four-page spread in the analog and digital editions to be released in September 2017.


Click here for more info.


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Around Town

Rev Theatre Company

Rev Theatre Company

Midsummer Night's Dream

REV Theatre Company

Photo by Sam Nagel

It’s time to get outside for some adventuretime cultural activities! One of my favorite summer pastimes is outdoor Shakespeare -- and this month Philadelphia is bursting with the bard. From UARTS own Rosey Hay’s REV Theater Company’s production of Hamlet in...a cemetery to Coriolanus in Clark Park.


REV’s Hamlet production will take place amongst the tombstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery, and picnics are encouraged with performances Friday, July 7; Saturday, July 8; Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at 8:00pm. This week you can catch The Word Players Theatre Co and their production of Midsummer Night’s Dream at Liberty Lands Park.


Hamlet:

A skull, a poisoned sword, a villainous uncle/King, a funeral (or a wedding?), a devoted friend, a drowned girl, and - “To be or not to be,” of course. And when a ghost appears, our iconic hero Hamlet is faced with a dreadful quandary in Shakespeare’s most famous play of love, loss and revenge.

Presented by New York-based REV Theatre Company, this contemporary, opulent production will be ‘revved up’ emphasizing the fusion of Shakespeare’s language and REV’s dynamic physicality, reflecting the intense emotional life of the play. Another of REV Theatre’s trademarks is the active involvement of the audiences in their outdoor productions (just as it was in Elizabethan playhouses) as witnesses to and participants in the events giving the play’s action great immediacy and excitement.


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In The Spotlight

Literally Stories

Literally Stories

Aaron Kaplan, a student in Michael Aronovitz’s Short Story Writing, had his work published in Literally Stories in May. Aaron brought the story, titled "Two is the Loneliest Number", to the Continuing Education workshop and now you can read it here!


 

 
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CE Summer 2017 Happy Hour

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Come to meet your classmates or to learn more about our programs! Join us for our semester kick-off happy hour at Tavern on Broad - the first round is on us!


4-6pm. No RSVP required.


Tavern on Broad

200 S. Broad St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102


Twitter: @UArtsCE
Facebook: Continuing Education at the University of the Arts

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Enrich your summer with 5-week courses beginning in July

Whether you're looking to log studio time in an art + design course or refresh your digital design skills, there's still time to join us this summer. Courses begin throughout July, including:





View the full list of CE Summer 2017 course offerings. Questions? Contact or call 215-717-6006.

    

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MEd Faculty Matt Duvall Award Postdoctoral Fellowship

Matt Duvall PIE Faculty

Matt Duvall PIE Faculty

UArts congratulates Matt Duvall, MEd Faculty, who has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation: The Impact of Virtual Literacy Communities in an English Language Arts Classroom: A Case Study Using Goodreads.  We are thrilled to report that Matt will begin work as a postdoctoral fellow with the Entrepreneurial Games Studio at Drexel's ExCITe Center, where he will be working on the Skyscraper Games project (www.skyscrapergames.com), focused on middle grades students and teachers interested in computational thinking through game design. 

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Away for the summer? Take an online course.

We listened! Teachers are looking for more online course options. Register now for: 

 
 
** Registration closes next week!
 

Register online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call 215.717.6006. See our complete summer course catalogue for further details.
 
    
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UArts Anderson Hall closure + course cancellations

Dear UArts Continuing Studies community,
 
A large water main burst in the basement area of the university's Anderson Hall causing significant damage and forcing the closure of the building through the summer of 2017. 

Continuing Studies is working with the university administration, faculty and studio technicians to relocate our summer programs that were planned for those studios; however, unfortunately, in some cases we can not accommodate class offerings in alternative spaces, forcing us to cancel select classes.
 
Please be sure to look for communication from Continuing Studies staff for the final location of your course.
 
 
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to or 215.717.6006.
 
    
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Write, sing, record and perform in our summer music courses.

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Start composing and creating.


Whether you're an aspiring singer, composer or producer, our summer Music courses will help build your skills and confidence. You'll also have the option to showcase what you've learned alongside your classmates in our Summer Variety Show
 



Check out all of our summer courses offering at cs.uarts.edu/ce/courses. Questions? Email or give us a call at 215-717-6006.

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Dive into digital design and technology this summer.

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Take your digital design skills to the next level.

 


Interested in building a website but not sure where to start?  Want to enhance your digital design skills or generate engaging video content for the web? 
 

Our Digital Technology summer course offerings will equip you with the skills to succeed in these endeavors and more.



Visit cs.uarts.edu/ce for a full list of Summer 2017 courses and information about our certificate programs.

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Hear about the UArts MEd experience first hand from alum Jill Rakowicz

"I could take my research and apply it right then and there to my teaching practice."
 

Jill Rakowicz, a K-5 arts teacher with the Littlestown Area School District, is an alumni of the MEd in Educational Program Design program. Hear about her capstone project, which she was selected to present to at the NAEA conference in Chicago and imagine how your own classroom practice would be enhanced through one of UArts' 30-credit Master's degrees.
 

Apply today and begin this Summer. Join colleagues to demystify curriculum, instruction and assessment, and use technology to support meaningful learning experiences both inside - and outside - the classroom.
 

QUESTIONS? Call Jules 215.717.6092 or email .

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Beginning soon: 5 + 10 Week Writing Courses

Our range of  Writing courses are designed to help you develop your voice in a variety of genres. Summer course offerings include:
 

10 Week Courses                                                                                           5 Week Courses                                


View a full list of Summer 2017 courses and information about our certificate programs.


Questions? Call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006 or email .

  

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Instructor Howard Glasser presenting at ATLIS

Howard Glasser
PIE + MEd instructor, Howard Glasser, will be co-facilitating "Innovative Ways to Support Faculty" at this year's online Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools' (ATLIS) conference on Monday, April 24 at 1:15pm PT.
 
ATLIS formed around the idea that technology leaders make the best decisions when they are reflective, informed, and connected. Registration is now open to participate in this years conference where independent school technology leaders log in to share experiences, knowledge, and insights on the best practices in technology and innovation for independent schools.
 
For more information and a full schedule click here.
 
For more information on the PIE + MEd Programs, click here or call 215-717-6092
 
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