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.
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!
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
4-6pm. No RSVP required.
200 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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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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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.
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