Winter Break Closings – Happy Holidays

Student work by Continuing Education student Kimberly Thoman, Digital Photography: Beginners, fall 2010

The University of the Arts offices will be closed for Winter Break from Tue, Dec 21 – Sun, Jan 2.

Online spring registration for Continuing Education and the Professional Institute for Educators is still available over break.  You can visit our website at to review courses, request a brochure, or to register for a class.  You can also download a registration form from our website, and fax completed registration forms to 215.717.6538.

If you have any questions, contact our office at or leave a message at 215.717.6006, and we’ll get back to you when our offices reopen on Mon, Jan 3.

Happy Holidays from the Division of Continuing Studies!

Exhibitions Program @ the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Are you flying out of PHL to visit friends or family for the holidays?   Use your time spent waiting, enjoyably, by checking out the amazing artwork curated and on exhibit at the airport.

The Philadelphia International Art Exhibitions Program organizes and presents exhibitions and seeks to humanize the airport environment.  It provides visibility for Philadelphia’s unique cultural life and enhances and enriches the experience of the traveling public.  The Exhibitions Program provides millions of visitors from a global community access to a wide variety of art forms including fine arts, crafts, design and photography by artists from the Philadelphia area.

Right now, the airport is featuring 15 different exhibits, including work by two faculty members from the University of the Arts: Jeannie Pearce (Visiting Professor, Media Arts: Photo, Film, Animation) and James Dupree (Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts: Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture).

In July 1998, the Philadelphia International Airport established the  Exhibitions Program, which is responsible for organizing and presenting rotating exhibitions that are located throughout the facility. The exhibitions change throughout the year to provide a variety of educational and cultural programs to the visiting public.  Currently, only a few airports in the world showcase temporary art exhibitions; we are thrilled that Philadelphia’s artistic work is valued and shown to such a large audience.

Good art improves the travel experience!


Check out TheStudioVisit.

TSV is a blog dedicated to presenting the work of a variety of emerging and professional visual artists  from within the artist’s studio.  Each entry consists of a dialogue between writer and artist, as well as images and video of the artist’s space and work.  Seeing other artists’ workspaces can unveil a new context for the particular artist’s work; and seeing what works for others can also provide you with a new perspective on your own practice and workspace.

TSV‘s most recent visit was with Grechen Schermerhorn, a printmaker and hand papermaker as well as the Artistic Director at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Check out the about page to see the contributors and the archives page to find out whose studios they’ve visited.

What Is Your Business Card Saying About You?

Web Designer Depot has posted an interesting + inspiring gallery of unique designs for business cards.  The posting begs the question, ‘what does your business card say to a potential client or employer about your creative potential?

We all have a collection of business cards- with most it is tough to differentiate one from another. As a designer you need to be seen as creative. After all, if you can’t brand yourself why would a client hire you to brand them?  Your business card should speak for itself and create a lasting impression of you after you have left a meeting or interview. A creative design, size, style or ‘stock’ can set your card apart and create the impression in a potential client that you the right designer for their job. You are more likely to get noticed, be remembered  and gain business if your card is as creative as you are.

Do you have a favorite card you’ve used or have held onto? How important is a business card for you? What does your business card look like? Please share your comments…

Philadelphia Independent Craft Market Holiday Show @ 2424 Studios

Experience the Philadelphia Independent Craft Market Holiday Show on  Sat Dec 18, 12 – 7 pm at 2424 Studios in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

PCIM’s holiday edition features more than 40 vendors selling their handmade, vintage and artistic wares, five bands and free refreshments sponsored by Pabst.

Shop for jewelry, letterpress goods, screen-printed shirts, handmade soaps, knitted goods, original art and more!

The musical lineup includes TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Joe Duffey’s Underwater Window Garden, Sisters 3, David Sweeney and Mike Baker (of The Spinning Leaves) and Rum Rooster and the Farm (Toy Soldiers Duo).

Scanning the Blogosphere for Web Design + Development Inspiration

The Design Inspiration just posted a comprehensive list of 38 sites you must visit regularly if you expect to stay ahead in the web field. Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge base for inspiration, tips + tricks  is crucial, and as you know, the best way to keep current is to scan the blogosphere- but which blogs should you look to? There are loads of great web development blogs out there but tons of terrible ones too.

The Design Inspiration has taken the guess work out of this task by whittled the best web design + development blogs down to a manageable list of 38 must sees. Adding these great blogs to your RSS reader, and you’ll be tuned to the most current industry information, tips, tutorials and freebies, that you need.

Visit The Design Inspiration today and check out their list of must see sites.

Book Party @ UArts

Please join the Book Arts/Printmaking Department for this semester’s Book Party!

Books and prints will be on display and for sale by undergraduate and graduate Book Arts students at the University of the Arts.

Thu Dec 16: 4  to 7 pm, on the 9th floor of Terra in the Terra Board Room, 211 S. Broad St.

Instructor Profile: Tiernan Alexander

With a BA in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of the Arts, Alexander has had an ever-changing career path. She has worked as a webmaster and managed large-scale web application development. She has taught both technology and art in the US and Mexico. She also writes art reviews, leads tours and creates sculpture. “I think the ability to change careers and remake one’s life is one of the greatest opportunities of our time,” she said.

Alexander’s technological work dovetails with her life as a ceramic artist, fulfilling wildly different sides of her personality. “I love learning new things,” she said. “Whether it is a glaze recipe, an embroidery stitch, or a cool piece of JavaScript, every new discovery is fascinating.”

In teaching, she believes clarity and communicating complex ideas are her biggest strength. “I hope to help students develop a strong understanding of any topic I teach; one that they can continue to develop and build on in other classes and in their own continued development.”

Visit for examples of her work.

Courses: Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Dreamweaver Advanced, Web Design I

Punk Rock Flea Market (Holiday Edition)

It’s the Holiday Season and time for the bi-annual Punk Rock Flea Market by R5 Productions.

The last event, held in the summer, had over 3500 visitors and 250+ tables of old records, clothes, art, music, food, junk, bicycles, stereo equipment, instruments, automobiles, tools, posters, furniture, computers, skateboards and lots of other stuff.   Do not let the “name of the event” lead you to believe that it’s just punk records/clothes … this is a full-on flea market with everything from furniture to handmade apparel – plus vegan treats, information from various non-profit groups, book stores, artists selling their work and whatever else can fit onto the floor at this brand new location. Proceeds go to R5 productions, which works to ensure that ‘all-ages’ shows remain a reality at various venues throughout Philadelphia.

Continuing Education Faculty Member Tim Gough will be there selling hand printed cards and t-shirts. Check it out!

The Punk Rock Flea Market
Saturday December 11, 2010
10 am – 5 pm
461 N. 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Across From the Starlight Ballroom)
Just south of 9th & Spring Garden
All Ages to Enter / 250+ Vendors / Reentry all day long
$3 Admission Donation

Communication Arts Illustration Competition – Deadline Jan 7

Introduce your work to the world via this competition for creativity in illustration: the Communication Arts Illustration Competition. Any Illustration first printed or produced within the last twelve months prior to the deadline is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and illustrators, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Illustration Annual and on, bringing exposure to the creators of the winning work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the illustrators represented.