UArts PIE workshop for Art Teachers – April 16

Teachers enjoy a day of artistic studio practice from an inspiring artist

I wanted to spread the word about a one-day workshop being offered by the Professional Institute for Educators (PIE) on April 16 at UArts, specifically for art teachers to lead the next generation of artists and designers.  If you know a teacher, or are one yourself, please check out this event — teachers can take these skills right back to their students who are interested in entering design, media and art professions.  Please share this info with any teachers you know; art teachers gain so much by spending time with their artist colleagues.

The Art + Design Studio Workshop for Educators on Saturday April 16, 2011 features keynote artist Judith Schaechter, who will talk about the challenges in teaching creative thought, followed by hands-on session choices in animation, plaster printing, printing with inkAID, hot glass jewelry, wearable art, painting with light, and 3-D computer modeling.  Visit for full details, registration form, faculty bios and more (registration includes free parking, Act 48, and lunch at this special event).

"Dream of the Fisherman's Wife" by Judith Schaechter, glass, 32" x 48", copyright Judith Schaechter (

I highly encourage you to check out more images of Schaechter’s work in her portfolio… you won’t be disappointed.   I find her work haunting and beautiful – and it captures a unique and compelling narrative that can inspire all artists.

Widow (small) by Judith Schaechter, glass, 26" x 52", copyright Judith Schaechter (

"Widow (small)" Detail by Judith Schaechter, glass, 26" x 52", copyright Judith Schaechter (

Her work has given new meaning to the stained glass genre by balancing the methods of painting on glass that harkens back to the middle ages with an unmistakably contemporary style aligned with those of underground comics and political artists.  She has exhibited widely, and is the recipient of many grants, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts awards, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and a Leeway Foundation grant.

"The Floor" by Juditch Schaechter, glass 34”x36”, copyright

Her work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and numerous other collections. She has taught at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, the Penland School of Crafts, Toyama Institute of Glass (Toyama, Japan), Rhode Island School of Design and is currently on the faculty of the University of the Arts.

This teacher event is part of the Professional Institute for Educators at UArts in the Division of Continuing Studies — which also includes Continuing Education, which provides courses and certificate programs for adults in design, writing, art, music and more.  Full summer course info is up now on the website. Continuing Studies at UArts offers lifelong learning for imaginative individuals of all ages.

Questions about the teacher workshop event?  Contact or call 215.717.6092.

Inspiration – Chip Kidd and Ellen Lupton

Let me begin by professing my design crush on the work of designer extraordinaire Chip Kidd, well known for book jacket design. Described as “the closest thing to a rock star” in graphic design (USA Today), Chip Kidd is recognized as an American master of contemporary book design.  At the forefront of publishing, Kidd’s iconic covers, with their inventive marriage of type and found images, have influenced an entire generation of design practitioners in many fields.

I once spent hours huddled in an alcove of the local bookstore, paging through his weighty publication Chip Kidd: Book One, which collects all of his book covers and designs, as well as hundreds of developmental sketches and concepts, with annotations by Kidd and  many of the best-selling authors he’s worked with over the years.

The result is an important contribution to the design canon as well as a visually dazzling (and often hilarious) insider’s look at the design and publishing process.  The book showcases Kidd’s work with comics and graphic novels, including his collaborations with leading artists and writers in the field.  Featured are projects for DC Comics, including Batman and Superman, as well as Kidd’s award-winning exploration of the art of Charles M. Schulz.  I highly recommend Chip Kidd: Book One for all design aficionados, book lovers, pop-culture fanatics, comics fans and design students.

Cover of Chip Kidd: Book One (

While I have been looking at Kidd’s design work online, one title jumped out at me since I have this book at home on my shelf:  Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture, by Ellen Lupton with cover by Chip Kidd.

This book documents the changes in the field of design and analyzes the ubiquity of visual expression.  Integrating both these goals, this catalog to an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum provides real insight.  Lupton, Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper-Hewitt and author of  numerous design books (including Thinking with Type) is qualified to bring these issues to the public.  Individual chapters look at broad developments in design culture and trends in visual expression in public space, typography, corporate identity and publishing.  Innumerable examples range from billboards and book jackets, to palm cards for clubs and fanzines.  Lupton’s insight gives context for understanding designers’ hidden meanings.

"Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture" by Ellen Lupton; Cover Design by Chip Kidd

I was lucky enough to hear Ellen Lupton speak years ago, and I am pleased to say that she is making her way to Philadelphia very soon!

She will be here at the University of the Arts on Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 – 7:30 PM:

Ellen Lupton: “D.I.Y. Career Paths.
As Curator of Contemporary Design for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and Director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Lupton mentors and magnifies the best in design.  An author, public-minded critic and AIGA Gold Medalist, Lupton’s understanding of designers and design careers is wide and deep.

This is free lecture, open to the public.  Seating is limited, so please register in advance at

This event is presented by the University of the Arts Design Programs and the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts, in partnership with DesignPhiladelphia The Design Programs at University of the Arts present numerous thought-provoking lectures on collaboration, new business structures and how designers are shaping the future.

So enjoy these books and the lecture – two of my favorite folks in graphic design!

Seven Great Photo Contests

Here are seven photography contests to check out:

1.  Outdoor Photographer Magazine’s 2nd Annual The Great Outdoors Photo Contest

The Grand Prize winner will go on a Polar Bear Adventure for two from Natural Habitat Adventures, have their picture published in the magazine, plus get a host of new gear including a Gitzo tripod and a Tamrac bag.

2.  iExplore Photo Safari Contest
The travel site iExplore has kicked off  the Photo Safari Contest for those who love to photograph their travels —no matter where in the world they were taken.  The winner will go on a $9,000 “Classic Kenya Safari” for two as well as other prizes.

3.  Epson International Pano Awards
Epson’s International Pano Awards is open for all professional and amateur panoramic photographers and features $25,000 in cash and prizes. Winning photos will also be featured in an exhibit at the PMA Photo Imaging Trade Show in Sydney, June 2011.

4.  National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest

5.  Interpret Coca-Cola as an Energizing Refreshment In Your Own Style

Coca-Cola, the iconic brand, is inviting you to be a part of its celebration as the ENERGIZING refreshment. Now Coca-Cola empowers you to unleash your creativity by showing us how you can interpret Coca-Cola as an ENERGIZING refreshment in whatever style or format you like. It can be in the form of a video/animation, design/illustration, or photo!

6.  Witness to Nature Photo Contest

7.  The International Street Photography Award

The International Street Photography Award is looking for the world’s best street photographer as part of the first annual London Street Photography Festival in 2011. The international winner will receive £1,000 cash PLUS an all-expenses paid trip* to the exhibition launch and awards ceremony in London. Open to photographers from anywhere in the world, and photographs may be taken anywhere.

Congratulations to Continuing Studies 2011 Faculty Enrichment Grant Recipients!

CE + Pre-College drawing and painting instructor Alexis Granwell received a 2011 CS Faculty Enrichment Grant in support of a collaborative project that will be installed at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX this fall.

The Division of Continuing Studies is proud to announce the 2011 CS Faculty Enrichment Grant recipients!  This year, UArts and CS will provide financial support for eight instructors to participate in classes, workshops, residencies and conferences.

Pre-College instructor Mary Pat Coyle will be taking a UArts Continuing Education Course: Cyanotype + Bichromate for Printing with Film + Digital Images this summer with instructor Sandra Davis.

CE + Pre-College instructor Christina Day will participate in a Full Fellowship residency at the Vermont Studio Center in June.

CE instructor Laura Deutch will attend the Documentary Video Institute at Duke University, an intensive eight-day hands-on production training with nationally recognized documentary practitioners and teachers this summer in Durham, NC.

CE + Pre-College instructor Alexis Granwell will be creating a collaborative installation at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX with a collaborative partner, Carrie Scanga.  Granwell will use a two-week residency at Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL this summer to create many of the pieces for the show at Lawndale in the fall.

Pre-College instructor Colleen Hammond will take a course in collage taught by artist + teacher Alexandra Sheldon this summer at Snow Farm in Williamsburg, MA.

CE instructor Christina Hess will attend ILLUXCON: two days of lectures and demos accompanied by showcases; the symposium features over 50 fantasy and sci-fi artists and illustrators in Altoona, PA this fall.

CE instructor Corinne Karon will participate in Tap City: the New York City Tap Festival, a weeklong festival that offers classes in tap technique, tap history, as well as performances.

CE instructor Greg Pizzoli will attend the Society of Children’s Books Writers + Illustrators: 40th Annual Summer Conference, a conference for professionals in the children’s book field that offers workshops, lectures and discussions of the current state of the industry in Los Angeles, CA.

Is a Great Pic Possible with Your iPhone?

This summer we will offer a Street Photography course – the type of candid, documentary photography practiced by such luminaries as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Roy deCarava, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, William Klein, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Weegee and others. The course description  includes the following – this course is open to all levels and all camera types from cell phones to point-and-shoot, to digital SLRs. The inclusion of the cell phone as a viable photographic device prompted a student to express her surprise that we would allow students to use a cell phone to make images. This got me thinking about the nature of creativity and reminded me of what Chase Jarvis says, “the best camera is the one that’s with you!”

In discussing this comment with the faculty member teaching the Street Photo course, Hinda Schuman, she pointed out a great video which has caused quite a stir in the past few months. The iPhone Fashion Shoot – Lee Morris of shoots a full fashion photography session with the iPhone 3. The video is amazing and the images are of the same quality you would expect from a much better camera – after all, light is everything in photography – or is it?

A bit more evidence of the creative potential of the iPhone can be found in another video making the rounds online. The iPhone Portrait Photography Crash Course | How to take great images with your iPhone or Cell Phone, created by professional photographer and teacher, Michael Andrew, shows iPhone users, as well as all cell phone camera users, how to take great portraits without any additional lighting equipment or gear. By knowing a few basic principles about exposure and lighting, you really can take great photos with just your phone’s camera. Many of the images he took were at lower resolutions (less than 1MP), and he even makes some great suggestions on which apps to use for post processing. More information about the shoot can be found on his blog at:

Let’s face it, photography only became a reality in 1827 when Joseph Nicephore Niepce, a French lithographer, succeeded in permanently capturing, on a metal plate coated with bitumen, the view outside his window. In 1839 the French government presented the invention to the world as a gift and news of the discovery spread rapidly. “To nineteenth-century enthusiasts of this new art, the making of a photograph, which fixed forever a moment of time, resembled an act of magic.” Photography has witnessed more advancement and changes than any other art form in the 184 years since its inception. Photography still holds that sense of ’magic’ for me. Having access to a relatively good quality camera, training, and a sense of adventure, not to mention the fact that I can carry both my camera and a full suite of image enhancing software in my back pocket – is there any excuse for not shooting every day?

Need more proof?

Still not convinced that your iPhone is a valuable photographic tool – here is a list of 10 great resources that may change your mind or at the very least, keep you thinking.

1.     IPhone Camera Accessories

2.     15 Beautiful iPhoneography Examples

3.     Appotography

4.     iPhoneography

5.     iPhone Photography

6.     JUST WHAT I SEE | The iPhone Street Photography of Greg Schmigel + an interview with Greg

7.     10 Must Have Apps for iPhone Photography

8.     Pixels – the Art of the iPhone

9.     iPhone Photography Awards


And for those of you still apprehensive about using your iPhone – check out this great Leica Look-Alike Skin for the iPhone – it’s $13 – and may make you feel better about whipping out your iPhone. Not to mention, the cheapest Leica will cost you a couple grand.

The 2011 Cell Phone Photo Challenge

I would like to see the great photos you’ve taken using your iPhone or Android cell phone and the help of a few photo applications. Since I have an iPhone, the  applications I like to use are: PhotoForge, PhotoStudio, MoloPix, CameraBag, Hipstamatic, Tilt Shift Generator and Pudding. They’re inexpensive and most of them have a free sample version so you can try before you buy.

Take some great photos with your cell phone’s camera, manipulate them (or not) with only applications found on the iPhone/Android and email them to us. Indicate which phone and what apps you used and we will post them in an online gallery – giving you full credit, of course.

One winner will be chosen to receive an official UArts Continuing Studies District Threads Montezuma Messenger Bag! You can send your photos to us at!

Entries accepted through 5 pm, April 29.

Happy shooting!

The Art of Marketing – Thu Mar 31

Artists & Entrepreneurs: The Art of Marketing
Building Relationships

Senior Marketing Specialist for the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Roy Wilbur has directed marketing programs for a variety of arts organizations, as well as himself being a professional opera singer.   He will discuss how to use both traditional methods (database marketing and publicity) and new trends (new media and new technologies) to create relationships and build audiences.

Thursday, March 31
7:15 – 9:00 PM
Room 511-13, Terra Hall
211 S Broad St
University of the Arts

Free for UArts students, alumni and the general public.

Co-sponsored with:
Good Company Ventures

Corzo Center for the Creative Economy
The University of the Arts

Call for Artists: Public Art projects in Manayunk – Deadlines Approaching

Artists needed to Create Public Art in Manayunk

Artists are being invited to submit qualifications for three new public art projects in Manayunk:

  • a “Roving Gallery” of art panels that will be placed along major walking streets
  • “Street Medallions” that will be painted at key intersections along Main Street
  • “Manayunk Canal Art Installation,” a site-specific, temporary installation along the Manayunk Canal Towpath that explores renewable energy

Artists should be able to get the projects underway this spring and complete them by the time of the Manayunk Arts Festival (June 25 – 26).

Image courtesy of

The projects are being organized by the the Manayunk Special Services District (MSSD) and the Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC), in collaboration with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Interested artists can download further details on the application process here or email

The deadline for for “Roving Gallery” and “Street Medallions” is 4 pm, Friday, March 25.

The deadline the “Manayunk Canal Art Installation” is 4 pm, Tuesday, April 8.


Best of Photography Winner, 4th Place, Agnes Bataclan

$4,000 up for grabs in the Photographer’s Forum 31st Annual Spring Photography Contest.

Subject matter is open.

Entry deadline is April 18, 2011 for reduced ($3.95) entry fee, or May 16 for standard ($4.95) entry fee.

Enter Contest Online – Photographer’s Forum Magazine

Visit Photographer’s Forum Magazine today and check out some photo contest winners in these categories-

2011 Best of College Photography

2010 Best of Photography

2010 Best of College Photography

2009 Best of Photography

Winners Gallery » 2010 :: Best of Photography » Finalists » Alex Borghi

Periodic Lectures on Design @ UArts – Tue Mar 29

Throughout the spring term, five leading design experts who illustrate remarkable and exciting approaches to problem solving and innovation are featured in a free, open-to-the-public lecture series held at the University of the Arts.

Presented by the Design programs at UArts and the University’s Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in partnership with DesignPhiladelphia, lectures take place on selected Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in CBS Auditorium (Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia).

Third in the series, on Tue Mar 29, is:  “Creating the Collaborative Business Culture” with Matt Owens: Founding Partner, Athletics

Owens is founding partner of the design collective Athletics and the studio VolumeOne. Trained as a graphic designer, Owens works in both print and digital media, teaming up to work for clients like Forbes magazine, Nick at Nite and Zoo York Skateboards. Athletics develops web applications with deep social media integrations.

“There’s a growing and palpable design energy in Philadelphia,” says Chris Garvin, Dean of the University’s College of Media and Communication. “Through programs like this, we want to foster design discussions that bring together the University’s design community and the creative and business innovators throughout the region.”

Recognizing the powerful skills designers have to address the challenges and opportunities of our age, the University of the Arts is offering students and the broader design and business communities the opportunity to interact with top design thinkers and innovators.

Admission is free, but seating is limited; register at

And be sure to catch the final two of the series:

Tue Apr 12:
Ellen Lupton: Curator, Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
“D.I.Y. Career Paths”’

Tue May 3:
Tucker Viemeister: Director, LAB, Rockwell Group
“From Designing Things to Designing Experiences”

For more information, contact Margie Gorman at or 856-979-3721.

Interview: Maria Jose Silva- Print Design Certificate Student

1. What were your expectations of the certificate program and how did you first hear about it?

When I arrived to Philadelphia two years ago, I wanted to study graphic design. I researched all the art schools in the area and decided to continue my education at UArts because the certificate program would be the most useful for my goal of starting my own design agency.

2. What was your education in design before enrolling in the certificate program?

My undergrad studies were in graphic design in Chile, so when I started the program at UArts not only did I had a few years of experience, I had some academic experience also.

3. How has your design sensibility been shaped by your experience in the program?

Thanks to my professors and classmates I am always stimulated to see design from a perspective different from the one that I had before attending UArts.

4. What was your experience like working with the faculty? Was there anyone you think deserves special mention?

I find the UArts faculty to be of the highest level. Not only in their preparation, experience and credentials, but also the way they teach. One professor that has really stood out during my time in the certificate program is Joe DeCerchio. I took Joe’s typography class in the spring of 2010.  I consider typography a very tough topic to teach. However, Joe is very motivating and he made each session dynamic. Weekly deliverables kept me motivated during the entire term. Moreover, Joe was always willing to help me whenever I had any doubts about a project I was working on.

5. What were some of the things that you knew you were good at it going in, and some of the things that you definitely wanted to improve on?

When I started the program, I knew that I was lacking the knowledge of some of the newest graphic design software. Now that I am finishing, I am really prepared to go back into the design market with the top of the line skills I need.

6. What’s the next step for you?

After graduation my plans is to go back to Chile and start my own graphic design agency.

7. How do you find your inspiration?

I always try to place myself in my client´s shoes. This helps me to understand the dilemma they are faced with and that I am going to solve through my design.

8. What do you know now that you wish you had known before pursing your graphic design education?

Something that has surprised me in my career is that people, in general, don’t give graphic design the respect it deserves. Sometimes, they don’t understand the role graphic design plays in the way a message is communicated and just how important the message is in itself. One of my tasks as a graphic designer is to convince other people that communication and graphic design together is a truly powerful tool to generate impact and persuade.