David Kettner Exhibition


a collection of collages and analytical drawings by David Kettner, UArts Painting/Drawing Professor

Feb 24—Mar 9 2012

Hamilton/Arronson Galleries

Reception – 02/29/12, 5 PM – 8 PM

Exhibition through March 9

University of the Arts, Hamilton Hall

Artist’s Biography
David Kettner is on sabbatical for the 2011-2012 school year. He was the former coordinator of the Painting/Drawing program and chair of Fine Arts, 2008-2011.

His professional career as a painter/teacher began in 1968. He is a “shade-loving” artist whose work over the last four decades has included highly detailed drawings of natural objects, systems-oriented symbolic abstractions in circular formats, color codifications of the music of J.S. Bach, and most recently — analytical studies of drawings by children, and paper-collage reconstructions of their original artwork. He owns 99% of his own work from the last 25 years.

Solo exhibition venues in the late 70s through the mid-80s include the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia; the Morris Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; and the State University of New York in Albany. Philadelphia-area group exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Moore College of Art, Arcadia University, Nexus Gallery, Painted Bride Gallery, and Rider College and Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Select early pieces of his work can be found in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Richard & Jalane Davidson Collection in Chicago, Rutgers University in Camden, N.J., and in the History Department of the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2006, he was awarded the Richard C. Von Hess Faculty Prize at the University of the Arts.

Artist Statement
The artistic and philosophic objective that interests me the most in my work of the last 25 years is the creation of a visual and intellectual paradox: innocence/experience, unskilled/skilled, trivial/serious.

In the paper collages, I compose arbitrary scraps of children’s artwork into new images that simultaneously reflect and transcend the nature of the original resource material.

In the analytical drawings, I seek — following geometrical procedures with compass and rule — a verifiable and persuasive congruence between the intuitive design of an image drawn by a child and some archetypal model of proportion and symmetry.

An Eric Booth Recommended Book

Through the Schoolhouse Door

Through the Schoolhouse Door offers a collection of experiences about connecting students into communities to learn about folk culture. It is full of good ideas and examples of projects with an in-school curriculum and community projects. We don’t connect often with the work of folklorists, but this book makes a great link between their work and that of teaching artistry.

“A fresh, innovative, and necessary contribution. Teachers need to contemplate the reasoned advice threaded throughout the chapters of this compendium of essays, that ‘out-of-school experience is the great unspoken curriculum.'”

—Patricia Shehan Campbell, coauthor of Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education

The creative traditions and expressive culture of students’ families, neighborhoods, towns, religious communities, and peer groups provide opportunities to extend classrooms, sustain learning beyond school buildings, and better connect students and schools with their communities. Folklorists and educators have long worked together to expand curricula through engagement with local knowledge and informal cultural arts-folk arts in education is a familiar rubric for these programs-but the unrealized potential here, for both the folklore scholar and the teacher, is large. The value folklorists “place on the local, the vernacular, and the aesthetics of daily life does not reverberate” throughout public education, even though, in the words of Paddy Bowman and Lynne Hamer, “connecting young people to family and community members and helping them to develop self-identity are vital to civic well-being and to school success.”

Through the Schoolhouse Door offers a collection of experiences from exemplary school programs and the analysis of an expert group of folklorists and educators who are dedicated not only to getting students out the door and into their communities to learn about the folk culture all around them but also to honoring the culture teachers and students bring to the classroom.

Anne Gilman: Paper Line Edit

March 5-23, 2012
Gallery 633, Anderson Hall
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 8-4
Closing Reception: Thursday, March 22, 5-7pm
Gallery Talk @ 5:30pm


The MFA BookArts/Printmaking department welcomes Brooklyn-based artist, Anne Gilman.
Exploring emotional terrain using text and drawing, Gilman creates large works on paper, artist books and installations.
She was a January 2012 MacDowell Fellow in New Hampshire and will have her project
The Jolly Balance featured at The Center for Book Arts, NY in April.

“Anne Gilman’s imagery is rich in metaphor and the handwritten text is bold, provocative and inviting.
Through the process of drawing and editing, Gilman causes language to transform into organic rhythmic patterns
whose beauty derives from its inability to be untangled.”
Alexander Campos, Executive Director, The Center for Book

TOOLS for the TRADE – Resources for Artists – a beginner's list

Business Practices | Career Development

The Teaching Artist Journal

Edited by the Center for Arts Policy, this journal has been published since 2003 four times a year by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. An authoritative, timely, ongoing professional development resource for teaching artists.

Career Development – Organizations

Arts Extension Service

a University of Massachusetts program, offers nationally‐recognized professional development opportunities for artists + arts administrators.

National Association of Independent Artists

Enhances the economic well‐being of people who exhibit their work at high‐quality outdoor and indoor art and/or fine craft shows, encourage creative expression and artistic excellence, and expand public awareness, appreciation, and acquisition of fine art and fine craft. The website has Tips Boards that allow members and visitors to submit information acquired from many years in the profession.

Career Development: Other Resources

Why Are Artists Poor? The Exceptional Economy of the Arts.

Economist and artist Hans Abbing answers the title question by analyzing the economics of the art world, and by analyzing the psychology of artists. Briefly: the art market is irrational, and artists tend to be more motivated than most people by internal rewards such as pride in a job well done than external ones such as status and paychecks. Artists are also prone to a gambler mentality that hopes for easy success and is not good at weighing the benefits, costs and risks of certain behaviors.

The Artist Help Network

is a free information service designed to help artists take control of their careers. It assists in locating information, resources, guidance, and advice on a comprehensive range of career‐related topics. The network focuses primarily on subjects of interest to fine artists. People working in the applied arts, arts administration, and arts‐related fields will also find this site useful.

Arts Resource Network

Comprehensive information and resources for artists’ professional development.

Artist’s Professional Toolbox

Career development program offered by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts that empowers practicing visual artists with the skills and confidence they need to master the business challenges of being an artist.


An informative artists’ blog maintained by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul.

This book is great for someone who needs a broad overview of the fundamentals of creating a career as a freelance artist. It is basically a checklist of what you need to know and do to be successful as a self‐employed artist, in other words: the business side of art.

The Pauper | The Artrepeneur

The brainchild of three “starving artists,” all of whom were working in the financial planning industry and saw the desperate need for such services in the artist and creative communities. Originally started as an online newsletter in 2000, The Pauper has since grown to become the premiere website for helping artists with their money and finances.

Making it up as we go along: Reflections from artists learning to teach.

Financial Management: Organizations

Alliance for Affordable Services

Nonprofit association representing small business owners and individuals nationwide. Membership provides benefits and services that help drive down the cost of running a business. Benefits include affordable health insurance, credit and debit card processing, professional liability protection, as well as other business services.


(Commercial site) is a loan administration company that manages interpersonal loans between relatives, friends, and other private parties. With its unique experience in facilitating and servicing private loans between relatives and friends, the company has developed a set of automated loan administration protocols that lowers the default rate on private loans by more than half and provides clients with the ability to reduce the costs and hassle of loan management. CircleLending provides document preparation services, customized repayment schedules, billing and payment collection, and ancillary services such as year‐end tax statements, mortgage recording, escrow administration, and web‐enabled payment tracking.

Small Business Service Bureau

is a national small business organization whose members are self‐employed. They offer members business overhead insurance for home‐based businesses as well as other types of insurance.

Financial Management: Other Resources

Money Drunk, Money Sober: 90 Days to Financial Freedom.

This eye‐opening book, co‐authored by Julia Cameron, author of the classic The Artist’s Way, is essential reading for all activists. It discusses the ways people make themselves poorer, focusing on common dysfunctional attitudes towards money: Compulsive Spender, Big Deal Chaser, Maintenance Money Drunk, Poverty Addict, and Cash Codependent. The book also offers a plan for recovering from poverty.

Motley Fool

Developed by two brothers hoping to educate, enrich, and amuse individual investors around the world. Since then, the Fool has become and even more expansive resource. The site has a number of how‐to guides such as How to Get out of Debt and How to Plan the Perfect Retirement.



Collaborative effort to create a stable, yet dynamic environment for Massachusetts artists. It provides individual artists, developers, and municipalities with information and technical assistance and by advocating for relevant policy changes at the state level.


Access to Health Insurance

Online database of health insurance resources for artists and individuals in the entertainment industry as well as for the self-employed, low-income workers, the under-insured, the uninsured who require medical care, and many others. The project was created by The Actors’ Fund of America with a grant from the NEA.

The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science

Comprised of individuals from the healthcare and dance community. The organization provides continuing education for the dance and medical communities as well as the general public regarding efficient training for dance, correct physical conditioning to prevent illness and injury resulting from dance activity, proper nutrition for the dancer, and appropriate treatment and rehabilitation for dance‐related injuries. IADMS accomplishes this goal through informative meetings, publications, and audio‐visual resources.


American Federation of Musicians

Offers professional liability and equipment insurance.

Fractured Atlas

Teaching artists and groups or organizations of teaching artists who are members of Fractured Atlas ($75/year) can purchase annual general liability insurance at extremely competitive rates. Coverage for studio/office space, property/artwork, and worker’s comp can also be requested in the same application

Job Listings

Answers for Dancers

Provides industry‐wide dance audition listings that can be accessed on the Answers for Dancers website for a monthly subscription fee. Auditions are updated weekly and also include choreography opportunities and teaching jobs. Subscribers and nonsubscribers can access other career‐related information on the Answers for Dancers website

Art Career

An online database of career, education, and employment opportunities at museums, art galleries, educational institutions, arts organizations, and businesses related to the visual arts. There is payment required to search the listings—you can subscribe for three, six, or twelve months.

ArtJob Online

An online resource of national job listings, internships, grants, public art projects, and residencies. You can search by region, art discipline, and type of organization. ArtJob provides career information in all areas of the arts, including visual arts, performing arts, commercial art and design firms, film, public arts agencies, academic arts positions, galleries, internships, fellowships, conferences, commissions, and more.

Arts Jobs

A comprehensive list of sites from Artslynx that lists work opportunities for artists and arts administrators.

Career Transition for Dancers

A nonprofit career counseling organization for professional dancers. CTFD provides dancers with the knowledge and skills necessary to clearly define their career possibilities after dance, and provides the resources to help make these possibilities a reality.


FreelanceWriting.com has a career center job bank that lists employment opportunities for writers, journalists, public relations pros, and researchers. The career center also has other searchable databases relevant to job hunting and networking.

Job Bank

The Americans for the Arts job listings.

National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture

NAMAC’s free online job bank lists employment openings in film, video, audio, and online/multimedia arts. Online users can also sign‐up for eBULLETin a free bi‐weekly email newsletter of media‐related action alerts, job openings in the media arts, upcoming NAMAC events and other NAMAC news and media resources.

Legal Issues: Organizations

Artists Rights Society www.arsny.com is a copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the US. ARS represents the intellectual property rights interests of visual artists and estates of visual artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, and others) and works on their behalf to negotiate with clients in a variety of domains (publishing, merchandise, advertising, motion pictures, etc.). ARS also actively lobbies state and federal legislatures for stronger and more effective artists’ rights laws. Revenues from reproduction and license fees are paid to members on a semi‐annual basis. ARS legal experts are available to respond to members’ inquiries regarding their rights at any time.

Creative Commons www.creativecommons.org offers a flexible copyright for creative work. More specifically, the organization helps define the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright—“all rights reserved”—and the public domain—“no rights reserved.” Creative Commons offers free licenses that help you retain your copyright while allowing certain uses of your artwork— a “some rights reserved” copyright.

U.S. Copyright Office www.copyright.gov offers information on registering for a copyright, searching copyright records, copyright law and policy, and licensing. It also includes Copyright Basics and Frequently Asked Questions http://www.copyright.gov/faq.html .

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in each state provides free legal services, advice and education programming to artists and cultural organizations. The VLA accomplishes its mission through the work attorneys who volunteer their time and services to provide legal counsel, education, and organizational support to the arts community.

Legal Issues: Other Resources

A Guide to the Visual Artists Rights Act http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/martin/art_law/esworthy.htm Authored by Cynthia Esworthy, this online document offers clarification on the Visual Artists Rights Act.

New York Foundation for the Arts. Business of Art Articles. http://www.nyfa.org/login.asp?id=8 Extensive collection of articles related to artists’ business practices.

New York Foundation for the Arts. Chalkboard. http://www.nyfa.org/login.asp?id=8 A newsletter especially designed for teaching artists.

The Law Portal. http://www.thelawportal.info/ A site funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to provide legal primers for artists and arts organizations.

RentLaw.com www.rentlaw.com Rentlaw.com is an online resource of information for tenants and landlords, including landlord/tenant laws, renter’s insurance, security deposits, and rights by state.

Starving Artist http://www.starvingartistslaw.com/ addresses legal issues (and much more!).

Teaching Artist Source http://www.nyfa.org/login.asp?id=8 An online information service and telephone/email hotline for teaching artists. Use this service to find information on grants, services, and publications specifically for teaching artists on the local, regional, state, and national level.


Association of Performing Arts Presenters www.artspresenters.org is a membership organization dedicated to bringing performing artists and audiences together. It provides visionary thinking, professional development, resource sharing, and advocacy, in support of its members and all those who create and disseminate the performing arts. The organization offers members technical assistance for visa processing, presents professional development and training seminars, and holds a major annual conference, among other benefits.


Marketing Curriculum: TeachersPayTeachers.com (Commercial Site)


MatchBook.org is an online cultural marketplace that brings together New England’s performing and teaching artists and the people and organizations who hire them. This free website features an easy‐to‐search directory of performing and teaching artists, performance spaces and presenting organizations, designed to MATCH artists with the people who BOOK them.

Modern Postcard www.modernpostcard.com ( commercial site) provides full‐color postcard printing in a variety of sizes with quick turnaround times. They have trim, fold, score, and perforating bindery capabilities, as well as direct mailing services.

PsPrint www.psprint.com (commercial site) is a digital printing company offering fast, high‐quality, and economical four color printing of catalogs, invitations, posters, postcards, greeting cards, flyers, brochures, and more. The PsPrint website features instant pricing and ordering, real‐time order status information, and online upload, preview, and approval of artwork.


An excellent guide for musicians from, of all places, New Zealand.

Teaching Artist‐Related Organizations | Featured Resource

Artslynx www.artslynx.org is a portal website that includes curated directories of links to arts resources on the web. The directory includes links for the literary, media, performing, and visual arts and covers funding, technical resources, equipment and supplies, magazines and journals, as well as relevant education, organization, criticism, and research links. There are sections on arts advocacy, arts administration, and arts empowerment

Arts Resource Network www.artsresourcenetwork.net The Arts Resource Network’s website provides professional growth and development information for artists of all disciplines. A service of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in Seattle, the site includes links and information on national grant and award opportunities, arts education, community arts, public art, and employment resources.

The Association of Teaching Artists http://www.teachingartists.com/ strengthens and serves teaching artists from all disciplines. It strives to create a community of professional teaching artists by: empowering the practice of teaching artists as a profession; providing a network for communication and the exchange of resources; shaping the field of Arts in Education; and providing advocacy, training, and professional development. ATA is particularly notable for its timely bulletins.

Fractured Atlas. https://www.fracturedatlas.org/

New York‐based Fractured Atlas is a non‐profit that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. Their programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering support to the artists who produce it. They help artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their independent spirit. They have an extensive

job bank. https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/prodev/jobbank/browse

Pew Fellowships PFA created the Artists’ Resource Guide as a service to the artists in Philadelphia. Since its inception, PFA has been compiling and sharing information on resources for artists nationwide. In addition, PFA has engaged nationally on issues concerning artists’ support. An extensive list of resources.

The Fund for Women Artists www.womenarts.org is committed to increasing the employment and diversity of women in theatre, film, and video. The organization seeks to challenge gender and other stereotypes

International Theatre Institute of the United States http://www.tcg.org/grants/ataglance.cfm provides a Travel Grants program, funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Over a two‐year period it awards a total of 30 theatre professionals (artists, administrators, or educators) $2,500 each, to support travel costs in either direction between the U.S. and Russia or Central/Eastern Europe, offering individuals exposure to different cultural traditions and contemporary theatre techniques as well as the opportunity to work with artists in another country.

National Endowment for the Arts http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/Artsed.html is committed to providing leadership in arts education. The arts are an essential component of education, and all children, not only those with specific artistic talent, benefit from an education in the arts including opportunities to create, perform, and communicate through various artistic media. The Arts Endowment’s focus is on identifying and supporting model programs and projects that provide in‐depth knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts to children and youth in schools and communities.

Poetry Society of America www.poetrysociety.org is a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering and promoting poetry in the U.S. The PSA sponsors 12 annual award contests, with the aim of encouraging and rewarding excellence in poetry by both new and established poets. There is also a Chapterbook Contest in which four renowned poets each choose a winning chapbook manuscript for publication and distribution by the Poetry Society of America. Winners receive $1,000.

Theatre Communications Group www.tcg.org strengthens, nurtures, and promotes the professional nonprofit American theatre. Artistic programs support theatres and theatre artists by awarding grants and offering career development programs for artists. Management Programs provide professional development opportunities for theatre leaders through workshops, conferences, forums, and publications, as well as through industry research on the finances and practices of the American not‐for‐profit theatre. TCG’s publications include American Theatre magazine, the ArtSEARCH employment bulletin, plays, translations, and theatre reference books.

Calling all Teaching Artists – Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Wants YOU!

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is looking for interested teachers and artists to teach youth ages 8 – 17 for their summer camp.

The camp runs Monday – Friday, 9 – 3 pm from July 1 – August 20.

They are looking for teachers in either painting, drawing, sculpture or photography.

Please send resume and cover letter to Valerie Arhondakis, Parks & Recreation Visual Arts Programming Coordinator, at frankfordvalerie@aol.com by May 7, 2012.

Cool Spherical Camera Captures Photographer's Imagination!

Today I present the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera which captures a full spherical panorama when thrown into the air. At the peak of its flight, which is determined using an accelerometer, a full panoramic image is captured by 36 mobile phone camera modules.

The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera is a concept device put together by Jonas Pfeil which is not only designed for throwing, but in doing so, takes a 360° panorama of wherever you are. This innovative camera uses 36 cellphone camera sensors placed around the outside of the ball, protected by foam. When you grab the ball and throw it into the air, the onboard accelerometer calculates the apogee — the point where the ball is stationary at the top of the arc — and it captures the entire scene.

Thanks to the 36 fixed focal-length sensors, it simultaneously captures the entire panorama, without any need for the standard recompose-shoot-recompose drudgery of taking pans.

All that remains to do is catch the ball and transfer the image out via a USB cable. Images can be viewed using a special application.

Watch the YouTube video to see this awesome camera in action!

While the image quality isn’t great — cellphone camera sensors aren’t known for their sharpness or color accuracy — the concept of this is nothing but fun. Who wouldn’t want to throw a ball high into the air, and upon it landing, have a perfect panorama of wherever they are visiting? If the padding is tough enough you could even  throw it off a precipice or a building and grab some utterly wonderful vistas.

Unfortunately, we do not know if this is planned to ever be a commercial release. It’s being demoed at Siggraph Asia 2011, but beyond that? We can only hope.

Visibly Invisible Lecture – Feb 21 @ UArts

As part of the continuing lecture series Visibly Invisible, the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy presents this engaging talk with Thaddeus Squire.   Titled “Hide and Seek,” this free lecture takes place in Hamilton Hall at the University of the Arts.

Squire is the founder of Hidden City Philadelphia – festival, online magazine, tour company.  He will address the yearning for history in pop culture: from the prison fantasies of Piranesi to Mayan expedition drawings, Indiana Jones, “National Treasure” and “Tomb Raider;” from the retro-chic of Restoration Hardware and Anthroplogie to online gaming and the emerging photo genre of “ruin porn.”

Thaddeus Squire

This lecture series challenges us to stop and look with fresh eyes at the beauty and possibilities all around us.  When we stop seeing and experiencing what we live with and become blind to familiar things, systems and surroundings, design thinking can shift our vision, literally making what is right in front of us visible again. The Visibly Invisible speakers encourage us to look at the world from a refreshed angle.

The speakers – who teach, write, invent and curate – are recognized intellects who share their passions in remarkably user-friendly ways.

To register for free tickets: http://corzocenter.ticketleap.com.

Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Hamilton Hall
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Keeping Us Informed

As the semester gets into full swing, just a reminder that CreativeConsumption is always looking for great  stories – from interesting classes and student projects, to events and lectures, to notable alumni success stories.  Stories get published on the blog and through social media.

To let us know, just send an email to creativeconsumptionpost@gmail.com.

Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you!

Calling All Artists – $5000 Cash Up For Grabs!

The Standard Deadline is February 29, 2012 11:59pm EST

To the Artists, the Visionaries, the Creators,

Welcome to the next step in launching your creative career. You’re invited to join the 3rd Ward Winter 2012 Open Call,
an international search for exciting, innovative and compelling work in:

Art // Photography // Furniture Design // Graphic Design

Every category winner will be awarded $500, a three-month 3rd Ward work residency and inclusion in a Group Show in the 3rd Ward Gallery. One Grand Prize Winner, as determined by the public, will win a $5,000 cash grant, a one-year 3rd Ward work residency and inclusion in a Group Show at the 3rd Ward Gallery!

For the past six years, 3rd Ward has been a leading resource for artists and creative professionals in New York City and around the world. You create inspired work. Now share it with the world. Join us for a chance to launch your career.

Special Opportunity | You're Invited…

You’re invited to take part in a mission to present a range of technique, style and narrative that captures today’s best emerging artists.

Presented in partnership with SCOPE Art Show, the 2nd annual Artists Wanted: Year In Review competition is an international open call for Painting, Sculpture + Installation, Photography, Design + Illustration, Motion + Sound, and more, awarding over $50,000 in prizes, including $20,000 in cash grants, an Exclusive Featured Booth at SCOPE Art Show in NYC this March, a New York City Apartment for one Month and a whole lot of exposure.

GET GOING, NOW! Click Here to Participate

The final entry deadline is this Tuesday, February 7th, noon EST

Emanuel Tovar | Gloria Desierta (Detail) | 2009 | Installation | Image Courtesy of Plataforma Arte Contemporaneo

Use promo code ArtistsWanted20 for a 20% discount on your submission fee.

Get your work reviewed by an esteemed panel of jurors from SCOPE Art Show, Printed Matter, Civilian Art Projects, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Independent Curators International (ICI), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), ARTberlin, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (MCA), and the New York Photo Festival (NYPH).

This is your chance to present your art at SCOPE Art Show, the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and one of the most influential presences in the expanding global art market.

Let this be the year the world sees your art!

Penelope Umbrico | Suns from Flickr | Photograph | Photo courtesy of Aperture Foundation