Anthony Latess: Selections from "iRemember" on view at UArts

Professional Institute for Educators instructor and 2012 Continuing Studies Faculty Enrichment Grant recipient Anthony Latess recently installed selections from his exhibit iRemember Moments and Details in Personal  Icons, 1950 to the Present in the Continuing Studies exhibition space on the 9th floor of Terra Hall. Tony’s installation was on view at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio from February to March of this year.  You can read more about Tony’s project here, and stop by Terra Hall to check out the exhibition, which will run through the end of August.

Anthony Latess

Selections from iRemember Moments and Details in Personal  Icons, 1950 to the Present

Terra Hall – 9th Floor

211 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm

For more information, please call 215.717.6006 or email

Continuing Education Summer Term – Begins May 30

There’s just a few weeks until our summer 2013 term begins — and there is still time to register for a class to inspire you, improve your skills, build your portfolio, prepare you for a new career and more.

Continuing Education at the University of the Arts offers credit and non-credit courses, workshops and certificate programs designed to anticipate and meet the changing professional, academic and lifelong learning needs of individuals in the greater Philadelphia region.

Contact us if you have any questions or want to schedule an advising session — or call 215.717.6095.  Now is the time to do it!


Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby Day – Sat May 18

The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (KKSD) is an amazing and totally unique  design competition and parade of human-powered vehicle floats.  Enjoy this spectacle as well as a lively Arts Festival!

Photo by Christopher Tromer

A Kinetic Sculpture is a human-powered vehicle that also has an artistic theme. Think of parade floats on bicycles, or mummers on hand-crank driven pirate ships, or an alien space ship on welded bikes, it’s a bar and bar stools on a bike, it’s anything you can dream up. A Kinetic Sculpture Competition is all about fun and ingenuity, making the wackiest, most interesting contraption is the goal — finishing the course or winning is not.  Kinetic Sculpture Competitions have been taking place all over the world since 1969 when a California artist named Hobart Brown made some artistic improvements to his son’s tricycle.

Started in 2007 as an Economic Development Initiative of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), the sculpture derby serves as a prefect compliment to the East Kensington Neighbors Association’s Trenton Avenue Arts Festival.

Saturday May 18th 2013: 12 – 6 pm

12:30 pm Parade leaves the Arts Fest
1:45 – 2:30 pm Mud pit finish line back at the Arts Fest
1:45 – 3 pm Vote for your favorite entry
3:30 – 4 pm Award ceremony

12 – 6 pm Arts Fest all day — Please visit the Arts Fest site for the details on bands, vendors and more!

2012 Kinetic Sculpture Derby Event, Photo Image Copyright, Theresa Stigale, CE Digital Photo Certificate student

Photo by Phrequency

Learn more at our Info Session – Tue May 7

Join us on Tuesday, May 7 (5:30 – 7 pm) to learn more about our certificates and courses offered this summer.

Presentations at 5:45pm and 6:30pm provide the opportunity to hear a general overview about the many certificate programs and classes available – then meet faculty and current students, enjoy refreshments and get your questions answered. New students who attend the Info Session receive a 10% tuition discount off their first summer course.

We provide high-quality courses in digital technology, art + design, photography, writing, music + movement,  and more!  If you are thinking about a career change, developing a portfolio, moving up within your company, exploring a new media, or learning an instrument, we have options to suit many types of students.

Please RSVP to or call 215.717.6095. We look forward to meeting you!

Book Release Party – CE Instructor Greg Pizzoli – Sat May 4 @ the Print Center

Please celebrate the accomplishment of artist and CE instructor Greg Pizzoli at the Print Center on May 4 (3 – 6 pm) for his Book Release Party!

Story + Pictures by Greg Pizzoli

Enjoy food, drinks, games, art activities and books at this fun and family-friendly event.  The Watermelon Seed is his first children’s book and is published by Disney*Hyperion. Come celebrate and meet the artist and find out more about his work:
Saturday, May 4 from 3 – 6 pm
The Print Center
1314 Latimer Street (between Spruce and Locust)

Image copyright Greg Pizzoli

Greg Pizzoli is an illustrator, printmaker and educator. He teaches screen printing for Continuing Education at the University of the Arts. His colorful prints and books are inhabited by an array of fanciful characters and places including alligators in ice cream trucks and dogs driving race cars. The distinctive style, humor and attention to detail make his work instantly appealing.

Pizzoli received his MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts. Greg has exhibited his work in the US, Canada and the Netherlands. His books are in various collections throughout the country, including the Free Library of Philadelphia. He has completed one children’s book and has several more in the works.

Image copyright Greg Pizzoli

According to his publisher:

“With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love.”

“With bold color and a beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli’s picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.”


Publisher’s Weekly’s review stated:

“Classic kid fear: accidentally swallow a watermelon seed, and the result will be a botanical version of what the zombie virus does to folks in The Walking Dead: vines will come out of your ears, and pretty soon you’ll turn pink and wind up a morsel in someone else’s fruit salad. In this first book from Pizzoli, the goal isn’t to assuage readers’ fears, but he does defuse them with help from an adorable bug-eyed crocodile who’s hooked on watermelon (“Ever since I was a teeny, tiny baby crocodile, it’s been my favorite. CHOMP! SLURP! CHOMP!”). Pizzoli’s ostensibly simple cartooning is actually quite clever: he plays with framing and scale to gently spoof the crocodile’s horror-movie imaginings (“It’s growing in my guts!”), while the limited but luscious palette (watermelon pink and green, of course) and a subtly pulpy texture make each spread good enough to eat. It’s an expert debut, and one with a valuable lesson, to boot: a hearty burp can brighten even the darkest hour.” (Reviewed on: 03/11/2013)

Please visit Greg’s blog ( or follow him on twitter (@gregpizzoli) for updates and giveaways.

THE WATERMELON SEED is available for pre-order now!