The University of the Arts establishes a curated page on!

As the largest funding platform for creative projects, Kickstarter allows individuals with projects focused on the creative arts—Art, Dance, Film, Music, Photography, Publishing,and Theater—as well as projects from the diverse and creative fields of Food, Design, Fashion, Technology, Games, Comics and Journalism, to gain access to an audience that is more than half a million strong.

The UArts page will provide a unique way for members of our community to showcase their activities and projects in progress. If you have a project currently going on Kickstarter, please send your information to for inclusion on our page. We will also be extending this opportunity to alumni, so please feel free to forward this information to graduates with whom you are in touch.


Are you an artist, designer or performer with a hidden passion for visual arts? Would you like hundreds of people to see your work, and, better yet, be able to take it home and show friends and family?

The Office of Admission can make it happen. We’re looking for designs for buttons to give as a special keepsake to prospective students when they tour UArts. Who better to create this unique gift than our own student artists?

Designs can be anything – a pattern, a scene, a phrase, a photo. The only criteria is to make it fun, make it eye-catching, make it YOU. The Office of Admission will select the eight best designs to be made into buttons and distributed to students who visit the school. Students will be notified if their designs are chosen, and will receive several samples of their work.

Submission guidelines

  • Specifications – Round, 1”
  • Submissions should be sent as JPEG files to the Office of Admission at with the subject line “Button Design.”
  • One submission per student, please
  • Please include your name, contact information, major and year. This project is open to students in the College of Art, Media and Design and the College of Performing Arts.
  • Deadline: October 21, 2011

Design Ignites Change Challenges YOU This Fall!

I hope everyone enjoyed a fantastic, creative summer! I am feeling a bit wistful that summer is 9unofficially) here but am also really excited about the upcoming fall CE semester. I’m tailoring this post as a call to all CE design students- Do your plans this fall include integrating Design Ignites Change into your workflow?

I think  it is worth reminding you  about the opportunity to apply for funding through the biannual Implementation and Idea Awards. The most recent round of awards garnered the highest number of applications submitted from the largest number of schools to date.

I would love to see your work represented in the next round!

The deadline is December 31st + now is the perfect time to start to think about participating+ about the support that Design Ignites Change offers so that you can keep it in mind as you develop your fall projects throughout the semester.

Live Arts + Philly Fringe Photo Contest 2011 – launches on August 22

The famous (and infamous) Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe is about to hit the city in a big way. This multi-day, multi-art annual performance showcase brings, as they put it:  “the world’s newest and most cutting-edge cultural experiences to our city, amplifying the vibrancy of Philadelphia as a renowned cultural center and an unparalleled place to live, work and visit.”    I agree!  This marks the 15th year and, of course, it will be pioneering, challenging, exciting, off-kilter and inspiring for all.

Title: Namasya Photo: L. Philippe Pictured: S. Shivalingappa

Use the creative spirit of this fest, running September 2 – 17, to see great work and inspire your own photography and you could win highly valued passes to the 2012 festival.  Submit your best photos at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe Photo Contest and document as much as you can this year.

Official Rules

Are you not up-to-speed on what is this two-part fest?  As I still am getting used to explaining the difference, so here’s how they say it:

The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival is the curated festival of the world’s most cutting-edge, high-quality performing arts groups who are invited by the Festival’s Producing Director Nick Stuccio. Live Arts presentations elevate Philadelphia as a performing arts destination through offering audiences artistic experiences that are both entertaining and intellectually challenging. The Live Arts Festival is often the only opportunity the region’s audiences will have to see these works without traveling internationally.

The Philly Fringe is an unfiltered festival, where a platform is provided for new and established artists to present their work free of a selection process. For some it’s a once-a-year, or once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a show; for professional companies, it can be an opportunity to try something new. The Philly Fringe seeks create a cityscape filled with theater, dance, music, and everything in between for audiences to enjoy; encourage artists to give expression to and develop their talents and artistic visions in total artistic freedom without any curatorial barriers in bringing that work to an audience; to help artists become successful independent producers; and ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community. In 2011, over 200 Philly Fringe shows will be self-produced by thousands of artists throughout the region.

So, will you be Fringin’ this year?  Last year, I saw two fantastic dance pieces (in a warehouse, ‘natch)  that I absolutely loved. Oh, and a scavenger hunt (of sorts) that was a fun activity.   And I will never forger the year I saw the giant stilt-walker/dancers perform on a pier and set the stage on fire in a haunting war-based piece that was just amazing.  I’m making my plan for my 2011 shows  ASAP.  Hope to see you there, snapping pics!

Lady M by Swim Pony Performing Arts

CE Salutes Faculty Member Greg Pizzoli – SCBWI Portfolio Showcase Winner!

Greg Pizzoli's Award Winng Piece

An esteemed panel of judges pored over more than 200 portfolios to choose winners for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Portfolio Showcase at the 40th Anniversary SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles. A portfolio grand prize winner and three honor winners were chosen.

Greg will share his award winning talent this fall in a new CE course, Children’s Book Illustration, a class designed for illustrators looking to tailor their portfolio to target children’s book agents and publishers. Participants get the opportunity to develop new portfolio pieces with a focus on narrative and promotional materials, while examining the works of contemporary illustrators. Discussions regarding techniques, materials and the development + refinement of personal style will complement guided studio work. This is a unique opportunity to study alongside an award winning illustrator as you develop your talents and potentially break into the rewarding market of children’s book illustration.

Strange Seas is a repeat pattern made in 2010. Click on the images and check out the buttons packs I had made as well. More patterns to come!

This win is Greg’s second award recognizing his talent that he has received this year. An earlier blog posting detailed his award from SCBWI for his illustration, Elephant in the Room.

5 layer silkscreen for a warm weather themed group show.

Visit Greg’s incredible webpage and check out more examples of his work, his process and how to purchase pieces.

Congratulations to Greg from all Continuing Education Faculty + Staff on this well deserved win!

Hope to see you this fall!

Win a Photo Gallery from TN3 Gallery!

TN3 Gallery is giving 3 free PRO license to check out their jquery slideshow product.

Rules of the Contest

To enter this contest you must comment on the post located here. Three winners will be selected at random on June 15, 2011. One entry per person.

About TN3 Gallery

With TN3 Gallery you can easily create amazing photo galleries and slideshows with slick transition effects, as well as multiple albums, CSS skinning, XML and Flickr support with a host of additional features. No browser plugins required.

JQuery Image Gallery

You can download the free lite branded version for the basic functionality, or the unbranded professional version for extended features.

Here are some great examples of the product:

Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship 2011

Two awards of $2,500 available for 2011-2012 academic year

Destiny Solutions launched the Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship Award in 2008 as a tribute to a trusted friend and mentor, “Dr. Mary Cone Barrie (1945-2009) was our first customer and the person who inspired us to do great things.”  She was the Director of the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto and remains known for her attentiveness to student needs and a devotion to her instructors and staff.

Click here for application.

“We value the critical role lifelong learning plays in enabling millions of people to transform their lives during these turbulent times.”

Shaul Kuper, Founder & CEO
Destiny Solutions

Should I apply?

The Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship is available to any currently enrolled “new traditional” learner residing in Canada or the United States who has demonstrated a propensity for lifelong learning.

It is a yearly program that was established to recognize the efforts of learners who are improving their lives through continuing education and workforce development. We understand how difficult it can be to embrace the concept of lifelong learning, to go back to school with a full time job and a family. We are proud that we can contribute even a little bit to help make life a little easier.

When should I apply?

Applications are due by July 29, 2011.

When are the scholarships awarded?

Recipients of this award will be selected in August 2011 by a committee that includes Andy and Jesse Barrie, husband and daughter of Dr. Mary Cone Barrie. Winners will be announced in September 2011 and will be contacted directly by Destiny Solutions.

Click here for application.

Portfolio Night 9 – May 26 @ Lincoln Financial Field

An opportunity to network in the advertising industry

Portfolio Night 9 is an annual event which unites the creative advertising industry in cities around the world in guiding young talent through the earliest stages of their careers.

This year, the Philadelphia Portfolio Night is being held at Lincoln Financial Field on May 26 and features over 25 Creative Directors at the event.  This is hosted by the Philly Ad Club – further details here.

Portfolio Night 9 Illustration (

Portfolio Night is ideal for people who have a keen desire to work inside the creative department of an advertising agency. Traditionally this refers to copywriters and art directors, but in recent years this has grown to include interactive art directors, creative technologists and graphic designers with a very strong focus on advertising.

Different people attend Portfolio Night for different reasons.  Some are looking for advice on how to improve themselves and their portfolios, and they’ll find this by meeting with multiple creative directors in one evening.  Others hope to impress with their work and make the right connections that could lead to an internship or a job.

There’s no  rule for the level of experience an attendee should have, but here’s a guide:  if you’re still in school and have quite a while before you graduate, you might be better waiting until next year’s Portfolio Night (but wouldn’t it be fun to volunteer at the event?).  If you have so much agency experience that you wouldn’t be considered a “junior” at a shop, Portfolio Night won’t have what you’re looking for.

Tickets are available now and here are answers to many of your questions.

It's Time For You to…

There is almost nothing we like more in Continuing Education than hearing about all the exciting things our students and certificate grads are doing with the knowledge and skills they learned. We are proud to have provided access to professional development opportunities and now, we want to hear from YOU!

We’re asking any of our students (current + former) and certificate grads who are interested in participating, to create a short (30 second – 2 minute) video of themselves talking about and/or demonstrating how you use your skills and talents, and how Continuing Education at UArts has helped you.

We can’t wait to see what you produce!

Completed videos can be emailed to Open submissions through Friday, July 1, 2011.

The top five videos will receive an official UArts Continuing Studies District Threads Montezuma Messenger Bag!

You can email your videos to us at!

The 2011 Cell Phone Photo Challenge – Submission Deadline is April 29!

This is a quick reminder to our readers that we are accepting photos in our Cell Phone Photo Contest through Friday,  April 29 at 5 pm EST.  If you missed the original post you can check it out and contribute to the debate – Is a Great Pic Possible with Your iPhone?

To date we have received more than 20 fabulous photos and entries will be posted on Monday, May 2.

The 2011 Cell Phone Photo Challenge – Details

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. Photos will be posted beginning Monday, May 2. Winner will be chosen based on votes from our readers. Voting opens on Tuesday, May 3 and concludes on Friday, May 13 at 5 pm. Contest winner will be announced on Monday, May 16 in a blog post.

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!