The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

I recently came across this online museum of forgotten art supplies –  where tools of the trade that have died or have just about died a slow death are cheerfully exhibited.  Sadly, it is not a physical, actual bricks-n-mortar place (I wish)…but it is a really amusing site, with over 500 images of art supply artifacts, all contributed by visitors to the page.  See their artifacts here.

Loupe. Image from Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies.

Be sure to check out the prehistoric computers and photography sections.  Beware, if you remember too many items, you may begin to feel old.

Image from Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

Image courtesy Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies.

Not only do I enjoy the former tools of the trade and thinking about how differently designers and artists work now —  but it is always hard for me to resist old typography, cool packaging, and interesting design styles.

Enjoy some design history and be glad that you no longer have to use rubber cement!

CS Faculty Enrichment Grants: Tony Latess installs exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH)

Post by: Anthony Latess (Instructor, Professional Institute for Educators)

Art to me is storytelling. I feel that every work of art tells a story, whether it be a hand-blown glass sculpture, landscape or portrait painted in oil, or abstract photograph of a barely recognizable subject. The glass sculpture tells a short story which may be concise and dramatic, the landscape or portrait is like a novel with details and characters to learn more about each time it is viewed and the abstract photograph may read like a free-form poem, conceptual and satisfying.

In December of 2011, I was invited to put together a show for a print gallery at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. I received a Faculty Enrichment Grant from the University of the Arts Continuing Studies Division, which assisted me in making this project happen. The show, titled “iRemember: Moments and Details in Personal Icons – 1950 to the Present” is showing at the Butler until March 10, 2013.

As an artist using photography in my work, I created a series of 10 installations for the Butler Institute that used scanned personal photos from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. I also photographed these same subjects in 2012 and wanted to show how memories of people, places or things – I call them personal icons – either changed or stayed the same over time. I used almost 200 printed square images and hundreds of pins to create the 10 fragile and temporary 40” x 40” installations.

I am obsessed with square formats and superimpose a square grid over my work or printed photographs like a “window” to view the images through. The viewer may be looking through a window back into time and may be peeking at these “private” views and personal icons through the grid!

Each installation consists of two photographs, a “Guide Photograph” and a “Current Photograph.” The smaller “Guide Photograph” is a scanned personal family photograph taken by a family member or myself, the memory of which has become an icon in my life.

The enlarged “Current Photograph” is a recent photograph I took that contains the same or similar elements as the older original “Guide Photograph.” Together the two images reflect how details have changed or stayed the same since the original was taken.

The “Current Photograph” of each work is magnified and cut into nine squares.

The smaller “Guide Photograph” is layered with gouache and written on in colored pencil to describe the scene and my reflections and memories. I then painted over the text with watercolor. Some of my personal comments and writing is not readable, but the viewer may be able to determine keywords that point them to ideas and elements in each work.

I mounted each “Current Photograph” on a piece of black foamcore board which is covered with nine patterned squares, each affixed with two pins diagonally from left to right. Each square of the “Current Photograph” is pinned diagonally from right to left to the patterned squares. The “Guide Photograph” is affixed to a patterned square and pinned to a smaller square of foamcore.

To complete the installations, I cut and fit wet-medium acetate to several photo squares in the large “Current Photograph” and painted a red line around the subject in each work.

The “Guide Photograph” and “Current Photograph” are mounted side by side so comparisons may be made from the past to the present in each installation.

Each of my works has a strong narrative aspect, which I exploit to heighten the storytelling nature that art might have. In this collection of 10 installations, I explore how time and memories play out over the course of a very personal timeline. The installations in my show are my way of telling personal stories based on photographs and specific memories, that to me are like the expanding Universe – the older you become, the farther away memories of a person, place, event or thing become. Sometimes, along the way over space and time, images such as photographs, drawings or paintings, “bookmark” memories for us. These icons along our personal timeline help us to remember details and prompt us to make comparisons about how things have changed, or not.

My pieces are pinned together to enhance the natural “intelligence” of paper, inviting environmental influences to possibly cause the paper to bend or curl and become part of the work. My works are handmade and fragile and temporary and disjointed just like memories and materials may be.

If young artists see their work as storytelling, maybe some of the questions they ask as they create will influence how the viewer will experience their work and the messages it might evoke!

CS Faculty Enrichment Grants: AnneMarie Robinson Explores Drawing + Painting the Human Figure (Philadelphia, PA)

Post By: AnneMarie Robinson (Instructor, Pre-College Programs)

I was very excited this year to receive the 2012 Continuing Studies Faculty Enrichment Grant.  Lately my relationship with the University of the Arts is quite intimate, for in addition to teaching Graphic Design in the Pre-College Programs, I am enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching in Visual Arts graduate program.  The MAT program requires three Painting studio credits for graduation and certification.  With the grant money I received, I decided to take my relationship with the University one step further and take the Continuing Education class, Drawing + Painting the Human Figure. It had been years since I had drawn the human figure, so I was quite nervous to be in a studio class again.  Recalling my undergraduate days, it was humbling carrying a large newsprint pad to and from class again.  My instructor was Coy Gu, a professor at the College of Southern Maryland and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Our class met in the evening once a week for 12 weeks.  Despite a few classes without models due to scheduling issues, my overall experience was fantastic.  I was able to further explore the human figure and refine some of my skills that had become rusted over the past 10 years.

We began every class with 10-minute gesture drawing warm ups, then we moved on to longer sustained poses.  Towards the end of the semester we focused specifically on hands, feet and portraiture— three things I had always ignored in previous drawings.  The painting I’ve included is one of a series of gesture studies that I did in acrylic.  Since the painting portion of this class was optional, Coy worked with me one-on-one to develop an approach.  I really enjoyed delving into paint.  In quick gestural studies the brush becomes more of a sketching tool for capturing lights and shadows, as opposed to detail.  I actually embraced the paint “sketching” more than drawing with charcoal.  When painting the figure I was able to think more abstractly – focusing on capturing the essence of the pose, rather than getting caught up with the detailed anatomy of the model. My participation in Coy’s class was two-fold: during each class I tried to absorb drawing/painting techniques, as well as observe Coy’s teaching method from an “Art Teacher” perspective.  I used this class as an opportunity to understand how to draw and paint the human figure so that I can better teach this subject with confidence to my future students.

Destiny Solutions Opens Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students


Leading technology firm offers two $2,500 scholarships for adult students

Destiny Solutions, the leading innovator of lifelong learning business solutions, announced that applications are being accepted for the annual Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship.

Named in honor of the late Director of the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto, Dr. Mary Cone Barrie, the scholarship is awarded annually to two non-traditional students.

“A trusted friend and mentor, Mary tirelessly championed the lifelong learner and always supported non-traditional education. Devoted to her students, staff and instructors she went above and beyond to ensure the success of non-traditional education,” said Shaul Kuper, President and CEO of Destiny Solutions. “It is our hope that by helping students succeed with the Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship, her legacy is carried forward.”

Although 75 percent of America’s college students are non-traditional, there are a very limited number of scholarship opportunities for this group. Destiny Solutions is working towards change, by offering two awards of $2,500 each to two qualified lifelong learners.

The Mary Cone Barrie Scholarship is open to any non-traditional learner studying at an accredited institution in the United States or Canada.

Applications can be found on the Destiny Solutions website, and are due back by June 29, 2012. The scholarship will be awarded in late August.

For last year’s winners, the scholarship proved a significant aid in achieving their goals:

Joseph Puhak, a detective from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina enrolled in a Bachelor of Science criminal justice program at Western Carolina University, made sure to express the importance of the scholarship.

“Through a recent promotion with added stressors and responsibility, I started to feel the effects of a career and learning burnout. Since I found out about the scholarship, my enthusiasm is much higher and I have found a new level of motivation,” he said. “Again, I thank Destiny Solutions and the Barrie Family. I have no choice but to repay both parties with good grades and my heartfelt pursuit of success.”

The other winner, Asta Becker from Charlotte, North Carolina, echoed his sentiments.

“I always wanted more; it’s just that at the beginning I didn’t know how to get there. I went step by step until I found out that education would let me take the path I wanted. Thank you very much for the scholarship. It’s still hard to believe I won,” said Becker, a student in the Bachelor of Commerce program at Pfeiffer University.

To read about why the scholarship is named in Dr. Barrie’s honor, please visit www.evolllution.com/featured/a-non-traditional-scholarship-with-a-non-traditional-story/

To download a scholarship application, please visit www.destinysolutions.com/company-2/scholarship/

About Destiny Solutions

Destiny Solutions is the leading innovator of lifelong learning business solutions. Since 2001, Destiny Solutions has delivered breakthrough technology designed exclusively to meet the divergent needs of non-traditional higher education. Our flagship product, Destiny One™, transforms traditional administrative systems so educators can grow revenue, enhance student experience and success, and improve operational efficiency.

Virginia Allen, CE Teaching Artist Certificate program faculty, interviewed on WRTI

The Philadelphia Wind Symphony is to be featured on WRTI Radio’s, “Creatively Speaking.” The segment will air in a 30-minute segment and details the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, beginning this Saturday (12/3) from 11:00 – 11:30 am.  The radio spot features an interview with PWS Artistic Director and Conductor Virginia Allen, General Manager Keith Roeckle and horn player Brittni Deveraux. Allen teaches for the Teaching Artist Certificate program at the University of the Arts.

Next week it will be available as a podcast from iTunes at http://www.wrti.org/creativelyspeaking.html.

Hope you will tune in!

CE Faculty member, Amanda Benton, distinguishes herself locally and nationally

The Leeway Foundation announces over $60,000 in grants to 29 women and transgender artists living in the six-county Philadelphia area (including Camden) to further their work integrating a variety of arts disciplines and social change. Amanda Benton, Continuing Education faculty member and University of the Arts employee, was awarded a $2,500 Art and Change Grant for September 2011.

Amanda will create three mall displays in the Gallery at Market East in addition to a website. All of the pieces will reference the way women are portrayed in the media and describe the absurdity of a culture that we allow and ignore. As opposed to traditional advertising efforts, her work will provoke the viewer to pause and think, rather than blindly accept and consume.

As if that weren’t enough of an accomplishment, in an email, Amanda informed us that she is, in addition to the Leeway Foundation Art and Challenge grant, “one of the 12 finalist in the Obama for America Artworks competition.” She wrote, “It was a nation-wide competition to submit poster designs to help promote the American Jobs Act. It’s now up to the public to vote for their 3 favorites and if my poster is chosen in the top 3 it’ll be sold in the campaign store and used to help promote the Jobs Act. I will also received a printed and framed copy of my poster signed by the President.”

You should check out Amanda’s awesome design, read-up on the American Jobs Acta and vote! http://artworks.barackobama.com. Voting is open until December 9th.

CE faculty member, Tiernan Alexander – Spoils of the Ottoman Empire

Tiernan Alexander
Spoils of the Ottoman Empire

Chris White Gallery

701 Shipley Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

October 7 – 27, 2011

Opening reception – Friday, October 7, 6-9 pm
Closing reception – Thursday, October 27, 6-9 pm

The Spoils of the Ottoman Empire is a series of sculptures created during my residency at the Winterthur Museum and Gardens. I blended some of the elements that H.F. Dupont used in the layout of his extensive collection—wallpaper, fabrics, furniture—into structural environments for my abstract ceramic sculptures. These oddly organic figurines act as inhabitants of a refined world, an empire of material wonder.

This show is presented by the New Wilmington Art Association and Winterthur Museum and Gardens.

Please visit Tiernan’s other work at: www.tiernanalexander.com

WHY Professional Practices for Graphic Designers? by Erik Summa

One of the most important things I learned about the design industry during my undergraduate studies did not happen in a classroom, it occurred during an AIGA function called ‘Feedback’.  The event invited established design professionals to look at soon-to-be graduate’s work in a mock interview setting.

Personally, I was terrified. I had done critiques before in class, but had no experience speaking about my portfolio and work as a whole. My professors simply never broached the subject.

Unsurprisingly, my initial interviews did not go well. It was one of the most stressful nights of my life, but proved to be invaluable to my growth as a designer. The feedback I received from these industry leaders was harsh, but fair. I took careful note of the criticism I received, and made sure I compensated for the next round. After the forth back-to-back interview, I finally received praise for my work and presentation skills.

Now more so then ever before, designers need to be aware of how vital it is to sell yourself and your work correctly. Surprisingly, many design courses completely gloss over these topics, but here at the University of the Arts we noticed its importance. Starting this fall, we will be offering Professional Practices for Graphic Designers.

This course introduces aspiring graphic designers to the career possibilities within the creative landscape of contemporary graphic design. It also provides preparation for employment in the field and helps you conceptualize a professional portfolio, gain practical knowledge of the business aspect of graphic design, create your resume, and prepare for interviewing.

Guest lecturers consisting of managers, directors and executives from local design firms are scheduled to offer you valuable insight into what qualities they look for in a graphic designer. Lecturers will also relate practical experience on what makes a designer successful or unsuccessful in an interview setting.

Sound like something you might be interested in? Sign up today!

Find this course and more in the UArts Continuing Ed Fall brochure.

Erik Summa received his BFA in Graphic Design from West Chester University and graduated with a MA in Graphic Design from University of the Arts London. Summa is currently self-employed as a freelance designer.

His personal website can be found here: http:www.eriksumma.com.

Summa will be teaching courses offered in the Print Certificate program in the fall.

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!