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!

CS Faculty Enrichment Grants: Greg Pizzoli Attends 40th Annual Society of Children’s Book Writers + Illustrators Summer Conference (Los Angeles, CA)

Work by Greg Pizzoli is currently on view in the Continuing Studies exhibition space on the 9th floor of Terra Hall (211 South Broad Street).

Read about his experience last summer below and stop by our offices this month to take a look at his screen prints!

Post by: Greg Pizzoli

In March of 2011, I was lucky enough to receive a Faculty Enrichment Grant from the Continuing Studies Department at UArts, where I was teaching screenprinting.  My plan was to use the money from the grant to attend the SCBWI Conference in LA, and use what I learned there to develop a course for illustrators who aspire to work in the children’s publishing market.  Having attended the previous SCBWI conference in New York in January 2011, I knew that the panels and workshops at the SCBWI Summer Conference would build on my knowledge of what art reps, literary agents, editors and art directors are looking for in a solid portfolio.

I was fortunate in my second ever conference experience in that I won an award for my portfolio in the Annual Illustrator’s Showcase (this was my second Portfolio award, as I also won a Portfolio Honor Award at the SCBWI Winter Conference back in January) and I attended many sessions about what should be in a portfolio to make your work stand out.

One of the main things everyone looks for is a sense of narrative. These drawings are presumably for books after all, so a portfolio should showcase characters in a narrative; the same characters over multiple pages, doing different things, etc. Another thing you definitely need is kids! This seems obvious, but I was stunned at how few portfolios had drawings of children. You need them!

The sessions were great, and it was very helpful to meet other working illustrators, editors and art directors to hear what they thought about the work, and what aspiring illustrators should be doing to get their work out there.

This past fall I taught my first section of “Children’s Book Illustration Portfolio Development” for Continuing Education and the class was a big success! The class size was very small, only four students, and I was able to focus on each student’s unique goals. Each student came out of the class with four finished portfolio pieces, including an edition of postcards to be mailed out in order to promote their newly revamped portfolios!

Many thanks to the Continuing Studies Department for making these Faculty Enrichment Grants available – it was certainly an enriching experience.

All images copyright Greg Pizzoli 2012.

Greg Pizzoli’s screenprints will be on view through the month of June.

Terra Hall – Floor 9

211 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 8 pm; Friday 9 am – 5 pm

For more information, please call 215.717.6006 or email

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

To download a scholarship application, please visit

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.

Business for Design

By Erik Summa

Like many graphic designers, (or anyone that’s a visual learner), the most effective way for me to learn is by doing. I feel that it’s important to always try to better myself, whether it’s on a professional or personal level. Above all, continual development and growth is the one thing that drives me to success.

With anything new, cutting edge or exciting, generally comes initial failure. It has been my personal experience that for every successful creative solution I’ve ever designed, there have been multiple iterations or ideas that simply haven’t worked.

Rather than fixate on this apparent shortcoming, I’ve learned to embrace it. Failure is a very important part of my personal design process and methodology. I treat each failure as a stepping-stone to an eventual success, and I find it gratifying to look back at my process after a beautiful design has been completed.

Failure abets creativity. While failure is a vital and necessary step in the design process, one place I’d prefer not to see it is in a boardroom. As any active designer can tell you, getting a job or client you really want can be a frustrating process. Your presentation, eloquence, passion, confidence and quality of work all have to fit and work together. I can’t tell you how many brilliant designers I’ve seen blow a client presentation they should have rightfully been awarded all because one of these attributes was out of sync. But, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to be this way.

Starting this summer, the University of the Arts will begin offering a Business for Design course for credit and non-credit. This course will introduce aspiring graphic designers to the career possibilities within the creative landscape of contemporary graphic design. It will also provide preparation for employment in the field, help you conceptualize a professional portfolio, gain practical knowledge of the business aspect of graphic design, create your resume, and prepare for the challenge of interviewing.  This class is essential for any designer attempting to break into the design profession.

Guest lecturers will include prominent managers, directors and executives from local design firms and will be 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 Summer 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 at

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

CS Faculty Enrichment Grants: Christina Hess at Illuxcon (Altoona, PA)

Piece done prior to convention. “Jamie” was digitally painted for a client and then printed, mounted and overpainted in oils then varnished.

By: Christina Hess

As an artist I am constantly learning.  Part of the learning curve for any student is the evolution that comes from education.  I originally began working in oil paint and collage; I enjoyed working in natural papers, fabrics and random objects to create additional texture and depth in my illustrations.  Then, I moved to the digital realm.  I found the digital medium more forgiving, and it allowed me to experiment and try things that I would be hesitant to do in oils.  Now I find myself craving a return to my roots and hope to examine the combination of mediums once again.

Attending conferences, conventions and classes gives me the additional experience I need to propel further.  This past November, I was awarded a Continuing Studies Faculty Enrichment Grant to attend and showcase at Illuxcon, a convention focusing on fantasy and science fiction illustration.  The convention is held in Altoona, PA and only sells a small amount of tickets in order to keep an intimate community.  The main showcase consisted of numerous artists who were available to talk to collectors, art directors as well as students and attending artists.  In addition, the featured hotel held a one night showcase for attending artists and illustrators which I was fortunate enough to be a part of.

The four day event was packed full of classes, lectures, demos, critiques and round table discussions.  Thursday was open door browsing for the main showcase, Friday and Saturday consisted of workshops from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday was open to the public.  The evenings were peppered with award ceremonies, additional artists showcases and sketch sessions.  To be able to watch masters such as Petar Meseldzija and Vincent Villafranca at work was a remarkable experience.  New techniques were realized and old passions were reawakened in many attendees.  With the help of this Enrichment Grant, I was able to immerse myself in an environment that focused on traditional application within an industry that pairs digital and traditional illustration interchangeably.  The workshops I participated in and the demonstrations I viewed have taught me how to combine these elements successfully.  In addition, I was able to buy the appropriate materials for the creation of mixed media illustrations.  I have begun working on three pieces that will be completed in mixed media by way of digital, oil paint and collage.  Check out these works in progress below!

“Luna Moth” was created in watercolor. I plan on continuing in watercolor and then overpainting in oils with collage elements.

“Hamsa and Henna” was sketched in graphite, scanned and digitally painted. I plan on printing, mounting and over painting in oils and incorporating gold leaf and/or other treatments.

“Luna Bird” was sketched in graphite, scanned, printed, mounted and under-painted in oils. Will be completed in oils and possibly collage material.

CS Faculty Enrichment Grants: Alexis Granwell's show Ballast/Break open at Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX)

By: Alexis Granwell (Instructor, CE + Pre-College)

This past year, I was awarded a two-person show at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas, as well as a Continuing Studies Faculty Enrichment Grant. With the grant support I received, I was able to attend two artist residencies in preparation for the show at Lawndale.  The first was Ragdale Artist Residency in Lake Forest, Ill., where I experimented with constructions for my new sculptures.  The final pieces are primarily made out of Abaca, wire and wood. Following this trip, I spent the rest of the summer creating oversized etching plates that ranged in size from five to six feet.  I also spent the summer making sheets of large handmade paper.   The texture of the paper became an integral part of my printing process for this series.

In August, I traveled up to AS220 in Providence, R.I., where I printed for three weeks.  AS220 is the home of one of the world’s largest etching presses (a ten footer).  I was fortunate enough to be one of the first artists to ever use this press.  It was really incredible to be able to print at such a large scale especially after working on the plates for so many months without being able to make a proof.

The last stop of this tour was Houston, Texas, where I installed my show Ballast/Break which opened Nov 19th.  This show exhibits both the sculptures and large works on paper.  This project would not have been possible without the generous support from the Continuing Studies Faculty Enrichment Grant that I received.  I hope you enjoy the photos!

Press Release for Ballast/Break:

Ballast/Break is an exhibition of prints, sculpture and installation work by Alexis Granwell and Carrie Scanga.  The work is based on the forms, structures, conduits and patinas of cityscapes and the human-built environment. Granwell delves into the city’s grit and substance by incorporating handmade paper, found objects and raw materials to create sculptures that evoke primitive architecture or landscapes under construction. Her oversized etchings depict similar forms that contain both a physicality and a diagrammatic quality, while Scanga’s massive, apparently floating structure of paper bricks subverts this materiality.

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

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! Voting is open until December 9th.

CS Faculty Enrichment Grants: Colleen Hammond attends Snow Farm (Williamsburg, MA)

By: Colleen Hammond (Instructor, Pre-College)

Scarf Weather

In March of 2011 I received a Continuing Studies Faculty Enrichment Grant. With the support of this grant, I was able to attend a weeklong workshop at Snow Farm in Williamsburg, Mass., this past summer.  The class I took was entitled Collage: the Imaginative Use of Materials taught by Alexandra Sheldon.  Through guided experimentation, my experience with collage opened up a world without boundaries and enabled me to explore a new level of imagination I have not been able to find through my oil painting. My hope is to somehow apply and bring out this newly found fun and whimsical approach to creativity in my total oeuvre.

These images are some examples of work I produced in this class.  I look forward to the enjoyment of creating more collage work to share.  Check out my website to see more of my collages with additional information.

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