Congrats to our Digital Photo Capstone Students

Congrats to our recent Digital Photography Capstone students who completed their capstone exhibition project under the thoughtful guidance of instructor Lindsay Sparagana!  We are so proud to see their final work celebrated by family and friends at our recent reception on January 23. We look forward to all of our Digital Photography students having this wonderful opportunity to exhibit and share with each other.

Work by Bridget Horgan Bell

Work by Bridget Horgan Bell


Work by Susan Kessler, image by Bridget Horgan Bell

Work by Eve Miller, image by Bridget Horgan Bell

Work by Casandra Williams, image by Bridget Horgan Bell

Digital Marketing Trends for 2014?

Social Media Marketing is changing by the minute  – what are some trends that various players are predicting for 2014?

Forbes estimates that in the next three years, 87 percent of connected device sales will be smartphones and tablets – and use of social media, responsive design for mobile devices, visual literacy & imaging, and search engine optimization will only become more critical to any organization.

This infographic below from Infographic Design Team takes a closer look at some digital marketing trends  – what do you think?

Credit to Infographic Design Team

Attend our Spring Info Session!

Attend Our Spring Information Session
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm and again at 6:30 pm.

Take the first step in learning about Continuing Education courses and certificate programs.

Our curriculum provides accelerated, in-depth learning experiences taught by talented working professionals who emphasize practical knowledge and skills using a project-based approach.

Find out about our latest certificates, enrichment courses, senior series, and preview day.  Meet faculty and current students from Web Design, Web Development, Social Media, Communications, Digital Photography and more!

Attendees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for one new spring 2014 CE course.
(New students only. No retroactive refunds will be given.)
Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street (Corner of Broad + Walnut)
9th Floor, Room 901
RSVP to or 215.717.6095

Congrats to CE Digital Photo Certificate Student Theresa Stigale

We are proud to spread the word that current Continuing Education at the University of the Arts digital photography certificate student Theresa Stigale had her images published on the popular Hidden City Philadelphia site.  Great job!

Image copyright Theresa Stigale

Her selected images were taken directly from her final project portfolio from her Night + Low Light Photography class in fall 2013 taught by CE instructor Hinda Schuman. Schuman teaches some of the most popular photography courses in CE, encouraging students to work outside and capture life around them —  and also address the technical considerations that they will face.  This spring 2014, Schuman will lead a class in Photojournalism + Documentary Photography on Tuesday nights.

Want to learn more about our Digital Photography Certificate?   Call us at 215.717.6095 or attend our  next Info Session on Wed Jan 15 — you can meet Theresa in person and hear about her successes in our program!


Chip Kidd designs…a design book for kids – of course!

Ah, Chip Kidd.  My favorite book design rock star does it again with the perfect book for anyone who loves design.

He cleverly brings a witty  and conversational tone to the principles of design—suitable to those new to design as well as those of us who enjoy a fun refresher to the elements.  He makes you think and look at the world through the eyes of a designer.  As the School Library Journal notes in their review, “He is creating a book not only for art classes, but also for courses in journalism, communications, media, and writing, for units on persuasive writing and advertising, and to demonstrate how strong visual images convey meaning and appeal.”   The book is noted as for ages 10 and up, but it seems better suited for middle school or early high school students.  I truly love the book just as a beautiful piece of design in itself. I expect nothing less from this master!

“’GO: A Kidd’s Guide To Graphic Design,’ is pretty awesome.” – The Huffington Post

Check out the book’s video trailer – with some voice work from Mr. Kidd himself.

If you aren’t familiar with Chip Kidd from my previous blog posts, here and here , let me catch you up a bit and I will try not to swoon too much. He is currently associate art director at Knopf, where he began in 1986.  He has created cover concepts for books by Bret Easton Ellis, Haruki Murakami, Michael Crichton, Cormac McCarthy, Frank Miller, Michael OndaatjeCharles Schulz, David Sedaris, Donna Tartt, John Updike — just to name a few!

Book Jacket Design by Chip Kidd

And recently, Kidd designed the book version of the incredibly popular, viral phenomenon, graduation speech given by author Neil Gaiman, given at our beloved University of the Arts in 2012.  Inspiring stuff!

Image copyright Neil Gaiman

Publishers Weekly describes Kidd’s book jackets as “creepy, striking, sly, smart, unpredictable covers that make readers appreciate books as objects of art as well as literature.” USA Today called him “the closest thing to a rock star” in graphic design today.

He is also an author himself, with the novels Cheese Monkeys (which is based a bit on his own art training at Penn State) and The Learners. I thoroughly enjoyed both and recommend them to anyone with an interest in design. His amusing TED talk is great to watch and then listen to this recent podcast to answer your nagging, inevitable question, “What is up with his glasses?

What do you think of his design work?  Other recommendations for books to get students aware of design?  We’d love to hear from you!

A Great Reception for Digital Photo!

We are so proud of our latest group of photographers who have completed their Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition!

It was great to celebrate the accomplishments of Kaylee Collins, Deedra Grandelli, and Adam Kantorski at last night’s reception, along with their many supportive friends, colleagues, and family members.  We loved meeting all of you.


Kaylee Collins at the reception, image by Susan Kessler

Adam Kantorski at the reception, image by Susan Kessler

Deedra Grandelli at the reception, image by Susan Kessler

It was so nice to see the community spirit and ongoing creative support our photo students have nurtured amongst themselves as they develop their craft.

We toast Kaylee, Deedra and Adam – great job!

And we look forward to our next group show on Thursday January 23 to see the works of Bridget Horgan Bell, Eve Miller,  Susan Kessler and Casandra Williams.  Join us!

Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition – Group One – Reception on Wed Dec 4

The Division of Continuing Studies is pleased to present the upcoming Continuing Education Capstone Exhibitions, featuring the work of Digital Photography certificate students.

Image copyright, Kaylee Collins, Digital Photography Certificate

CE Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition: Part 1
November 26, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Featuring the work of:
Kaylee Collins – Societal Serenity
Deedra Grandelli – Farm Aid
Adam Kantorski – a moment…a place

Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hors d’oeuvere and refreshments will be served

The Continuing Studies Gallery
9th Floor of Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


And Mark your calendars:
CE Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition: Part 2

January 18 – February 10, 2014
Featuring the work of Eve Miller, Casandra Williams, Susan Kessler and Bridget Horgan Bell

Thursday, January 23, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hors d’oeuvere and refreshments will be served


Constructing Play – Classic Building Toys Exhibition at Philadelphia Center for Architecture

Looking for a fun design-oriented free family event during the holiday season?

The Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys Exhibition explores the history of building toys and the educational foundation which underlies their creation. Over 60 historic building toys, selected from the  Philadelphia Center for Architecture’s collection and spanning the past 175 years will be on display from November 29th through January 31st.

Visitors will learn about their favorite toys, from Tinker Toys to LEGO, Erector Sets to K’Nex. They will also learn how structures stay up, discover famous local buildings in miniature, and see how toy designers took inspiration from the past to create today’s most popular building toys.

And the exhibition includes special fun hands-on Family Workshops and Parent Dialogues on how to make the most out of the toys we provide to children.  Registration required:

SEI Innovation Studio Opens at the Kimmel Center

One of our beloved neighbors on the Avenue of the Arts –  The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – unveiled additions this week to its basement black box theater, the new SEI Innovation Studio.

(Photo by Evelyn Bonner for The Kimmel Center)

Aiming to draw in a younger audience and make the acclaimed music hall more welcoming, the 200-seat black box theater now sports a state-of-the-art glass facade facing Spruce Street that opens into a staircase  leading to the SEI Innovation Studio.

In addition, I’m thrilled to hear that a rotating collection of art by emerging artists from the West Collection, the world’s largest private collection of work by emerging artists, will be featured.  This collection is well known —  but being a private collection housed in Oaks, PA (at the SEI offices), it took some coordination to see the work.  It is thrilling to have some examples of the collection right here next to UArts and so accessible to arts and culture enthusiasts in the city.

If you want to check out the new space and learn more about their upcoming programs, the Kimmel Center offers free art and architecture tours every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

SEI Innovation Studio
Where: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street
More info:


CITYWIDE – Collective Exhibitions for November

Throughout November, a group of artist-run galleries are hosting and exchanging with other spaces resulting in a collaborative exchange across the board geographically and ideologically.

Image courtesy of WHYY newsworks

CITYWIDE will simultaneously showcase work from over 19 Philadelphia based collective galleries and four curatorial and project based groups, representing over 100 local artists.  The essence of CITYWIDE lies in collaborative action to promote the city of Philadelphia as a successful model for artistic empowerment.

This Saturday, November 16, is the CITYWIDE shuttle bus day – FREE shuttle buses will take visitors to various gallery spaces – reservations are required.

Bill Dufala, of the Traction company, crouches in the tiny Napoleon gallery, where he helped create a scale model of the Traction Company's 8,000-square-foot space. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks, WHYY)

In an effort to unify the community of the artist-run scene, CITYWIDE:  A Collective Exhibition, will bring together the twenty artist-run entities of Vox Populi, Grizzly Grizzly, Marginal Utility, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Practice, NAPOLEON, Little Berlin, Space 1026, Fjord, McCartney/Belknap Projects, Rebekah Templeton, Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space, Basekamp, Highwire, The Traction Company, In Liquid, Paradigm Gallery, Magic Pictures Gallery, Termite TV Collective, BYOPrint Studios, Pterodactyl, The Soapbox, Title Magazine, and The Nicola Midnight St. Claire.

In conclusion of the project, a printed color exhibition catalogue will be created to serve as a tangible record of the collaborative exhibition.  CITYWIDE’s promotional materials will also include an illustrated map to encourage participants to venture into a variety of neighborhoods and explore alternate spaces throughout the city. Over the course of the next year, a lively exchange between participating groups will take shape as this dynamic project evolves and exchanges are defined.