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Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Feb 18, 2020 9:50:20 AM

(all photos courtesy Sara Kay)

 

Fine art on a canvas is one skill. Fine art on skin?

They're more closely related than you might think, says tattoo artist Sara Kay, who notes that her transition from one to the other "was kismet."

More than a decade after Sara Karpinski graduated with her BFA in Fine Art from PCA&D, she is known as Sara Kay to her huge following for her groundbreaking work creating art on the body. Through the end of May, she's a featured artist in Body of Work: Tattoo Culture, an exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.

 

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Topics: alumni, fine art, alumni art, tattoo, pop culture

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Feb 17, 2020 12:46:07 PM

Anthony Nardo and Dyneisha Gross

 

Anthony Nardo and Dyneisha Gross, both seniors in Graphic Design, have been named Students to Watch by Graphic Design USA . The magazine annually recognizes "top students ready to burst on the design scene."

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Topics: Art Student, graphic design, design, award, GDUSA, awards, student news, honors

Posted by Jose Garcia on Feb 11, 2020 11:51:07 AM

 

Maritsa Cortes is a Lancaster native and graphic designer. She was part of PCA&D’s class of 2010. Since leaving PCA&D, Maritsa has aided businesses with their marketing and branding, worked producing high-quality print ads. She even freelanced abroad for 3 years in Asia. Maritsa has since moved back to Lancaster and currently serves as Social Media & Marketing Coordinator for Kegel’s Produce.

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Topics: graphic design, alumni

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Feb 10, 2020 6:00:00 PM

 

Jason Herr, in his PCA&D studio surrounded by some of the work he's completed during his Fine Art Alumni Residency. (photos by Jennifer Kopf)

 

Five of artist Jason Herr's works still haven't returned from the gallery where they hung during Art Basel events in Miami, but it's hard to see where they'd fit in his studio on PCA&D's fourth floor.

Lit by late-afternoon winter sun slanting through a wall of windows, the corner studio already is full of paintings, their bold lines and vibrant colors popping from the white background of wall behind them.

Two pieces soon are heading to a show in Los Angeles. Others are headed to an exhibit at Little Berlin in Philadelphia, being curated by PCA&D Directions in Contemporary Art Adjunct Henry Gepfer. And all of the art covering the studio walls has been created during Herr's tenure in PCA&D's first-ever Fine Art Alumni Residency.

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Topics: alumni, fine art, alumni art, Bachelor of fine art, Jason Herr, artist in residence

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Feb 6, 2020 12:45:50 PM

 

"Beloved Cacti," on display at Philadelphia International Airport. (all photos courtesy of the artist)

 

Artist Matty Geez is surrounded by cacti.

He has a few in the apartment he shares in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood with husband Erwin and cats Panda and Uma. About 15 live in his North Philly art studio.

And then there are the dozens of flamboyantly colored, towering cacti he creates in that studio -- super-charged soft sculptures that are now on display at Philadelphia International Airport through the end of the month.

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Topics: alumni, Illustration, alumni art, sculpture, Matty Geez

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Jan 31, 2020 1:00:00 PM

 

Anthony Nardo has a love of the mechanical world, of cars, of mathematics, and of hands-on learning, and he recently combined all of them for a project that usually doesn't involve any of them:

Cosmetics.

And it was a beautiful, glossy hit.

Nardo, a Graphics Design senior, is one of five national finalists in The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Association's 2020 Young Designers Awards Competition.

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Topics: graphic design, student work, award, student news, art students, honors

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Jan 30, 2020 1:00:00 PM

(photo by Larissa Ramey)

 

For Larissa Ramey, making her art and building a creative life is just part of the goal:

Finding ways to make that art available to communities that aren't always included in "the art world," or who don't often have access to art, is just as crucial. And it's what makes the Leesburg, Va.-based Ramey so excited about what online artistic communities can offer.

Since graduating last year from PCA&D with her BFA in Photography, Ramey has joined Darkside Collective. There, her role as administrative partner involves branding, social media, being on the looking for emerging talent, and handling outreach to other creatives and collectives. Founded by Nat Raum, whom Ramey met four years ago at a Society for Photographic Education Conference in Florida, Darkside Collective is an online space that provides artistic critiques, in-person meetups, visibility, and career resources.

And now it's published its first zine, Map to the Darkside, juried on the theme of "place."

What's it like to build that new community of creatives once you've graduated from art college -- and what role can the digital world play in helping artists find each other and reach audiences who wouldn't find them easily otherwise?

Here's Ramey's experience:

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Topics: photography, alumni, alumni art, Bachelor of fine art, class of 2019, photography and videography, zine

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Jan 28, 2020 9:44:33 AM

 

 

For Alana Coates, who's built a career at galleries and museums of all kinds, the role of a gallery at an art college is especially pivotal.

"The enhanced hands-on learning opportunities that a gallery provides as a platform of creative exploration is crucial for students to transition to successful creative careers outside of school," Coates says.

Coates, whose tenure at PCA&D began at the start of this academic year, comes to the College after filling a wide spectrum of roles in museums as well as commercial and academic galleries. The opportunity to help create, shape, and refine opportunities for students here, she says, was irresistible. She's drawn to the chance to spotlight creative perspectives that challenge, educate, and inspire students in their own work.

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Topics: main gallery, staff, exhibit, the gallery at PCA&D

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Jan 25, 2020 8:08:17 PM

Signing the articulation agreement earlier this month are, from left, PCA&D Provost Dr. Carissa Massey; Michael Molla, President of PCA&D; DCAD President Jean Dahlgren; and Katy Ro, DCAD Dean. 

 

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D), Lancaster, has entered into a 2+2 articulation agreement with Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD), Wilmington, Delaware. Officials from both institutions signed the agreement on January 22 in Lancaster.

The new articulation agreement closely aligns the two art colleges in coordinating their respective curricula and programming and ensures a seamless transition between the institutions’ associate degree (DCAD) and a bachelor of fine art degree (PCA&D) requirements in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography & Video.

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Topics: bfa, partnerships, Delaware College of Art and Design, articulation agreement

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Jan 22, 2020 4:06:59 PM

PCA&D's 2018 Designathon team (photo courtesy Pamela Barby)

If you're passing by PCA&D on the evening of Feb. 22, you'll spot several dozen students, faculty members, and alumni emerging into the dusk. They'll be bleary-eyed, maybe even a little over-caffeinated, and they'll have have earned every minute of their upcoming spring break naps.

They're Designathon veterans. Each year, in a 24-hour push of brainstorming, designing, refining, production, and presentations, PCA&D students and faculty create free marketing materials -- logos, websites, brochures, flyers, whatever's needed -- for local nonprofits.

The client organizations specify what they'd like to have. Design student teams ask questions, prioritize, and gather info. And, then, between Friday night and Saturday night, College classrooms are humming with students busy creating brand-new marketing campaigns from scratch.

"Students 'get it,'" says Graphic Design Chair Pamela Barby, Designathon's organizer. "They see the power of art and design -- how impactful what they do can be."

 

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Topics: designathon, graphic design, design, Design Thinking

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