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Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Nov 26, 2019 11:01:14 AM

 

Senior Illustration class members with projects. 

 

Runners who cross the finish line at the Garden Spot Village Half-Marathon next March will be rewarded with a PCA&D student-designed medal.

 

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Topics: PCAD, Art Student, Illustration, annimation, student work, student art, awards, community, art students, partnerships, Garden Spot Village

Posted by Dr. Carissa Massey, Provost on Nov 18, 2019 2:07:46 PM

A message from Dr. Carissa Massey, Provost, PCA&D:

I am excited to announce to you a curriculum change in the Photography Department.  Following review of a proposal brought by Professor Eric Weeks, on November 6th our Department Chairs voted unanimously to support changing the title of the department to the Department of Photography and Video

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Topics: Announcement, photography, photography and videography, videography

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Nov 15, 2019 6:00:00 AM

When Jeff Tischer was about 3, his father handed him a simple 60-cent comic book. On the cover, superheroes (of course). Inside, a double-page pinup penciled and inked by the great comic book artist George Perez.

"DC Comics Presents #38," Tischer recites off the top of his head. "A Superman-Flash team-up."

It was fascination at first sight. "Yeah," Tischer says now, "(comics have) been a full-bore interest since then. Always."

An alumnus of PCA&D (2001, Illustration BFA), Tischer brings that literal lifetime of comics knowledge -- and resources from his thousands-strong personal comic book collection -- to a Winter/Spring semester Pre-College Continuing Education class. "Comics! A History of Comics in the U.S." explores how social issues and context have informed comics since their beginnings -- and the massive, truly multimedia pop culture sway they have held over the decades.

"The class is for (any high school student) who has even a cursory interest in comics," Tischer says. "It may endear the medium to them. And a huge (comics) lover will still learn more than they may realize."

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Topics: Continuing Education, alumni, art classes, art technique, art students, high school art class

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Nov 12, 2019 9:15:00 AM

 

Queer people, says artist Cupid Ojala, "often have to create our own reality, and our own spaces."

That need for imagination and transformation informs the work of this Southern-born, Brooklyn-based artist, who visited campus in early November for his Artist Talk and Art & You gallery opening. In his discussions with students, Ojala focused on the transformative power of art -- questioning ideas of identity and traditional masculinity, and examining desire, sexuality and sensuality from a transgender man's perspective.

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Topics: artist talk, visiting artists, main gallery, atrium talk

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Nov 11, 2019 8:53:16 AM

 

When Eric Favela graduated from Cal Arts, he knew he wanted to work in feature animation -- but, beyond that, he really wasn't sure where, or in what capacity.

Then he found his niche: in the story department of Blue Sky Studios. And, since then, he's expanded his career to include feature film storyboarding, visual development and short film direction. A feature film storyboard artist for 13 years, he now works for Illumination, a film and animation studio owned by Universal Pictures, and his skills have been an integral part of some of the most recognizable animated films in recent years:

"Despicable Me 2 and 3." "Minions." "Rio." "Ice Age 3 and 4." "Horton Hears a Who." Most recently, Favela served as Head of Story on "The Secret Life Of Pets 2."

Favela will visit PCA&D for an Artist Talk on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Atrium. We asked him what challenges he's encountered as he's built his career, what students who are interested in animation should know about the field, and how artists can build their own creative journeys:

 

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Topics: Artist Spotlight, artist talk, animation, digital media, atrium talk

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Nov 6, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Corinne Carmiche '20 works on a CITYarts mural during her summer NYC internship. All photos courtesy Corinne Carmiche.

 

Corinne Carmiche '20 used her summer vacation from art school to take a crash course of sorts in public art in the real world: an internship with CITYarts, a New York-based public arts and education nonprofit.

CITYarts programs pair children and youth with professional artists to create public art in New York City. And, since its 1989 founding, CITYarts has gone global using local artists and volunteers. Youth on six continents, and in 81 countries, have created more than 6,000 works through CITYarts' Pieces for Peace Project.

When Corinne learned about the program, the Fine Art major says, it seemed a perfect fit.

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Topics: fine art, summer, art students, internship

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Nov 4, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design welcomes three new senior-level staff to the College:

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Topics: Announcement, staff, hires

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Oct 31, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 

It can be tough, as an art student, to get your work seen beyond class critiques, professor evaluations, and your social media followers.

The work of more than half a dozen PCA&D students, though, recently was on display as part of an exhibit curated by Photography Department Chair Eric Weeks at the 2019 Pingyao International Photography Festival in Shanxi, China. It's the second time Weeks has curated student work at the weeklong event, which draws educators and artists from around the world.

This year, photos by Kay Baier '19, Justin Carney '20, Jose Collantes '19, Ashley Crist '20, Karim Gavins '20, and Kyra Shackelford, '20, along with former PCA&D student Hanna Schoener, were part of The Adventure of the Photographer: Photographs from Four Art & Design Colleges in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States. Along with works from PCA&D students, Weeks, curated student work from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Philadelphia's University of the Arts, and Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

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Topics: photography, photography exhibit, photo student, student art, student news, art students, Pingyao

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Oct 28, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 

 

“Where are all my people?”

-- Every creative person, at some point

 

The creative life often starts as a constant inflow of ideas and feedback and collaboration, that jumble of inspiration and energy. But so much of a creative life in practice is solo -- working on the next piece, or struggling over the stubborn detail -- until you look around and wonder where that energy used to come from.

Maybe you were once inspired by critique sessions. Maybe it was the constant informal feedback provided by the structure of being in school. Maybe it simply was from the companionship and camaraderie of other artists, each on their own path but feeding into the creative flow.

If you’re missing that energy, PCA&D’s Continuing Education Department has a spark of a solution.

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Topics: Continuing Education, alumni, community, art students, art support

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Oct 24, 2019 1:00:00 PM

When Kay Baier was applying to art school, she says, "I kind of knew what I was doing" when it came to preparing a portfolio -- "but not a whole lot."

And that's pretty typical. Knowing you have to create a portfolio of your work is one thing, but knowing what to include, how to shoot your work to its best advantage, how to make use of less-than-ideal equipment or space, and how to assemble that portfolio, aren't necessarily skills that are automatic or come naturally.

On Nov. 16, Baier will teach Portfolio Preparation: Documenting your Artwork Workshop, a 2.5-hour Continuing Education Pre-College class immediately following the College's Fall Open House. Baier will share advice and ideas, and it's a great opportunity for prospective PCA&D students to document some of their own work using College facilities. Though it's perfect timing to segue from one event to the other, participants can choose to attend either or both events

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Topics: Continuing Education, open house, enrichment, high school art class, portfolio

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