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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. Illustration 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 Illustration 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 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 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 Dec 4, 2019 5:11:46 PM

 

 

When Alexandria "Lexi" Bonner wrapped up her final project for a PCA&D class on making a children's book, she didn't just shove the pages into a drawer and forget all about them.

No, those characters lingered in her mind: A mischievous firefly named Ember. A curly-haired, button-nosed child whose daytime curiosity spills over into a playful, creative dream world.

And Bonner, who'd long speculated about writing and illustrating a book, wasn't about to let that firefly and that child linger forgotten in a drawer forever.

 

Three years after earning her BFA in Fine Art from PCA&D, Bonner's tale about the pair's dreamtime adventure has been published as "Ember," a wordless book that tells its story solely through Bonner's illustrations.

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Topics: alumni, professional practice, Illustration, children's books, design, alumni art, author, publishing

Posted by Daina Savage on Jul 12, 2019 12:43:39 PM

Using zines, comics, and creative world-building, a new collaboration between Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and La Academia Partnership Charter School recently engaged and inspired 30 at-risk youths.

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Topics: Art for youth, art for social good, enrichment, student news, art technique, community, alumni art, student trips, partnerships, summer art class, high school art class

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Jun 14, 2019 11:49:15 AM

After reviewing many outstanding applications, PCA&D's Fine Art Residency committee is pleased to announce that Jason Herr, class of 2016, was selected to be our first PCA&D Alumni Resident. He will be working in the  College's studio, printmaking lab and digital print lab to further his artistic projects.

 

“When I was attending PCA&D I was able to complete many projects using the media and tools available. However I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to explore each one to its full potential. I would also use this opportunity to push my own work into a more unique and personal space by reexamining my thesis ideas and experimenting with new ways to express them. I will explore the different tools and media made available more thoroughly, and use the 3D workshop to make a few wood sculptures that would complement my 2D work,” said Jason Herr.

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Topics: alumni art

Posted by Natalie Lascek on Apr 3, 2019 2:47:32 PM

Eric Weeks is the Chair of our Photography Department. Eric first fell in love with photography at the age of sixteen. His high school photography teacher, Ken Ross, recognized his interest and helped obtain a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to attend art school in New York City. After receiving his BFA, he played bass in a rock band for a few years while exhibiting photography, and working as a commercial photographer and custom printer.

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Topics: PCAD, Art Student, Art Careers, photography, faculty, professional practice, photography exhibit, bfa, alumni art, photography student, art students, student trips, partnerships

Posted by Natalie Lascek on Mar 12, 2019 8:50:19 AM

 Jon Di Venti is not only the Chair of our Digital Media department in our Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program, he is one of our own. Jon started his journey as a student at PCA&D (then the Pennsylvania School of Art & Design) where he graduated from our Illustration program, which at the time only offered students an Associates degree. Jon then moved on to Ringling College of Art & Design and obtained his BFA in Illustration.
 
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Topics: animation, bfa, faculty art, Ilustration, digital media, digital design, alumni art, art students

Posted by Natalie Lascek on Feb 20, 2019 8:57:08 AM

 
Pam Barby is our Chairperson of the graphic design department in our Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program. Pam developed a love for art and design at a young age and was heavily influenced by her grandfather, who was a painter.  Her expanded passion for design began during her college years. After graduating college, she was an in-house designer within the beauty industry, and then moved on to a small design studio creating a variety of print work. She began her freelance career in 2001. A few years later she was extended an invitation to teach at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) in 2005 and has been an invaluable source of professional guidance and leader of all things in graphic design since her arrival.
 
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Topics: Art Student, Art Careers, designathon, graphic design, professional practice, bfa, GDUSA, community, alumni art, art students, student trips

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