Posted by Kathy Smyser on Oct 13, 2015 1:34:47 PM

PCA&D alumni Nick Belcher, Graphic Design ’13, recently wrote an interesting post on the blog of LaunchDM,where he works as a graphic designer, about  PCA&D’s annual Senior Show and Celebration, and his senior thesis, branding his dream company, Heartwood Guitar Company.

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Topics: Art Careers

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Oct 9, 2015 11:45:30 AM

What can you do with an art degree?

When the stars come to Lititz, they will be immersed in one PCA&D alumni's art, even in the restroom!

Mark Springer, BFA Fine Art 2013, Mark has recently completed a series of pieces for Rock Lititz, the new production rehearsal facility for the entertainment industry located in Lititz, PA, one of the nation's largest and designed to assemble, program, test and rehearse large-scale live events.

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Topics: Art Careers

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Aug 31, 2015 4:35:00 PM

Portrait by Meggan Wails

Maurice Sendak, children’s book illustrator best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, grew up in Brooklyn as the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland. Confined by ill health during his childhood, he spent time drawing and, after watching Walt Disney’s Fantasia, he decided to become an illustrator. He studied at the Art Students League and took a part-time job at All-American Comics while in high school.

He was commissioned in the early 1940s to create displays for the F.A.O. Swartz, and there met Ursula Nordstrom, director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys and Girls, who assisted him in breaking into his first jobs illustrating children’s books. His first project was Atomics for the Millions by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff in 1947. He illustrated books by many authors during the 1950s including prolific children’s author Ruth Krauss and creator of the Little Bear series Else Holmelund Minarik.

Monsters and real children

In 1956, Kenny’s Window, the first children’s book he both wrote and illustrated was published. This was followed in 1963 by his acclaimed and ground-breaking Where the Wild Things Are, about young Max, whose antics get his “sent to bed without any supper” and into a land where he cavorts with and becomes king of monsters unlike any other characters in children’s literature at the time. Where the Wild things are received the Caldecott Medal and multiple other awards.

He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.

His work was known for featuring characters who behaved as real children do, and Sendak had great affection for children. He is quoted as saying:

"A little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children's letters – sometimes very hastily – but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, 'Dear Jim: I loved your card.' Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said: 'Jim loved your card so much he ate it.' That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received. He didn't care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it."

Maurice Sendak illustrated more than 80 books in his careers, many of which he also authored, and was involved in the early stages of the Children’s Television Network during the development of the Sesame Street series. He illustrated multiple films and television shows and created sets for several operas. In addition, he collaborated with Carole Kings for a musical Really Rosie.

In addition to the Caldecott Medal, during his career Sendak also received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration, National Book Award in category Picture Books, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for American children's literature, National Medal of Arts, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature, 200 and was Inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame. He will be remembered for his contributions to children’s literature.

Portrait of Maurice Sendak by Meggan Wails.

Each week on the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design blog, a different profile of an artist is posted. These are taken from a classroom project where the illustration and fine art students create “Artist Trading Cards,” first researching the facts about and the style of a selected artist, then making a trading card that captures the spirit of the artist.

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Topics: Artist Spotlight, Art Careers

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Aug 20, 2015 4:00:00 PM

This week, Forbes Magazine published an article "Why Art Schools can be a Smart Career Move.”

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Topics: Art Student, Art Careers

Posted by Amber Kane on Jul 15, 2015 4:00:00 PM

A conversation with Rebecca Chester, Artist and PCA&D Art Teacher


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Topics: Continuing Education, Art Careers

Posted by Admissions Team on Jun 30, 2015 2:30:00 PM

When the Minions hit the big screen in July, will you be the first in line to marvel at this latest animated feature? Will you be spellbound by the work of the artists and animators who’ve worked together to blend millions of separate illustrations into lifelike movement. You’ve got lots of ideas and you love drawing fantastic creatures.

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Topics: Art Careers

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Jun 29, 2015 1:00:00 PM

On June 30, Pamela Richardson, Dean of Students at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, will begin to treat every day like it’s Saturday. As she retires from her 25 year career with the college, she reflected on her time at PCA&D and the special nature of the art students she has worked with throughout her career.

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Topics: PCAD, Art Student, Art Careers

Posted by Admissions Team on Jun 17, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Who took those incredible photographs that you love in your favorite fashion magazines or the coolest online clothing store? What do you need to do to be that person behind that camera? How can you enter that type of career with its world of creativity, excitement and exotic travel?

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Topics: PCAD, Art Student, Art Careers