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Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Mar 24, 2020 11:09:34 AM

Animation & Game Art Chair Jon di Venti

 

With some recent changes, one of PCA&D's departments has aligned itself more closely with skills in great demand in its creative field.

And the changes go much deeper than just the name, shifting from Digital Media to Animation & Game Art.

Asked to name three aspects of the department that have changed this academic year, Chair Jon di Venti's response is: "How about 8?!

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Topics: digital media, animation & game art, BFA degree

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Mar 10, 2020 7:00:00 PM

 

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design announces a new portfolio-based scholarship initiative for students applying for Fall 2020 admission.

A total of $25,000 in scholarship money will be awarded by the College's Portfolio Merit Scholarships, and submissions will be juried by a panel of PCA&D faculty and admissions staff.

You can find a full list of information and directions here. 

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Topics: Announcement, scholarships, bfa, Bachelor of fine art, admissions, portfolio, Class of 2024

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Mar 9, 2020 7:00:00 AM

 

Photo courtesy Noel Fry

 

As Noël Fry '20 gears up for her final weeks as a PCA&D student, she's gotten word that her artwork is garnering attention from a worldwide perspective:

Two single works of art, as well as a set of four prints, have been selected to appear in Create!, an independent magazine that features contemporary art from around the world.

The publication received a record number of entries for its annual women's issue call for art. Fry's work was selected by guest curator Liezel Strauss, founder of Art Girl Rising and last year named one of UN Women's top 100 female innovators worldwide.

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Topics: fine art, student art, art students, published

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Feb 20, 2020 3:48:06 PM

Visitors to the Gallery at PCA&D take time with Ana Vizcarra Rankin's "Old Midsummer," part of her solo Butterfly Effect exhibition.

 

Being in the presence of art often inspires our own creativity -- however we choose to express it, whether through writing, or music, or dance, or visual art we feel compelled to create.

Two Continuing Education classes this spring take full advantage of PCA&D's current gallery exhibition, Butterfly Effect, to kindle participants' own creative flames.

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Topics: Continuing Education, art classes, creative writing, the gallery at PCA&D, ana Vizcarra Rankin

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 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 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

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