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Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Dec 11, 2019 10:27:55 AM

Todd Snovel last week was honored as the Business Diversity Champion at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC's 2019 Catalyst Awards.

He was thrilled to accept the award, he says -- but not on his own behalf.

The award, Snovel says, "is on behalf of those brave Pennsylvanians who live in fear of losing jobs or housing, who are still facing the fear of those realities daily" in a state which offers no legal protections from discrimination to LGBTQ Pennsylvanians.

Snovel, Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives, joined the College in November, and has spent his career advocating for diversity and inclusion. The former Assistant Dean for Engagement and Inclusion at Lebanon Valley College, he most recently had been appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to establish the nation’s first statewide Commission for LGBTQ Affairs.

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Topics: Announcement, PCAD, award, honors, staff, diversity and inclusion, inclusion, LGBTQ+, Todd Snovel, diversity

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 Jennifer Kopf on Dec 2, 2019 3:32:17 PM

Fine Art seniors are mounting a December exhibit of their work, "Shoulda Been a Poet," at Lancaster Museum of Art, 135 N Lime St. An opening reception will be held during First Friday celebrations on Dec. 6.

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Topics: PCAD, Art Student, student work, fine art, student art, student news, community, Bachelor of fine art, lancaster museum of art, exhibit

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 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

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