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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 Jose Garcia on Feb 11, 2020 11:51:07 AM

 

Maritsa Cortes is a Lancaster native and graphic designer. She was part of PCA&D’s class of 2010. Since leaving PCA&D, Maritsa has aided businesses with their marketing and branding, worked producing high-quality print ads. She even freelanced abroad for 3 years in Asia. Maritsa has since moved back to Lancaster and currently serves as Social Media & Marketing Coordinator for Kegel’s Produce.

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Topics: graphic design, alumni

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 Natalie Lascek on Jan 6, 2020 8:15:13 AM

Do you love virtual reality and want to learn more about how to design your own VR experiences? This winter, PCA&D is offering a pre-college Introduction to Virtual Reality on Saturdays starting February 1. This course will introduce high school students to the basics of building interactive virtual reality worlds which can be shared on VR devices, on the web, or on any smartphone headset! And the person leading this course is our own Ellie Cochran. Ellie is a graduate of PCA&D and a graphic designer, and we're so excited to have her back on campus.

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Topics: Continuing Education, graphic design, pre-college, Lancaster, alumni, Virtual Reality, Winter Classes

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 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 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 Sep 19, 2019 1:27:55 PM

 

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Topics: PCAD, Art Careers, graphic design, alumni, artist talk, atrium talk

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