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 Oct 15, 2019 9:37:56 AM


You won't want to miss the work of Miguel Horn, a Philadelphia-based large-format sculptor, who visits the College Friday, Oct. 18, for a noon lecture open to the public and a 2 pm demonstration for PCA&D students. Both events will be held in the Atrium. 

An artist with Colombian and Venezuelan roots, Horn integrates the natural and digital worlds, and emphasizes the role of artist and craftsman in an age of digital automation. His public works of art are on display on several continents (you can read the story of one recent Philly piece, from ideation to creation, here.)

Horn will be accompanied during his PCA&D visit by Joel Pollett from Cimquest, who will bring a handheld 3D scanner and work alongside Horn for the afternoon demonstration.

Horn talked with PCA&D about that tension between technology and human creativity; how they're intertwined; and the necessity of both techies and artists to find a shared language. Read on to find out more about his appearance at PCA&D:

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Topics: artist talk, atrium talk, sculptor, sculpture

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

Posted by Larissa Ramey on Dec 10, 2018 4:13:41 PM

A.D. Coleman

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Topics: photography, visiting artist, artist talk, photography student

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Jan 17, 2018 4:50:34 PM

Beat your Cabin Fever!

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Topics: visiting artist, artist talk, art technique

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Dec 12, 2017 3:26:02 PM

“There is cultural time and there is material time. The body connects to both.” 

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Topics: Gallery, artist talk

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Nov 7, 2017 9:16:15 AM

A brand champion. A poet. An educator. 

Join PCA&D's Liberal Arts Department for “3 Stories” on Tuesday, November 14, 7 - 9 p.m. in the Atrium, to hear three dynamic guest speakers, Penny Wrenn, Le Hinton, and Ruth Hernandez-Siegel, who will share their engaging stories as part of the department’s Diverse Voices Speaker Series.

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Topics: LiberalArts, artist talk

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Oct 13, 2017 2:06:45 PM

Throughout the year, the academic departments at PCA&D invite many nationally known artists to add to the curricular content for the students. Many of these are open to the public. The community is invited to join the College to hear about the work, practice and career of these exemplary artists. Read More

Topics: visiting artist, artist talk

Posted by Kathy Smyser on Sep 12, 2017 3:58:36 PM

Internationally renowned Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed spoke to students, faculty and community members at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design via Skype from Dubai today, about why he uses carpets as the basis of his art.

Since he was young, Ahmed had been struck by the nature of traditional carpets of his homeland Azerbaijan. According to Ahmed, studied the carpets and learned, throughout his county’s history, starting with the Zoroastrians several thousands of years ago, then Christianity, then Islam, then communism, and now secular society, and the carpets, and the patterns in them, were the same. The carpet connected all these cultures.

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Topics: visiting artist, artist talk

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