Arcadia University News

June 16, 2015

Isopod Research Project Takes Scott Rawlins, Students to Bahamas

Story by Jasmine Henderson ’15 Surrounded by crystal blue water and warm beaches, Scott Rawlins , professor of art and design, and scientific illustration majors Elizabeth DePace ’16 and Julia Lerner ’14 joined researchers at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) in the Bahamas last December to create...

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May 4, 2015

Murphy Hall to Undergo Renovations

Murphy Hall, headquarters of Arcadia’s Art and Design program, soon will undergo renovations to upgrade its facilities and space. Through renovations and, possibly, additional construction, the plan could add up to 20,000-square-feet for Art and Design space. The University hopes to bring the...

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April 24, 2015

Pederson Receives Grants for Leonardo da Vinci Research

Dr. Jill Pederson , assistant professor of art history, was recently awarded two prestigious grants in support of her research on Leonardo da Vinci. Pederson received the Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society, which she used to support research on her forthcoming book...

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April 22, 2015

Ryan’s Work Acquired for the John F. Peto Museum’s Permanent Collection

Abbey Ryan , assistant professor of art and design, is internationally-known for making a postcard-sized oil “painting a day” for her blog since 2007. Recently, her work was exhibited at the John F. Peto Museum in New Jersey, which later acquired her work for its permanent collection. In addition,...

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April 20, 2015

Curious Creatures Collaboration at Awbury Arboretum

Curious Creatures , a collaborative outdoor art installation between students at Arcadia and students at Mt. Airy's Project Learn School, opened in the arboretum's Secret Garden on April 11. It will be on display until Sunday, April 26. Visit the arboretum website for more information.

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April 1, 2015

Video: Flash Rosenberg, Attention Span For Hire

Visiting artist Flash Rosenberg talks about her career as an Attention Span for Hire and how drawing can help the mind to retain and comprehend ideas simple and complex.

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April 1, 2015

Auction of Abbey Ryan Painting to Benefit Scholarship Fund

On March 27, Abbey Ryan ’03 conducted a live painting demo in Grey Towers Castle to benefit the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia University. Dozens of people gathered to watch on the landing of the Grand Staircase, where a projector gave a close-up of each brushstroke. Many more tuned...

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March 26, 2015

How a Crash Changed Everything for the Art Gallery

March 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Arcadia University Art Gallery’s move to its current location in the Benton Spruance Art Center, a historic structure built in 1892 that once held massive turbines that provided electricity for the Harrison mansion, now known as Grey Towers Castle. The...

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March 16, 2015

Photographer-Cartoonist-Writer Flash Rosenberg to Lecture about Drawing at Speed of Thought

Flash Rosenberg, award-winning photographer-cartoonist-writer-performer, will show how she translates complex concepts into instant drawings in a talk at Arcadia University on Wednesday, March 25. “Drawing At the Speed of Thought: Mingling drawing, photography, writing, humor, irreverence, passion...

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March 4, 2015

Papay Moderates Session at Special Education Law Conference

Dr. Clare Papay , director of undergraduate and graduate special education certification, served as a moderator at the Lehigh University 42nd Special Education Law Conference held in May in Bethlehem, Pa. Dr. Papay moderated a session led by Thomas A. Mayes titled “Ethics for Attorneys in Special...

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March 4, 2015

Jamar Nicholas Discusses Black Superheroes on

Arcadia University Art Gallery Assistant Jamar Nicholas was one of four African-American comic book creators interviewed by on Feb. 25, speaking on diversity in comic books and the future of the superhero. Being African-American informs everything I do, especially creatively. All the...

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February 23, 2015

Jeremy Kramer ’15 Offers an Alternative Portrayal of European Landmarks in Photography Exhibition

The Arcadia University community was invited to attend the opening reception for Visitor , a photographic project by Jeremy Kramer ’15 on view in the Judith Taylor Art Gallery of Landman Library from March 2 to 15. Visitor is comprised of 12 images taken from black and white 35mm film depicting...

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January 29, 2015

Ryan Paints John F. Peto’s 1880s Still Life Object for Demo at the Peto Museum

Abbey Ryan , assistant professor of art and design, was recently invited to teach a painting workshop at the John F. Peto Studio Museum in Island Heights, N.J. John Frederick Peto (1854-1907), born in Philadelphia, was a late nineteenth-century figure in the trompe l’oeil school of American still...

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December 18, 2014

Cartoonist Nicholas Interviewed on WHYY Newsworks Podcast

Philadelphia artist and graphic novelist Jamar Nicholas , who also has worked in the Arcadia University Art Gallery since 2005, was interviewed Dec. 1 during the monthly WHYY Newsworks podcast, Tribble Nation . Hosted by award-winning sci-fi podcasters known as “The Black Tribbles,” the show...

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December 4, 2014

Art and Design Professors Turn Awbury Arboretum into Living Art Gallery

Two art and design professors are turning Philadelphia’s Awbury Arboretum into a living art gallery. Associate Professor of Art and Design Carole Loeffler and Adjunct Professor of Art and Design Maryann Worrell will create and install eight site-specific sculptures throughout the Arboretum. The...

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December 4, 2014

Jessica Mallepalle ’16: ‘A Math Major’s Aesthetic’

While Jessica Mallepalle ’16 is acutely aware of the beauty of math , she is finding that art does not always adhere to the rules and logic of mathematics. Read how the math major and art minor rises to the challenge of an art project to steer her right-brain left, allowing her analytical side to...

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November 20, 2014

University, Scholarship Recipients Express Thanks to Donors at Evening of Appreciation

As guests entered the Commons Great Room on the evening of Friday, Nov. 14, they were met with words displayed on a large metal sculpture, reading: Transform, Grateful, Create, Fulfill, Change—sentiments that so aptly described the second annual Evening of Appreciation, an event to thank donors and...

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October 29, 2014

Megan D’Avella ’16: ‘A Glimpse into Our Professors’ Artistic Worlds’

Arcadia University’s Faculty Exhibition offers students, such as art history major Megan D’Avella ’ 16 , the opportunity to check out what their instructors are up to outside of the classroom. D’Avella, whose interest in art exhibitions led her to the Contemporary Curatorial Practices course, has...

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October 22, 2014

Faculty Exhibition Highlights Variety of Work by Arcadia’s Visual and Performing Art Professors

Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to present its biennial Faculty Exhibition , on view through Nov. 23. The exhibition features 35 works by 22 full-time and part-time instructors teaching the following disciplines within Arcadia’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts: drawing, painting...

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October 4, 2014

Video: 2014 Wearable Sculpture Show

For more than five years, art and design students have marked the beginning of their study by participating in the Wearable Sculpture Show. Guided by professors, students create costumes based on a theme using basic materials, and then they showcase their work in front of an audience. This year,...

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October 3, 2014

Jessica Mallepelle ’16: ‘The Beauty of Math’

Studying mathematics at Arcadia is allowing Jessica Mallepelle ’16 to truly understand how diverse and inspiring math can be. So when coursework in a particular field last semester left her wanting, she was reminded “...there’s not just one way to solve a single problem.” In her blog post, “The...

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