University of Pennsylvania Arts & Culture Survey

Penn is home to many arts and culture venues. In order to ensure that students are aware of the various arts and culture opportunities on Penn’s campus, a survey was developed to gauge their familiarity with different venues, as well as to find ways to improve the visibility and quality of arts and culture offerings. To gather this input, we conducted a survey of both undergraduate and graduate students. The objective of this survey was to determine the level of awareness of arts and culture venues on Penn’s campus, as well as gauge the interest in various arts and culture programs to determine if more opportunities for students should be developed.
--Robert L. Baer

The survey was conducted by an ad hoc committee comprised of members from the graduate and undergraduate student governments (GAPSA & UA), Alumni Relations, and the Provost's Office: Janice Bellace, Chair (Deputy Provost), Robert L. Baer (Director of Market Research & Analysis/Alumni Relations), Jane Anderson (Researcher/Alumni Relations), Scott Brodsky (GAPSA Policy Chair), Ryan Burg (GAPSA Pluralism Policy Council Chair), Paul Falzone (GAPSA Pluralism Policy Council), Elisabeth Lim (GAPSA Pluralism Policy Council), and Jason Karsh (UA Chair). View Results from the 2007 Arts & Culture Survey here


Professor Joshua Mosley at the 2007 Venice Biennale

Professor Mosley's new work will premiere at the 52nd International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia.

Joshua Mosley's “dread” is an animation that combines a forest landscape of stop motion photography and 3-D computer-animated puppets.  The puppets originally were sculpted in clay, then 3-D scanned, and animated using 3-D computer animation software. The animation is set to an original score composed by Mosley.

Animation description:
"During a nature walk, Pascal meets J.J. Rousseau in the forest. In their encounter they are not able to resolve their perspectives on the nature of things. They continue into darker territories where they meet a difficult reality that sets them apart." www.joshuamosley.com

The Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, presided over by Davide Croff, is setting up the 52nd International Art Exhibition, entitled "Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense" and curated by Robert Storr (former University of Pennsylvania MFA Senior Critic), the first director from the United States in the history of the most famous art review in the world, opening to the public from 10th June to 21st November, 2007.

Confirming the international vocation of the Biennale di Venezia, the Foreign countries are taking part in the 52nd Exhibition in the record number of 76 Participations: 34 in the exhibition venues with their own Pavilions (31 in the Giardini and 3 in the Arsenale) and 42 Countries in the historic center of Venice .

The national participations in this edition include a number of debuts – such as Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Mexico, the Republic of Moldova, Tadjikistan – and several returns – such as Bulgaria and Arab Syrian Republic. The Countries come from the five continents and in particular from 35 European nations, 20 Latin American countries, 17 Asian, 2 North American, 1 from Oceania, and 1 from Africa, Egypt. The National Participations have always represented a distinctive essential component, an extraordinary wealth for the Art Biennale, and create the opportunity for a better understanding of the artistic production of each Country, representing a veritable global “snapshot” of the contemporary in the world.

La Biennale di Venezia
Castello 2126, Campo della Tana
30122 Venice, Italy