Six MFA Alumni appointed to PDAA Board of Directors

The Penn Design Alumni Association announces its Board of Directors, which includes six MFAs:

Esperanza Altamar MFA’00; William Bickford MArch’02; Mark Brosseau MFA’01; Elizabeth Burling MCP’05 MS’05; John Carr MS’95; Richard Collier, Jr. MRP’77; Johnette Davies MS’97; Danielle Denk MLA’00; Kim Douglas MLA’96; Ke Feng MArch’98; Kathleen Grady MCP’05 MSW’05; Robert Hotes MArch’91 CRT’93; Christianne Kapps MFA’01; William McCullough MArch’92; Samuel Olshin C’82 MArch’86; Mark Pettegrow MFA’90; Peta Raabe MLA’82; Eileen Rojas MS’98; Jill Sablosky MFA’79; Robert Shamble MArch’86; Anthony Sorrentino MCP’05; Nancy Rogo Trainer MArch’85; Jason Travers MFA’98

With alumni residing in more than 70 countries, PDAA’s global reach is expanding more than ever. This past year our first international regional chapter was formed in Taipei, Taiwan where we have nearly 200 alumni. Closer to home we have 10 active regional chapters across the US connecting alumni through receptions, tours and events. As always, your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you at future PDAA events.
--Catherine Gibson Broh MArch'96, PDAA President
Penn Design Alumni Office, pdalumni[at]design.upenn.edu

Regional Directors:
Chicago: William Bickford MArch’02
Colorado/Wyoming (Denver): Jason Lally MCP’07, Marsha Wooley MFA’88
Florida (Miami): David Feinberg BArch’61
Los Angeles: Beth Wells Gensemer C’79 MArch’82
New York: Bridget Dugan MCP’87
San Francisco: Jennifer Hagan MCP’01
Seattle: Sara Belz MCP’04, Carmen Bendixen MCP’06
St. Louis: Nick Peckham BArch’67 MArch’73
Taipei: Chao Wen Chen MArch’00 MCP’00
Washington, DC: Julie Guerrero Schor MCP’97

Email addresses can be found on the Alumni Directory http://www.alumni.upenn.edu/


ARTIST LECTURE: Karyn Olivier: Thursday, Jan. 29 at 5:30pm, Meyerson, B-3

Karyn Olivier, Tether-ball (2003) and Bench (2005)

Thursday, January 29nd at 5:30pm

210 S. 34th Street 
Meyerson Hall, Room B-3

Karyn Olivier's works range from sculpture to large site-specific installations. Space is her principal medium, with which she creates complex intimation of solitude, interaction, secrecy, scale, and access.

In 2007 she was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and an Art Matters grant. She received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award in 2003. This year Olivier will mount a public art project and participate in the Gwangju Biennial (Korea). Olivier will present a series of billboards in Houston, TX and a companion publication in 2009. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Karyn Olivier received her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BA in psychology at Dartmouth College. Olivier teaches sculpture at Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts. 


Susan Fang (MFA '10) to give talk at ICA as a part of the Coffee Talk series; Wed., Jan. 28, 5:30pm

image: Anthony Campuzano, Begrudgingly after Phyllis Schafly, 2008

Whenever Wednesday: Coffee Talk: Touch Sensitive
Wed, Jan 28 at 5:30pm

Susan Fang on Anthony Campuzano with Jeffrey Green, Assistant Professor of Political Science.

Susan Fang, an MFA candidate in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, explores the sources and methods of Anthony Campuzano’s “abstract journalism,” followed by coffee and conversation led by Jeffrey Green, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Known for his use of found language, Philadelphia-based artist Anthony Campuzano activates texts from a variety of sources—newspaper headlines, Wikipedia entries, the covers of paperback novels, trivial cultural events, common clichés, pop song lyrics—in drawings that couple intense color with the tangible presence of the artist's hand.

Like his journalistic sources, Campuzano's use of language condenses—he distills language into succinct phrases that express a particular mood, recall a personal anecdote, or echo a national headline. What is removed textually is replaced visually through bold color and the blocky, erratic shapes of his letters, defying the formality of the printed page, and its capacity for endless reproduction, with the deliberate imperfection of the hand. Campuzano dubs his obsession with color and language "abstract journalism." As the sentences dip and dodge through the composition, the act of reading alternately slows or quickens; sometimes lines are reread, sometimes skipped. Regardless of the route taken, the performance of the text becomes central.

Susan Fang focuses on the construction of identity in a contemporary hyperactive society; her work is strongly influenced by comics, cartoons, and material and consumer culture.

Jeffrey Green, Ph.D, Harvard University, J.D. Yale Law School, teaches democratic theory, ancient and modern political philosophy, and contemporary social theory.

COFFEE TALK is a new program featuring a 30-minute tour of the current exhibitions led by a Penn graduate lecturer, followed by coffee on the mezzanine with a faculty member or graduate student generating and moderating an interdisciplinary conversation about ICA’s exhibitions.

For more ICA event information: www.icaphila.org/events/
See Susan's website: www.paperbites.com/index.html


Hunter Stabler (MFA '06) in upcoming group show at Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ; Opening Feb. 8

Hunter Stabler will be in a group show, Cutters, at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ.

Opening Reception: Sunday, Feb. 8th from 2-4pm
Exhibition dates: February 8-June 7th, 2009

Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center Street
Clinton, NJ 08809

For more information see: www.hunterdonartmuseum.org

Hunter is also taking part in a group show curated by Giant Robot Magazine at the Scion Space in Culver City, Los Angeles, which will open on April 11, 2009.

Hunter is currently at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC doing a three month artist residency.

See Hunter's work at: www.hunterstabler.com


ARTIST LECTURE: Amy Stein, photographer this Thurs., Jan. 22, 5:30pm at 210 S. 34th Street (Meyerson B-3)

(left, Women and Guns series)

AMY STEIN Lecture this Thursday, January 22

5:30 pm

B-3 Meyerson Hall
210 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Amy Stein is a photographer and teacher based in New York City. Her work explores our evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is featured in many private and public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Nevada Museum of Art, SMoCA and the West Collection.

In 2006, Amy was a winner of the Saatchi Gallery/Guardian Prize for her Domesticated series. In 2007, she was named one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by American Photo magazine and she won the Critical Mass Book Award. Amy's first book, Domesticated, was released in fall 2008. It won the best book award at the 2008 New York Photo Festival.

Amy was raised in Washington, DC, and Karachi, Pakistan. She holds a BSc in Political Science from James Madison University and a MSc in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 2006, Amy received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Stein teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Amy is represented by Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco and Pool Gallery in Berlin.

See Amy's work at: www.amysteinphoto.com


Jane Irish to present at ICA's "Whenever Wednesday" event this Wed., Jan. 21 at 6:30pm

Little Notes Concerning the Forming of a Vase
Whenever Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 6:30pm

Taking a pragmatic yet playfully conceptual approach to craft, artist Jane Irish brings together visiting and local sculptors, scholars, ceramicists, and painters to demonstrate how to make a china vase, step by step: from coming up with a good idea to arranging flowers in the fired, glazed result.


6:30 Six Surefire Steps to a Great Idea
Appropriation into Re-Mediation

7:00 The Anti Mold and the Plaster Lathe

7:30 Slip Casting Chain Mail

8:00 Spinning the Wet Clay and Pulling Handles

8:15 The Display and Finale

Jane Irish is a Philadelphia-based artist and a self-proclaimed history painter. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (1977) and her MFA from Queens College, City University of New York (1980). She has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues such as Sharpe Gallery, New York, NY; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Locks Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art; and the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She's been the recipient of painting fellowships from the Pennslyvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and Yale University. Irish’s work can be found in the public collections of Bryn Mawr College, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (2004 acquisition), Women’s Hall of Fame Seneca Falls, New York and numerous private collections.

Whenever Wednesday at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
The "Whenever Wednesday" is a series of lectures, films, book signings, and other special events taking place on Wednesday evenings throughout the winter. For more information, please visit: www.icaphila.org
Free to members and Penn Card holders, $5 general admission.


Emerging Artists: Residencies, exhibition submissions and more

Courtesy of Professor Jackie Tileston:

RESIDENCIES (search field examples: Visual Arts, USA; Bemis; etc.)



COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION (ask the department for username and password)




Tetsugo Hyakutake (MFA '09) in exhibition at Gallery 339, Philadelphia; Opening Reception Jan. 23, 6-8pm

Extended Views: Tetsugo Hyakutake and Daniel Lobdell
Exhibiton Dates: Jan. 23- Mar.14, 2009
Opening Reception: Jan. 23 from 6-8pm

From the gallery's press release: "Gallery 339 is pleased to present an exhibition of recent panoramic landscape photography by Tetsugo Hyakutake and Daniel Lobdell. In Extended Views, both Hyakutake and Lobdell take advantage of the inherent narrative characteristics of the panoramic format to examine our historical and cultural interaction with the natural landscape. The exhibition also demonstrates the distinctly different artistic visions that Hyakutake and Lobdell bring to this similar pursuit....Panoramic photography offers the opportunity to consider more than just the moment; it literally moves us across time and space. As a viewer of a panoramic image, we do not see a picture, we traverse it."

To read the full press release and for more information see: www.gallery339.com
See more of Tetsugo's work: http://tetsugohyakutake.com/


Terry Adkins' Lone Wolf Recital Corps to perform at P.S.1, New York, Jan. 17; Performers include Jacolby Satterwhite (MFA '10)

January 17: NeoHooDoo Poetry Reading and Performance

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Neo-HooDoo is a litany seeking its text
Neo-HooDoo is a Dance and Music closing in on its words
Neo-HooDoo is a Church finding its lyrics…
A Neo-HooDoo celebration will involve the dance music
and poetry of Neo-HooDoo and whatever ideas
the participating artists might add.
--Ishmael Reed, Neo-HooDoo Manifesto

Ishmael Reed’s initial description of NeoHooDoo highlights the mix of different cultures and mediums in spiritual artistic practice. According to Reed, it is the diverse practitioners responding to one another that engender NeoHooDoo. Central among this upheaval and transition is text, the words that speak and sing the spirit of NeoHooDoo.

To explore the literature that informs NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, P.S.1 will host a poetry reading with contemporary writers Steve Cannon, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Melanie Maria Goodreaux, and Lois Elaine Griffith on Saturday, January 17. Following the reader, artist Terry Adkins will perform with Arthur Flowers, Jacolby Satterwhite, Joie Lee, and Blanche Bruce as part of the Lone Wolf Recital Corps, a musically based performance collaborative with rotating membership. These poets and performers give an additional point of entry to the exhibition’s consideration of art as a ritual and spiritual practice, in this instance in the realm of writing.


Joshua Mosley (Acting Chair of MFA Program) in exhibition at the ICA, Philadelphia; Opening Jan. 15

Joshua Mosley: dread

Exhibition Dates: January 16 - March 29, 2009

ICA Winter Opening Reception: Thurs, Jan. 15 from 6-8pm

Joshua Mosley titled his most recent installation dread after photographer Eadweard Muybridge's motion study sequences of a dog named Dread. Made over a two-year period, Mosley's dread is composed of five bronze sculptures, and a six-minute, black-and-white, animated video that combines computer and stop-motion animation, as well as the artist's own music and dialogue.

dread is installed in two adjacent rooms. The first houses five, small bronze figures on pedestals spaced about the room. Enter the second room to see the film, projected large so as to evoke the scale of the environment the characters inhabit: a real world place created using sequenced still photographs. But unlike the real world, music notes replace ambient sounds. Composed by the artist, each character has its own "soundtrack." dread follows philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Blaise Pascal on something of a nature walk. They encounter flora and fauna, and engage in conversation about existence, God, and nature; in the end, they encounter Dread.

Joshua Mosley (b., Dallas, lives Philadelphia) is Associate Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.F.A. and B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mosley is a recipient of the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. His work has exhibited and screened at the 2007 Venice Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Art Institute of Chicago, Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. In 2007 dread premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice Biennale.


Alexi Worth (MFA Senior Critic) reviewed in The New York Times (Jan. 1, 2009)

Alexi Worth's solo show, "Eye to Eye," at New York City's DC Moore Gallery has been reviewed in the NYT by Ken Johnson. See the review below or check out the article online at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/02/arts/design/02gall.html?ref=design

"Painted with sensuous neatness in a nicely simplifying representational style, Alexi Worth’s pictures present curious visual puzzles slyly charged with sexual undercurrents.

In the emblematic “Half in Hand” someone holds up for inspection a sliced-in-half apple, its flat side foremost. The rounded tips of five fingers punctuate its outer rim and the shadow of someone’s head falls across its lower half — that of the real-world viewer’s fictive double. The flatness of the apple plays on what the formalist critic Clement Greenberg identified as increasing tendency to flatness in Modernist painting from Cézanne (the great apple painter) to Barnett Newman and the early Frank Stella. Mr. Worth adds an erotic twist: the fingertips read as phallic and a seed-shaped, dark red hole in the center of the apple as vaginal.

Mr. Worth addresses another Modernist paradigm in “Tear Sheet,” a painting of a partly torn and crumpled magazine photograph of a woman, which reads as a Cubist composition at the same time as it traffics in old-fashioned, trompe-l’oeil realism.

Some of Mr. Worth’s pictures are hard to figure out. The big, black, pointedly eye-shaped oval in “The Formalists” turns out to be a woman’s black underwear. We’re looking up between her thighs as she undoes a man’s bowtie and his fingers start to pull down her panties.

Looking, seeing and comprehending is a complicated process, driven at its most urgent, Freud and Marcel Duchamp would say, by sexual curiosity. It’s hard to think of another painter these days who has such infectious fun with the philosophical analysis of modern painting."

--Ken Johnson, Art Critic for The New York Times

Jane Irish in solo exhibition at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia; Opening First Friday, Jan. 9

Cochin Chinoiserie

Exhibition Dates: January 9 - February 21, 2009.

Opening Reception: Friday, January 9, 2009, 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Locks Gallery
600 Washington Square
Philadelphia, PA

From the Locks Gallery press release: "In her second exhibition at Locks Gallery, Jane Irish will show new vases - continuing to explore the politics and aftermath of the Vietnam War and the aesthetics of decadence. Irish will debut 10 new vases modeled after 18th and 19th century French Sevre porcelain which have images of Vietnamese landscapes and decorative detailing. These vases feature poetry by Vietnam Veterans and noted visual arts writers, such as Vincent Katz, Carter Ratcliff and Tom Devaney. They will be seen against the backdrop of a large painting, incorporating protest imagery and rococo interiors - work for which the artist is known.

Irish, nominated in 2008 by The Print Center, received an Independence Foundation Fellowship and spent twenty-five days traveling and working in Vietnam. While there, Irish painted en plein air, capturing peaceful sites which once were the backdrop to combat during the Vietnam War. In coming to terms with the impact of American brutality and its legacy, Irish seeks the transcendent nature of art and 'the universality of painting' in addressing the complicated history between the two nations."

Contact Locks Gallery at tel: 215.629.1000 or email: info@locksgallery.com