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4/10/2013 3:21:00 PM by PCA&D



PCA&D instructor of photography, Dan Lobdell, is one of this year's recipients of a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund grant.

Lobdell will use the grant to assist in the execution of a specific portion of his long-term project, "Rust Belt Beaux Arts," an exploration of the buildings and landscapes in America's industrial heartland. As part of the series, Lobdell is photographing late 19th and early 20th century building facades in Rust Belt cities such as Cleavelend, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo.

In his application to the Bader Fund, Lobdell wrote that these "...buildings, some grand and some more modest, housed institutions and businesses during a period when the Rust Belt cities were at their height of economic and political power. More recently, these communities have struggled to deal with the effects of de-industrialization, diminishing populations..."

Read the full story here.



Jordan Baumgarten, adjunct instructor in PCA&D's Photography department, is an award recipient in the third annual "Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Biennial," an international competition that recognizes the work of eight up-and-coming artists whose vision will shape the future of the creative media landscape. 


His image, "Drakes and Hens" (2010), is shown above.

Jordan is one of 1600 entrants from across the globe who submitted work. The winning photographs -- selected by a distinguished panel of judges -- will be showcased in two exhibition spaces in the atrium of Lord Norman Foster’s Hearst Tower, Hearst Corporation’s acclaimed New York City headquarters. Now through August 31, 2013, the Tower’s Alexey Brodovitch Gallery and Hearst Gallery will feature an installation of approximately 100 photographs by the winners.

Hearst will also publish both digital and print catalogues showcasing the winning images.  Read more on Hearst's website.


Want to know more about PCA&D's degree program in photography?  Click here.


In eary April, sophomore photo majors in Eric Weeks's "Lighting and Advanced Digital Camera" class photographed the acclaimed folk band, The Stray Birds.

The Stray Birds released its self-titled debut album last year. Their music has been praised by National Public Radio and they recently performed at WXPN's World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, as well as numerous venues across the country. 

Photos taken of The Stray Birds by PCA&D's Alexandra Buechler, Andrea Deibert, Shannon McCoy, and Katherine Zell will be used for the band's website.


This is another real-world project for PCA&D's students. This assignment in particular teaches photo majors the many aspects of commercial editorial photography, such as planning and organizing on-location shoots, traveling with equipment, preparing the equipment, thinking about their creative visions, using professional studio lighting equipment on location, and directing the subjects to make them feel comfortable while in front of the camera. Students also learn how to be the lead photographer and how to assist a lead photographer.

Once they graduate, PCA&D's photo alumni will apply these skills in all their professional encounters, be it in the genre of portraiture, magazine editorial photography, band photography and/or their own fine art. See how alumni from all PCA&D's majors are living careers in art and design.


A big thanks to Doug and Linda Weidman for use of their farm outside of Brickerville, northern Lancaster County, during the photo shoot.


See our students photographing prominent Lancastrians during the 2012 "Lighting and Advanced Digital Camera" class.


Click here to learn more about our BFA degree in photography or here to learn about our certificate program in digital photography.


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Junior graphic designers recently branded Oasis of Hope Ministries, a non-profit, faith-based restoration program that helps minor-aged victims of domestic sex trafficking.

Students worked in teams and designed the logo, website, stationery, brochures, posters, and miscellaneos collateral pieces that will be used by the agency.  It was tough to select only one group of designs, but in the end, Oasis of Hope selected work created by Kaitie Trout, Samantha Heller and Courtney Lynn to promote the organization's services. A detail of their designs is shown below.



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Last month, students at Enterprise Learning Academy (Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Fla.) were visited by "SuperHero ABC" author/Marvel and DC Comics artist Bob McLeod.  Bob discussed the steps he took to create this book to the elementary school-aged students.

Image courtesy of Duval County Public Schools, 2013

Bob is an adjunct instructor in PCA&D's Illustration department.  Read about our degree program in Illustration here.



Foundation students taking digital photography with instructor Eric Weeks continue publishing their work in a collaborative blog.

The "Photography Exchange" is the result of a cultural exploration between digital imaging students studying at Kyungil University in South Korea and Foundation students at PCA&D. The theme of this installment of the photo blog is "When I Fell in Love."

Weeks hopes that, through the collaborative blog, the two cultures learn about each other. He reflects that "...the end goals [of this project] are to empower the students by giving them an outlet to communicate with a far away culture that is very different from theirs."


Photo by Sharnika Buckham '16


Click here to learn more about PCA&D's degree program in photography, or here to learn about our certificate program in digital photography.















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