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Prof. Robert Young’s ‘Dog in a Cowboy Hat’ lesson turns into a zine and exhibition

Dogs wearing cowboy hats, a whimsical example used in the classroom by Illustration Chair Robert Young, have been imagined into reality and have taken over the first-floor CORE Gallery… all thanks to a summer project by Class of 2023 Illustration majors.  The dogs are customers in saloons, howling campfire songs, appearing out of dreams, creating

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Accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Klecksomancy, an installation by Foundation adjunct Tyler Kline, ran through October at Pink Noise Projects, Philadelphia, Klecksomancy is divination summoned through the use of inkblots. This exhibition is built upon playful installations, gameplay, and ambiguity endurance. The forms created for the show, Kline writes, “search for meaning that defines the Chthulucene, this new epoch we have entered,

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Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

The work of three 2021 Illustration graduates has been chosen to be part of the art collection at Penn State Health’s new Lancaster facility. Joanna Becker of Lancaster, Amelia Mellberg of Columbia, Pa., and Alex Zhao of Harrisburg, Pa., all had pieces selected from those submitted by nearly 300 artists to demonstrate the bridge between the arts and healing. Giclee prints

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Faculty Grant Series: Profs. Warshawsky and Cochran explore SIGGRAPH conference

Attendance at the national SIGGRAPH conference gives attendees an inside look not only at trend-setting computer graphics and interactive techniques, but also at developments that are so early-stage that they haven’t even had a chance to yet become trends. The summer event, say Profs. Natasha Warshawsky (Chair, Animation & Game Art) and Ellie Cochran (Adjunct,

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CCE Instructor Profile: Exploring photography’s creative process with Adam Leitzel ’20

Do you love photography and want to learn more about its various forms? This fall, PCA&D is offering a variety of classes taught by our very own Adam Leitzel. Art Support: Product Photography Workshop will be held on Saturdays starting October 15 and Intergenerational Studio: Ages 14-Adult – Analogue Photography runs on Saturdays starting October

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CCE Instructor Profile: Learning about Puerto Rican culture with Kathy Rodríguez

Do you love arts and crafts and want to learn more about Puerto Rican culture? This fall, PCA&D is offering a variety of classes taught by Kathy Rodríguez. Intergenerational Studio: Ages 13-Adult – Vejigante Masks on Tuesdays starting October 4; Exploring Puerto Rico – Taino-Inspired Arts and Crafts: Grades 1-3 on Saturdays starting October 29;

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CCE Instructor Profile: Joshua Keller dives into horror, creative writing, comics, and manga

Do you love writing and want to explore your literary voice? This fall, PCA&D is offering a variety of classes taught by Joshua Keller. Intergenerational Studio: Ages 14-Adult – Mystery/Horror Writing and Discussion on Wednesdays starting October 12; Beginning/Intermediate Creative Writing on Wednesdays starting November 2; Comics and Manga Writing and Visual Narrative: Grades 7-10

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CCE Instructor Profile: Joanna Spicer shares her love of, and skills with, textiles and weaving

Do you love textiles and weaving and want to learn new techniques? This fall, PCA&D is offering a variety of Center for Creative Explorations classes taught by Joanna Spicer. Intergenerational Studio: Ages 11-Adult – Weaving Basics Workshop on September 28; Intergenerational Studio: Ages 11-Adult – Weaving Basics (Afternoon) on Tuesdays starting October 4; Intergenerational Studio:

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CCE Instructor Profile: Exploring our ‘intuitive artistic language’ with Nichole Madonna

Do you love painting, drawing, and collage and want to experiment with new tools and materials? This fall, PCA&D is offering a variety of classes taught by our very own Nichole Madonna. Books as Art Objects: Erasure, Collage, and Altered Pages Workshop at Garden Spot Village on September 16; Intergenerational Studio: Ages 11-Adult – Drawing

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Recent achievements in the PCA&D community

Rebecca Adey, Assistant Director of Admissions, has four companion-piece works on exhibit at The Millworks, Harrisburg, through Sept. 11. The sets, Amanita Aries (Amanita meaning fungi, and Aries, for the Ram, and Art Nouveau Billy, include both 2D and 3D pieces. The mixed-media 2D work is made from cut paper and felt, sewn to create an applique of sorts, and then

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Faculty Grant series: Summer residency concentrated Prof. Aaron Thompson’s focus

Prof. Aaron Thompson’s summer was spent using his PCA&D Research and Practice Faculty Grant developing the potential for a PCA&D Artist Residency Program. “Coordinating with several departments to establish the precedent of an artist obtaining a classroom for two months during the summer was really interesting and rewarding. Everyone was very helpful and excited by

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CCE Instructor Profile: Justin Quinn’s combination of creativity, a love of knowledge, and a knack for all things digital

Do you love marketing and want to learn more about how to utilize it in a digital space? This fall, PCA&D is offering an adult professional class Digital Marketing Fundamentals on Tuesdays starting Sept. 13. This course will examine the underlying fundamentals of each branch of digital marketing and explain how they can be incorporated

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Faculty Grant series: Prof. Eric Weeks goes off-grid for Montello residency

Prof. Eric Weeks’ summer Montello Foundation art residency took him about 2,300 miles west, down a 20-mile dirt-and-stone road and into Nevada’s Great Basin Desert. It pulled him out of cellphone range and off the power grid, leaving PCA&D’s Photography & Video Chair to rise with the sun, work solo, and completely focus.  And, Weeks

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Faculty Grant series: Filmmakers invite Prof. David Spolum for extended London studio visit

Prof. David Spolum spent part of his summer in London, diving deep into the film work of the Quay Brothers. His trip, made possible in part through a Faculty Life Research and Practice Grant, gave the Liberal Arts Department professor the chance to study work that these filmmakers have yet to release.  Invited by Stephen

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Faculty Grant series: Prof. Robert Young presents at ICON11 national illustration conference

Robert Young, Chair of Illustration at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, was all set to present a paper on discussing and developing style at ICON11, a national conference for illustrators and designers, in June 2020. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic intervened.  Young finally had the opportunity to present the results of his experience and research

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Almanzar-Oree honored by YWCA as 2022 Woman of Achievement

Salina Almanzar-Oree, Program Coordinator at the College’s Center for Creative Exploration, has been named one of five Women of Achievement honorees by YWCA Lancaster. This event — the 6th annual — showcases the accomplishments of women and gender expansive individuals who, through career and volunteerism, live out the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering

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Admissions Counselor Osmyn Oree ’11 selected as artist-in-residence at Franklin & Marshall College

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Admissions Counselor Osmyn Oree isn’t a flashy, theatrical photographer when it comes to the portraits he creates.  Instead, the fine art photographer says, “I like to keep things relatively simple. That’s me, as a photographer, being real with people.” Since the start of 2022, Oree — a 2011 BFA

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Catching up: Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

A mural by Salina Almazar-Oree, Program Coordinator at the Center for Creative Exploration, recently was unveiled at the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem. De Boriken, al Mundo is a tribute to baseball star Roberto Clemente in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death while on a humanitarian mission. “I admire (Clemente) for his dedication to his

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Free two-day online workshop June 23-24 open to all educators

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Center for Teaching & Learning will be holding a free, fully virtual, two-day workshop for educators, Supporting the Whole Professor: Overcoming Obstacles and Cultivating Curiosity, Thursday and Friday June 23-24. This event is open to all educators, says Mariah Postlewait, Director of the College’s Center for Teaching & Learning, and

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Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Salina Almanzar-Oree, Center for Creative Exploration Program Coordinator, was awarded an Equity Partner Grant by Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Equity Council. The grant will support Taller Pa’lante: Art in Parks, return pop-up engagements in neighborhood parks that will encompass mini murals, make-and-take projects, and investing in a youth mentee who will learn how to conduct

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Commencement 2022: The Class of 2022 joins the ranks of PCA&D alumni

The Class of 2022 became Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s 46 newest alumni on May 6, receiving their BFA degrees in front of a standing-room-only audience of family and friends at the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts.    A recording of Commencement can be found below.   PCA&D was honored this year to welcome

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‘Skill Set’, art by CCE instructors, opens exhibition

Skill Set, an exhibition of art by Center for Creative Exploration instructors, has opened at Garden Spot Village, New Holland, and runs through the end of April.    CCE instructors whose work is on display include Bill Cifuni, Dobe, Sheri Hansen, Rich Johnson, Adam Leitzel, Abigail Saurbaugh, Adam Serrano, Leah Limpert Walt, and Jason Ward.    The

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Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Seniors in the Fine Art and Photography & Video departments in April presented Artist Lectures outlining their senior thesis work. The April 4 event is connected to the Professional Practices 2 class taught by Prof. Matt Chapman. Presenting students include Cassandra Aaron, Isiah Bates, Adelaide Biehn, Woodrow Clapper, Kylie Hileman, Ryn Martino, Aubrey Maurer, Na’Chelle Morris, Callie Morton, Emily Reifsnyder, Cheyenne Snow, Nicole Stoltzfus, Kennedy Toomey, and Jaymi Vilardo.  Otherworldly,

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PCA&D wins 7 communications awards from CUPRAP

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s prospective student viewbook, poster, acceptance mailer, website blog, College rebranding, and other communications efforts were honored at the recent Spring convention of CUPRAP, the College and University Public Relations and Associated Professionals. Made up of the communications teams from nearly 100 colleges and universities, CUPRAP is the largest organization

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Eric Weeks and Paul Rider: Faculty Life Grant Recipient presentations

Professors Eric Weeks and Paul Rider will present their latest photographic work supported by the faculty grant program Friday, March 4, 1:10-2 pm in the Learning Commons (Room 214).  ERIC WEEKS  In reference to Edward Ruscha’s quietly contemplative Twentysix Gasoline Stations, published in 1962, Twentysix Wawa Stores is a film, print, and artist‘s book project documenting the convenience store

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Four named winners of PCA&D faculty development grants

Four Pennsylvania College of Art & Design faculty members were awarded Fall 2021 grants through the College. These funding opportunities, awarded twice annually, are open to all full-time and part-time PCA&D faculty as well as instructors in the College’s Center for Creative Exploration. Awarded grants in this most recent round  are: Research & Practice Professional

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Sculptor and theater group with PCA&D ties selected for Lancaster’s PACE Neighbors project

An almnus and a theater group with collaborative ties to the College and our Center for Creative Exploration program are two of the five local artists chosen to participate in the City of Lancaster’s PACE (Public Art Community Engagement) Neighbors project. Congratulations to Matty Geez ’14, Illustration, as well as Lancaster’s Teatro Paloma for their

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December accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Rebecca Adey, Assistant Director of Admissions, is exhibiting four works at Millworks, Harrisburg, through Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. The four pieces focus on two birds, the phoenix and peacock, featuring a mount of each along with a matching papercut portrait. “With the closing of 2021 and emergency of a new year, both birds are perfect representations of

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Dan Helwig joins College as Vice President of Development

Dan Helwig brings a long record of successful advancement and development fundraising to PCA&D as the College’s new Vice President of Development. In this position Helwig, who joined the College this fall, is responsible for leading and managing the College’s Development program, including individual, corporate, and foundation giving, bequests, the annual fund, grants, and special

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Collaboration with Teatro Paloma leads CCE into workshops featuring Spanglish monologues and theater games

When you’re faced with a sense of “ni di aquí, di de allá” — being neither here nor there, culturally speaking — finding something that grounds you, and provides a sense of belonging, is a powerful thing. Maybe it’s language, shared with others in your group while forming a bridge to “the outside.” Maybe it’s

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Meet Leyna Gilleland: Turning College housing into College community

Leyna Gilleland loved being a resident adviser in college, loved getting involved in campus activities, loved being an orientation leader and tour guide, loved helping to advise student clubs. So when she learned that everything she really enjoyed about those experiences could become a career in higher education student affairs? “It’s a chance to use

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November accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Work by nearly a dozen artists with PCA&D ties was part of a Nov. 19 community art show and silent auction to benefit the work of CWS Lancaster, a nonprofit organization that works to resettle refugees. CWS Lancaster recently partnered with NPR’s StoryCorps American Pathways program to record podcasts with local refugee storytellers. Those recordings

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September achievements in the PCA&D community

Ellie Cochran ’19, Graphic Design, has been awarded the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania Impact Award, which recognizes a woman in technology whose contributions have had a positive impact in the Entrepreneurial/Small Business sector. Cochran is Creative Director at the Lancaster LGBTQ + Coalition. Dyneisha Gross ’20, Graphic Design, has been named a Woman Designer to Watch

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August accomplishments of note

PCA&D has awarded Research and Practice Grants to five members of the faculty for ongoing projects: Shwarga Bhattacharjee (2D Design Adjunct) participation in the Chautauqua Visual Arts Residency Program in Chautauqua, N.Y.; Adam Del Marcelle (Graphic Design Adjunct), project and documentary presentation to the Attend (to) Futures Conference this fall in Cologne, Germany; Troy Hollman

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Introducing new PCA&D faculty; announcing new faculty positions

With the opening of a new PCA&D academic year, we also welcome new faculty and staff joining the College community, and those who are stepping into new roles: Joining PCA&D Emily Artinian (Fine Art): Artinian produces artists’ books, text-based art, installations, and audience participation works. Some of her areas of focus have included narrative and

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‘Show and Tell’ kicks off 2021-2022 in CORE Gallery

CORE Gallery at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design has kicked off its 2021-2022 season of shows with Show and Tell, a curated exhibition featuring the work from PCA&D’s class of 2022. Show and Tell introduces new students at PCA&D to the work of their fellow classmates, and gives the Class of 2022 the opportunity

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Mentoring program helps bring PCA&D’s new Data Visualization Certificate to life

This is the story of mentorship, PCA&D community, and expanding the ways artists and designers can impact the world around them. The culmination of all of those elements: a new certificate program, Data Visualization, that teaches students to use effective design principles and analytics for information design.  Seth Crider, a PCA&D alumnus and instructor for

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Todd Snovel named Vice President for Student Affairs & Community Engagement

Todd Snovel has been named Vice President for Student Affairs & Community Engagement at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. A member of the College’s staff since 2019, Snovel previously served the PCA&D community as Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives. “We are delighted to have his extensive experience in higher education, government, and nonprofit

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Learning and teaching design with data

  by Tom Newmaster Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design   When it comes to teaching package design, one thing there is no shortage of is opinions. Design gurus will share what they believe works, what they think of as best practices, what’s cutting-edge. But when you get to the marketplace, it’s the consumer’s opinion that counts.

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Alex Schaufele joins PCA&D as the new Director of Exhibitions

Alex Schaufele’s long experience of tying gallery and community together, and using museums to engage and educate, takes another step July 1 when she joins Pennsylvania College of Art & Design as the Director of Exhibitions. Arriving from the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art, where she was Assistant Curator of Education, Public

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Tempo Clubhouse forms its first job training program in higher ed with PCA&D

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design recently has partnered with Tempo Clubhouse to provide employment opportunities within the College’s Facilities Department. PCA&D is the first higher-education partner for the Tempo Clubhouse program, which provides an avenue back to employment for people who are receiving mental health services. At PCA&D, Tempo employees are trained to provide

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PCA&D announces faculty promotions and additions

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is pleased to announce upcoming promotions and additions to the College’s faculty and staff: Michelle Fogel has been promoted to Assistant Professor in General Humanities and will also work with students this fall as a faculty persistence mentor. Fogel has been a part-time faculty member in the Liberal Arts

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Recent achievements of note in the PCA&D community

The work of Artzbeat ’21, Fine Art, was featured in the May 28 edition of The Burg, a community magazine and daily online news site that covers the Harrisburg, Pa., region. She was recognized as the Artist in Focus for her work at PCA&D as well as her work on the Harrisburg mural covering Midtown Cinema. The

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Catch up on Career Day 2021: Watch these sessions with employers and guest speakers

PCA&D’s Career Day in late April was a chance for students to learn more about careers that are their end goal after art school, to explore other options they may not have considered, and to make connections with potential employers. And, in at least one case, to immediately snag a great summer work experience. Rising

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College holds its annual Creative Careers event with Lancaster 5th-graders

Don’t let anyone tell you that young kids aren’t interested in creative careers. PCA&D’s annual events that introduce School District of Lancaster 5th-graders to the possibilities of what an art degree and life as an artist can be like are always a flurry of activity and excited chatter. This year, those two sessions were no

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PCA&D’s unveiling of Art Heals, with Artist in Residence Jennifer Quigley, set for June First Friday

In her sun-filled fourth-floor studio at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, artist Jennifer Quigley stands back and examines a 3D bandage leaning against the wall. About 3 feet across, the “X”-shaped Band-Aid-style is a smaller version of those that will be mounted on the facade of the College in June. Across Prince Street, in

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PCA&D Graphic Design and Illustration departments ranked regionally, nationally

A pair of national publications has recognized Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in their recent rankings of design and art programs: GD USA Magazine, a business-to-business source for graphic design professionals, has named Pennsylvania College of Art & Design to its list of top graphic design schools in the United States. The compilation represents

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College announces new faculty grant initiatives

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design recently announced two new tracks for Professional Development Funding open to all College faculty: full-time, part-time, adjunct, and faculty of PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration.  The application process is now open, and grants will be awarded in early June. The goal is to support faculty as they achieve both

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Recent PCA&D community achievements

Recognizing recent accomplishments by students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design:  Four Graphic Design seniors have been named winners in the 2021 Graphic Design USA Student Package Design competition. Bringing home national-level honors are: Isaac Baker, Jia Bernstein, Zorina Eckman, and John Hollas. All four are members of Prof. Tom

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Take a deeper dive into the 2021 Faculty Biennial, a showcase of wide-ranging talent

As the 2021 Faculty Biennial comes to a close, take a moment for a deeper dive into the work of our full-time faculty members featured in The Gallery at PCA&D and on our website. The Biennial has served as a celebration of the College’s tradition of mentorship and education, inspiring us with their dedication to

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Part I: Students behind the Faculty Biennial, Jaymi Vilardo and Isiah Bates

Part 1 of a series highlighting the students who worked behind the scenes to make the Faculty Biennial.  The Faculty Biennial is an important tradition that celebrates faculty members for their dedication to the College’s mission and showcases their creative talents.  This year’s rendition of the exhibit has been enhanced by the hard work and

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Recent notes of accomplishment in our PCA&D community

Two members of the College faculty, Becky Blosser (Assistant Professor, Fine Art) and Eric Weeks (Assistant Professor and Chair, Photography & Video), as well as alumnus Marlin Bert have work in the current Demuth Invitational: Illustrations from the Stories that Inspire. The exhibition is open for timed in-person visitation at The Demuth Museum in downtown Lancaster here, and online here, through Saturday,

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Prof. Jason Ward’s Drawing Workshops building a community of creatives

Art students itching for out-of-classroom guidance or a practical demonstration to expand their learning won’t always find what they’re looking for sitting solo in the studio. The Learning Commons is working to remove some of those hurdles with biweekly Drawing Workshops held during Saturday Study Tables. Led by Fine Art faculty Jason Ward, the workshops

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Introducing Digital Art Drop-Ins with Prof. Natasha Warshawsky

PCA&D students who are working to expand and refine their digital art skills don’t have to work alone to puzzle out assignments, find inspiration, or practice a new technology taught in the classroom.  Every Wednesday from 7:30-9 pm, an online Digital Art Drop-In gives PCA&D students a way to explore, to catch demos, to reinforce

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In the news: Recent accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Tyler Barton, Program Coordinator for PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration, spent a week in December at Modern Art in Lancaster working on his next novel, as part of the gallery’s “Don’t Forget How to Write” project. Passersby could provide prompts and ideas for Barton’s novel as he worked in the gallery’s display window. His first book,

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Liberal Arts Chair Linda King Brown named Dean of Faculty

Linda King Brown, Assistant Professor and Chair of Liberal Arts, will serve in a pilot role as Dean of Faculty. In this role Brown, who has been a faculty member at the College since 2005, and full-time since 2009, will serve as a liaison on behalf of faculty to campus stakeholders and community partners. This

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Nathalie Pacheco and Steven Dinnocenti join PCA&D Admissions team

Two faces already familiar to the PCA&D community, alumna Nathalie Pacheco and former Admissions Partnership Coordinator Steven T. Dinnocenti, officially become part of the Admissions team this month.  Pacheco, a 2015 PCA&D Illustration BFA graduate and freelance illustrator, joins the Admissions team full time as an Admissions Counselor. Pacheco is bilingual in Spanish. An important

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New faculty joining PCA&D for Spring 2021 semester

This spring, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design welcomes seven new faculty members to the College, teaching courses in business, film, art history, science, mathematics,  esports management, and drawing.  Mehrnoosh Fetrat Fetrat will be directing an International Cinema course for PCA&D students this semester. She has extensive experience teaching at the university level, including courses

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Faculty member Adam DelMarcelle uses ‘Mariah’ app to turn augmented reality into activism

For years, the Sackler family has been a player in the world of global art philanthropy. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has a Sackler Wing; so does the Louvre in Paris. England’s University of Oxford has a Sackler Library, and the Guggenheim has a Sackler Center for Arts Education. But the art world has

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Deborah Barber joins PCA&D to lead Institute for Leadership, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

Deborah Barber has joined Pennsylvania College of Art & Design as Director of the College’s newly created Institute for Leadership, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. About Deborah Barber Most recently Vice President of Operations at Nimblist, a lighting and production design agency for the live entertainment industry, Barber provided overall strategic leadership, direction, and development for

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In the news: A month of accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Congratulations to these students, faculty, staff, and alumni on their recent accomplishments: Rebecca Adey (Assistant Director of Admission) was part of a group show featuring six in-house artists at Millworks, in Harrisburg. Adey’s ModSew Designs occupies one of the studio spaces at Millworks. Six of her works were featured in the exhibition: three 2D paper-cut

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Kaitlyn McCulley ’21, Illustration, wins competition to brand the 2021 Senior Show & Celebration

A team of design professionals has chosen the work of Illustration senior Kaitlyn McCulley to brand the 2021 Senior Show & Celebration. Each year, senior Graphic Design and Illustration students compete for the honor – and the top design will be used on everything from tickets and advertising to social media and the website archive

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Catching up: A month of accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Congratulations to these members of the PCA&D community of faculty, staff, and alumni!   Dyneisha Gross ’20, Graphic Design, and Osmyn Oree ’11, Photography, joined two other artists with PCA&D ties whose art was commissioned to promote the nonpartisan Lancaster Votes efforts to encourage voter participation. The work of Gross and Oree (who also is

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Four artists with PCA&D ties tapped to create Lancaster Votes campaign

A get-out-the-vote effort that’s soon blanketing our region turns out to have some pretty close ties to PCA&D. All four artists commissioned to create unique works for Lancaster Votes are either alumni, instructors, or tied in some other way to the College: Salina Almanzar, an instructor with PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration, also is a

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Recent accomplishments in our PCA&D community

Congratulations to these students, faculty, staff, and alumni of our College! The work of Joanna Becker ’21, Illustration, is featured along with that of other Lancaster City artists, such as PCA&D instructor/alumnus Matt Chapman ’08 and alumnus Marlin Bert ’86, in the Fall 2020 issue of Fig magazine, a publication that highlights local business, culture, art, and

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Mike Hawthorne’s new graphic novel memoir, ‘Happiness Will Follow,’ earning praise

Though next week marks Mike Hawthorne’s first appearance at the Brooklyn Book Festival, he’s certainly not a novice cartoonist, or a newcomer to the world of illustration. He’s an Eisner and Harvey award-nominated artist, honored for his creative achievement in American comic books, and he’s best known for his work with Deadpool — so much so

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This fall, the Center for Creative Exploration dives into challenging the senses, the experimentation, and the thought process behind being creative

At a time when everything seems to be reassessed and redesigned, three brand-new fall classes at PCA&D’s Center for Creative Exploration (CCE) are taking a different approach to art-making, too. How can art engage and integrate multiple senses at the same time? How can artists employ resources all around them to experiment with new, no-pressure,

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Catching up: A month of accomplishments in the PCA&D community

Congratulations to these members of the PCA&D community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni! Jen Arnold, a graduate of Pennsylvania School of Art and Design, PCA&D’s predecessor, has joined Alpha Dog Advertising, Lancaster, as a brand manager. A specialist in project management and marketing research, Arnold also is a board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of

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NY film festival screening new short film by Photo/Video Chair Eric Weeks

“epistrophy,” a digital film by Photography & Video Department Chair Eric Weeks, is an Official Selection of the NewFilmmakers New York 2020 Film Festival, and will be live-streamed on Facebook Wednesday, Aug. 26. The NewFilmmakers Short Film Program, Films on Art and Art on Film, will begin at 7:15 pm and Weeks’s 17-minute short film

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Tyler Barton’s debut short-story collection, a Mary McCarthy Prize runner-up, slated for publishing next year

Tyler Barton has long been a writer, ever since high school inspiration and the demise of his teenage hardcore/metal band replaced his guitar with literature. Now his collection of short stories, “Where the Rubies Live & Other Homes,” a two-time Mary McCarthy Prize runner-up, has been acquired by Sarabande Books and will be released in 2021.

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How to burst that creative block: Ideas from PCA&D’s faculty and staff on feeding creativity in a time of upheaval

Great art college faculty and staff know just how to help students refine their skills, examine ideas critically, assess creative choices, and find their unique voices. But, as professionals in their creative fields, they know about all those “other times,” too: What happens when you enter one of those dreaded periods when “go with the

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Instructor Bill Dussinger’s newest book is a boldly illustrated window into hometown history

Bill Dussinger is a leading contender for the title of Lititz’s most fervent cheerleader. A resident of the small northern Lancaster County borough, Dussinger and his design company, Penny Lane Graphics, have been in charge of branding the town’s massive Fourth of July celebrations, the regional community development corporation, holiday festivals, local businesses and more

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Late Summer Session: Game Art & Portfolio Prep classes for high schoolers

Feeling a little creatively restless this summer? Curious about art school, but not sure if it’s for you? Our Pre-College classes, for students in grades 9-12, serve as a great introduction to art instruction at the collegiate level. All Pre-College classes are online this summer, which means you can take the classes from anywhere, and

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Fine Art Prof. Henry Gepfer curates collaborative art book to benefit artists & foundation supporting Black women and girls

The idea behind collaborative art book “Past Lives” was simple: Help artists weather the economic crush of a pandemic through publication of their work. Now, that goal has been combined with financial support for social justice initiatives, and the potential impact of “Past Lives,” a collaborative art book curated by Fine Art Adjunct Professor Henry

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What kids will learn how to do: Meet our Summer Youth Class instructors

After guiding kids through online instruction during the last few months of the school year, the question now looms: How to get through the rest of the summer, with so many camps, teams, and other learning and enrichment opportunities not in operation? The Center for Creative Exploration’s  wide-ranging and robust slate of Young Artist classes,

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Tom Newmaster named a 2020 Educator to Watch by Graphic Design USA

Tom Newmaster, an adjunct teaching packaging design in the College’s Graphic Design department, has been named an Educator to Watch 2020 by GraphicDesignUSA. Newmaster’s students have won 15 GDUSA Package Design awards, and his class has produced five Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Young Designers Competition finalists, since the program started entering student work in

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Prof. Jeremy Waak’s towering AGVC3v1 is ‘Good as Gold’

Curving upward in a flight of powder-coated steel and stainless steel, Associate Professor Jeremy Waak’s AGVC3v1 is a flare of brilliant red against the sky. Waak, Chair of PCA&D’s Foundation Department, calls the large-scale AGVC3v1 a “watershed moment” in his career — scaling up from tabletop-sized to 10 feet tall, manipulating metal with the same

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First Friday collaboration demonstrates how to build an ‘exquisite corpse’

Instagram Live: Making an Exquisite Corpse with The Center for Creative Exploration Friday, June 5, 6 pm at @pcad_ce   The inspiration for the Center for Creative Exploration’s First Friday collaboration this month came from a trio of unlikely and typically unrelated factors: A pandemic-required order to stay home. Shiny grocery store delivery bags. And a social

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Powerhouse animation team, the Klinglers, heading up several summer classes at PCA&D

With the launch of PCA&D’s three new certificate programs  — Animation, Communication Design, and Game Art — it’s a new opportunity for the College’s BFA students to gain concentrated experience in these growing fields. And it’s a chance for anyone to hone their skillsets for in-demand segments of these industries. Faculty members Norma and Johan

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Illustration Chair Christina Hess designs U.S. Mint’s new $1 coin marking 19th Amendment

It took nearly a century of protests and petitioning for American women to earn the right to vote. Now, a century after the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920, the U.S. Mint is releasing a $1 coin to commemorate the anniversary. And PCA&D’s Christina Hess, Chair of the Illustration Department, was chosen to

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Tyler Barton joins PCA&D as Continuing Ed is reimagined, expanded into the Center for Creative Exploration

As Pennsylvania College of Art & Design expands and redefines its community enrichment courses, we have formed our first institutional center:  the Center for Creative Exploration (CCE). Headed by Natalie Lascek, former Director of Continuing Education, the CCE will encompass classes that not only offer enrichment opportunities to the greater Lancaster community, but also dovetail with certificate

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College’s first Career Day goes virtual, with creatives from every PCA&D BFA major

Industries representing careers that lead from every PCA&D major will be present April 14 when the College hosts its first Career Day. In addition, artists and creatives from a wide variety of fields — from VFX artists and game developers to comic book writers, illustrators, graphic designers, curators, gallery directors, filmmakers, public programming, graduate studies,

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Animation & Game Art reimagined to target the most in-demand jobs in its field

With some recent changes, one of PCA&D’s departments has aligned itself more closely with skills in great demand in its creative field. And the changes go much deeper than just the name, shifting from Digital Media to Animation & Game Art. Asked to name three aspects of the department that have changed this academic year,

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Anthony Nardo’s packaging design talents fuel national cosmetics industry honors

Anthony Nardo has a love of the mechanical world, of cars, of mathematics, and of hands-on learning, and he recently combined all of them for a project that usually doesn’t involve any of them: Cosmetics. And it was a beautiful, glossy hit.

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Meet Alana Coates | PCA&D’s Director of Exhibitions

For Alana Coates, who’s built a career at galleries and museums of all kinds, the role of a gallery at an art college is especially pivotal. “The enhanced hands-on learning opportunities that a gallery provides as a platform of creative exploration is crucial for students to transition to successful creative careers outside of school,” Coates

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Advanced Social Media Marketing Winter Course with Mia Aquino

Hello. My name is Mia Aquino and I am excited to be back at PCA&D this winter, teaching SM 102 Advanced Social Media Marketing. You might have taken SM 105 Content Creation with me, or attended a workshop here on campus. If you haven’t, I’d love to introduce myself and tell you more about the

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Meet Beth Hacker | Critique Facilitator & Creativity Instructor

Caring for our creative minds is something that we don’t always practice as much as we should. In this season of resolutions to eat better, drink less, and clear clutter, we should also be thinking about how we are stretching ourselves and our ways of thinking as well as creating time to engage in activities

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Meet Salina Almanzar | Design Thinking Methodology Instructor

So……what is Design Thinking? We could lay out all the academic definitions, but instead we sat down to chat with Salina Almanzar who will be teaching it in PCA&D’s Continuing Educationprogram this winter. Salina is originally from the Bronx but was raised in Lancaster, PA, where she grew up in the Southeast section of Lancaster

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Meet Matt Hollenbach | UX/UI Winter Session Instructor

UX and UI are two important concepts that are often used interchangeably, but actually mean very different things. We sat down to talk about our winter session UX/UI class with instructor Matt Hollenbach. Matt grew up in Catasauqua, PA, graduated from Kutztown University as a Communication Design major, and has called Lancaster home for 25

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PCA&D’s Todd Snovel wins honors for his work on behalf of diversity and inclusion

Todd Snovel last week was honored as the Business Diversity Champion at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC‘s 2019 Catalyst Awards. He was thrilled to accept the award, he says — but not on his own behalf. The award, Snovel says, “is on behalf of those brave Pennsylvanians who live in fear of losing jobs

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PCA&D expands its Photography Department to become the Department of Photography and Video

A message from Dr. Carissa Massey, Provost, PCA&D: I am excited to announce to you a curriculum change in the Photography Department.  Following review of a proposal brought by Professor Eric Weeks, on November 6th our Department Chairs voted unanimously to support changing the title of the department to the Department of Photography and Video.

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Two new staff have joined PCA&D in leadership roles

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design welcomes two new senior-level staff to the College: Carissa A. Massey, Ph.D., is the College’s new Provost. Dr. Massey is highly regarded for innovative program development and creation of interdisciplinary opportunities, and will support the College’s efforts to expand academic offerings, enrich co-curricular planning, and create robust partnerships with

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7 PCA&D students show in China with Weeks-curated Pingyao exhibit

It can be tough, as an art student, to get your work seen beyond class critiques, professor evaluations, and your social media followers. The work of more than half a dozen PCA&D students, though, recently was on display as part of an exhibit curated by Photography Department Chair Eric Weeks at the 2019 Pingyao International

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Art Support: Continuing Ed launches series that includes critiques, practical new skills

“Where are all my people?” — Every creative person, at some point   The creative life often starts as a constant inflow of ideas and feedback and collaboration, that jumble of inspiration and energy. But so much of a creative life in practice is solo — working on the next piece, or struggling over the

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Alumna Kay Baier leads workshop that gets into the how-tos of portfolio prep

When Kay Baier was applying to art school, she says, “I kind of knew what I was doing” when it came to preparing a portfolio — “but not a whole lot.” And that’s pretty typical. Knowing you have to create a portfolio of your work is one thing, but knowing what to include, how to

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Partnership with make717 makerspace opening new equipment, technology, and techniques for PCA&D ingenuity

  Tucked on a side street in Lancaster City’s east end, the make717 makerspace is an exciting hive of creativity and experimentation. CAD and design equipment and software, multiple 3D printing systems, 3D carving, laser cutting, machine and woodworking tools, open-source art robots… a workshop wonderland. And now it’s open for PCA&D students, faculty, and

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Artist Talk: Sculptor Miguel Horn visits PCA&D Oct. 18

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

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PCA&D announces promotion and new faculty hires for 2019-2020

The College has promoted Jeremy Waak to the position of Associate Professor. Waak, Chair of Foundation, has been at PCA&D for more than a decade. He has a passion for the mechanical, and his work reflects a social commentary about our relationship to gadgets, planned obsolescence, absurdity, and Americana. He earned his MFA in Metalsmithing

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PCA&D hits audience of million-plus on Oct. 2-3 when Jeremy Friend takes over Goodtype Instagram feed

You might not need an excuse to check on Instagram again … and again … and again… But on Oct 2 and 3, you’ll have one anyway. Jeremy Friend, an Adjunct in Handlettering and Art of the Poster, has been tapped to take over curation at Goodtype, a showcase of the letter arts and a

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Want to check out PCA&D and show us your portfolio? National Portfolio Day locations for your calendar

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design will have representatives at seven October and November National Portfolio Day events. Below is a calendar of those portfolio reviews, listings of staff who will be present, and some tips for what to expect. Prospective students are encouraged to take advantage of these free events, which allow them to

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