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

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Sunday, September 6th, 2020

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 PDMA (Product Development Management Association).
  • This summer, the art of PCA&D Illustration students has been highlighted at the website and on the Instagram of Bushi and Brush, a martial arts dojo/gallery space in Lancaster co-owned by Joanna Becker ’21, Illustration. The art spotlight included works by Rachel Boldt (@_rachelboldt) ’21; Courtney Boyd (@cboydart) ’21; Jolie Jones (@jolie_jones_illustration) ’21; Kaitlyn McCulley (@k_a_m_9_9) ’21; and Amelia Mellberg (@amelia.mellberg.arts) ’21. Don’t miss checking out the virtual gallery; the Summer Spotlight ends the first week in September.
  • CORE Gallery, PCA&D’s student-run exhibition space, has announced its Curatorial Board Members for this academic year. They are: Chair: Jaymi Vilardo ’22, Fine Art; Secretary: Rachel Boldt ’21, Fine Art, Gallery Coordinator; Samantha Brooks ’22, Animation & Game Art, Social Media Manager; Kennedy Bryant Toomey ’22, Photography &.Video; Event Photographer; Na’Chelle Morris ’22, Photography & Video;  and Curatorial Board Members: Isiah Bates ’22, Fine Art; Aidan Thackray ’22, Illustration; and Jericho Tulayan ’21, Graphic Design.
  • A new book by Bill Dussinger, instructor in the Graphic Design and Illustration departments, was featured last month by LNP/LancasterOnline. His “Lititz: From America’s Coolest Small Town to Count Zinzendorf” is an ABC book for all ages, filled with Dussinger’s bold illustrations and design, along with trivia and little-known facts that will appeal to people who live in the small northern Lancaster County borough as much as they will to visitors to Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Town in America. Learn more here about how Dussinger researched the book and brought it to completion.
  • Danica Egan ’15, Fine Art, was profiled last month by VoyageATL, a publication that highlights the people, artists, businesses, and events of Atlanta. Don’t miss a great article about how Egan motivates herself to keep creating, how she’s growing the reach of her art, and how she’s building Egan Arts. You can follow her on Instagram here.
  • Christina Hess, Illustration Chair, was interviewed by the WITF news interview program Smart Talk in August. Host Scott LaMar talked to Hess about the process behind her design of the U.S. Mint’s new silver dollar coin commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage. The interview is archived here for listening; Hess’s interview is in the day’s final segment. You can learn more here about the coin, which was released for sale on Aug. 18.
  • An illustration by Tyler Le ’20, Illustration, was published in August by The New York Times. Le’s work accompanied “If a Dunk Echoes Across an Empty Gym, Is It Still Must-See TV?,” an article about what sports are missing when live spectators cannot attend games. You can follow Le’s work here.
  • Authority Magazine published an interview with Tom Newmaster, Graphic Design adjunct and founder of FORCEpkg in Lancaster. The article delves into the way Newmaster and his company dove into the deep end when pandemic demands hit, figuring out ways to create safety items that were desperately needed, such as face shields, for the Berks PPE Resource Network. “This whole situation has shined a spotlight on the smart people, the thinkers, the innovators, and the problem solvers,” Newmaster told Authority. “I thought I knew who they were, but now I know who they are.”
  • The work of Osmyn Oree ’11, Photography, was featured in Issue 17 No. 1 of Art of Portrait magazine’s Art of Nude Magazine. Oree, a professional photographer and PCA&D Admissions Counselor, also shared the photos on his Instagram here. Oree’s model is Devon Mathias.
  • Justin Phillipsformerly part-time faculty in Foundation, has moved into a new role with the College. Now a Foundation instructor, Phillips also will serve as Coordinator for Virtual Artmaking and Learning. The team of Phillips, Director of the College’s new Center for Teaching & Learning Mariah Postlewait, and IT Team Lead Alex Leonhart will provide technology support for hybrid learning as well as tutoring and mentoring for students in both academic and studio classes. In addition, “The Duality of the in-between,” a work by Phillips, was recently part of a collaborative series of works at @the_line_drawing_project, a platform for contemporary drawing.
  • The work of Pacifico Silano ’08, Photography, is part of reGeneration4 at Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland. The show, through the end of September, is held every five years and highlights emerging international photography. Silano is one of three American photographers out of the 35 chosen for the show. You can see his work here and here.
  • Dana Timpert and Jeff Yosco, both 2020 Animation & Game Art graduates, were selected for inclusion in the 9th Annual Faculty Submitted Student Work Exhibit at the annual conference of ACM SIGGRAPH. Timpert’s senior thesis film, “Petals,” and Yosco’s senior thesis film, “Brocky VS Big Max,” were recognized along with work from current PCA&D Illustration seniors Joanna Becker, Dorinda Benner, Hannah Guldin, and Alex Zhao, and Animation & Game Art senior Jadin Poliski. You can see all of the PCA&D work included in the exhibit here.
  • Dana Timpert‘s senior thesis film, “Petals,” also won Best Story honors at the 2020 Animation Studio Festival in Paris, France. You can follow the creative process behind “Petals,” and see the finished film, at danatimpertdigitalarts.com.
  • “epistrophy,” a short film by Photography & Video Chair Eric Weeks, was an Official Selection and screened in August by the NewFilmmakers New York 2020 Film Festival, The title is a reference to Thelonious Monk’s song “Epistrophy,” and references the literary meaning of “epistrophe” (the repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences). Weeks also scored the film. You can learn more about Weeks’ process here, and watch the “epistrophy” trailer here.