PCA&D schedules artist lectures

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Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design announces the following artist talks scheduled during the 2018-19 academic year.

The talks will be held in the Atrium at PCA&D, 204 N. Prince St., at the start of Lancaster’s Gallery Row. Admission is free and open to the public. Handicap Accessible.

Please visit pcad.edu to learn more about these artist’s visits, and the dates of Artist Talks by these and other visiting artists during the year.


Abner Preis

Thursday, September 27, noon, Atrium

Abner Preis is  storyteller working in multiple media, from drawing to performance, installation, video and photography. Lately he have been using Virtual Reality and 360 cameras to bring his audience closer to his work. The main focus of his stories lay on popular culture and our societies ever changing morality, rules and regulations. To Preis, a simple story can be a tool to talk about social issues and to develop a dialogue from the “bottom up” through visual and performance art. He has received his Master of Fine Arts: Dutch Art Institute. 2012-2013 Arnhem, The Netherlands and his BFA Tyler School of Fine Arts -Painting Art History. 2001 Philadelphia, US, but had studied and exhibited throughout Europe and the Americas. A guest of the Foundation Department.


Abby Chen

Tuesday, October 9 , 10 a.m. Atrium

Abby Chen, a China-born, New York City-based graphic designer, will present “Learning Through Unlearning – pursuing and navigating a non-linear graphic design path.” Since graduating from Parsons School of Design in 2014, she’s continued to pursue an interest in interaction design, exploring the ways that visual design can impact behavior and interaction in exhibition design, cultural projects, and campaigns for social issues. She landed a job at Gallagher, a firm that specializes in museum planning and design, and Chen’s role as a visual designer has her working hand in hand with UX and exhibition designers, developers, and business strategists.

Exploring various tools can also mean going traditional, as it did with It’s Not Just Personal, a fold-out guide to the rights of survivors of sexual violence that’s distributed on college campuses across the U.S. A guest of the Graphic Design Department


Ron Diamond

Thursday,  October. 11th, 2018, 10 a.m. Atrium

Film Producer Ron Diamond is the founder of Acme Filmworks and The Animation Show of Shows, an annual traveling selection of the year’s best animated short films. It began in 1998 with the aim of showing the most original, funny, intelligent short animated films from all over the world and presenting them at the major animation studios in order to inspire their animators and directors. Ron’s studio (Acme) has produced Clio, Cannes, Annecy, Annie and London Advertising Award winning spots and campaigns for such clients as Levi’s Women’s Jeans, Weight Watchers, Hilton Hotels, Charmin, AT&T and United Airlines amongst the hundreds of commercials it produced. A guest of the Digital Media Department

Brian Ajar

Thursday, October 25, 10:30 a.m. Atriun

Brian Ajhar’s career as an artist has spanned three decades. His extensive and diverse client list includes numerous magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, corporate clients, and book publishers. His illustrated children’s books have been published worldwide in a multitude of languages and have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Ajhar’s work is widely recognized for it’s distinctive and humorous point of view.

Ajhar’s work has been featured in many articles and books written about the field of illustration. “The Illustrator in America” written by Walt Reed profiled Brian as a major influence in the 1990s. Ajhar has been a guest lecturer at many schools and Universities and has been teaching illustration concept classes and character development at Syracuse University since 1996. He has also taught at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and The University of Hartford, CT where he received the distinguished “Koopman Chair Award for the Visual Arts”.

Ajhar’s current projects has been illustrating children’s books, magazines, advertising and character development for animation. He will be appearing at CTN ANIMATION EXPO in Burbank California during the November 2017 Expo.

Kaitie Trout, designer

November 11, 2018, 10 a.m. Atrium

Kaitie Trout graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in 2014. After graduation she moved to New York City to attend the MFA Design: The Designer as Author & Entrepreneur program at the School of Visual Arts where she created and pitched a design-driven venture.  Shortly after earning her Master’s degree in Design Trout, became a designer at Snapchat on the Sponsored Ad Product side where she created holistic campaigns for clients like Hollister, Maltesers, Heineken, Champions League, Under Armour and many others looking to utilize Snapchat’s unique ad platform. She also led the design for Sponsored Ad Products for the 2018 Winter Olympics on Snapchat and was responsible for creating the narrative used to pitch the Olympics Package on Snapchat to advertisers.  Trout now works as a Senior Designer at Ceros, a technology company which created a platform that gives designers and marketers the power to create, publish and analyze stunning interactive content for the web without writing a single line of code. Additionally, she is the New York City Brand Lead and Ambassador for all-natural sweetener company, The Base, which has a presence at Smorgasburg in NYC and Los Angeles and debuted at Coachella this year. Katie Trout was PCA&D’s 2018 Commencement Speaker. A guest of the Graphic Design Department.


Emily Springer 

Friday, Nov. 9th, 2018, 2:30 p.m. Atrium

 Emily Springer is an illustrator, animator, equestrian, dog-mom, and coffee-addict. She is a follower of Jesus and loves opportunities to work on projects that combine her faith with her work. She currently works as an artist for DreamWorks Animation, with film credits including Trolls and The Boss Baby. Originally a Kansan, turned Californian, she currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband Chris and rescue mutt, Mia. A guest of the Digital Media Department


A.D. Coleman

Friday November 11, 10 a.m. Atrium

A.D. Coleman, a prominent photography critic, http://www.nearbycafe.com, has published 8 books and more than 2500 essays on photography and related subjects. Formerly a columnist for the Village Voice, the New York Times, and the New York Observer, Coleman has contributed to such periodicals as ARTnews, Art On Paper, and Technology Review. His syndicated essays on mass media, new communication technologies, art, and photography have been featured in such periodicals as Juliet Art Magazine (Italy), European Photography (Germany), and Art Today (China). His work has been translated into 21 languages and published in 31 countries.

Since 1995, Coleman has served as Publisher and Executive Director of The Nearby Café , a multi-subject electronic magazine where his widely read blog on photography, “Photocritic International,” appears (photocritic.com). He also founded and directs the Photography Criticism CyberArchive (photocriticism.com ). With John Alley, he co-directs The New Eyes Project, an online resource for everyone teaching photography to young people. A Getty Museum Guest Scholar and a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Hasselblad Foundation, he was honored in 1996 as the Ansel and Virginia Adams Distinguished Scholar-in- Residence at the Center for Creative Photography. American Photo named Coleman one of “the 100 most important people in photography in 1998.” A guest of the Photography and Liberal Arts Departments.


Stephen Towns

Friday February 8, 10 a.m. Atrium

Currently, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, Mixed-Media Artist, Stephen Towns was raised in Lincolnville, South Carolina. Towns primarily works in oil, acrylic, and fiber drawing much of his visual inspiration from Medieval altarpieces, Impressionist paintings and wax cloth prints. His work has been exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Galerie Myrtis, Gallery CA, Platform Gallery, Hood College and is in the collection of the City of Charlestown, South Carolina and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Most recently, Towns was honored as the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Municipal Art Society of Baltimore, Travel Prize and received the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Rubys Artist Grant in 2015. A guest of the Fine Art Department


Armand Serrano

Friday, March 22nd, 2019, 10 a.m. Atrium

Armand Serrano is a Visual Development artist best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studio and Sony Pictures Animation. He has been working in the animation industry for more than 2 decades and has worked on some of the most beloved animated films of our time including Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Surf’s Up, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Arthur Christmas, Hotel Transylvania, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, and many more. He also does concept art and storyboards for games and TV commercials with clients that include Blizzard Entertainment, Blur Studio, Fisher Price, Reel FX, Laika House, Big Red Button, Charlex and 321 Launch. Armand is a sought after lecturer in the field of animation and design, conducting workshops and demos internationally. He recently left Disney to work exclusively as a freelancer. A guest of the Digital Media Department


Recent Artist Talks

John Kascht

Tuesday, September 11, 11:45 a,m., Atrium

John Kascht is an Illustrator whose work can be found in Washington’s National Portrait Gallery and in numerous magazines such as Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Forbes, The New York Times, and MAD magazine. Using graphite, charcoal, clay sculpture, and watercolor, he talked about his career as an illustrator as well as his process. A guest of the Illustration Department.