Recent achievements in the PCA&D community

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2022

  • 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 attached to plywood. The mounts incorporates Art Nouveau fan-patterned fabric from the United Kingdom, and all were inspired by Adey’s passion for decorative Art Nouveau patterning, wildlife, and majestic horned animals. 

  • Salina Almanzar-Oree, Program Coordinator at the Center for Creative Exploration, has been named one of 5 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 women in Lancaster County. A 2013 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (Studio Art and English Literature), she completed Drexel University’s Arts Administration and Museum Leadership graduate program in 2017 with a thesis examining Creative Placemaking in the Lancaster Latinx community. A co-facilitator of the Latino Empowerment Project and former School District of Lancaster board member, she has served as a teaching artist in Lancaster City parks through Lancaster Public Art, as an adjunct professor at Drexel, and as founder of Taller Pa’lante, a Lancaster-based art and placemaking organization. Go here to learn more about Almanzar-Oree, her community work, and her art. 
  • Water Born, a film commissioned from Animation & Game Art Prof. Lowell Boston, has been selected for the Buffalo International Film Festival. The film is part of a yearlong exhibit, Pool: A Social History of Segregation, at the Fairmont Water Works in Philadelphia. A mix of animation and live-action, Water Born asks six people of color if they know how to swim, and turns their answers and stories into a film that challenges whether a crippling stereotype, one that has plagued African Americans for decades, is true or not. Learn more about Boston here, and check out the Pool exhibition here.
  • Graphic Design senior Paige Alana Bowermaster‘s summer internship project, a coloring book, branding, and mascot design for the Commonwealth’s America250PA campaign, will soon be seen by schoolchildren across Pennsylvania. Completed during a summer internship that has evolved into continued work with the state-level America250PA commission, the coloring book highlights Pennsylvania firsts, icons, and facts as part of the state’s celebration of America’s upcoming 250th anniversary.  Learn more here.
  • Godslayer, the senior thesis film by Daisy Brooks ’22, Animation & Game Art, was accepted into LiftOff Global Network Limited’s First-Time Filmmaker Sessions for September. Learn more here about the worldwide initiative, and go here to see more of Brooks’ senior thesis work, including her Godslayer film.
  • Shaun Deller (PSAD 1998-2000) recently completed four large murals depicting the tribal history of Riverside State Park in Spokane, Wash., and the first interactions between the Spokane Tribe and Northwest Company traders. A volunteer reenactor at the site, Deller presents living history events portraying the lives of fur trappers and traders who came to the area starting around 1810. You can learn more about the two-year project and donate here.
  • Illustration instructor Lucas Korte was one of 30 international artists chosen to be included in a new book, Tune of Darkness, published in Guangzhou, China. His five illustrations form a six-page spread, including a detail page. From the publisher:
    This is a sinister and beautiful book featuring detailed black line artwork of mysterious scenes, haunted skulls, bleeding hearts, wicked witches, and many other spine-tingling creations. Not only showcasing 120 fine pieces by 30 artists from the world, but we also traced the origin, art history, classical paintings, and literature related to dark art and narrated the mysterious and romantic stories in 4 chapters. Each work is a visual feast that can not be missed for all horror fans with a taste for the macabre.
  • WITF’s Smart Talk news program recently interviewed Natalie Lascek, Director of the College’s Center for Creative Exploration, about CCE’s new season of  Art Recess events. Now in partnership with the Downtown Welcome Center in Penn Square, the drop-in lunchtime events give adults the chance to work out their creative muscles during the workday. Find Lascek’s interview on WITF’s Smart Talk here.

  • Aubrey Maurer ’22, Fine Art, has been selected to participate in Millersville University’s Emerging Artist Residency. The residency is a chance for Maurer to expand her own ceramics knowledge base as she assists and mentors Millersville seniors. “I’m really excited to get into the teaching aspect a little bit,” Maurer says. “I really like being part of that kind of community.” Learn more here about Maurer’s residency and art.
  • Tom Newmaster, Graphic Design adjunct, was recently interviewed by The Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery Ingrained Insights podcast for his perspective and insights into packaging design analysis and disruption from his perspective as a PCA&D instructor and partner in FORCEpkg. He relayed his unique partnership with Designalytics in offering students real-world data-driven packaging design experience.
  • Prof. David Spolum (Liberal Arts) 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 him the chance to study work that these filmmakers have yet to release. Invited by Stephen and Timothy quay to visit their new North London studio, Spolum learned more about the status of their projected feature-length film, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass. The film, Spolum says, is based on the writings of Jewish author and artist Bruno Schulz, who was killed by the Gestapo in 1942. Learn more here about Spolum’s experience.
  • Prof. Robert Young, Illustration chair, presented this summer at ICON11, the national illustration conference held in Kansas City, Mo. The recipient of a PCA&D Faculty Life Educator Professional Development Grant, Young spoke about the way he integrates speaking about style and voice in the classroom. “The central thesis,” Young says, “is that style is something that should be taught as an examined aspect of the student’s individual voice based on lived experience, personal identity, and taste. (It) is informed by robust media literacy training and self-reflection.” Learn more here.