Fine Arts

Posted Feb 5, 2015 2:19pm
A new photobook by Mohammadreza Mirzaei, MFA '14
Here Comes the Sun

The Graduate Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania Common Press are pleased to present Here Comes the Sun, a photobook by Mohammadreza Mirzaei. The book is designed by Filippo Nostri and contains 21 color plates, writing by Mirzaei, and an essay by Carlos Basualdo (full essay is below).

Posted Feb 3, 2015 3:50pm
February 26, 2015
James Casebere

Sponsored by the Howard A. Silverstein & Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Lecture Series.

Posted Nov 5, 2014 1:34pm
Opening Reception: Friday November 14, 6 - 8 p.m.
HEADS WILL ROLL: November 14 - 18

11.14.2014 - 11.18.2014
FRIDAY, 11.14.2014, 6PM TO 8PM
205 S. 34TH ST



For more information about this MFA student exhibition, please contact us at 215-898-8374 or

Posted Oct 20, 2014 1:23pm
Opening Friday October 31, 6 - 8 p.m.
plot: October 31 - November 5

Please join 2015 MFA candidates James Howzell and Lydia Rosenberg for the opening of p l o t Friday October 31, 6 - 8 p.m. in the Morgan Building, 205 South 34th Street. 

For additional information, please call 215-898-8374 or email

Posted Oct 15, 2014 1:21pm
David Humphrey Lecture This Thursday, 6:30 PM


University of Pennsylvania Fine Arts Lecture Series at the
Institute of Contemporary Art, Tuttleman Auditorium
118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Posted Oct 3, 2014 12:43pm
William Pope L _ Tompkins

William Pope L., Still from How Much is that Nigger in the Window a.k.a. Tompkins Square Crawl

Itinerant Belongings Opening Saturday, November 1


Posted Sep 26, 2014 3:44pm
TRUCE: September 5 - October 2

Be sure to visit TRUCE, the 2015 MFA candidates' fall exhibition in Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall (200 South 36th Street) before it closes on Thursday October 2nd!

Posted Sep 11, 2014 2:12pm
Posted Jan 5, 2015 1:32pm
Spring 2015 Lecture Series Announced

PennDesign is pleased to begin the new year with the announcement our Spring 2015 Lecture Series, opening with David Benjamin of The Living January 21 and closing with the ANAGPIC (Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property) 2015 Conference April 18.

Posted Nov 20, 2014 4:04pm
fuel cell

Students used household materials to build cheaper, more sustainable microbial fuel cell kits.

Integrating Knowledge for Innovation

A piece in today’s Penn Current highlights how the School of Design is pioneering efforts to integrate knowledge as a means of achieving innovation and discovery.

Posted Nov 18, 2014 1:21pm
Ken Lum
Some Reflections on Urban Public Art Today

Today, iconic public artworks, both permanent and temporary, are defining visual elements of many urban landscapes—from the LOVE sculpture (1976) in Philadelphia to The Gates installation (2005) in Central Park. This has not always been the case. While art in the broader sense has always possessed a public dimension due to its requirement of an audience, public art was not formalized as a category of discourse until the mid-nineteenth century.

Posted Nov 17, 2014 12:38pm
11.21.2014 - 11.26.2014


push the button
countless miles of non-verbal lingo
a shiny new companion
moving across the rug by the seat of our pants
stirring something in a small bowl
using a large utensil
one golden opportunity
to plumb the breath
physical distance need not be an obstacle
two paths seem to be open from now on

Opening Reception
Friday November 21st, 2014 6 PM - 8 PM

Physical Lab, Morgan Building

205 South 34th Street