Graduate Fine Arts

Courtesy of the artist and Simon Preston, New York.

Opening on September 13, 2019, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA) will present the first major institutional exhibition of Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Michelle Lopez. Known for creating sculptural works that subvert histories of minimalism through a feminist lens and deconstruct symbols of nationalism, power, and identity through a process of formal reduction, alchemy, and violence, Lopez transforms the ICA gallery into a meditation on our fraught political moment. 

Francesca Russello Ammon, associate professor of historic preservation and city and regional planning; Matt Freedman, lecturer in fine arts; and Jacob Rivkin, lecturer in fine arts, have received G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards for 2018-2019.

Leading by Design explores the work of PennDesign alumni, faculty members, and supporters of the School who are expanding the practice of art and design to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The new MFA/MSW program, a collaboration between PennDesign and the School of Social Policy & Practice, has proven the ideal platform for student Farrah Rahaman to deepen her work with diverse communities.

Monument Lab, a public art and history project led by Ken Lum, professor and chair of fine arts, and Paul Farber, lecturer in Fine Arts, presented the public’s responses to the question: “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” The answers, all 4,500 of which are available online, reflect a dizzying variety of ideas for reimagining the symbolic landscape of Philadelphia.

This fall, the Department of Fine Arts is launching PostScript: Immersive Studio Project, a new multi-use exhibition space and a series of public programs in 2018 and 2019.

Joining the students, guests, and faculty gathered at Irvine Auditorium for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony was Stuart Weitzman, the award-winning designer for whom the School of Design was named in late February, and the evening’s featured speaker.

(c) Darren Bradley Photography

When the Beth Sholom Synagogue Preservation Foundation approached David Hartt, assistant professor of fine arts, proposing that he cre

Photo by Tara Fallaux

Ralph Lemon has been appointed as Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year.

Professor and Chair of Fine Arts Ken Lum was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honor, in an Ottawa investure ceremony on Tuesday.

In a new seminar that blends biology with design, the associate professor of fine arts, emerging design practices, is not only helping to shape a new field, but also encouraging students, he says, to “understand the power of design so they can see how they can influence society.”

PennDesign’s Fall 2018 Lecture Series brings more than 30 of the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia. They’ll offer perspective on architecture as a catalyst, the politics of modern memorials, the impact of LGBTQ history on historic preservation, and more.