Graduate Fine Arts

Web page from newyorker.com showing Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, VA
In the latest issue of The New Yorker, Hua Hsu reports on the beginnings of Monument Lab, the public art and history project led by Ken Lum, Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts, and Paul Farber, senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space.
Portait of Charles Burnett
Weitzman faculty members David Hartt and Sharon Hayes are among a group of Philadelphia-based artists participating in Art for Philadelphia, a fundraising initiative to support those protesting against police brutality. The initiative brings together limited-edition prints by seven artists, with proceeds supporting the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund.
A man leads a discussion with students in an art studio
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania announced its most recent round of grants, totaling almost $270,000, in support of projects in the arts and humanities. Eleven of the 34 grants awarded were for projects involving the Weitzman School community of students, staff, and faculty. This is the third round of grants from the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, which is supported by an endowed gift from Keith L. and Katherine Sachs.
Photo of the Berlin Wall
In A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), Paul Farber, senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space, traces the history of the Berlin Wall as a site of pilgrimage for American activists, writers, and artists. In this excerpt, Farber highlights the work of sculptor Shinkichi Tajiri, whose photographs documented the renovations and social realities of the Wall.
View of Art Museum gallery

Photo Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Designs for Different Futures” exhibition includes contributions and installations from several Penn faculty and alumni, including the Weitzman School’s Orkan Telhan and Simon Kim. Telhan also co-curated the exhibition.
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley have been appointed as Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professors in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year.
A V-shaped array of rainbow colored dots on black griddle with a red robotic arm above
What might foods look and taste like—and what might they do to our microbiomes, bodies, and environments—in different futures? How will changing climates around the globe affect methods of food production and consumption?  These are among the questions raised in ‘Designs for Different Futures,’ a major exhibition co-curated by Associate Professor of Fine Arts Orkan Telhan, which is on view this fall at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Lassiter, Mason, Luegering, Mosley, Farley, Henry
When spring semester study moved online in mid-March, suddenly Zoom or Blue Jeans or Panopto was as integral to teaching at Weitzman as the mastery of a subject and a commitment to students’ learning. Design Weekly asked six faculty members in the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Fine Arts, and Historic Preservation talk about adapting their courses for the screen, and the rewards and constraints they found in the process.
Installation view of artist performing
Each year the Dedalus Foundation awards Master of Fine Arts Fellowships in Painting and Sculpture to four artists who are completing their graduate studies at MFA programs across the United States. This year two of the four artists, Jessi Ali Lin and Valentina Soto, are Weitzman students, an impressive achievement for such a prestigious award.
Reproduction of Théodore Géricault's 'Raft of the Medusa'
In a collection of essays entitled Everything is Relevant: Writings on Art and Life, 1991-2018, Ken Lum, the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts, illuminates late modern, postmodern, and contemporary art practices, as well as debates around issues like race, class, and monumentality. In this excerpt, “On Board the Raft of the Medusa,” Lum considers Géricault's famous painting 'Raft of the Medusa.'
Students and Sharon Hayes stand in a darkened room

Photo Lou Caltabiano

On the heels of a pilot projected called Performance Intensive which she co-led that drew artists from around the country, artist and Professor of Fine Arts Sharon Hayes talks about the experience working across genres, the interplay between her teaching and her practice, and her path to performance art.
View through doorway to gallery with Postscript lettering on wall to right
What could you do with a 17 by 17 foot white room?

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