Graduate Fine Arts

Michelle Lopez stands in the white-walled galleries at the ICA, a scissor life in the background

Photo: Eric Sucar for Penn Today

Faculty member Michelle Lopez pushes the boundaries of materials in a new room-sized exhibition, Ballast & Barricades, at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). The site-specific installation, on display until May 10, features construction-derived materials hanging from, and reaching up to, the 30-foot-high gallery ceiling. Steel pipes, chain-link fencing, wooden barricades, and bright orange ropes fill the room from top to bottom, all connected, balanced by a 1,000-pound piece of a building salvaged from a teardown in Northeast Philadelphia. 

Photo Eric Sucar for Penn Today

Designer and footwear industry icon Stuart Weitzman was honored in a ceremony Thursday celebrating the naming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Stuart Weitzman Plaza. President Amy Gutmann thanked Weitzman for a “lifetime of engagement with Penn,” saying he “believes in the power of design to immeasurably improve the human experience.” 

Michelle Lopez, Barricade, 2018, Courtesy 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 Philadelphia-based artist Michelle Lopez. The exhibition will be on view at ICA September 13, 2019 through May 10, 2020.

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 University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has appointed artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley the Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professors in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year.

"Breakfast Before Extinction" photo by Orkan Telhan

Interdisciplinary designer and associate professor at the Weitzman School of Design, Orkan Telhan was a consulting curator and commissioned artist for

Since becoming Chair of Fine Arts, Lum has worked to align the department with the strengths of the University and of the School, and to help students develop a broad definition of artistic practice.

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.

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