Graduate Fine Arts

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.

'Monument Lab' book cover showing public sculpture

The following excerpt is drawn from the introduction to Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia (Temple University Press, November 2019), the new volume edited by Paul M.

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. 

A bronze bust of Stuart Weitzman is unveiled by Dean Fritz Steiner (left) and President Amy Gutmann, while Weitzman (right) looks on during the Stuart Weitzman School of Design naming celebration.

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

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.

Michelle Lopez, House of Cards, 2018, exhibition view, Simon Preston Gallery, New York.

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. 

View through doorway to gallery with Postscript lettering on wall to right

What could you do with a 17 by 17 foot white room?

A multi-ethnic group of people seated in a circle conversation.

Photo: CJ Willis/Monument Lab

Paul Farber’s colleagues now joke that he is holding his meetings atop a monument.

Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

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

"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

Ken Lum

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.

Stuart Weitzman giving the 2019 Commencement Address

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.

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