Graduate Fine Arts

Michelle Lopez
Michelle Lopez has been promoted to the rank of associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Fine Arts, effective July 1, 2022.
Every Ocean Hughes

Photo courtesy of Tony Rinaldo

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has appointed artist Every Ocean Hughes the Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2021–2022 Academic Year.
David Hartt has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Fine Arts.
Installation shot of video installation, video showing two people in a kitchen, one of them sitting at a table

Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin. Photo by Andy Keate at Studio Voltaire, London.

Six faculty, staff, and alums from the Department of Fine Arts at the Weitzman School are featured in a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art opening this week.
Brightly colored and angled structure in a park setting
Associate Professor of Fine Arts Orkan Telhan recently collaborated with the architecture firm elii on Microbial Fruits of Istanbul, an installation in Istanbul’s Özgürlük Parkwhich explores the complex histories of Istanbul community gardens (bostans) from the perspective of microorganisms. The project is one of ten “New Civic Rituals” commissioned for the fifth Istanbul Design Biennial, which have been unveiled over the last several months throughout the city.
A woman in black attire stands on an outdoor staircase with the museum in the background

Courtesy Monument Lab

With its new augmented-reality app, called OverTime, Monument Lab, the public art and history studio that grew out of research at the Weitzman School, is hoping to provide a more immersive way of experiencing public space. The app, which launched on March 31 with a prototype tour on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, “offers educational, self-guided tours of a public space by unearthing the multiple layers of history, meaning, and interpretation.”
A man gestures to a drawing with two young people outside a brick building

Photo Huiyi An

A new initiative at Weitzman called Studio+ brings together faculty members and students in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, fine arts, and city planning to elevate and reimagine the role of public-school buildings in collaboration with several West Philadelphia schools. “What we’re trying to do is propose new interventions to the problem of school facilities in Philadelphia,” Assistant Professor of City Planning Akira Drake Rodriguez says.
A group of students walking through a neighborhood in Puerto Rico

Photo by Carlos Rodríguez, Para la Naturaleza, PR.

Ernesto Pujol does a lot of walking, but he still laughs in near disbelief when he recalls the 25-mile trek he took through San Juan, Puerto Rico, earlier this summer.  It was the third day of an eight-day trip with a group of Master of Fine Arts Students from the Weitzman School, and the culmination of a seminar that Pujol, the 2020-2021 Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, offered in the spring. Co-led by Pujol, along with Puerto Rican designer María de Mater O’Neill and architectural historian Jose Silvestre, Senior Conservator of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, the students walked through the city engaged in a process of listening, both to the urban spaces of San Juan and the colonized ecology of its post-industrial hinterlands. It was an experience that echoed themes that have threaded through Pujol’s work going back to the 1990s. 
Composite of three headshots
Three faculty members in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design received G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards for 2021, in recognition of distinguished teaching and innovation in a classroom, seminar, or studio setting. The awards are given annually in honor of G. Holmes Perkins, an architect and longtime faculty member who was dean of the School of Design from 1951–1971, and based on nominations by students. The winners will be recognized in the printed program for the School’s 2021 Commencement Webcast.
Screenshot of a computer screen showing many open windows including one of Yuri Stone on Zoom
In April and May, the Weitzman School will open the thesis exhibitions for the Class of 2020 and the
Photo of cover of Lopez publication

Photo: Bre Furlong

Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art has published a catalog for Ballast & Barricades, the 2019-2020 exhibit by Michelle Lopez, assistant professor of fine arts. In this excerpt, Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE‘60) Curator at the ICA, writes that Lopez “employs a formal, fragmented architectural language to critique symbols of nationalism, power, and consumption.” 
Artist standing in gallery in front of an illustration painted on the wall of people running a race

Photo Eric Sucar for Penn Today

Artist and Weitzman alum Jessica Vaughn (MFA'11) examines the spaces, architecture, and cultures of the American workplace her first major solo exhibition, now on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art.