Graduate Fine Arts

MFA/MSW student Farrah Rahaman
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.
A proposal for a monument to Julian Abele, the first African-American graduate of PennDesign, from Philadelphia resident Thom Stead
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.
Crane Arts, the site for PostScript
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.  
Sharon Hayes, ‘In the Near Future,’ 2009, 35mm multiple-slide projection

Professor of Fine Arts Sharon Hayes, seen here in a work from 2009, is teaching a new course that will “explore the wide and expansive territories of art making that exist between live performance and mediated image.”

PennDesign is expanding its course offerings for Fall 2018 with new courses—including seminars, studios, and workshops—that reflect the School’s interdisciplinary approach to the built environment and visual culture. The courses offer students opportunities to explore the architecture of the hospital amid evolving notions of how the built environment impacts public health, work with local communities on projects that could improve the civic sphere, and examine works of art that challenge traditional ways of perceiving reality.
Eric Bellin, Sharon Hayes, and Ben Krone

The three winners of the 2018 G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards

Eric Bellin, lecturer and PhD candidate in Architecture; Sharon Hayes, Associate Professor of Fine Arts; and Ben Krone, lecturer in Architecture, received G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards. Named in honor of the architect and longtime faculty member who served as dean of the School from 1951 – 1971, the awards are based on the input of students at PennDesign, to recognize distinguished teaching and innovation in the classroom, seminar or studio. They were presented by Fritz Steiner, dean of the School of Design and Paley Professor, at the Awards Ceremony on May 12 in Meyerson Hall.
Jacolby Satterwhite, Blessed Avenue, 2018. 3D animation and video, 19:20. Edition of 5 with 2 APs. Courtesy Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/ Rome.

Jacolby Satterwhite, Blessed Avenue, 2018. 3D animation and video, 19:20. Edition of 5 with 2 APs. Courtesy Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/ Rome.

On the third floor of an unassuming Chinatown building, a dark hallway leads to Blessed Avenue, Jacolby Satterwhite’s psychedelic quest into queer desire and memory, a twenty-minute digital animation created with Maya computer software.
Ken Lum (left off center, front row) at the November 21 investiture ceremony for the Order of Canada in Ottawa
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.  
Printed electronics like this are just one of the technologies students are investigating in a PennDesign seminar.
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.”
Sir Peter Cook, Founder of Archigram
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.
Hank Willis Thomas’ ‘All Power to All People,’ Thomas Paine Plaza, Philadelphia

Presented as part of Monument Lab 2017. Photo Steve Weinik, courtesy Mural Arts.

The Civic Portal project – involving PennDesign, Monument Lab, and Penn’s Sachs Program for Arts Innovation – has been awarded a grant to develop an innovative digital tool that allows people to envision future public monuments.
PennDesign’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony, Irvine Auditorium
“As PennDesign alumni, you assume new responsibility, and unsurpassed opportunity, to shape our future," Dean Fritz Steiner told the graduating class. The commencement speech was delivered by Oberlin College Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics David W. Orr. Billie Faircloth, a partner at KieranTimberlake, spoke at the awards ceremony. 
 Ken Lum and Toorjo Ghose
PennDesign has joined forces with the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) to offer the nation’s first dual master’s program in fine arts and social work, beginning this fall.