Undergraduate Fine Arts and Design

Archival Photograph of the Mancos Common Press

Image from San Juan’s Skyway Magazine Summer/Fall 2019. 

Fank Matero was walking in downtown Mancos in January of 2013, past the old Mancos Times­-Tribune building on Grand Avenue. It was usually empty, so he was surprised to see an editor typing away inside. He asked if he could take a look behind the false wall of the building, which had always intrigued him. He was astonished by what he saw.
Mary Tasillo, studio manager of Common Press

Mary Tasillo, studio manager of Common Press

Last year, the Common Press, a letterpress and book arts studio founded at Penn in 2006 during the 300th anniversary celebration of Benjamin Franklin’s birth, made a couple important moves. The studio, a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, the Penn Libraries, and Kelly Writers House, moved from the Morgan Fine Arts Building to the basement of the Fisher Fine Arts Library. And it hired its first-ever full-time studio manager, Mary Tasillo.
Ulises, the bookshop opened by Kayla Romberger along with Lauren Downing, Nerissa Cooney, Gee Wesley, and Ricky Yanas.
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.
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.
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.
View of June 5 Memorial, Philadelphia, at the public opening

Photo: Albert Lee, Office of the City Representative, City of Philadelphia  

On June 5, 2013, the demolition of a building at 22nd and Market Streets in Center City, Philadelphia, led to the collapse of a neighboring Salvation Army store, killing six people inside. Through a competition held at PAFA, artist and alumna Barbara Fox (Fine Arts, CW’74) was selected to lead the design for a memorial to be created at the site. Architect and alumnus Scott Aker, AIA (MArch’15), a lecturer in undergraduate Architecture, and architect of record for the memorial, collaborated with Fox, the June 5 Memorial Committee, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). PennDesign recently met with Fox and Aker at the site for an interview, folllowing the public opening on June 5, 2018.
Beth Sholom Synagogue

(c) Darren Bradley Photography

When the Beth Sholom Synagogue Preservation Foundation approached David Hartt, assistant professor of fine arts, proposing that he cre
Ana Beatriz Valente Soares surveying her work
Ana Beatriz Valente Soares is both an architecture and fine arts student in the School of Arts and Sciences who expects to graduate with her bachelor’s this May. Hers is not a common double major, so she has worked hard to create a path for herself that checks all the boxes of her unique interests.
Billboard saying "Hope for the best and vote for science!"
Comberg and the Class Action collective recently created a series of billboards with the Union for Concerned Scientists on the relationship between religion and science.
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.  
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.