In every generation, it is the makers who lead the way.
For 140 years, the University of the Arts has been a crucible for the brave and divergent thinkers who imagine what comes next. We are a community of art makers, innovators, vision shapers, boundary crossers and groundbreakers. We are the nation’s only university of the arts. We are change makers and it is our time.
It is the maker’s
140th Anniversary Series
Visiting Writers Series: Kevin Moffett
Terra Hall: Caplan Recital Hall
Kevin Moffett is the author of two story collections and a collaborative novel, The Silent History, which was first released as an app for mobile devices and is currently in development at AMC.
SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL
3/13/17 - 3/18/17
A weeklong series of ensemble and senior performances that will feature a different theme each night, celebrating the diversity and creativity of the School of Music. The final night will culminate with a reception and performance featuring alumni guest artists that celebrates the centennial of legendary drummer Buddy Rich.
William H. Ely Excellence in Illustration Awards & Senior Thesis Exhibition
3/15/17 - 4/2/17
Reception: 3/19/17, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Hamilton and Arronson Gallery, Solmssen Court
Annual juried competition and exhibition, featuring art that spans virtually every area of the illustration field
Visiting Writers Series: DAVID GREENBERG
Terra Hall: Connelly Auditorium
UArts faculty member David J. Greenberg's feature-length writing-directing debut, Stomping Ground, premiered at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2016. His numerous writing credits include the indie films What Matters Most (2012), Used to Love Her (2014) and the documentary Bonnie & Clyde: Lovers On the Run (2015).
3/28/17 - 4/1/17
7:30 p.m., except 4/1 when each show runs in succession beginning at 11 a.m.
Merriam Theater and Arts Bank
Festival of four new musicals, offering professional composers, librettists and directors an opportunity to develop their work among the rich creative community of the Brind School at UArts.
Art Unleashed Exhibition & Sale
4/7/17 - 4/10/17 (open to the public)
Opening Night Party (ticketed): 4/6/17
HAMILTON AND ARRONSON GALLERY, SOLMSSEN COURT
This annual event raises critical scholarship funds for UArts students.
Fine Arts, Craft + Material Studies senior Thesis Shows
4/17/17 - 5/8/17
Hamilton Hall: Solmssen Court
Visiting Writers Series: HEATHER Tone
Terra Hall: Connelly Auditorium
Heather Tone is the winner of the 2016 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for her manuscript “Likenesses,” chosen by guest judge Nick Flynn. The book will be published in September 2016 and distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. This event is co-sponsored by The American Poetry Review.
Film + Video Senior Show
Gershman Hall: Levitt Auditorium
Animation Senior Show - 2 P.M.
Combined Film + Video AND Animation Show - 5 P.M.
Gershman Hall: Levitt Auditorium
The Process: School of Design Thesis Exhibition
5/1/17 - 5/11/17
Reception: 5/6/17, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St.
Annual senior thesis exhibition by undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Design.
MFA Book Arts + Printmaking Thesis Exhibition
5/1/17 - 5/12/17
Thesis exhibition by MFA candidates
For more information, please contact the Office of Advancement at 215-717-6135
For more events at UArts, please visit uarts.edu/go
A look back at our kickoff events
10 /16 /2016
creative black tie GALA
Hyatt at the bellevue
200 S Broad St
On October 16, we celebrated 140 years of art making with an evening full of entertainment from UArts’ acclaimed dancers, musicians, visual artists and actors, along with a very special performance by Leslie Odom, Jr., winner of Grammy and Tony Awards for his role as Aaron Burr in the Broadway smash Hamilton.
UArts students, faculty, alumni and supporters gathered at the Hyatt at the Bellevue to toast our esteemed makers and to honor UArts’ longtime trustee and benefactor Eleanor Davis, Professor Emeritus Stephen Tarantal, and others for their accomplishments in the arts.
The University also announced the creation of the Effron Family Endowed Chair in Glass, UArts’ first endowed chair, thanks to the generosity of Brian Effron, a longtime UArts trustee, and his wife Sherry Effron.
10 /17 /2016
Inauguration of president david yager
250 S Broad St
In a unique and dynamic ceremony that also featured dance, theater and musical performances, the University inaugurated President David Yager on Monday, Oct. 17. The ceremony was held at the Merriam Theater. In his address, President Yager asked the audience to close their eyes and imagine a University of the Arts of the future, one that is the most provocative, imaginative, entrepreneurial, socially engaged, authentic and influential school of the arts in the country.
“Mark today in your calendar, as we celebrate 140 years and this inauguration. We are standing at the threshold of something new… the University of the Arts will be what it has always been—distinctive and bold—and it will be like something we have never seen before. Because that is our obligation—and our passion—as artists and makers.”
In addition, honorary doctor of fine arts degrees were awarded to Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics legend; Ron Yerxa, a film producer known for the Oscar-nominated Nebraska, as well as Little Miss Sunshine and Cold Mountain; and Freeman Hrabowski III, prominent educator and president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The ceremony also included greetings and congratulations by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who declared the day “UArts Day” in the city of Philadelphia. University of the Arts Board Chair Jeffrey Lutsky served as the master of ceremonies for the event.
The Inauguration celebration is available as an on-demand stream here.
Philadelphia Musical Academy (PMA) founded by Johann F. Himmelsbach, Rudolph Hennig, and Wenzel Kopta
The Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (PMSIA)
Philadelphia Conservatory of Music (PCM) founded by Richard C. Schirmer
Philadelphia Textile School is added to PMSIA
PMSIA purchase of Hamilton Hall
PMA amalgamates with the Frederick Hahn Conservatory
Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art
PMSIA receives from the State Council of Education the privilege of awarding Bachelor of Applied Art degrees
Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck founds the Children's Dance Theatre, which later becomes known as the Philadelphia Dance Academy (PDA)
Philadelphia Museum School of Art
Philadelphia Museum College of Art
PMA and PCM join and continue under the name of PMA
Philadelphia College of Art (PCA). The College officially separates from the Philadelphia Museum of Art in June, 1964
PMA becomes Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (PCPA)
PDA, after long working relationship with PMA, officially merges with PCPA on September 20 and becomes the School of Dance
Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) and Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts (PCPA) go under PCA management
Philadelphia College of Art merges with PCPA to become Philadelphia Colleges of the Arts
On July 16, Philadelphia Colleges of the Arts is granted university status by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education and becomes The University of the Arts
The College of Media and Communication begins and accepts its first freshman class
Multimedia program begins, with Chris Garvin as the first director
Communication major is added to CMAC
"Philadelphia" is dropped from the names of the College of Art and Design and the College of Performing Arts in order to unify the names of the colleges, including the new College of Media and Communication (founded in 1996)
CMAC is dissolved and programs are merged into UArts College of Art, Media and Design
Designed and developed by UArts faculty and alumni at Allemann Almquist & Jones, Philadelphia.
Photography by Steve Belkowitz, Kevin Merinsky, Paul Waters, Christy Pessagno, Julie Mack and Ian Douglas.
University of the Arts archival photography and timeline curated by Sara Jean MacDonald and Phoebe Kowalewski.
Patricia & Gordon Fowler
Jeff & Meredith Lutsky
Harriet & Larry Weiss
Mary Louise '51 & George B. Beitzel
Eleanor L. Davis
Brian & Sherry Effron
Sonny & Miriam Mandell
Ron & Suzanne Naples
James G. Fulton, Jr. '72 & Eric Rymshaw
Gail Kass & Roy Friedman
Elaine C. Levitt
Alan Rubin & Fred Manfred
John & Leigh Middleton
Thomas M. Miles '75
Larry & Norma Reichlin
M. Brian & Bridget Blake
Dawn A. Calzada & Joseph G. Charma P '16
Ralph Citino & Lawrence Taylor
Suzanne & Norman Cohn
Ruth Fine '62
Robert & Penny Fox
Vivian '63 & Bill Gast '68
Mark & Vivian Greenberg
David & Patricia Holveck
Bruce & Arlan Kardon
Sondra & Morey Myers
Timothy & Sally Rub
Peter & Kathleen Solmssen
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