The Work

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Several layered square shapes in blue, orange and pastel gradient hues sits against a gradient that starts on the left in a dark purple and fades toward the right into magenta and orange and eventually white at the bottom right.

University of the Arts believes that creativity is the true catalyst for social and economic change and the most essential skill for success. After honing their skills, their works and their visions in UArts’ studios, classrooms, galleries and performance spaces, the Class of 2022 is set to enter the wider world with agility and tenacity.


Here is a selection of works that exemplify the boundless creativity of this year’s graduating UArtists.

School of Art
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    a ceramic, rock-like arrangement, with a primary flat-topped rock with an indentation almost resembling a candle holder pictured against a gray background. The ceramic stones are a dark drab green, with mottled ochre hues poking through

    "4 Rocks" by Heather Thomas ’22 (Graphic Design with a minor in Ceramics)

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    artwork by Megan Meehan. three white, smudgy clothing articles hang in a gallery space from a charred-looking black frame. the clothing article on the left resembles oversized pants with printed black sketchy, spiral designs. the middle article of clothing appears to be a white dress with black sleeves with printed sepia colored images. the clothing article on the right appears as a white blouse with black designs printed on the back.

    "Threading Shells / As Skin" by Meg Meehan ’22 (Fine Arts)

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    painting by Mukhtar Stones. two characters stand on a splotchy, tie-dyed black canvas that's covered in black plushie spikes sewn onto it. the character on the right is a person with bright pink skin, three eyes, and paint-splattered jeans, smoking a joint. the character on the left is a multi-colored bi-pedal abstraction with a heart-shaped head, clenched scowling teeth, and a blue assortment of various geometric facial features.

    Mukhtar Stones ’22 (Fine Arts)

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    a collection of Isabella Malossini's sculptures, presented mostly on wooden chair-like plinths. In the front is a cut section of a person's lower torso, between the waist and mid-thigh. on another plinth to the right is a section of a seated person, shown from the waist down to below the knee, facing away from the viewer. Another sculpture similar to the first is in the background, along with a life-sized sculpture of a nude person standing.

    Isabella Malossini ’22 (Fine Arts)

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    Paintings by Kevin Roselli, picturing a ghost - sort where a sheet is draped over one's head. The image is dark, with the ghost lit in violet hues from the front and cross-lit with pale blue. A skull-like eye socket is hinted at under the sheet.

    "Ghost V" by Kevin Roselli ’22 (Fine Arts)

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    painting by Faith Higgins depicting a person in a 70s-style outfit of a red turtlenecked dress and white heeled knee-high boots sitting on an orange 70s print couch reading rolling stone magazine and looking back at the viewer.

    Faith Higgins ’22 (Fine Arts)

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    Artwork by Armoni Gilbert depicting a medusa head rendered in vivid green hues, set against a light pink cloth texture. These elements are framed by a black and white crocheted picture frame.

    Armoni Gilbert ’22 (Fine Arts)

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    artworks by Sophie Semenza. three wall-mounted miniature sets with marionettes depicting the "ideal woman". the left scene features three characters in 1800s style white dresses in an olive green room. the middle scene shows a character in a black skirt in a brick-lined room. the last scene shows a blonde woman at the beach in a blue swimsuit.

    “1800s Living Room, 1920s Speak Easy, 1930s Beach” by Sophie Semenza ’22 (Fine Arts)

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    painting by Alaina Kalbfell depicting a person with long red hair doing a headstand. The person is rendered in greenish-yellow hues and is relatively featureless, the background is a smudgy faded blue

    "All to My Head" by Alaina Kalbfell ’22 (Fine Arts)

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    photograph by Jessica Kaufman depicting an artist in their studio. The artist stands with one cowboy boot-clad leg on a chair in a red tunic with many brightly colored portraits propped up against the walls and studio equipment.

    Jessi Kaufman ’22 (Photography)

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    a person in a swirly yellow-and-black latex outfit dances with arms outstretched in a virtual stylized tropical pool surrounded by bright green plants.

    Devon Thoms ’22 (Photography)

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    a dark abstract, spiny, geometric shape floats in dark, shadow vaguely mauve room. Its rough geometric texture is revealed by two blue and green cross-lights. Hands are reaching out of the blackness of the rest of the shape.

    Kayla Jackson ’22 (Photography)

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    lacy lingerie hangs on wall. The bra and panties are white but very sheer and lacy. The cups and the panties are filled with unfired brass-cased bullets.

    "A Woman Is A Gun" by Gabriellla Pinedo ’22 (Craft & Material Studies)

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    a bright earthy-brown ceramic shape, not unlike a liver or heart. A left spherical lobe has a hole like a vase, with a ridge cresting around toward the right to pull the shape into a point.

    "Vessel 3" by Alex Bell ’22 (Craft & Material Studies)

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    a woven tapestry with a relatively loose, sheer weave hangs against a white wall, with gradients shifting from natural blues through reddish and yellow accents

    Oli Boyer ’22 (Craft & Material Studies)

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    artwork by Rachel Yankelewitz resembling mesh construction fencing produced in army green. It is suspended from the wall in a manner to curve and scrunch its profile.

    "Grid Pattern 1" by Rachel Yankelewitz ’22 (Craft & Material Studies)

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    A work of art by Jullian Kimble. A stylized reclining chair with almost racing car-like multi-panel padding in scarlet in a gray room. The wood is light and unvarnished.

    "Fern Chair" by Jullian Kimble ’22 (Craft & Material Studies)
     

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    A sky-blue archway sits on a plinth in a gallery space. The arch is very steep and has a closed base.The blue material is likely ceramic, but has a surprising almost fluffy texture.

    Natalie Strickland ’22 (Craft & Material Studies)

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    Diamante Figueroa wearing glasses and a trimmed beard reads creative writing into a microphone with a projection featuring eyes on the wall.

    Diamante Figueroa ’22 (Creative Writing)

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    John Cleaver with glasses and a flannel shirt reads writing into a mic from a notestand with a projection of a book cover on the wall behind, reading “none the same.”

    John Cleaver ’22 (Creative Writing)

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    Sarena Harmon in a red dress glances down to read prose into a mic with a projection of the work being read on the wall behind.

    Sarena Harmon ’22 (Creative Writing)

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    Samantha Medina in a red blouse reads prose from a notebook into a mic. There is a projection of the work being read on the wall behind, featuring a red heart wreathed in white shapes.

    Samantha Medina ’22 (Creative Writing)

School of Dance
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    six dancers perform on a dimly lit stage. One dance in the middle-left is turned away from the viewer and appears to be walking forward, while all of the other dancers appear to be running from side to side of the stage. All are wearing surgical masks. In the top left corner is a pastel blue and pink "play" button.

    Ankhtra Brivett Battle ’22 (Dance), Kameren Whigham ’22 (Dance) (Montay Romero - Endings Under Beginnings). Watch now.

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    on a stage illuminated in pale blue, a single dancer moves in an almost martial arts-like stands. The dancer is wearing a dark jacket and bright yellow pants. In the top left corner is a pastel blue and pink "play" button.

    Chip Alexandria ’22 (Dance), Ethan Beckwith-Cohen ’22 (Dance), Neviah Dallas ’22 (Dance) (Sidra Bell - Several Sunrises)(2022). Watch now.

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    a dance studio illuminated with large windows is ringed with people watching from the perimeter, leaning against the brick walls as two dancers take center stage.  In the top left corner is a pastel blue and pink “play” button.

    Destiny Felder ’22 (Dance), Abby Lynch ’22 (Dance) (Jamal Abrams - Underscore)(2021). Watch now.

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    on a dark stage with warm, punctuating uplights, three dancers in bright red and orange outfits stand with their backs turned to the viewer and their legs stretched up high over their shoulders. In the top left corner is a pastel blue and pink “play” button.

    Eli Alfau ’22 (Dance), Chrystion Dudley ’22 (Dance), Daniel Palladino ’22 (Dance) (Juel Lane - Focus & Break)(2019). Watch now.

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    on a dark stage, a large spotlight illuminates an area, in the center of which is a single dancer lying on their back with one leg outstretched. In the shadows at the upper left of the spotlight is a group of about nine dancers seated with legs outstretched. In the top left corner is a pastel blue and pink “play” button.

    Grace Malone ’22 (Dance) (Helen Simoneau - Among the Newly Familiar, Reimagined)(2021). Watch now.

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    In a well-lit, lofty and completely empty dance studio, a lone dancer leaps in the right end of the stage, showing the scale of the large empty space. In the top left corner is a pastel blue and pink “play” button.

    Ira Lindsay ’22 (Dance) (Mark Haim - The Goldberg Variations)(1997). Watch now.

School of Design
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    a photo of a park in philadelphia is pictured rendered in a fresh olive green. “Public parks” is written in yellow type along two semi-circular benches on the left and middle. On the right is a text panel.

    Can I Sit Here? Hostile Architecture in Philadelphia Parks - Lucy Angell ’22 (Graphic Design)

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    a person on a bicycle zoomes past a billboard-style sign set into a concrete wall. The sign reads “recycle the unrecyclable. (pretty cool, we know). A stylized cartoonish version of the Philly skyline is in the bottom right as a stylized person with yellow pants towers above it holding a bottle.

    Dixie Miller ’22 (Graphic Design)

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    four panels of a book featuring hardcore musicians. All pages are overlaid with highly stylized tech-y typefaces built around octagonal angles. The pages and typefaces vary between black, pink, yellow and magenta with monochrome images of performers.

    Sophie Naylor ’22 (Graphic Design)

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    an elegant, highly abstracted geometric lamp. A large glowing yellowish resin disc is supported by a black triangle frame.

    Li-Wen Kuo ’22 (Product Design)

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    a person sautees onions and ingredients in a skillet on a stovetop using an elegant, adaptive spatula. The flat portion of the spatula is white and has a slight scoop-like curve. It’s handle passes under the user’s hand and curves up and around the forearm with a fluid shiny metal arch.

    Jiaqi Wang ’22 (Product Design)

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    a chair sits on a stone along a rock riverside. It consists of metal legs radiating from the center, with a metal ring which is spanned by a white material forming the seat.

    Robert Purcell ’22 (Product Design)

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    an illustration of a bushy garden. Pink, purple, orange, violet, pale yellow and lavender flowers radiate throughout the green bushy scene, with several friends poking out: a person in the center with a pink bow and pink cheeks, a dog with tongue out on the right, a little rabbit and orange cat are hidden as well.

    Sophia Clendenen ’22 (Illustration)

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     Purim carnival scene featuring brightly color tables arranged in rings and people in all manner of outfits - including animal costumes - perusing the wares laid out on them.

    Kyle Solomon ’22 (Illustration)

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    illustration of a street scene. A yellow high-rise with a red entry canopy is on the left, with a person walking by and a lightpol out front. The building to the right is ornate and red with bushy floral balconies. A shadow spills across the street in front.

    Zack Stith ’22 (Illustration)

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    illustration of a brightly lit night market scene, rendered in a manga style with fluorescent tones throughout. People are carrying umbrellas and looking around as streaks of rain fall.

    Kiara Tounsley ’22 (Illustration)

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    a view from behind a person into a skewed, decrepit library chamber with dual semi-spiral stairwells. The person is shown from the shoulders down and knees up, and is rendered cartoonishly gangly, holding a massive ring of keys in a clenched left fist and a flashlight in the clencher right fist. The image is rendered in a spectrum of greens.

    Lexi Hagelgans ’22 (Illustration)

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    sheets of a book in stark black and white. On the right panel against blank white is written “paper, Ink, Brush” “Hyeona Lee”

    Hyeona Lee ’22 (Graphic Design)

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    three panels of design work for an ethical cannabis dispensary. The panel on the left shows a poster in red with a radiating stylized marijuana leaf logo resembling the dawn. The middle panel shows a deep blue and pale lavender pack of pre-rolls against a goldenrod background. The right panel shows a minimalist app on a phone seen floating in a lavender background.

    Jonai Gibson-Selix ’22 (Graphic Design)

School of Film
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    a person’s face squinting towards - but just past - the viewer. The person has medium length hair and is illuminated with blue lighting and crosslit with orange. A red-orange gradient “play” arrow sits in the top left corner.

    “All the Pretty People” by Lucky A. Marvel ’22 (Film & Video). Watch now.

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    a person in a light-gray high-collared blouse and white apron looks toward the left of this video still. A red-orange gradient “play” arrow sits in the top left corner.

    “Our Lady of Sorrows” by Elissa Grybowski ’22 (Film & Video). Watch now.

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     two people with white hair and long coats are walking into a church with a large organ at the far end of the sanctuary.  A red-orange gradient “play” arrow sits in the top left corner.

    “Snow Queen of Texas” by Lauren Dillon ’22 (Film & Video). Watch now.

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    a still from an animation showing a wooden toy train suspended in a pink fog with other toys. A blue locomotive hangs off to the left of the wooden traincar. A red-orange gradient “play” arrow sits in the top left corner.

    "Hijnks" by Jalen Shaw, Lauren Mink, Nicole Diaz ’22 (Animation). Watch now.

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    still from an animation, showing a cartoon-like digital sketchy rendition of a person in glasses and a backpack standing on guard with a flashlight in a dark, swirling, cave-like miasma.

    "Creature" by Tylar Jones and Shelby Kappes ’22 (Animation). Watch now.

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    an animation still showing a person sitting in a room with other people sitting at desks, almost like a purple-hued, classroom. A red-orange gradient “play” arrow sits in the top left corner.

    "Who’s Zoth" by Zach Wise ‘22 (Animation). Watch now.

     

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    a space landscape from the surface of an arid, mountainous reddish planet. A red moon is hanging above the horizon, seen between two pillars.

    Sean Bryant ’22 (Game Art)

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    title screen from a pixel game with the title and two menu options. Against a blue sky with clouds in green type is written “Farm  Fight tower defense” with two stylized wood ivy-wreathed placards as menu options reading “play” and “quit.”

    Britt Streahle ’22 (Game Art)

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    a nearly black two dimensional blocky scene is illuminated with four gum-drop-shaped glowing lights, two pale yellow and two minty green.

     Jack Pickering ’22 (Game Art)

School of Music
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    portrait of August Schultz holding a QR code, pictured on a faded record sleeve design with a black 12 inch record hanging out of the right side. The record label is the UArts logo.

    August Schultz ’22 (Instrumental Performance)

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    image of Chae Harris pictured from the eyes up and wearing a golden head scarf three times on a beige 12 inch album cover sleeve. a black 12 inch record hangs out of the right side. The record label is the UArts logo.

    Chae Harris ’22 (Vocal Performance)

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    image of Dan Horning playing a silver trumpet on a stylized record sleeve background, consisting of a white background and a scarlet block. A black 12 inch record hanging out of the right side. The record label is the UArts logo.

    Dan Horning ’22 (Instrumental Performance)

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    Against a mauve background, a twelve inch record sleeve is picture. On the album cover is an image of Dan McCain in a white turtleneck and suit jacket holding a cello. A black 12” hangs out of the sleeve, with the center label marked with the UArts logo.

    Dan McCain ’22 (Instrumental Performance)

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    a record sleeve rests against a white background. The sleeve is white and features the name Gabriel Garcia-Leeds written out in a slightly smudgy black ink. The text is wreathed in an ivy-covered frame and medieval illumination-style angels. A black record hangs out of the right side of the sleeve, with the center stamped with the UArts logo

    Gabriel Garcia-Leeds ’22 (Composition)

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    Against a mustard yellow background, Jasyn Brazoban is pictured with a trombone on a dark blue record sleeve. A black record hangs out of the right side of the sleeve, with the center stamped with the UArts logo.

    Jasyn Brazoban ’22 (Instrumental Performance)

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    Against a gray-blue background, Katie Hannemann’s silhouette is pictured on a blurred record sleeve album cover. A black record hangs out of the right side of the sleeve, with the center stamped with the UArts logo.

    Katie Hannemann ’22 (Composition)

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    gainst a cyan background, a record sleeve picturing kev nenkov stiffly lying on the floor of a hallway looking upwards. A black record hangs out of the right side of the sleeve, with the center stamped with the UArts logo.

    Kev Nenkov ’22 (Composition)

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    a faded gray record sleeve depicting Lonell from the side wearing headphones and performing on a keyboard. A black record hangs out of the right side of the sleeve, with the center stamped with the UArts logo.

    Lonell Johnson ’22 (Music Performance)

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    Lucki Peterson with flowing blonde hair and a tan dress against luxurious curtains is depicted on a record sleeve. A black record hangs out of the right side of the sleeve, with the center stamped with the UArts logo.

    Lucki Peterson ’22 (Vocal Performance)

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    Ravi Seenarine playing a saxophone is pictured on a record sleeve. A black record hangs out of the right side of the sleeve, with the center stamped with the UArts logo.

    Ravi Seenarine ’22 (Music Performance)

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    Triniti Cunningham in a black dress against a burgundy background is pictured on a record sleeve. A black record hangs out of the right side of the sleeve, with the center stamped with the UArts logo.

    Triniti Cunningham ’22 (Vocal Performance)

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    Zachary Guise playing the bass guitar pictured in black and white is depicted on a record sleeve. A black record hangs out of the right side of the sleeve, with the center stamped with the UArts logo.

    Zachary Guise ’22 (Instrumental Performance)

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