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Northeast Expansion Features New Art Classroom

One of the highlights of Community College of Philadelphia’s new building at the Northeast Regional Center is the high-tech art classroom that will allow students to take advantage of the right amount of light for their projects.

The room is constructed of almost all windows to receive light from the north and south, ensuring continual natural light will be available for day and evening classes. Daylight panels act as a shade if less light is required, and the electric lights will dim or shut off according to the amount of light in the room. A lot of studios only have one type of light, but this room provides faculty and students with the opportunity to change the height or angle of light, depending upon the project.

Offering certain Art courses at the Northeast had always been a challenge due to the lack of studio space or not enough Art majors to fill specific classes. The new studio allows faculty to teach courses that previously were not offered at the Northeast. Brian Seymour, assistant professor of Art and department chair, looks forward to the possibilities created by the new space.

“Now we hope to expand the program to more students and expand the curriculum,” he said.

New Articulation Agreement for Interior Design Students

Moore College of Art & DesignCommunity College of Philadelphia’s Interior Design program now offers students the opportunity to seamlessly transfer up to 76 credits toward their bachelor’s degree at Moore College of Art & Design. This gives students the opportunity to take more classes at Community College of Philadelphia at a significantly lower tuition rate, leaving them with approximately 50 more credits to complete at Moore College of Art & Design.

Beyond the creativity inherent to interior design, the College’s Interior Design program emphasizes proficiency in computer technology and technical skills that students will need for further studies and career success.

“Our students are leaders in the classroom because of their computer graphic backgrounds,” said Miles Grosbard, Ed.D., associate professor and head of the Department of Architecture, Design and Construction.

Kia Weatherspoon, a College Interior Design alumna who graduated this May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Moore, was recently appointed as an Alumnae Representative of Moore’s Board of Managers. While at Moore, she served as the Pennsylvania chapter student representative to the board of directors of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Working as a design associate at Carlyn and Company in Great Falls, Virginia, Weatherspoon feels that Community College of Philadelphia prepared her well for further study.

“My AutoCAD experience at the College was outstanding,” she said.

Faculty Honors

Faculty in the creative arts programs at Community College of Philadelphia are active in their specialty outside of the classroom, allowing them to bring career knowledge and a different perspective to their students. Whether they are new, current or retired faculty, the following educators show their dedication to their craft and to students in various ways.

Joo Won ParkJoo Won Park, Ph.D., assistant profes sor of Music, has been teaching at the College for approximately two years. He presented a lecture on recent trends in electronic music and a concert featuring his original electroacoustic compositions at Rutgers University—Camden on Feb. 23 in The Stedman Gallery titled, “SuperCollider and Interactive Performance.” Dr. Park was also invited to Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana, on Feb. 16 to perform “Electroacoustic Adventures” and lecture on the influence of music technology on current music listening, composition and performance.

Elaine TerranovaElaine Terranova has been working at the College since 1980. She is an adjunct instructor of English, teaching creative writing, and of the Learning Lab, where she is a reading and writing specialist. An acclaimed poet, she is the author of four books and the recipient of several awards, including a Pew Fellowship and a National Endowment in the Arts Fellowship, as well as a Pulitzer Prize nominee. Her upcoming chapbook of poems from Cervená Barva Press is titled Elegiac: Footnotes to Rilke’s Duino Elegies. She has also written several poetry reviews for the blog Yaakov Murchadha. Her most recent reviews analyzed Frederick Seidel’s Ooga-Booga and Rachel Loden’s Dick of the Dead.

Stan ShireStan Shire retired as a professor of Photographic Imaging in 2008 after 33 years at the College. He is the author of HandsOn Photoshop CS3: Tutorial Workshops, which is used by students in the College’s
PHOT 151 – Digital Imaging course. He is in the process of revising the current edition to include changes from the latest version of Adobe Photoshop software. Shire has been collaborating with painter and printmaker Shelly Lependorf for the past seven years, which has resulted in a number of commissions and gallery affiliations and exhibitions, including Carrie Haddad Photographs Gallery in Hudson, New York; Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia, the National Football League Corporate Collection in Washington, D.C.; the Philadelphia Stock Exchange; and Museo Hollander, Fuengirola, Spain.

Public Art Collection Serves as Teaching Tool

Public art collectionThe pieces of art that adorn the walls and hallways of the College serve to not only showcase faculty and student talent, but to teach students about the process and techniques involved in creating the paintings, drawings, sculptures and ceramics. The artwork found in buildings on the Main Campus is part of the institution’s Public Art Collection, a project that started a decade ago to incorporate artwork throughout the campus.

Community College of Philadelphia President Stephen M. Curtis, Ph.D., brought the idea to faculty and administrators, and a proposal was generated as to what kind of art to collect and the location of display areas.

Public art collection“We want the artwork to represent the wide range of styles and themes that the artists in Philadelphia pursue. In doing this, we also hope to reflect the diversity of experiences and communities that make up Philadelphia,” said Jeff Reed, associate professor of Art. Current and former faculty and students are represented in the collection, giving a sense of the history and mission of the Art department. There are approximately 160 pieces in the collection, and the College has received more than 40 pieces of art through generous donations.

“It ends up being a wonderful teaching tool. Students have this work as a resource. The best way for students to learn is to look at art as well as create it,” said Reed.


Exhibit Celebrates Contributions to Ceramics Community

Exhibit Celebrates Contributions to Ceramics CommunityThe Past, Present, Future: Thirty-Five Years of Clay exhibit displayed in Community College of Philadelphia’s Mint Rotunda this spring featured ceramic works from current and past faculty members, as well as alumni, demonstrating the College’s significant contributions to the field.

Held in conjunction with the 2010 National Conference on Education in the Ceramic Arts and The Clay Studio, the exhibit, held March 31 through April 3, 2010, attracted the featured artists, students, the College community and busloads of conference attendees.“With the conference’s bus tour, groups kept coming into the Rotunda,” said Karen Aumann, associate professor of Art. “Some attendees also toured our ceramics department.”

All twelve students in the advanced ceramics class had the opportunity to attend the national conference. Art faculty, with assistance from Student Life, sold T-shirts to pay the conference registration for the students. “The students were pretty amazed by the conference. They loved it,” said Aumann.


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