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Winter Term 2014 Research


Research Publications

Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Professor, Architecture, authored a paper entitled “Space of Continuity: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Destruction of the Box and Modern Conceptions of Space,” which was accepted for presentation in the “Learning from Modernism and Beyond” session at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA). The conference, titled “Globalizing Architecture: Flows and Disruptions,” will be held in April in Miami Beach, Florida. Dr. Ellis’s paper examines the theosophical influences that shaped modernity in early 20th century America by coupling science with religion, to cause a reconsideration of mental/spiritual relationships and a redefinition of space/time concepts. “Space of Continuity” is a reconsideration of Wright’s work with respect to the theosophical and occult influences on his architecture.

Dance Program Director Dr. Miriam Giguere’s new textbook, Beginning Modern Dance, was published by Human Kinetics as part of its Interactive Dance Series. The book is a text and web resource that introduces undergraduate and high school students to modern dance through participation, appreciation, and academic study. Beginning Modern Dance includes photos with descriptions to support students in learning beginning modern dance technique and the text presents the styles of modern dance artists Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, José Limón, Katherine Dunham, and Merce Cunningham. The accompanying web resource offers 38 interactive video clips and photos of dance technique to support learning and practice.

Jeffrey Cohen, Adjunct Instructor, Screenwriting & Playwriting, authored his fifth novel in his Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series entitled The Thrill of the Haunt published through Berkley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin USA. Cohen’s series, written under the pseudonym E.J. Copperman, has sold more than 100,000 copies since the release of Night of the Living Deed in 2010. The series deals with Alison Kerby, who buys a huge Victorian on the Jersey Shore to turn into a guesthouse, only to discover that the house is haunted by the ghosts of a fledgling private investigator and his first client. The sixth book in the series, currently untitled, will be published late in 2014.

Greg Romero, Adjunct Instructor, Theatre, was commissioned by Plays & Players to write a new play for a brand-new series the nonprofit organization created for young audiences called Philadelphia Local Artists for Youth, or P.L.A.Y. Romero’s play, Delware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum, will go into production from March 13 to March 30. Click here to read more information about the show.

Rachel Schade, Interim Program Director, Architecture, was a guest editor of the newest issue of Context magazine, the quarterly journal of AIAPhiladelphia. This issue addresses the new realities of historic preservation and features an article by Architecture Professor Mark Brack about his recent trip to China.

Dr. Mark Brack, Department of Architecture & Interiors professor, recently published an illustrated article, "Renewable History," in Context, the journal of the American Institute of Architects’ Philadelphia chapter.  The article evaluates the efforts of local officials in Shanxi Province, China to create new historic-looking buildings and districts to attract tourists.



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Research Presentations

Toby Seay, Professor, Music Industry, will present at the Sonic Signatures Symposium at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark from April 9 through April 11. The Sonic Signatures Symposium deals with the debates surrounding the sonic signatures of recorded music artifacts and is a joint venture of the European Sound Studies Association (ESSA) and the Association for the Study of the Art of Record Production (ASARP).

Nicole Koltick, Professor, Architecture & Interiors, spoke about her trans-disciplinary collaborative design research work as director of the Design Futures Lab at a TEDx event in Phoenixville, Penn. TEDx recently posted Koltick’s talk on YouTube.  

Larry Epstein, Arts & Entertainment Enterprise Department Head, was one of forty international college faculty selected to participate in the 2014 International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Faculty/Industry Seminar, “Reaching Consumers in a Multi-Device World.” Epstein will meet with leaders from the consumer electronics and entertainment sectors for discussions about the state of the industry. The IRTS seminar runs concurrently with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Xela Batchelder, Professor, Entertainment & Arts Management, was invited to represent the Association of Arts Administrator Educators (AAAE) at the professional Association of Performing Arts Presenter (APAP) conference in New York City through a Special Interest session entitled “Arts Administration Degrees: Building Skills and Career Longevity.”

Michael Froio, Photography, presented his lecture, “From the Mainline: A Contemporary Survey of the Pennsylvania Railroad,” on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m. Mike received a Jurors Award for one of his Mainline Project pieces in the Photography 33 Exhibition at the Perkins Center of the Arts. The show ran from Feb. 1 to March 28.

Genevieve Dion, Fashion Design professor and director of the Shima Haute Technology Laboratory, was selected as a speaker for the upcoming TEDx Philadelphia event on Friday, March 28 at the Temple Performing Arts Center (1837 North Broad St., Philadelphia). TEDx Philadelphia is a day-long multidisciplinary conference championing great ideas and bringing together engaging speakers, performers, participants and exhibitors to examine “The New Workshop of the World.”

Jichen Zhu, Digital Media professor, was invited to present her work with other leading researchers at Columbia University’s Journalism School. This event is part of a lecture series by Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.

Darren Walters and Ryan Schwabe, Professors, Music Industry, were part of a panel presented by the Emporium Forum on music streaming at Philadelphia’s iconic Khyber Pass. Schwabe also spoke on the producer's panel at the Millennium Music Conference on Feb. 22 in Harrisburg, PA. Schwabe and his partner Noah Beresin produced, mixed and mastered a cover of the James Blake song "Life Round Here" for Ellie Goulding.  The song was featured on the BBC’s “Annie Mac Show” and countless music blogs including Pitchfork, EarMilk and the local music blog The Key.



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Creative Works

Andrea Modica, Professor, Photography, had several prints included in an exhibition, “Eternal Platinum- Contemporary Platinum/Palladium Prints,” Jan. 18 through March 1 at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Ariz. Modica also has a photograph titled “Pine Plains, NY,” published in the new text book by Jill Enfield, Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques, Focal Press, New York and London. Modica also several of her prints at the Art Intersection in Gilbert, Ariz. as part of their exhibition titled “Eternal Platinum- Contemporary Platinum / Palladium Prints.” Andrea is also teaching a class at International Center for Photography, The Interpretive Portrait, on Feb. 15 and 16 as well as speaking at the Colby Museum of Art on March 5. She had her photograph, “Pine Plains, NY” published in Jill Enfield's new text book, Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques.

Lise Raven, Professor, Film & Video, will be showing her original full-length feature film “Kinderwald” at the Slamdance Film Festival, which runs concurrent with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Slamdance selected “Kinderwald” to show as the festival’s closing night film.

Lydia Hunn, Professor, Art & Art History, curated an exhibition entitled “Artists of A Certain Age” at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral (13 S. 38th St., Philadelphia). The exhibit, co-sponsored by the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Drexel, features work from 14 artists associated with the Senior Artists Initiative’s Inventory and Oral History Project from 2011 to 2013.

Anda Dubinskis, Professor, Art & Art History, showed charcoal drawings at the “Drawing on Nature” exhibit from Jan. 18 through March 1 at the Schmidt/Dean Gallery (1719 Chestnut St, Philadelphia).   

Blaise Tobia and Andrea Modica, Professors, Photography and Photography alum Jeffrey Stockbridge (’05) have work included in the photography exhibition “American Photography Today” at Towson University’s Center for the Arts Gallery, in Towson, Maryland from Feb. 7 – April 5. . An opening reception will take place at the Towson University Gallery on Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Niko Kallianiotis, Photography Adjunct, showed his body of work, “Pikroglykimalon,” in the Fine Arts Photography Gallery at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA from March 3 to April 14. Additionally, Niko was recently interviewed for an upcoming feature article in Top Photography Films an Online Photography Magazine.

Tania Isaac, Dance professor, has begun work on a hybrid research project and performance housed at the Art on the Avenue Gallery (3808 Lancaster Ave) until June 2014. The project is based on Isaac’s “open notebook” process, which is a research-based, participant-centered performance event, supported by a Pew Grant Isaac received in 2013. She will be working in collaboration with Craig Peterson, a well-known cultural facilitator and noted arts writer Claudia La Rocco. 

Sherman Aronson, Architecture adjunct associate professor and thesis advisor, is having a show of his recent digital art prints displayed at the High Point Cafe in the Allens Lane Station in West Mount Airy. The show starts on March 1 and runs through April 30. There will be a opening reception on Sunday, March 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 



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