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Arts & Entertainment

Mark Stockton, The Hunters, Charcoal on Panel, 2010

The Working Artists’ Studio Routine, a Winter Exhibition at Pearlstein Gallery

Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will open Where the Artists Are (in their studios), an exhibition of sculpture, drawings and paintings by three professors in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Examining several years of each artist’s practice, this exhibition will explore the intellectual and technical characteristics that distinguish their daily working routines; what draws them into their studios, excites them and ultimately keeps them there.

alchemy

Drexel and Chemical Heritage Foundation Mix Artifacts With Mobile Gaming to Create History of Alchemy Experience

The Chemical Heritage Foundation wants to set the record straight about alchemy. The medieval practice, often perceived as a dark art or pseudoscience, actually helped form the process of scientific experimentation and influenced our modern understanding of chemistry and medicine. On its quest to shed light on alchemy, the Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has enlisted help from Gossamer Games, a game design startup in Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, and Frank Lee, PhD, director of the EGS, to create a mobile gaming experience about the “golden age of alchemy” using books, art and artifacts from CHF Museum’s alchemy collection. 
Colored pencils and a half-colored-in image.

Drexel Study: Coloring Books Make You Feel Better, But Real Art Therapy Much More Potent

Many adult coloring books claim to be art therapy and can reduce negative feelings, but art therapists are significantly more impactful, a Drexel study shows.
Porcelain covered cup and saucer from the Meissen Porcelain Factory, c. 1815, Germany. Photo courtesy The Drexel Collection.

The Drinking Vessels of The Drexel Collection

The newest show in the Rincliffe Gallery is a student-curated exhibition dedicated to showing off drinking vessels in The Drexel Collection.
Writers Room members during their NEA Big Read launch event at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, September 2016.

Writers Room Breaks in New Campus Space with Canon Photography Partnership
 

Drexel University’s Writers Room, a College of Arts and Sciences initiative within the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, will introduce its first satellite location on campus this fall. Located on the first floor of MacAlister Hall, it will serve as the anchor location for a new program created in partnership with Canon Solutions America Inc. to promote literacy and life skills.

Studio One

Drexel Opens State-of-the-Art Sound Studio

Future music producers, audio engineering and music executives being trained in Drexel University’s music industry program will now have access to the most technologically advanced recording studio of its kind in Philadelphia. The University opened a new music industry facility at One Drexel Plaza, that was conceived by faculty in the program, in collaboration with the acoustic design team behind Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York.
Barbara CarreƱo poses with "METU," the god she created to represent self-love, self-respect and self-forgiveness, at the exhibit.

Product Design Student Exhibits ‘A World of Emotions’

An exhibit at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area features the toy art of a Drexel product design senior.
Bitty McLean

Rankin Scholars Bitty McLean and Guillaume Bougard Combine Reggae With Philly Soul From Sigma Sound Collection

A pair of reggae innovators will visit Drexel University this fall to share their experiences in the music industry with students in Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and to explore the trove of Philadelphia soul music in Drexel’s Sigma Sound Studio Archives. Bitty McLean, a reggae artist with three top-10 hits as a performer and a No. 1 album to his credit as a producer; and Guillaume Bougard, who operates one of the most successful independent reggae record labels in Europe; will serve as Westphal’s 2017 Rankin Scholars, holding a mixing demonstration in the Pearlstein Gallery on Nov. 2 and a series of lectures from Oct. 31 to Nov. 8 while also working on a new album in Drexel’s recording studio.
The "Mutant Water Babies" cast at rehearsal. Photo by William McKeown.

The Boundary-Pushing, Political-Minded Musical Coming to Campus

“Mutant Water Babies,” a politically and socially relevant show that Drexel’s Co-Op Theater Company devised alongside professionals, opens Nov. 10 in the Mandell Theater after two nights of previews. 
Wyclef Jean performs an a cappella rap for music industry students.

Wyclef Jean Gives Drexel Students Advice — and a Chance to Freestyle

The Grammy-winning hip-hop artist spoke to music industry students about remaining true to themselves and how he’s been able to do it for more than two decades, then opened up the floor for a jam session they won’t soon forget. 
Hat, Olivia Turner, c. 1955, USA. Gift of Mr. Frank Stephens. Photo courtesy The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection.

Hidden Treasures: Drexel’s Mysterious Olivia Turner Hats

Two local teenagers researched the identity of a hat designer during an internship this past summer with three of Drexel’s collections on fashion, art and medical history.

WKDU's Electronic Music Marathon.

WKDU Celebrates Marathon Anniversary With 84 Hours of Electronic Music

Drexel’s student-run radio station helped raise nearly $5,000 during an Electronic Music Marathon that featured two remote broadcasts and a whole lot of dancing.

Peter Wiegold at Drexel.

Celebrated English Composer Peter Wiegold to Present Lecture at Drexel

Critically acclaimed composer and conductor Peter Wiegold will present a lecture titled “Music Without Boundaries” at the Mandell Theater on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. as part of a three-day residency at Drexel.