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Clay-Molding

‘Shaping Minds: Philadelphia’s Clay Mentors’ on the Intersection of Art and Therapy — a Symposium and Expert Lectures

Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will join forces with The Clay Studio, a nonprofit educational institution, gallery and studio dedicated to teaching, creating, supporting and promoting the ceramic arts — to curate an exhibition celebrating the work of ceramic educators in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Teaching artists will display various works that exemplify the wide range of ceramic artwork within the region. The exhibition will be open Tuesday-Saturday, from noon-5 p.m. and run from June 28-Aug. 13.

A facsimilie of the original manuscript for Edgar Allan Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue."

Poe, Dickens and Drexel: The Epic Story of the University’s Former Literary Collection

During its first 50 years, Drexel owned a treasure trove of autographed manuscripts and letters from important literary and historical figures. This is the story of what became of it.
A piece of art created by a study participant using both markers and modeling clay. They said the experience was "therapeutic, relaxing [and] thoughtful." Courtesy of Girija Kaimal.

At Any Skill Level, Making Art Reduces Stress Hormones

A Drexel University study found that no matter a person’s skill level, taking time to make art is likely to reduce their stress hormone levels.
Charmatz

Internationally Acclaimed French Choreographer Boris Charmatz Brings Renowned Work to Drexel

A transformative figure in the world of contemporary dance, acclaimed French choreographer Boris Charmatz will bring his renowned Levée des conflits (Suspension of Conflicts) to Philadelphia, hosted by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and co-presented by FringeArts as part of the Fringe Festival, from Sept. 7-10. 
A scan of a human brain. Photo courtesy of Sean Novak.

Origin of a Myth: The Second Trauma Cure for Amnesia

A Drexel professor explains how scientists’ limited and faulty understanding of the brain hundreds of years ago gave birth to the erroneous idea that amnesia induced by a blow to the head can be cured by a second “conk.”
Writers Room participant Jordan McCullough reads to a crowd at last year's Writers Room anthology reading. Photo courtesy Jen Britton.

Writers Room Celebrates its Second Year With a Special Reading, Anthology Release and Art Show

Writers Room has created many opportunities for members of the Drexel and West Philadelphia communities to create works of art and literature since its launch last year.
Westphal College of Arts & Sciences Senior Show

Westphal 2016 Senior Shows

The seniors from the Westphal College of Art & Design have always created stunning shows in the past, and this year is no exception. You won’t want to miss the chance to discover the newest voices in fashion, video games, screen writing, interior design and film.
Spitfire Grill

Philly as Gilead: Drexel Students Reunite Cast, Creator For 15th Anniversary of 'The Spitfire Grill'

A musical about second chances is getting one of its own this summer when students from Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design bring a theatrical stage reading of “The Spitfire Grill” to Philadelphia. The James Valcq and Fred Alley musical, adapted from the 1996 film starring Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden, had the misfortune of opening in New York four days before the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. Though its moment in the Big Apple was not to be, “The Spitfire Grill” and Valcq have had a loyal following, including Drexel professor Brannon Wiles who, along with his Entertainment Arts Management students, are putting together a musical reading of the show that will reunite many of the original cast members. Valcq himself will direct the performances, which will be held at The Caplan Studio Theater on South Broad Street from June 3-5, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the show’s debut.
Images from the designs at the fashion show 2016

Grand Gowns, Metallics and Jewels Steal the Spotlight at Drexel’s Annual Fashion Show

With inspiration derived from South African Animals, Henry VIII and Alice in Wonderland, 20 senior and graduate Fashion Design students aim to captivate as their collections take the stage during Drexel University’s Annual Fashion Show on Saturday, June 4, presented by the Fashion Design and Design & Merchandising programs in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
Tianna Gaines-Turner holds a photo of the hug she shared with Congressman Paul Ryan. Photo by Jas Borman.

Witnesses to Hunger Expert Star of “A Hug From Paul Ryan” Documentary

A participant and expert of Drexel’s Witnesses to Hunger advocacy program is the focus of a new documentary that is part of a series looking at social issues in the United States.
 A kookaburra from the Academy of Natural Sciences collection, photographed by Jeff Fusco.

Frozen in Flight: Taxidermy Birds from The Academy of Natural Sciences

Birds from the Academy of Natural Sciences’ vast collection of taxidermy will be on display with fine and decorative arts from The Drexel Collection the Rincliffe Gallery May 20 through August 22.
A group of Drexel students listening to a piece written in Writers Room being read. Courtesy of Rachel Wenrick.

Words to Live By: Drexel’s Writers Room Hosting Festival in Celebration of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’

With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program, Drexel’s Writers Room will host seven weeks of programming to bring local communities together to explore themes from the acclaimed novel and its author’s life.