Faculty Research Accomplishments Summer 2015
Prof. Neville Vakharia, Arts Administration, published a paper titled “The Knowledge-Centric Arts Organization: A Critical Role for Grantmakers” in Grantmakers In the Arts’ (GIA) peer-reviewed journal, GIA Reader. The paper is based on Vakharia’s ongoing research on organizational capacity, technology, and information management. GIA Reader is the only peer-reviewed publication in the United States on arts issues relating to philanthropy and arts policy. Click here to read the article.
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Arts Administration Program Director Prof. Julie Goodman-Hawkins joined the Philadelphia Orchestra on a Drexel University-sponsored cultural residency trip in early June to Macao, China and Hong Kong. The trip commemorated the 40th anniversary of the historic political and cultural exchange that first saw the Orchestra traveling to China following President Nixon’s visit to Beijing. Goodman-Hawkins moderated and spoke at a session at The Macao Conservatory titled “Engaging Excellence in the World of Music,” joined by Cristian Macelaru, associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Ryan Fleur, Executive Vice President for Orchestra Advancement. The lecture focused on building excellence and leadership in artistry, administration, and engagement and how orchestras can function as educators, ambassadors, and civic leaders.
Arts Administration Professor Neville Vakharia was selected to speak at the International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management in Bogotá, Columbia. The conference brought together researchers, economists, and social scientists from around the world to address arts management challenges from an analytical perspective. Prof. Vakharia presented a paper titled, “The Knowledge-Centric Arts Organization: Practices, Processes, and the Path Forward,” which he co-wrote with Arts Administration alumnus Divya Janardhan. Their paper explores the challenges facing small and mid-sized arts organizations in a fast-paced, data-driven society and provides new context and recommendations towards improved sustainability.
Prof. Mike Glaser, Product Design program director, gave a presentation titled “3D Printing and the Future of Design Education,” as part of a panel at this year's Maker Faire event in New York City. The presentation outlined how 3-D tools and fabrication techniques are now taught at schools, breeding a new generation of empowered makers. Glaser also was invited by the event organizers to help shape the program around design-specific topics.
Prof. Kathi Martin, Fashion Design, presented her paper, “Beyond the Mannequin: A New Embodiment for Historic Fashion,” at the Digital Fashion Conference, held at the London College of Fashion on May 15. She was also an author on “Transforming Dress,” presented at the conference by co-author Sehee Wu, a colleague from Seoul National University.
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Art & Art History Professor Mark Stockton exhibited a collection of 11 new silverpoint drawings in a group drawing show, “Wayward Bound,” that opened June 25th at the RARE gallery in New York City. Stockton’s collection, titled “New York, Net Worth,” featured meticulous renderings of famous and infamous faces of Big Apple high society.
Dr. Jichen Zhu and Dr. Glen Muschio, Digital Media, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for their project, “EAGER: TAEMILE: Towards Automating Experience Management in Interactive Learning Environments.” Dr. Zhu and Dr. Muschio will collaborate on the project with Dr. Aroutis N. Foster from Drexel University’s School of Education.
Prof. Blaise Tobia, Art & Art History, opened a solo show Sept. 21 at the well-known SoHo gallery OK Harris Works of Art in New York. Entitled “Blaise Tobia: Binary Codes,” the exhibition includes works from two of Tobia’s photographic series that are based in paired imagery. The subject matter covers urban landscapes and global material culture, with images from across the United States as well as China, Italy, Ireland, France and the United Kingdom. The show will run through Oct. 26.
Prof. Anda Dubinskis, Drawing Area Coordinator, Art & Art History, exhibited silkscreen prints at the Lockhart Gallery at the State University of New York, Geneseo. The show, titled “Printmaking 2013,” opened Sept. 20 and ran until Oct. 19, showcasing a variety of printmaking techniques – traditional, experimental, digital – and emphasizing innovations in the field.
Prof. Leah Stein, Dance, was featured in Thinking Dance for her dance company’s work “Adjacent Spaces,” which was performed at this year’s FringeArts Festival.
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