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Faculty Research Accomplishments Fall 2013

Research Publications

Dr. Miriam Giguere, Dance program director, recently co-authored a book review of Close Encounters: Dance Partners for Creativity in the British journal Thinking Skills and Creativity. Her co-author is Barbara Bashaw, director of graduate dance education at Rutgers University. Miriam also recently joined the advisory board of the Dance Notation Bureau in New York.

Carla Diana, Product Design Adjunct Professor, has released a new book, LEO the Maker Prince, about the future of 3D printing as told through the eyes of a robot character. Published by Maker Media, LEO the Maker Prince features a series of objects that appear as photos on its pages, but can also be downloaded by readers.

Prof. Nick Cassway, Design & Merchandising, released a new book, Computer Imaging for Design and Merchandising, with Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. In the book, Cassway outlines the techniques he teaches in his Computer Design courses for the Design & Merchandising program using Adobe software.

Joseph H. Hancock II, Design & Merchandising Professor, Zhaohu Gu, Visiting Scholar for Xi'an Polytechnic University; and Kevin Matthews, Drexel Custom Designed Major have published a peer-reviewed journal article, “Rebranding American men’s heritage fashions through the use of visual merchandising, symbolic props and masculine iconic memes historically found in popular culture,” in Critical Studies in Men's Fashion. This article was a collaborative effort between all three authors to further the work Matthews completed during his research co-op in the summer of 2012. Hancock also released the first issue of his double-blind peer-reviewed journal Fashion, Style & Popular Culture. Dr. Hancock is the founding editor and, along with Dr. Vicki Karaminas at the University of Technology Sydney, edits this periodical.  This journal is sponsored by the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.    

Jay Rappaport, IT Manager and Systems Administrator, recently participated in a Funding Factory case study about how the CollectED program works at Drexel.

Art and Art History Professor Pia Brancaccio’s edited book, Living Rock – Buddhist, Hindu and Jain Cave Temples of Maharashtra has been published by Marg Publishers for the Arts in Mumbai. Brancaccio also delivered a lecture on the Art of Gandhara at the Rubin Museum for the Art of the Himalayas in New York City and presented a paper at the colloquium on Maritime Trade and Cultural Exchanges in the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka, organized by the Center for Buddhist Studies UC Berkeley, CNRS-ENS Paris and the Department of Archaeology Sri Lanka. Later this month, Brancaccio will take part in the international conference on the History of the Kushans organized by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Berlin.

Nicole Koltick, Architecture & Interiors Professor and Director of the Design Futures Lab, wrote a paper titled “Better know a VLO…realist approaches to very large organizations” that was accepted for presentation 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 April 10 through April 12 in Miami Beach, Fla. Koltick’s paper examines emerging speculative realist philosophies and applies them to new ways of thinking about Very Large Organizations (VLOs) and networks, building on a series of essays she produced investigating large scale ecologies that encompass exchanges of material, information and people. 

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Research Presentations

Prof. Frank Lee, Game Art & Production, was a speaker at the “Main Event” of this year’s weeklong ThinkFest 2013 on Nov. 9 at the Kimmel Center. Lee’s presentation, “Creating a Subculture in Philadelphia,” will be part of the 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. session. Sponsored by Philadelphia Magazine, the "Main Event" session also features filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, chef and restaurateur Marc Vetri and Fortune Magazine Assistant Managing Editor Leigh Gallagher.

Neville Vakharia, Arts Administration professor, gave two presentations at the Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts conference in Seattle. He presented and moderated a session titled “Building Institutional Knowledge Through Technology” with Arts Administration alumnus Divya Janardhan. He also presented a session titled “Mapping Creativity and Culture in a University-Driven Research Project,” with Arts Administration program director Julie Hawkins and Arts Administration professor Dr. Andrew Zitcer. The session was based on the program’s ongoing research on the arts, cultural, and creative assets, and needs of the Powelton Village and Mantua Neighborhoods.

Dr. Eugenia Ellis, Architecture & Interiors professor, was interviewed by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for her research on low-energy LED lighting and designing interior environments to improve health conditions for seniors.

Al Tedesco, Television Management program director, Dave Culver, Professor and General Manager of the Paul F. Harron Studios and DUTV, and Television Management Adjunct Professor Rich Paleski, WCBS-TV New York’s Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering, were invited by the Broadcast Education Association to present a panel, “Educated Uncertainty: Four Perspectives on Teaching the Physics and Romance of TV Technology to Non-Technical Learners,” at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Conference in Las Vegas in April 2014.

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Creative Works

Prof. Xela Batchelder, Entertainment & Arts Management, is facilitating the opening of the “Airy-Fairy, Lairy & Scary” exhibition today for First Friday at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym (1834 E. Frankford Avenue), with an opening reception from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The show is the second half of Batchelder’s Emerging International Xchange (EIXchange) program and is being curated by Paul Robertson, who is also curator at Summmerhall, Edinburgh – the largest private art museum in Europe that programs its own spaces.

Joshua Weiss, Art & Art History professor, exhibited work in two group shows in November 2013. The first show, titled “B-Sides,” ran at Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art (173 W. Girard Ave, Philadelphia) from Nov. 1–30, with an opening reception Nov. 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Weiss’ second show, titled “North by North West,” took place at the Marginal Utility (319 North 11th St., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia), from Nov. 14–24, curated by Mt. Airy Contemporary.  

Anda Dubinskis, Art & Art History professor, exhibited work in a show titled “Aviary,” at the Big Town Gallery, Rochester Vermont. The show, which included sculptures and paintings of birds, opened Oct. 9 and ran through Nov. 30.  

Liz Goldberg, Fashion Design professor, debuted a multi-medium show, “East Coast Divas,” at the Transfer Station shared art space facility in Manayunk on Nov. 7. The show, which ran through Nov. 28, is a continuation of Goldberg’s DIVA series work, which explores the Diva as an archetype of the flamboyantly uninhibited female, and the empowerment she represents. 

Andrea Modica, Photography professor, has two platinum-palladium prints from her “Best Friends” series included in the “About Face: Contemporary Portraiture” exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The show will be up through Jan. 19. Additionally, a copy of her book Treadwell was included in an exhibition dedicated to the history of the photographic book at the Tokyo Institute of Photography and will remain in the permanent collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography library.

Stuart Rome, Photography professor, was part of the recent exhibition at the James Michener Museum titled “Creative Hand, Discerning Heart: Form, Rhythm, Song.” In October, Rome displayed work from his series, “Signs,” in the Mythology of Florida exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans, which will be on view until Jan. 5. He is currently working on a series of portraits of marijuana growers in Northern California with a working title "In the Land of the Lotus Eaters," and a series of photographs from inside hollowed redwood and sequoia trees.

Nick Cassway, Design & Merchandising professor, is exhibiting selections from his 2009 site-specific installation, “In the Woods,” which placed 36 drawings depicting cryptic actions on road signs in natural settings, at the AIGA space gallery at 72 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia. The exhibition opened Friday Nov. 1 and will continue to run through Nov. 27. The installation uses the context, shapes, stature and materials of road signage to literally become “warning signs” scattered throughout the landscape.

Anda Dubinskis, Art & Art History, is exhibiting her large-scale charcoal and graphite drawings at the University of Dallas, Texas’ Haggerty Gallery. The show, “Remembered,” opens Nov. 8 and runs until Dec. 8.

Renee Chase, Fashion Design professor, has been selected to participate in Craft Forms 2013, the international juried exhibition of contemporary crafts, and will be displaying her work at the Wayne Art Center from Dec. 6, 2013 through Jan. 25, 2014. Crafts Forms 2013 features fine works of ceramics, wood, fiber, metal, glass and mixed medium to support the Wayne Art Center’s mission of expanding the public’s awareness of fine contemporary crafts and benefiting educational and outreach programs for children and adults.

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