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Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design presents Westphest: Performances, Thesis, Exhibitions

2024 Westphest Showcase

Celebrating academic achievements, thesis projects, creative work, and seasonal performances from the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

May & June 2024

The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design presents our annual student showcase celebrating academic achievements, creative work, thesis projects, and seasonal performances. Celebrate the next generation of creative thinkers, multidisciplinary designers, and innovative makers at our WestPhest Showcase.

Drexel Dance Senior Projects: Dawn of Self - Work by Grace Fisher, Aria Iuso and India Scott

Saturday, May 18 | 6-8pm
Mandell Theater
32nd & Chestnut Streets

Grace will be creating a choreographic work exploring how the Apollonian-Dionysian divide described in Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy can be expressed through movement. Aria is exploring the impacts of Bella Lewitzky in modern dance, particularly through the evolution of the Horton Technique. She will choreograph a piece through a feminist lens that is based on her findings. India will be looking into the concept of Lesbian Existence through different forms of literature and media, as well as feminist performance art resulting in choreographic work.

Product Design Thesis Exhibition: In Tune

Thursday, May 30 to June 2 | Opening Reception: May 30, 4:30-7:30pm
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
3401 Filbert Street

Step into the realm of innovation and creativity at the Product Design Thesis Exhibition: In Tune. This collection of work offers a glimpse into the future of design, featuring a diverse range of projects from 25 graduating students.

We are happy to invite you all to the opening reception of the exhibition occurring on Thursday, May 30th from 4:30-7:30pm. Please join us as we celebrate the culmination of countless hours of hard work and dedication by the class of 2024.

The exhibition will remain open to the public for free, no RSVP necessary, from May 31st-June 2nd.


  • Reception Thursday, May 30 | 4:30-7:30pm
  • Friday May 31 | 12-6pm
  • Saturday-Sunday, June 1 - June 2 | 12-8pm

Lawn Jawn

Friday, May 31 | 1-5pm
3400 Block of Filbert Street
Between 34th and 36th streets; behind The URBN Center

Lawn Jawn is an Annual Spring Festival hosted by Flux and Drexel’s Music Industry Program. This year we’re presenting an eclectic group of artists & bands who are bound to get you off your feet and moving - energy is the only prerequisite. Join us on Friday, May 31st from 1:00 - 5:00pm for this free event at 34th & Filbert street. We'll be in the URBN Annex to celebrate with great music, food trucks, an art market featuring student vendors, lawn games, and more.

Digital Media Student Exhibition

Saturday, June 1 | 2-6pm
The DAC, 32nd and Market Streets

Embark on a captivating journey through the digital landscape at our final exhibition event for digital media students! Enter a realm where pixels dance with creativity and technology intertwines with artistry. From mesmerizing animations to interactive installations, our talented students push the boundaries of digital storytelling and expression. Join us for an electrifying evening as we unveil a tapestry of digital masterpieces that reflect the diversity and innovation of our emerging media creators. Prepare to be enchanted, engaged, and enthralled by the dynamic fusion of imagination and technology!

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Photography Student Exhibition

Friday, June 7 | 6-9pm
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
3401 Filbert Street

Mark your calendars! Our Senior Thesis Exhibition & Opening Reception is on Friday, June 7th, from 6-9 PM. Each year, our Senior class works on a nine-month, self-directed project of the student's choosing. This exhibition marks the capstone of these efforts, and the result is a beautifully produced show and opening reception well attended by friends, family, and industry professionals. So please join us at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in the URBN Annex at 3401 Filbert Street to celebrate our students' accomplishments!


The Drexel Fashion Show: Wear Your Voice

Saturday, June 8 | 4pm
The Bellevue Hotel

Drexel University is thrilled to present the innovative creations of our Fashion Design graduates! This year, we’re transforming the legendary Bellevue Hotel on Broad Street, nestled in the vibrant core of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, into the backdrop for the 2024 iteration of Drexel’s annual fashion extravaganza. With a focus on cultivating design from identity, the 2024 Drexel Fashion Show promises to be inspirational and forward-thinking. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8, at 4:00 PM, as we, infuse Broad Street with a night of unparalleled creative brilliance!

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Design & Merchandising Student Exhibition

Tuesday, June 11 | 6-8pm
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
3401 Filbert Street

Join us for an AMAZING One-Night Only event in the Pearlstein Gallery located inside of the URBN Annex Building on Tuesday June 11!

In a world where fashion and sustainability intertwine, students from the Design and Merchandising Program will showcase a diverse range of creative projects, business plans, and research at their upcoming senior show.

From sustainable leather alternatives to an innovative resale program, they will explore novel solutions for a more sustainable and inclusive future. Research will examine body positivity on the runway, while a sustainable collection for Selkie will demonstrate the harmonious coexistence of style and sustainability. Business plans, such as Earthminds, will propose strategies to educate and inspire change.

Research will investigate the impact of meaningful events on local retailers, the evolution of fashion brand storytelling, consumer insights, 3D design, the symbiotic relationship between film and fashion, micro influencers, and immersive retail experiences as key drivers of emotional connection. Studies on equitable haircare and the rise of social media authenticity will challenge conventional notions of beauty.

Through their passion, creativity, and commitment to sustainability, these future leaders will demonstrate the transformative power of knowledge and shared vision for a better tomorrow in the fashion industry. Attendees can expect to be inspired by the innovative ideas and groundbreaking solutions presented at this eagerly anticipated senior show.


Screenwriting & Playwriting Student Exhibition

Thursday, June 13 | 11-1pm
University Crossing, Room 028

Welcome to a realm of imagination and narrative mastery at our final exhibition showcase event for graduating Screenwriting & Playwriting students! From thought-provoking dramas to outrageous comedies to high fantasy, from stage plays to television series to feature films, follow these writers on their creative journeys. Join us for a morning of TED-style talks and hear these emerging artists discuss their inspirations, the road to their capstone projects, and where they’re headed next.

The exhibition will take place in UCross Room 028 with reception to follow in room 026.


Graphic Design Senior Show Exhibition and Reception

Thursday, June 13 | 5-8pm
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
3401 Filbert Street

Each year, Graphic Design seniors showcase their creative work to family, friends, industry professionals, and the Drexel community. The Graphic Design Senior Show Exhibition and Reception is on Thursday, June 13th. In the weeks leading up to the exhibition event, visit the Graphic Design Instagram and Facebook for student spotlights and project teasers. The Senior Show Awards will be announced at the Exhibition Event and shared on social media Friday, June 14th.

The 2024 Graphic Design Senior Show Exhibition offers viewers the opportunity to see stunning work and meet our newly minted designers. Graphic Design seniors will exhibit projects that showcase their versatility and talent. Highlights include senior capstone projects, book design, packaging, publication design, web design, wayfinding, exhibition design, and motion graphics.


Interior Design Student Exhibition

Thursday, June 13 | 6-9pm
The URBN Center Lobby
3501 Market Street

The Interior Design Student Exhibition is a gala style event showcasing students' portfolio of work throughout their four years in the Interior Design Program. The showcase is a testament to the students' commitment to solving world issues through innovative design solutions, and bettering communities and their world in an inclusive and equitable manner. Students select the work to be displayed, carefully chosen from studio projects, visualization technique courses, custom designed and fabricated furniture as well as fine art and sculpture. Students' project work evidence deep and meaningful research, thought provoking development of design, spectacular imagery, and the creative solving of societal issues. Senior Projects, a yearlong study of a project of the student's choice, are particularly exciting.

All are welcome to join this tight knit group in celebrating the vastness of their work to family members, friends, Westphal faculty, alumni, industry professionals, and the entire community. The Student Exhibition also allows the seniors one last celebration before venturing into new and exciting paths, changing the world through design!


Digital Media and Virtual Production Student Exhibition

Friday, June 14 | 12-1:30pm
The URBN Center, Room 246
3501 Market Street

Are you ready to step into the forefront of digital innovation? Welcome to our final exhibition event for digital media and virtual production students! Curious about the future of storytelling in the digital age? Explore a world where imagination meets technology, where virtual realms come to life with every click. From immersive virtual experiences to cutting-edge visual effects, our talented creators push the boundaries of digital storytelling. Join us for an evening of discovery and immersion as we unveil a gallery of projects that redefine the art of visual storytelling. What new worlds will you discover? Get ready to be amazed, inspired, and transported by the boundless creativity and technical prowess of our emerging digital media and virtual production pioneers!


Urban Strategy Student Exhibition

Saturday, June 15 | 9-10:30am
The URBN Center, Room 141
3501 Market Street

Ever wonder how cities evolve and thrive? Curious about the innovative solutions shaping the cities of tomorrow? The Urban Strategy program features deep dives into the issues facing the contemporary city, and this is most apparent in the work of our thesis students. Thesis students undertake a project of significant depth and detail over the course of an entire academic year.

Join us as we listen to our graduate students present their final thesis, covering topics as diverse as workforce development, urban parks, and commercial corridor safety.

The presentations will take place in URBN Center Room 141. Afterwards, participate in our Q&A and enjoy some light refreshments.


Architecture Student Exhibition

Saturday, June 15 | 9:30-11am
The URBN Center, Room 427
3501 Market Street

Please join us! Our graduating students gather one last time before we send them off into the world as Drexel Architecture alumni. We'll break morning bread over a light breakfast while admiring their exhibition of student work. Then, we head to a festive commencement that continues a day of celebration for hard-earned accolades. Onward!


Film and Television / Animation (Collab) Student Exhibition

Sunday, June 16 | 1-5pm
Mandell Theater
32nd & Chestnut Streets

Prepare for an unforgettable cinematic experience as we bring together the creativity and talent of film and television, and animation students for our final exhibition showcase event! Step into a world where storytelling transcends boundaries, where every frame is a canvas for imagination to unfold. From gripping narratives to whimsical animations, our talented creators invite you to journey through a kaleidoscope of emotions and adventures. Join us for an evening of cinematic magic and visual delight as we unveil a curated collection of films, television pilots, and animated shorts that captivate, entertain, and inspire. Get ready to be transported, dazzled, and moved by the collective brilliance of our emerging filmmakers and animators!