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Archive for October, 2010



October 27, 2010: Helen Shirk

Posted on October 27, 2010 by School of Art

Helen Shirk is a metalsmith/jeweler and educator. She is known for her large richly colored copper vessels that draw on the power and diversity of the natural world for inspiration and meaning. She is currently a Professor of Art Emerita at San Diego State University. She studied with Earl Pardon at Skidmore College (B.A. 1963) and Alma Eikerman at Indiana University (M.F.A. 1969). Her work can be found in many public collections, among them the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, the National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Oakland Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


October 20, 2010: Eric Goldberg

Posted on October 20, 2010 by School of Art

Eric Goldberg is an American animator and film director. He is best known for his work at Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios. Born and raised in New Jersey, Goldberg studied at Pratt Institute, where he majored in illustration. He first entered the industry in the mid-1970s working on Raggedy Ann and Andy for the Richard Williams studio, eventually moving to Williams’ London studio and rising through the ranks from Assistant to Director. During the 1980s, Goldberg started his own London-based studio, Pizazz Pictures, to produce television commercials. His works as a director include A Monkey’s Tale (2006), The Magic Lamp 3D (2001), Rhapsody in Blue (2000), Fantasia/2000 (1999), and Pocahontas (1995). Works as an animator include Aladdin (1992), Hercules (1997), The Pink Panther (2006), The Princess and the Frog (2009) and Winnie the Pooh (in production, 2011).


October 13, 2010: Rebecca Lowry

Posted on October 13, 2010 by School of Art

Trained as an architect, Rebecca Lowry has been pursuing an independent fine art practice since 2003. Originally from Northern California, Lowry lived nearly a decade in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts at Boston University and a Master of Architecture degree at Harvard’s Design School. Time spent working at the firm of Herzog & de Meuron in Zurich strongly informed and influenced her visual art practice. Her works create relationships between texts, objects and actions as a means of modifying and reinforcing the associations already inherent in them, creating, as Lowry states, “object-based poems”. She has exhibited with Lawrence Asher Gallery and Kristi Engle Gallery in Los Angeles and was the recipient of the “Visions from the New California” Award in 2010. Lowry teaches at USC and lives in the Los Angeles Warehouse District.


October 6, 2010: Rob Swainston

Posted on October 6, 2010 by School of Art

Rob Swainston’s work crosses from print and paper into sculpture and installation. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swainston made his first relief print “Hippopotamus” at age five. He studied art and political science at Hampshire College, and subsequently lived and worked in Central Europe, pursuing postgraduate studies in political science at Budapest’s Central European University. He received his M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2006 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. He is a cofounder and master printer of Prints of Darkness, a collaborative printmaking studio in Brooklyn, NY. He has also worked as a master printer and taught printmaking at Columbia University. Swainston is an alumnus of the Philadelphia art collective Vox Populi. He lives and works in New York City, where he recently finished the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program.