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Doctoral student delves into video game music in career inspired by Atari

Doctoral student delves into video game music in career inspired by Atari

Aaron Vaders-Collins is a first-year doctoral student at Mason Gross School of the Arts pursuing a degree in music composition and the emerging field of ludomusicology, the scholarly analysis of video game music. A mashup of technology and music theory, engineering, and production, the subject is a perfect blend of Vaders-Collins’s interests.

Alum nominated for 2022 Grammy Award

Alum nominated for 2022 Grammy Award

Composer Tom Nazziola, a 2019 PhD graduate, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Instrumental Composition category for “Cat and Mouse,” a piece from his 2021 album Distant Places. Nazziola describes the album as “a collection of works...

Faculty featured in “State of the Arts” episode about Angela Davis exhibition

Faculty featured in “State of the Arts” episode about Angela Davis exhibition

The image of Angela Davis was a lightning rod for both the left and the right in the early 1970s. A new exhibit explores her visual and political legacy through rare archival material from the collection of Lisbet Tellefsen, and with the work of artists including Faith Ringgold, Steffani Jemison, Carrie Schneider, Sadie Barnette, and others. The story includes interviews with Angela Davis, Lisbet Tellefsen, Art & Design faculty Steffani Jemison, and the co-curators Donna Gustafson, Interim Director of Zimmerli Art Museum, and Art & Design faculty Gerry Beegan. See Angela Davis: Seize the Time at the Zimmerli Art Museum (September 8, 2021 – June 15, 2022) and the Oakland Museum of California in the fall of 2022.

Alum dances alongside J.Lo and other music industry stars

Alum dances alongside J.Lo and other music industry stars

Nicolette Alberti (center front) danced with Jennifer Lopez in the Super Bowl LIV halftime show in Miami, Florida, in 2020. As a kid, Nicolette Alberti loved watching awards shows and going to concerts with her mom, not just to see big-name stars but also the dancers...

Emma Amos retrospective comes to Philadelphia

Emma Amos retrospective comes to Philadelphia

A pathbreaking multimedia artist, Emma Amos made vibrant, witty, and passionate works that challenge, unsettle, and sometimes altogether reject the dominant visual codes of American life. Across her career, Amos’s art explored the links among personal biography, history, and the politics of race and gender in America.

Alumni team up for album of contemporary Cuban music

Alumni team up for album of contemporary Cuban music

Music alumni Osiris (Ozzy) Molina and Adonis Gonzalez-Matos have teamed up to create Cuba, Alabama, an album of contemporary Cuban music. The title is both a play on an actual town in Alabama and a reflection of the coincidences that brought them together in a most...

Lecture series feature visiting artists and designers

Lecture series feature visiting artists and designers

Image courtesy of Sydney Shen The Department of Art & Design proudly presents the Visiting Artist Lecture Series and the Design Lecture Series for the fall 2021 semester. Both series are central to the department and feature visiting artists from varying...