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Join us for a Summer Open House + BBQ on Thursday, June 27th from 9–1pm. See our campus; mingle with faculty, alumni and current students; and learn about UArts, the admissions process and financial aid options while attending a question & answer panel. The day will culminate in a summer cookout, featuring alumnus-owned Little Baby’s Ice Cream hand-scooped from their mobile cart. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at or 215-717-6049. RSVP by June 21

The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations invites the class of 2017 and their families to join us at a Summer Send-Off event in your hometown. Connect with other members of the UArts community, including other new students and parents, local alumni and staff members, and get all of your last-minute questions about life at UArts answered.

Each event is free for one student and up to three other family members, but pre-registration is requested. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations at 215-717-6139 or

Saturday, July 20
11 a.m.  1 p.m.
Hosted by Mary Dembo BFA ‘85 (Graphic Design) at her home in Pacific Palisades*

Saturday, August 10
12  2 p.m.
Hosted by the UArts Office of Alumni & Parent Relations
JB’s on the Beach
300 NE 21st Avenue
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Wednesday, July 31
6:30  8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Bill BFA ‘79 (Fibers) and Sharon Erwin BFA ‘79 (Crafts) at their home in Highland Park*

New York
Tuesday, July 16
6:30  8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Trustee Howard Belk BFA ‘81 (Graphic Design)
Siegel + Gale
625 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011

Sunday, August 4
11 a.m.  1 p.m.
Hosted by the UArts Office of Alumni & Parent Relations
Gertrude’s Restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Streets
Baltimore, MD 21218

New Jersey
Wednesday, August 7
 8 p.m.
Hosted by Fabian Brown BM ‘01 (Music Performance)
Village Cheese Shop and Bistro
516 Station Avenue
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035

Chester County
Wednesday, July 10
6:30  8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Ted and Lisa Albany, parents of Tim Albany ‘16 (Animation) at their home in Chadds Ford, PA*

Wednesday, July 17
6:30  8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Tom Miles BFA ‘75 (Sculpture) at his home in Philadelphia*

Bucks County
Thursday, July 25
6:30  8:30 p.m.
Hosted Beth and Stephen Lewis, parents of Jarrett Lewis ‘16 (Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology), at their home in Meadowbrook*

Montgomery County
Tuesday, August 20
6:30  8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Janine Cappello-Bryant BFA ‘86 (Dance) and David Bryant BM ‘84 (Piano) at their home in Audubon*

Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia Area
Saturday, July 27
 6 p.m.
Hosted by Timothy Worrell BFA ‘87 (Illustration)
Timothy Paul Carpets + Textiles
Mosaic District
2910 District Ave, Suite 140
Fairfax, VA 22031

*The address for events hosted in private homes will be provided when you RSVP.

For our incoming students, The Office of Residential Life has compiled a list of items included in our dorm rooms, items that you should bring, and items that are prohibited in our Residence Halls.

Don’t panic if you forget something, there are many stores in Philadelphia and it is easy to get whatever basics you might need. Additionally, you and your roommates may want to plan for additional items once you have moved in.

Included in Your Room

  • 3 drawer dresser
  • Air Conditioner (Window units in Furness, Spruce, Pine. There is central air in Juniper.)
  • Bed
  • Closet Storage
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Micro‐fridge
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Storage

What to Bring


  • Alarm clock
  • Bed linens for extra long twin bed
  • Blanket/bed spread
  • Mattress pad or foam
  • Pillows


  • Floor bath mat
  • Personal toiletries
  • Shower Caddy
  • Shower curtain and rings
  • Toilet tissue
  • Towels/washcloths


  • Broom/vacuum/mop
  • Cleaning products
  • Dish soap/Dish rack/sponges
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Laundry detergent
  • Trash can and liners


You will only need limited kitchen items.

  • Coffee/tea pot
  • Cooking utensils
  • Flatware/silverware
  • Food Storage Items
  • Glasses/cups/mugs
  • Toaster


  • Area Rugs
  • Bicycle/lock
  • Cards/board games
  • Clothes drying rack
  • Fan
  • First Aid kit
  • Hangers
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Lamps – There is limited overhead lighting in each apartment but some additional lighting in necessary
  • Medicine
  • Power Strips with surge protectors
  • Quarters for laundry (Juniper only, all other buildings are on add value cards)
  • Radio/Stereo Equipment
  • Safe/lockbox for valuables
  • Sewing kit
  • Television – Cable is not provided, you may sign up on move in day or at your leisure
  • Umbrella


There are also certain items that are prohibited in the residence halls. Please leave these at home as their possession violates university policy and certain local fire codes.

  • Air conditioners
  • Alcohol
  • Candles
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Drugs
  • Empty alcohol containers
  • Extension cords
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hookahs
  • Hot plates
  • Incense
  • Microwave ovens
  • Pets or animals of any kind (Fish are allowed, maximum size for an aquarium is 15 gallons)
  • Refrigerators
  • String lights, rope lights, Christmas lights
  • Tattoo equipment
  • Weapons

2013 William H. Ely Senior Illustration Exhibition

Taking first place was Grace O’Neill for her acrylic/digital promotional posters. After graduation in May, Grace plans to move to New York to pursue a career in editorial illustration.

2013 William H. Ely Senior Illustration Exhibition
2013 Ely second prize winner Rita Carroll also designed and illustrated this year’s poster!

2013 William H. Ely Senior Illustration Exhibition

2013 Ely second prize winner Rita Carroll also designed and illustrated this year’s poster!

2013 William H. Ely Senior Illustration Exhibition

Awarded second prize for her children’s book constructed of original acrylic and ink works was Rita Carroll.

2013 William H. Ely Senior Illustration Exhibition

Greg Wright took third prize for his digital zodiac posters.

2013 William H. Ely Senior Illustration Exhibition

Heather Vaughan’s Ely piece based on “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH,” of which this is a small segment, received Honorable Mention. Click through to Heather’s full illustration, then click at the top of that image to view the illustration at full size. Enjoy the subtle animations as you scroll to explore the narrative.

2013 William H. Ely Senior Illustration Exhibition

Another Honorable Mention was awarded to David Curtis for his playful and inventive classic murder mystery novel designs. Physical books were accompanied by this slick video presentation. 

2013 William H. Ely Senior Illustration Exhibition

Honorable Mention went to Michael Bednar for his editorial charcoal illustrations. Each illustration is also presented as part of by a magazine spread layout.