October 2, 2015 |
COMMUNITY COLLEGE of Philadelphia is not usually thought of as an art school. And strictly speaking, with more than 34,000 full- and part-time students studying everything from English as a second language to computer science, it isn't. Which makes the college's art program that much more remarkable. Though its students are counted in the hundreds, the art department has very quietly had a big impact on those it teaches - and on the larger art world. "I believe CCP is a very under-the-radar institution that does a great deal of good for Philly but never gets the acknowledgment deserved," said highly regarded painter and photographer Diane Burko, who taught there from 1970 to 2000.
September 22, 2015 |
James E. Buckley, 71, of Chestnut Hill, a fine-arts appraiser and auctioneer, died Thursday, Sept. 3, of pancreatic cancer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Born in Chicago, Mr. Buckley graduated from South Shore High School there in 1963. He went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1964 and at the Cleveland Institute of Technology in 1968. While serving in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968, he was an illustrator for the military police at the Oscoda, Mich., Air Force base.
September 8, 2015 |
It's not a secret garden. But people are still surprised to see it - sprouting from a parking lot, the vines climbing a cinder-block wall in Chinatown North. "I used to think it was just flowers when I walked by," said Joyce Randell, who lives not far away. Set between a Shell station and a Catholic school, this small, corner-store-sized farm has big ambitions: to provide food to the homeless, purpose to the aimless, and satisfaction to everyone willing to get their hands dirty.
September 3, 2015 |
To Monica Ippolito, family meant hours of listening to her grandfather's stories: how he'd fought in World War II; how, after he eloped with her grandmother, his mother-in-law chased them with the wooden spoon she called her "macaroni stick. " For Tim McIntire, family ties were equally fierce. His sister, born with special needs, defied doctors' predictions that she would never walk or talk. "I had a pretty big hand in helping to raise her," Tim says. When they met, he was a first-year student and Monica was a senior at Philadelphia's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
August 29, 2015 |
Pearl Properties has purchased the Art Institute of Philadelphia building at 1618-22 Chestnut St. and will rent three of its lower stories to Gap Inc. for the retailer's second Center City Old Navy store. Old Navy has leased 23,464 square feet for a flagship store in the art deco building, according to Steven H. Gartner, an executive vice president at commercial real estate services firm CBRE Inc., who brokered the lease. Pearl Properties closed on its purchase of the building, the former headquarters of radio station WCAU, on Monday, Gartner said.
July 30, 2015 |
Harry Hasheian, 77, of Chestnut Hill, an artist and educator, died Saturday, July 18, of a pulmonary embolism at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. He and his family were lifelong Philadelphia residents, and his work was known throughout the region. Mr. Hasheian said his drawings and paintings were influenced by the "raw, divine clumsiness" of the German Expressionists. In addition, the work of painters Wassily Kandinsky and Arshile Gorky, he said, allowed him to experiment with the "visually sophisticated doodle.
June 26, 2015 |
FOR NEARLY two decades, the garden behind Don LaJeunesse's Merchantville home was an organic tribute to his unique artistic skills. LaJeunesse, a former sculpture instructor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, was a self-described "putzer," said his wife, Patrice - he was always tinkering with the shaded area behind their home, trimming flowers and rearranging his self-made furniture. The garden outlived its creator, who succumbed to cancer in 2010. But the gale-force winds of Tuesday's storm ended the 17-year legend of one of the Camden County town's most unusual landmarks.
May 13, 2015 |
That's Kanye "Ph.D. " West We'll never hear the end of it now. Already beloved for his rabid egomania, Kanye West now has even more to boast about. The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday awarded the megastar an honorary doctorate for his "transformative, genre-defying work. " In his speech to the college's graduating class, Kanye said the degree means his fans wont have to defend his smarts as vehemently as before. "This honor is gonna make your lives easier," he said. "You don't have to defend me as much, and I'm going to make all of our lives easier.
February 6, 2015 |
A STATE Welfare Department employee has been released from the hospital after being injured last month in a tragic accident in Center City. Erica Goodwin, 44, of Lansdowne, Delaware County, was discharged from Hahnemann University Hospital on Jan. 27, a hospital spokeswoman said last night. She had been there since Jan. 15, when she was crushed by a Temple University student who fell to her death from an eighth-floor window, police said. The student - identified by Temple as Rebecca Kim, a freshman in the university's pre-pharmacy program - had been visiting friends in an Art Institute of Philadelphia dorm on Chestnut Street near 16th when she fell while apparently trying to take a photograph, police said.