Philadelphia’s University of the Arts recently named Professor Alphonse Mattia as a winner of the College of Art and Design Silver Star Alumni Award.
One of the nation's leading furniture makers, Mattia is a faculty member in the Department of Art and the Center for Turning and Furniture Design. He and also serves as senior critic in the Rhode Island School of Design's graduate program in Furniture Design. He received the award at the University of the Arts commencement earlier this month.
First awarded in 1955 to world-renowned portrait and fashion photographer Irving Penn and fashion designer Tina Leser, the Silver Star Alumni Award has been bestowed upon fewer than one hundred graduates of the University of the Arts’s College of Art and Design and College of Performing Arts. The honorees are selected because they are role models for University of the Arts students and because they represent the tradition of educational and artistic excellence that the university’s faculty works hard to achieve.
The College of Fine Arts and the Department of Art are proud to have Alphonse working with our students in the Center for Turning and Furniture Design and in all our wood classes.