The “Vallejo” style visions of fit, perfectly proportioned and muscular figures depicted with such amazing hyper realism you’d swear you could reach out and touch them is known around the world. It can also be seen in posters for movies such as 1983’s “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and its sequel “European Vacation,” and the 1978 reissue poster for Jane Fonda’s “Barbarella.” Younger folks may be familiar with Vallejo and Bell if they’ve seen the 2007 film “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” Vallejo and Bell drew the poster.Over the past several decades, this dynamic duo’s work (either solo or collaborative) has been published and reproduced in books, calendars, illustrations and prints.Their jobs are out of this world, for sure, but they do it all quietly from the suburbs of Allentown.”We really enjoy being rather anonymous,” says Vallejo in a recent interview at their home/studio.On Sunday, July 8, the couple will step into the public eye when they give a lecture at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley entitled “The World of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell.” The lecture is one of a series in conjunction with “At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic,” the most comprehensive exhibition of fantasy art ever mounted. Among the 160 works by some of the best artists in the field, both contemporary and historical, are one work each by Bell and Vallejo and their son David Palumbo.Their works are together in an alcove.
KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: Like the politicians and the political consultants it mocks, “Our Brand Is Crisis” doesn’t completely deliver on what it promises. Nominally a satiric comedy, it’s only sporadically effective, running out of energy before it reaches the end. Like the documentary it’s based on, the fictional crisis is also set during a Bolivian presidential campaign.
Item Type:ArticleItem Status:Live ArchiveAbstractThis paper considers the role of assessment within widening participation schemes, particularly those targeting learners under the age of 16 which can struggle to demonstrate impact when university may be three or four years ahead. The Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) is a cross curricular scheme in which 13 15 year old learners work in small, mixed school teams to complete a two day outdoor investigation before spending a third ‘taster day’ in university when they learn about applying to university and analyse their investigation data before writing an assessed project report. HEFA aims not only to raise academic aspirations, but also to equip learners to fulfil those aspirations by enabling them to develop transferrable skills which support their learning and boost confidence.