September/October 2011 – All

September 8, 2011

All Activities


Felipe Castelblanco (MFA ’13), Daniel Luchman (MFA ’11), Scott Andrew (MFA ’13), Wade Kramm (Adjunct F’11), Michael McParlane (BFA ’08), Kim Beck (Associate Professor of Art) were featured in “The Year in Art” on September 14 at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. This event reviewed exhibitions and projects from artists (Tough Art, Fine Arts Residency, etc) in the museum’s 2010-11 residencies.

The Pittsburgh Biennial continues through the fall, featuring work by many School of Art alumni at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. The Miller Gallery’s opening night on September 16 features JustSeeds Artists Cooperative (incl. Mary Tremonte (BFA ’00)),Lize Mogel (BFA ’92), SubRosa (incl. Hyla Willis (MFA ’99) and Faith Wilding, former professor), and Temporary Services (incl. Marc Fischer (BFA ’93)). Jill Miller’s (Adjunct Faculty) “Milk Truck” will premiere at the Warhol on September 17 along with work from Kim Beck (faculty), Lilith Bailey Kroll (MFA ’04), Amisha Gadani (BFA ’07), Patricia Bellan-Gillen (faculty), Dara Birnbaum (A ’69), Deborah Kass (BFA ’74), Ayanah Moor (faculty), Diane Samuels (BFA ’70, MFA ’76), Carrie Schneider (BFA ’01), Renee Stout (BFA ’80), T. Foley (former STUDIO fellow). View a complete list of artists and alumni on the Biennial website.

Pittsburgh’s VIA Music & New Media Festival (October 5-9 & 16) pairs cutting-edge musicians with new media artists for one-of-a-kind performances. VIA was ranked #5 in Resident Advisor’s Top October Festivals from around the world (#1 in the US) sharing the company of Krakow’s Unsound Festival, among others. CMU students get discounted tickets starting September 21 in the University Center. All Passes (individual & multi-day) are available now online. School of Art/CMU artists featured in this year’s program include: Extreme Animals (Jacob Ciocci (MFA ’05)); Goat Helper (Michael Pisano, Michael McParlane, Michael Mallis (all BFA ’08) performing visuals for Toronto band Austra; Matt Barton’s (MFA ’06) roving “Heal the Word” sound project; an A/V performance from Pure Hype (Tom McConnell (BFA ’09) & Jen Inman (BFA ’10); a video remix project curated by Ben Kinsley & Michelle Fried (both MFA ’08) featuring new work from Eileen Maxson (MFA ’08) and Jerstin Crosby (Adjunct Faculty); Spencer Longo (BFA ’08) performing visuals for Brooklyn-based duo Ford & Lopatin; Di Ay Battad (BFA ’09) performing visuals for Mexico’s Toy Selecah/MadDecent; projects from Dan Wilcox (MFA ’13) and Heather Knight (HCII PhD); a “Crank Orchestra” playground from CMU CODELab graduate students; workshops exploring tangible interaction by Deren Gueler (MA ’13) at Assemble Gallery (run by Nina Marie Barbuto (BFA ’06); and a very special performance on October 6 featuring the international premiere of FRKWYS7 Ensemble lead by minimalist composer David Borden, introduced by faculty Roger Dannenberg. The VIA Festival was founded/is co-directed by Lauren Goshinski (Marketing & Communications Manager) along with VIA curators Edgar Um Bucholtz (BFA ’93) et. al, and could not be possible without the generous support of volunteers, non-profit partners, CMU Activities Board, and sponsors.

The Art && Code 3D: 3D Sensing and Visualization conference presented by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, October 21-23, is now registering. This “kinect-hacking” conference is concerned with the artistic, technical, tactical and cultural potentials of low-cost 3D scanning devices — especially, but not exclusively, including the revolutionary Microsoft Kinect sensor. Scholarships are available to people living more than 100 miles from Pittsburgh — consisting of all-access passes to the entire conference, including workshops, plus a $250 honorarium. Twelve of these scholarships are earmarked for women. Register Now.


Bob Bingham (Associate Head/Professor of Art) exhibits a collaborative artwork along with daughters Bena, Kyra and Maya in the group exhibition, “Reflections: Homage To Dunkard Creek; 90 artists, 90 Species” at Arts Monongahela-Jackson Kelly Gallery, Morgantown, WW. Reception September 9, 6-9pm. This exhibit commemorates the 116 species; 16-22,000 critters who died in the September 9 incident in the Monangahela Watershed’s Dunkard Creek. The incident was virtually covered up with little media attention.

Elaine A. King (Professor Art History, Criticism, Theory & Museum Studies) was a guest speaker at Chautauqua Institute on July 15, lecturing “Artists, Nature and Environmental Change”. In June her interview with artists Allora & Calzadilla, representing the USA at the Venice Biennale, was the cover story for Sculpture Magazine. Additionally, King was invited by the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh to write the catalog essay, “The Elusive Power of Art: Artists and Environmental Change,” for the exhibition “Too Shallow for Diving: the 21st Century Is Treading Water.”

Clayton Merrell’s (Associate Professor of Art) paintings were recently featured in Bomb Magazine’s Wordchoice column and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ayanah Moor (Associate Professor of Art) presents “Shift : Cambio” at ACE in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Susanne Slavick’s (Professor of Art) article “Out of Rubble: How Art Helps Us Recast 9/11 and Imagine a Peaceful World” appeared in AlterNet on August 29. AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that aims to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more. The article also appeared in “Guernica,” an online magazine of art and politics. Slavick is a co-founder of "_blank">10 Years and Counting (10YAC), a grassroots, artist-led project devoted to arts-based events that acknowledge the 10 year anniversary of our nation at war, and primary organizer of the 10YAC online galleries. “No Glory,” at Form+Content in Minneapolis, September 8 – October 1, was curated by Slavick and Camille Gage, and features 13 international artists including Andrew Ellis Johnson (Professor of Art) and Samina Mansuri (MFA ’09).

Mary Weidner (Professor of Art) is showing in “Being Human” October 12 – November 12, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL.


Philip Pearlstein (BFA ’49) exhibits in a two-person show with Ellen Lanyon at Valerie Carberry Gallery in Chicago, September 16 through November 5.

Philip Morsberger (BFA ’54) exhibits in “The Eye of the Beholder,” a two-person show presented by the Madison Artists Guild at Steffen Thomas Museum of Art in Buckhead, GA, September 9 – October 30.

Ed Mieczkowski (MFA ’59) exhibits in a two-person show,
“Boundary Formations and the Tease of the Familiar,” in the Reinberger Galleries at
the Cleveland Institute of Art, November 4­ – December 17, 2011.

Shalom Tomas Neuman (BFA ’70, MFA ’72) did his post graduate fellowship in painting and sculpture at Indiana University and now resides in New York, working out of his studio in Fort Green, Brooklyn. He has taught at The Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design, and has been a visiting lecturer at The School of Visual Arts and Yale. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute of Technology. He has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East and South America and is currently exhibiting “Talking At You,” the Amerika series of more than fifty multidisciplinary and multisensory artworks, at the National Gallery in Prague through September 18. Works from this series will also be included in shows at The American Center and Galerie La Femme in Prague through September 30 and in the Tina B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, October 20 – November 13.

O’Delle Abney (BFA ’73 and MFA ’75) will have a solo show at Berkeley College Gallery, NYC, in January 2012.

Greg Kwiatek (BFA ’79) exhibited in “From the Page’s Edge: Water in Literature and Art,” curated by Virginia Creighton as a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts. The show has traveled to Moravian College’s Payne Gallery; Lake Champlain Maritime Museum; and the Albany Institute of History & Art. It travels to William Patterson University opening September 12 – October 14.

Charles Ritchie (MFA ’80) presents “Dust and Shade,” a solo show of drawings at Gallery Joe in Philadelphia, September 24 – October 22.

Brett Reichman (BFA’82) exhibited in I AM NOT MONOGAMUS, I HEART POETRY at Feature Inc. in NYC through August 6.

Susanne Stern (BFA ’88) exhibited this summer in “Flags,” a show of flag themed pieces at The Islip Museum in East Islip, NY. She is co-editor of The
International Journal of Internet Research Ethics (IJIRE) and TBD.

Priscilla Briggs (BA ’89) teaches photography, video, and interactive art at Gustavus Adolphus College. Her photo installations, focusing on themes related to consumerism and capitalism, have been exhibited at Pittsburgh’s Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, Maryland Institute College of Art, Minnesota Center for Photography, Franklin Artworks, Phipps Center for the Arts, and the Hillstrom Museum. Her work was included in ” EA$T/WE$T: A Global Look at Capitalism,” at New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art this spring.

Andy Vogt (BFA ’92) exhibited his public outdoor sculpture in Hayes Valley, San Francisco as part of Proxy and the Museum of Craft and Design this summer. Last May, his work was part of “Otherworldliness,” published by Gestalten Verlag and produced by the editors of RubyMag. This September he is Artist In Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA.

Charlie Castaneda and Brody Reiman (BFA ’92) , of the collaborative castaneda/reiman, create a minimalist installation using the landscape as their starting point in “Portrait of Ground” at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, September 29 – ­ January 22, 2012.

Katie Grinnan (BFA ’92) has a solo show, “Accordion Thoughts and Everyday Superposition” at Brennan & Griffin, NYC, September 24 – October 30 and “Attempts to stand on shifting currents” at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, October 2 – January 22, 2012.

Melissa Thorne (BFA ’93) participated in “Site as Symbol,” curated by Survey West Collaborative at Fellows of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA last spring.

Paul Snelson II (BFA ’96) has completed his MFA in Arts and Technology at University of Texas and is Marketing and Art Director at Jentek Inc. in Dallas. He is the author of ‘The Lone Star State of Mind,’ available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Chris Craychee (BFA ’96) and Thommy Conroy (BFA ’02) participate in “Extraction,” a group show curated by Jill Larson at SPACE, opening September 23 – November 20.

Arden Bendler Browning (BFA ’97) exhibited this summer in “Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment” at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. She was also selected to be the 2011-2012 Career Development Fellow at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia ans will have a solo exhibit this January at the Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal E.

Ilania Kaplan Stangler (BFA ’97), former co-director of Market Street Gallery in Lockport, is now co-director and owner of Stangler Fine Arts Inc in Orchard Park, NY.

Karen Liebowitz (BFA ’97) presents her work in a three-person show at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, January 7 – February 4, 2012.

Matt Keegan’s (BFA ’98) solo show at D’Amelio Terras in NYC was reviewed by Michael Wilson in the September issue of ARTFORUM. He also exhibited in the group shows “We Are Grammar,” curated by Dave Beech and Paul O¹Neill, at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC, and “The Anxiety of Photography,” curated by Matthew Thompson at the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado.

Amera Rizk (BFA ’98) was Second Assistant Editor for the film Cars 2.

Cat Mazza (BFA ’99) will have work included in “Craft Futures” at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington DC, July 20, 2012 – February 3, 2013.

Christy Sawyer (BFA ’01) was lead designer at Powerhead Game, NYC, from 2005 until this June. She has relocated to San Francisco, CA.

Peter Coffin (MFA ’00) exhibits in “The Art of Narration Changes with Time,” a group show curated by Gigiotto del Vecchio at Spruth Magers in Berlin through September 10.

Pete Mandradjieff (BFA ’01) exhibited in “Addicted to Highs and Lows,” curated by Richard Aldrich at Bortolami Gallery, NYC, this past April and in “Staff Show” at Phillips de Pury & Company this July .

Dorothy Daisy Church (BFA ’01) works and lives in San Francisco as an artist and animator at the social gaming company, Crowdstar. She has worked extensively as a flash animator on various television shows, commercials, music videos, and independent films and has completed 3 of her own short animated films, exhibits her paintings, and also works as the Public Relations Liaison and one of the head organizing members for the artist collective, Girls Drawin Girls.

Zak Prekop (BFA ’01) presents a solo show at Shane Campbell in Chicago, IL, September 9 – October 8.

Bernadine Saint-Auguste (BFA ’02) exhibited paintings in a two-person show at House of Two Sisters in Sewickley, PA, through August.

Peter Burr (BFA ’02) has presented his work in a variety of spaces including floating cinemas, cartoon schools, outdoor squats, libraries, national museums and more. He is one half of the cartoon group Hooliganship and the founder of Cartune Xprez, an animation project that is part video label, part live theater, part weird gang, and part touring road show. FAKETRAP, a hooliganship video created in 2010 as part of his Impakt Works Residency in Utrecht, Netherlands, will be included in “Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities,” a 300 page book and DVD jointly published by Carnegie Mellon artist affiliated collaboratives, Encyclopedia Destructica and the Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality. Burr is the recipient of a 2011 Individual Projects Grant through the Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, Oregon to create a performance with K records recording artist Tender Forever. His solo show, ‘digging’ ran this past fall at Synchronicity Space in Los Angeles.

Todd Pavlisko’s (MFA ’02) solo show at Samson in Boston was reviewed by Christian Holland in the July/August issue of Art Papers.

Maggie Haas (BFA ’03) was awarded a Rodan scholarship to attend the ACRE residency in Wisconsin this summer. Her work will be included in “Introductions” at Root Division in Oakland, CA, through September 24.

Shana Moulton (MFA ’04) performed this June at OSLO10, organized in conjunction with
her solo exhibition at Galerie Gregor Staiger in Zurich, Switzerland. “A Brief History of Shana Moulton and Whispering Pines” was supported by Art21 “New York Close Up”.

Cassandra Jones (MFA ’04) and Jacob Ciocci (MFA ’05) exhibited in “Intermation” that offered takes on the picture plane for the digital age at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, reviewed by John Motley in Oregon Live in July. Cassandra had a solo show. “Web of Trails” there last winter.

Chris Kardambikis (BFA ’05) presented new drawings composed of ink and inkjet prints on newsprint in “New Works” at Double Break, San Diego, with LA based artist, Jay Howell; Encyclopedia Destructica’s new book project, “Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities” edited with Jasdeep Kharia (BHA ’04) and Suzie Silver (Professor of Art); and exhibits his painting (Katabasis) at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts as part of the Pittsburgh Biennial.

Jennifer Murray (BFA ’05) presented a solo show, Displaced Fables/Damaged Dreams,” earlier this year at Raandesk Gallery, NYC.

Fiona Wilson (BFA ’05) earned her MFA in Photography this May from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Mario Marzan (MFA ’05) is a 2011 recipient of a NALAC grant to complete work for his “Close Encounters of a Caribbean Kind” Series. His solo show, “Sink or Swallet” was on view this past spring at lowercase gallery at Middle Tennessee State University. He converses with Fausto Ortiz on October 22 at Duke University where he is participating in the “ARTiculating Caribbean Imaginaries” exhibit curated by Michaeline Crichlow, October 21 through December 3, 2010 in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. He is also showing in “Relocations,” a group show of artists interpreting the urban experience at Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art through November 6.

Takehito Etani’s (MFA ’06) “Masticator” and “The Third Eye Project” are featured in “See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception,” by Madeline Schwartzman, a survey of the relationship between design, the body, science and the senses, published by Black Dog Publishing.

Bum Lee (BFA ’06) is the Film Editor and Web Designer at Divided Families (Documentary Film) in Seoul, and collaborates with independent filmmakers and media activists, including Nameless Films and Migrant Worker TV. He was the Editor of THE RETURNEE, a short documentary about migrant worker activists and leaders of the Migrants Trade Union in South Korea who were deported to their native countries of Bangladesh and Nepal. He also created the animated leader films for the Migrant Worker Film Festival in 2007, 08, and 09.

Benjamin Rosenthal (BFA ’06) and Leslie McAhren/Courtney Dow (MFA ’10 and ’11) screened their works this summer in ‘I am not a Poet,” an international program of contemporary artists’ experimental film and poetry at Total Kunst in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Lauren Adams (MFA ‘07) has a current solo project at Conner Contemporary in Washington, D.C. through October 22. Plunder is a textile installation in the courtyard with silk bunting featuring decorative paintings appropriated from the clothing on Queen Elizabeth I in her many royal portraits, acting as subversive pirate flags. Her work has also been included in “Conversation Pieces” at Purdue University and will be on view in Out of Fashion at South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art November 3 – March 4, 2012. Lauren participates in a panel on Installation Art and Site Specificity at Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis, MO on September 16, is a visiting artist at Alfred University on September 21 and continues tow rite for Temporary Art Review.

David Halsell (MFA ’07) is Owner/Partner of Carnage & Rouge, a motion picture production company in Seattle. David has exhibited and screened his internationally, including the Madrid Abierto 2007, ETH Zürich, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. David taught digital cinema production and stereoscopic video production at the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media, University of Washington. He is Editor, Producer and Co-director of “SpokAnarchy!” his first feature-length documentary film chronicling the manic highs and desperate lows in the emergence of the punk rock scene in culturally barren Spokane, WA. It has been an official selection in the: Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Landlocked Film Festival, and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and won Best Director in the 2011 Alaska International Film Awards.

Terry Boyd (BFA ’09) is now Manager of Student Social Media at Carnegie Mellon University.

Gregory Witt (MFA ’09) exhibits in “Nostalgia Machines,” curated by Maya Allison for the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, November 19 – February 19, 2012.

Anna Navasardian (BFA ’10) presents “Open,” a solo show of paintings at Gasser/Grunert, NYC, September 9 – October 8.

Amanda Long (MFA ’10) is in several shows this fall including an art fair on Governor’s Island, InLight in Richmond, BYOB in Cincinnati, and Bring to Light, in NYC on October 1.

Missy Dunaway’s (BHA ’10) blog caught the attention of F&W Media’s They run a monthly article about journal artists and featured her as the July artist.

Casey Li Brander (BFA ’11) is an Installation Intern at P.S. 1 in NYC.


During a May live-in performance in a Washington DC art collector’s home, Agnes Bolt (MFA ’12) was reviewed on the cover of Washington Post art section, Washington City Paper,, interviewed on NBC Washington News, the collector’s blog, among others. Her project was also featured in Harper’s Magazine in August 2011. During the summer Bolt and Nina Sarnelle (MFA ’12) spread the wisdom of the Lattice in Romania, Venice, and NYC. Bolt was recently featured on’s Virtual Studio Visits, participated in the group exhibition “Tempo” at .NO Gallery, NYC, received Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship for the 2011-12 year, and will be included in group exhibition at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY in September.

Craig Fahner and Steve Gurysh (MFA ’13) will be presenting a new collaborative piece titled “How to Improve the World (you will only make things worse)” at the Société des Arts Technologique in Montreal, QC. As part of the Pop Montreal Festival, the exhibition ET QUE PERSONNE N’EN EST TÉMOIN / AND NO ONE WAS AROUND will open Friday, September 23, from 6-9pm and run all weekend long until the 25.



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