Summer 2011 – All

June 27, 2011

All Activities


Kim Beck (Associate Prof. of Art) and Dee Briggs (Adjunct Faculty/Pre-College Coordinator) exhibit in “SculptureX“, a show presenting 6 sculptors from Ohio and Western Pennsylvania at The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH, June 17 – August 20. “SculptureX” will also be on view at the Erie Art Museum, July 9 – September 25, with an opening reception August 26 from 7-10pm. Also, in NYC, the second section of the High Line just opened, featuring Beck’s work.

The “Toronto Manifesto”, a ten-year process between UNESCO in Paris and the World Bank, on which Lowry Burgess‘ (Prof. of Art) has worked and lectured, announces the following official memorandum of understanding:: “By joining forces, UNESCO and the World Bank can provide very positive input for the improvement of aid effectiveness, and make the most of culture as a motor for social development and poverty alleviation,through employment and job creation. We believe also we can give impetus and concrete follow up to the recent resolution of the United NationsGeneral Assembly which underlined the links between culture and development,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. The MoU is part of UNESCO’s efforts to promote the culture and development agenda, and its efforts to support countries in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For the World Bank, signing the MoU communicates a clear message that it attaches increasing importance to cultural value sin its operations and recognizes the positive role of culture in development.”

Elaine A. King (Prof. of Art History & Museum Studies) was invited to become a member of the National Press Club, the Leading Professional Organization for Journalists. In addition, she presented the paper titled “Transformation of Nature’s Portrayal” on the Visual Culture panel, “The Politics/Poetics of Visual Culture” at the National Conference of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association in San Antonio, Texas on April 22.  King remains on the editorial board of the American Culture Journal published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Jessica Langley (Adjunct Faculty) and Christi Birchfield exhibit in the 2-person show “Worn Torn Wet & Wild” at Parse Gallery & Artist Situation in New Orleans, LA, July 1-24. This is an exhibition of works which look to the act of marveling at nature in relationship to marveling at art and the search for accomplishing the impossible task of finding purity in either.

Clayton Merrell (Prof. of Art) exhibits work in “Out of the Blue” curated by Judy Barie, Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua, NY, opening July 19;  ”Chain Letter” at Samson Projects, Boston, MA, opening July 16; and “Rust Melt” curated by Elizabeth Mooney & Julie Leidner at Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, August 12 – September 17.

Jill Miller (Visiting Faculty) presents the Milk Truck as part of the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial at the Warhol Museum. Though it premiers in September, the project is stirring up a lot of media attention from the likes of CBS News, Parenting.comCNET, BoingBoing, the Seattle ExaminerPittsburgh KDKA News, and WDVE morning radio. The Milk Truck is a mobile breast-feeding unit where mothers can freely nurse their babies in a public, urban setting.

Paolo Pedercini‘s (Visiting Prof. of Art) work was included in the exhibitions: Neoludica: art is a game, a collateral event of the Venice Biennale; Platine Festival in Cologne, Germany; Spielsalon in Kassel, Germany and at the the New Walk Museum in Leicester, UK. Paolo’s work is featured in the recently published books: Netværker Digitale medier i dansk (Dansk Laerer); 250 Indie Games You Must Play; Triadic game design: balancing reality and play (Springer) and in the essay Every Game the Same Dream? Politics, Representation, and the Interpretation of Video Games (dichtung-digita). Paolo lectured at the Far Game conference in Bologna, Italy and at Spielsalon in Kassel.

Jon Rubin (Associate Prof. of Art) presents 3 projects this summer: “Royal Danish Protesters” in collaboration with Ben Kinsley (Adjunct Faculty, MFA ’08) in Copenhagen, Denmark (in conjunction with Local/Global Plan and the Copenhagen Artist in Residence, curated by Heidi Hove and Jens Axel Beck) where two actor look-a-likes of the Danish Queen and Prince walked along Alekistevej Street in Copenhagen, Denmark, help protest signs for any Danish citizen who had a complaint over the course of 21 days around the city;  “Thinking About Flying” at the Center For Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY, wherein a group of young pigeons, cared for by the museum and trained by its visitors, were taught to fly back to the CCS loft visitors help to expand the navigational and social circumference of the work; and a paper for  “The New Administration of a Fine Arts Education” a series of lectures and texts commissioned for publication by leading individuals in contemporary art, culture and education whose artworks are at times seamless integrations of cultural production, lifestyle, studio and teaching, hosted by the Bureau of Open Culture at Columbus College of Art and Design.

Mary Weidner (Professor of Art) is exhibiting work in “Wish You Were Here 10,” at A.I.R.Gallery, New York, NY, June 22 – July 19.


Astria Suparak, Director of the Miller Gallery, received an Alcoa Foundation Leadership Grant for Arts Managers. Administered by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, this program “recognizes the importance of ongoing executive education and leadership development for professional arts administrators.”

Pittsburgh’s second annual VIA Music & New Media Festival, October 5-9, 2011, co-directed by Lauren Goshinski (Marketing & Communications Manager), announces its first round of performers, including: Four Tet, Battles, Danny Brown, Austra, Toy Selectah, Light Asylum, Zombi and more. VIA presents cutting edge musicians paired with visual artists for one-of-a-kind audio-visual performances. VIA partners with the esteemed NYC label RVNG Intl. (guest curators of Unsound NY and MoMA PS1 Summer Warm Up) and Carnegie Mellon University’s Activities Board to bring seminal Moog composer, David Borden, to perform October 6 at the College of Fine Arts. Visual artists, workshops, lectures and more to be announced on VIA’s website, Facebook, and Twitter. VIA is also now accepting volunteer applications, obtainable on their website.


Elizabeth Linn is a charge scenic at SONY/Columbia Pictures and is the scenic chairperson for the forthcoming Men in Black III and has worked on Salt, Sherlock Holmes, The Taking of Pelham 123, Synecdoche, New York, I Am Legend, Spiderman 3, the TV series Kings and many more productions.

Mel Bochner‘s (BFA ’62) “The Medium and the Tedium,” presented during Triple Canopy’s panel discussion at the New Museum on February 19, 2010, and hosted by Rhizome, was published in the May 25 edition of Triple Canopy, an online magazine, workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities.

Harvy Stein‘s (BFA ’62) exhibition of photographs from his recently published book “Coney Island 40 Years”, are on view through August 19 at Alan Klotz Gallery, NYC. Stein was interviewed by the Lenscratch blog, which includes 10 photos from the new book and 10 never before published images from Mexico and Peru. Lenscratch has been rated one of the 10 best photography blogs.

Joyce Kozloff (BFA ’64) has work in “Femfolio” at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art through September 11, 2011. Femfolio is a suite of prints by a diverse array of contemporary artists who came of age or found their mature voices during the feminist revolution of the 1970s. Published in 2007 by the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University, the portfolio is a visually complex, multifaceted testament to female creativity, tenacity, and empowerment.

Susan Schwalb (BFA ’65) exhibits work in “SILVER: POINTS OF DEPARTURE” guest-curated by Carol Prusa, on view June 25 – July 30 at Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN.

Dara Birnbaum (B. Arch ’69) presents “Arabesque,” a solo show at Marian Goodman, NYC, June 28 – August 26.

Barbara Rosenthal (BFA ’74) presents conceptual photography and video at: The Media Loft in NYC through July 14; Galerie Christian Glass in Berlin, August 12-25; and Frobelstrasse Prenzlauer Bergin Berlin, August 4-24.

Deborah Kass (BFA ’74) participates in After Hours: Murals on the Bowery through July 7, produced by the Art Production Fund and the New Museum and sponsored by Sotheby’s. A Mid- Career Retrospective of her work, “Before and Happily Ever After”, will be on display at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, beginning February 2012, curated by newly appointed Director, Eric Shiner, and including 75 works ranging from her drawings and paintings to sculpture.

Avy Claire’s (BFA ’78) work in the Portland Museum of Art Biennial in Maine was discussed in reviews in Yankee Magazine, the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Marlene Novack (BFA ’82) exhibits in “TransLife Exhibition: Sensorium of the Extraordinary” July 27 – August 17, curated by ZHANG Ga at the National Art Museum of China_Beijing. Her work “scale” is an interactive sound installation with 12 live electric ghost knifefish and custom designed electronics by MacIver, Novak, and Yim.  A 300 page catalogue available. Watch “Scale” on Vimeo.

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

John Currin (BFA ’84) presents a solo show at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art in Montreal, Quebec, June 30 – November 13.

Sarah Smith (BFA ’91) exhibits a series of new ink and gold leaf on paper drawings in “IN THE BRACKEN” at Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA.

Charlie Castaneda and Brody Reiman (BFA ’92) exhibited “Still Life Landscape” June 4 – July 16 at Baer Ridgway Exhibitons. This series of new works by castaneda/reiman are objects that live in installations. Castaneda/Reiman have chosen a dozen anonymous landscape paintings from their personal, longtime collection as the source material and foundation for new works where sculpture behaves as painting, presenting an encounter with nature and the domestic.

Andy Vogt (BFA ’92) will create a temporary site-specific work at the SF Museum of Craft and Design pop-up location at Hayes and Octavia Streets, in Hayes Valley. The museum will occupy a modified shipping container on portion of what is now a parking lot and his work will be the first of 3 public art programs that they are hosting. The project is part of “Proxy” a temporary development designed by the Oakland architecture firm Envelope A+D.

Edgar Um Bucholtz (BFA ’93) participates in “Grey Market,” a four-person show at Fe Gallery in Pittsburgh through July 30, 2011 and reviewed by Kurt Shaw (BFA ’89) in the Tribune Review.

Jennifer Boughner (BFA ’94) is Director of Development at Manchester Bidwell Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA.

Carin Mincemoyer (BFA ’94) will be giving an artist lecture preceeding the opening reception of her piece Diamond Diamonds, which will be installed in Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh. Reception and lecture are Thursday, August 14 from 6-8pm. Location will be announced soon.

Paul Snelson II (BFA ’96) exhibited in “Four,” a 4-person MFA show at The University of Texas at Dallas’ CentralTrak, June 11 – July 7.

Arden Bendler Browning (BFA ’97) is showing several new paintings in “Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment“, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, curated by Julien Robson.   The exhibition is on view July 2 – September 4. A members’ preview reception will occur on Thursday, June 30.  Reservations can be made here.

Laleh Mehran (MFA ’97) collaborates with Chris Coleman in launching “W3FI,”  a social movement, philosophy, and path to responsible connectivity between our online/offline lives and to each other during the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition, “BIODOME: An Experiment in Diversity,” June 23 – September 11.

Sandra Budd (MFA ’97) presented her work at Borelli Edwards Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, June 4 – July 2.

Dana Kleinman (BFA ’97) and Ruth Avra exhibit in “Supersize: Biggger is Better?” at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center Solomons Island, MD, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, June 10 – August 21.

Matt Keegan (BFA ’98) had a solo show “I Apple NY” at D’Amelio Terras in NYC this spring and was subsequently featured as an “Critic’s Pick”. 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, CO.

Seldon Yuan (BFA ’99) exhibits his site-specific installation “In Plain View”, opening, June 16, at the Urban Alchemist, Brooklyn, NY, and a series of prints in the group show “Fuse Works: Alarums and Excursions”, June 3- 26, at The Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

Peter Coffin (MFA ’00) participates in OCEANOMANIA: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas at Villa Paloma, Nouveau Museum National in Monaco through September 30.  The project is based on a general concept by Mark Dion and co-curated by Sarina Basta and Cristiano Raimondi (NMNM) with the scientific support of Patrick Piguet (Oceanographic Museum of Monaco) and Nathalie Rosticher Giordano (NMNM).

Zak Prekop (BFA ’01) exhibits in the 5th Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic through September 11. His work is also included in the Pittsburgh Biennial at the Carnegie Museum of Art, through September.

Jina Valentine’s (BFA ‘01) review of Murakami at Versailles appeared in the March/April issue of ArtAsiaPacific Magazine.

Abraham Orden (BFA ‘02) is co-author of Muntean & Rosenblum (Kerber Art: 2009). He also curated ‘Is There Transformation’ at Kunstraum Praterstraße in Vienna.

Bernadine Saint-Auguste (BFA ’02) exhibits paintings in a two-person show at House of Two Sisters in Sewickley, PA, opening July 30, on view through August.

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

Ruth Stanford (MFA ’04) presents new site-specific work, “A Sculptural Love Poem to Architecture,” at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, GA, June 10 – August 26.

Sarah Koljonen (BFA ’04) participated in the multi-artist project “Creating an Education Initiative in La Paz, Bolivia”, an initiative of Creative Corners-The Global Arts Project, Espacio Cultural Creativo in Bolivia,  and the International Design Clinic (IDC), a non-profit organization that consists of a mix of students, artists and designers, who use their creative talents to design and construct projects for communities in need throughout the world. The work of IDC is unique in its participatory model, where practitioners work with community members to continually reassess their needs and collaboratively design methods to address them. Their project will specifically address the Lustrabotas– the hundreds of shoe shine boys who work and live on the streets of La Paz, Bolivia– to develop an arts education curriculum in this public setting. In May and June, Koljonen worked with these children to generate a system of micro-schools that are custom tailored to their rigors of life on the streets.

Thomas Macker (BFA ’04) exhibited in “For All Our Failings” at Acre Projects in Chicago, IL. He is finishing his MFA at CalArts.

Shana Moulton (MFA ’04) participates in “Shift,” an exhibition of young American artists creating on-site artwork in China curated by Ruijun Shen for the Times Museum in Guangzhou, China, July 16 – August 28. Moulton was also a featured artist on Art 21 New York Series… <link> and a solo show in the “Operaprima” series, presented by White Fish Tank in Ancona, Italy, June 5 – July 9. She 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”.

Luke Meeken (BFA ’05) enrolls in the Masters of Art Education program at Virginia Commonwealth University this fall.

Christopher Kardambikis (BFA ’05) presents new works and recent projects: currently exhibiting new prints at Double Break, San Diego, CA, with LA based artist, Jay Howell, through August 28; producing Encyclopedia Destructica’s new book project, “Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities” – a 300 page, full color book and DVD containing art, writing, and film that envisions the sexualities of beings that may some day be encountered – edited by himself, Jasdeep Khaira (BHA ’04), and Suzie Silver (Prof. of Art) and is the biggest Destructica endeavor to date. Support the book’s production through their KICKSTARTER campaign; and is an exhibiting artist in the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial.

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

Stephanie Armbruster (BFA ’06) presents her solo show “In Search of Something More”, opening on July 15 at 707/709 Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, with a reception from 5:30-9:00pm including drinks and DJ’s Paul Fleetwood and Aaron Clark. On view through September 11, Armbruster’s new series of encaustic paintings are influenced by street art, design and documentary photography – a reckless commentary inspired by the absurdities of urban life, random encounters and the tension of the city in a state of flux. Recollections of cheap rent, budget glam, underground music and demolition come together in a stream of consciousness rant of overbearing typography and architectural elements.

Jessica Vaughn‘s (BHA ’06) graduated this past May from the University of Pennsylvania with an MFA in Printmaking and Time Based Media. Her thesis exhibition, a sculptural work that consist of silk screened wallpaper, photos and a wall piece., was presented this spring at the Ice Box Gallery Space, Philadelphia, PA.  She is part of a group exhibition at Vox Popuil Gallery, Philadelphia, PA titled “VOXVII:Seventh” an annual exhibition of emerging artists, curated by MelissaHo (Assistant curator, Hirshhorn Museum) & Hennessy Youngman (performance artist), July 8 – July 31. Her work was also recently included in Philadelphia Sculptor’s 5-Into-1 Show at Moore College of Art May 21 – June 18.

Sarah Laina Koljonen (BFA ’06) took part in a Redesigning Education project with the International Design Clinic (IDC) for nearly a month in Bolivia. The group is at the beginning stages of creating a School for the Creative and Performing Arts in La Paz.

Takehito Etani (MFA ’06) participates in “Chico & Chang: A Look at the Impact of Latino and Asian Cultures on California’s Visual Landscape ” at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, CA, June 11 – August 20. His work is also featured in the exhibition “See Yourself Sending” at WORK Gallery, London, and book by Madeline Schwartzman.

Michael Kontopoulos (BFA ’07) exhibits in “Speculative,” a group exhibit curated by Christopher O’Leary and Zach Blas at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), June 16 – August 28.

JULIACKS aka Julia Stein (BHA ’08) participates in Videorover: Season II at Nurture Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, May 27 – December 17.

Michael Mallis (BFA ’08) and Mikey McParlane (BHA ’08) are apart of the group video installation show “Inflorescence of Sparkling Evil” at A Gathering of The Tribes in New York. Opening reception July 16th at 7pm.

Mikey McParlane (BHA ’08) was awarded a spot in Convocatoria, La Pocha Nostra’s International Performance Workshop at the Performance Art Institute (PAI) in San Francisco, CA. The 12 day intensive workshop will conclude in a live, improvisational performance open to the community. He will also attend the ACRE Artist Residency in Steuben, WI in August.

Laura Miller (BFA ’08) enrolls in Columbia’s MFA program this fall.

Claire Hoch (BFA ’08) enrolls in the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters of Landscape Architecture program this fall.

Elin Lennox (BFA ’08) enrolls in the CalArts MFA Program this fall.

Ben Bigelow (BFA ’08) and Dawn Weleski (BFA ’09) enroll in Stanford’s MFA Program this fall. He recently exhibited with Maxfield Hegedus in “Easy Does It” at ACRE Projects in Chicago last April.

Samina Mansuri (MFA ’09) exhibits in a two-person show, “Leaning Toward Collapse” at A Space Gallery in Toronto through July 20.

Terry Boyd (BFA ’09) is now a Technology Initiatives Intern at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

Ryan Woodring (BFA ’09) presents a solo show “Soldiers as Travelers”, a series of mixed media paintings, August 6-27 at The Gallery 4, Pittsburgh, PA. An opening reception will be held August 13, 7-11pm.

Rexy Tseng (BFA ’09) is one of the sixty artists selected to exhibit at BEGEHUNGEN culture festival in Chemnitz, Germany. This year’s festival theme is “You Are Leaving the Area of Responsibility”, and takes at a former prison, the JVA Kaßberg in Chemnitz. The festival is on view from August 15 – 21.

Elise Walton (BFA ’10) works for, is Site Coordinator at Brightside Academy and a tutor at Greater Pittsburgh Literact Council.

Seung Yeon Kim (BFA ’10) presents “Spring Up!,” an exhibition at Space CAN (administered by the CAN Foundation) in Seoul, South Korea, June 23 – July 14.

Zahra Ahmed (BFA ’11) enrolls this fall in a masters degree program at Columbia University’s Teachers College for Art and Art Education.

Heather Stanco (BFA ’11) has two internships this summer: WASSAIC Project, an Artist Residency Community in upstate NY, and assistant to Misti Alpaca (through the National Needlearts Assoc.) in Arequipa, Peru.

Jesha Chen (MFA ’11) work was screened at the 2011 Two Minute Film Festival at Carnegie Museum of Art on July 21.


Oscar Peters (MFA ’12) has been selected as one of International Sculpture Center’s 2011 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award winners, out of 485 student nominees and over 1,200 works to consider.  Oscar’s work will be included in the Fall/Winter Exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, from October 2011 – April 2012, and featured in the October 2011 magazine.

Sung Rok Choi‘s (MFA ’12) video work “DEER DOWN” was shown at the 2011 Two Minute Film Festival at Carnegie Museum of Art on July 21.

Scott Andrew‘s (MFA ’13) exhibited a series of photos created with Michael McParlane (BFA ’08) and Elin Lennox (BFA ’09) in the 2011 Three River’s Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, covered by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and Post Gazette. He was also complicit in an projection of his work onto Elton John’s unsuspecting yacht at an undisclosed location earlier this summer.

Dan Wilcox (MFA ’13) had 2 short videos in the first annual Robot Film Festival, NYC, July 16-17. He’ll be giving a workshop on using libpd (the pure data software library) with your own OpenFrameworks apps at the Pure Data convention in Weimar, Germany in August 8-14 and also performing a robotcowboy set.


Courtney Wittekind (BHA ’13) has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to fund her project working with Burmese refugees along the Thailand border this summer and fall semesters. Wittekind’s project, “Minority Children and the Effects of Forced Migration on Cultural Understanding and Identity,” will involve both her art and anthropology concentrations, as she’ll be using participatory art and photography techniques to enhance the anthropological framework she’ll be working within. The Boren Scholarship is sponsored by the National Security Education Program.


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