January / February 2012

January 23, 2012

All Activities


The School of Art announces its Spring 2012 Lecture Series featuring artists Wafaa Bilal (Jan 24), Katrin Sigurdardottir (Feb 7), Robert Lepper Lecturer in Creative Inquiry Maya Lin (Feb 10), Ali Momeni (Feb 14), Orville M. Winsand Lecturer Stuart Comer (Mar 6), Lisa Sanditz (Mar 20), Brody Condon (Mar 27) Wangechi Mutu (Apr 17) Shary Boyle (Apr 23). Other guest speakers/visiting artists this semester include James Elkins (Jan 23), Sean Lynch (Jan 26),Adam Chodzko (Feb 16), London-Pgh drawing exchange leader Kelly Chorpening (Feb 27 – Mar 8), Rob Kesseler (Mar 5) and 2009 Kraus Visiting Professor of Art Pat Oleszko(Apr 2-19).

Alumni and faculty open solo show at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts on Friday, February 10, 5:30-8pm. Stephanie Armbruster (BFA ’06) presents “Hungry Ghosts”; Christopher Beauregard (MFA ’08) presents “Long Play in the Video Isles”; Ryan Woodring (BFA ’09) presents “Drying: Tsunami Youtube Prints”; former adjunct faculty Jerstin Crosby presents “Painted Bones and Hyperlinks”; and current adjunct faculty member Christopher McGinness presents “Greenhouse I,” all through April 22.

The School of Art travels to Los Angeles February 22-25 for the 2012 College Art Associate Conference. Presenters include Teri Reub (MFA ’99) “Mobile Art: The Aesthetics of Mobile Network Culture in Place Making” February 22, during “In a Network of Lines that Intersect: Placing Mobile Interaction”; Susanne Slavick (Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art) co-chair of OUT OF RUBBLE February 24; Melissa Ragona (Professor of Art History & Critical Theory) “Promiscuous Sites: Otto Piene’s Roving Practice” during “Situating Expanded Cinema in Postwar Art Practice” February 25; and Joyce Kozloff (BFA ’64) “Doin’ It in Public: Art and Feminism at the Woman’s Building” during “Pioneers of the Feminist Art Movement” February 25. The School of art’s Alumni & Friends reception will be held February 24 from 5:30-7:30pm at Favorite Goods, a gallery founded and run by alumnus Audrey Moyer (BFA ’10). Please RSVP by February 15 to artscool@andrew.cmu.edu.


Kim Beck (Associate Professor of Art) will have a solo exhibition of new work at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia from January 31 – March 3. She has been invited to lecture at Penn State Sculpture and the School of Visual Arts on February 1st. In collaboration with Brett Yasko (Adjunct faculty, School of Design), Beck is a finalist for Sprout Fund 2012 Downtown Public Art Project. In December Beck presented at TEDxEast in NYC and her work was included in the “The City of the Future” at the Chicago Humanities Festival organized by Marshall Brown. A co-written conversation with curator Lauren Ross, titled “Situating Sculpture in the Urban Landscape” and a separate print artist’s project appears in the latest issue of Public Art Dialogue published by Routledge Press.

Patricia Bellan-Gillen (Dorothy L. Stubnitz Professor of Art) exhibits work in “East/West” at the Ameen Art Gallery at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. The print exhibition featuring two printmakers from each state will be on view until January, 29.

Lowry Burgess (Professor of Art) – I thought others might like to see this article in the U. Penn Gazette:


Elaine A. King (Professor of Art History, Theory & Museum Studies) was the invited juror for the 3rd Sculpture Garden Exhibition at the Tucson Jewish Museum and Cultural Center in Tucson, AZ, in November. She wrote a text for the catalog titled “Sculpture in an Age of Continual Expansion” as well as delivered a talk of the same title.

Ben Kinsley (MFA ’08, Adjunct Faculty) and Jessica Langley (Adjunct Faculty) premiered their video “The CATopian Dream” on January 19, at SPACES Gallery’s regular “From The Vault” video art series. This screening marked the end of their project “Make CATopia Real” which was created during their 8 week residency through SPACES World Artist Program (SWAP). Kinsley exhibits a new project at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland as part of the group exhibition “8501 to 11400 (On Moving)”, which runs January 20 – March 31.

Golan Levin (Associate Professor of Electronic Art & STUDIO Director) will present at the TOCA ME 12 design conference, Munich (February 11) and at at FITC Amsterdam (February 28). A new commissioned work by Levin will appear February 22 at the Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, CA.

Jill Miller’s (Adjunct Faculty) project The Milk Truck was featured in WTAE’s most talked about Pittsburgh stories of 2011.

Ali Momeni (Assistant Professor of Art) exhibits in “La Fabrique Sonore” at the Vranken Pommery Monopole in Reims, France. La Fabrique Sonore combines ancient paper folding techniques with contemporary computer-aided-design and manufacturing processes. Curated by Charles Carcopino and Claire Staebler, the work is designed by Hyoung-Gul Kook, Ali Momeni and Robin Meier,with form inspired by mathematician and origami expert Taketoshi Nojima, especially his work reproducing organic forms from folded paper. http://galeriezeitgeist.com/

Ayanah Moor (Associate Professor of Art) presents “What do you mean, we? ” at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in Auckland, New Zealand, March 3 – May 6.

Paolo Pedercini (Visiting Assistant Professor of Art) was invited to the New Frontier section of the Sundance festival. An arcade/retrospective of six Molleindustria games will be presented simultaneously in Park City and at the Utah MOCA in Salt Lake City. Paolo’s work is included in the exhibition So far so good at the extra extra gallery in Philadelphia, in an unrelated show that inexplicably has the same in le Vigan (France) and in the festival Insert Coin in Cosenza (Italy). Paolo was featured in the October issue of rock and culture magazine il Mucchio. Paolo is for the second year a judge in the Nuovo category of the Independent Game Festival. He also lectures at UCLA Design Media Arts on March 13, 2012.

Susanne Slavick (Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art) has been invited to co-present a workshop, “Illustrating the Costs of War: artists respond to global conflict,” with 10YAC co-founder Camille Gage at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis on March 3. For 23 years, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum has been the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only program or academic affiliation outside of Norway. Slavick has work from her “R&R(…&R) project featured on the cover and in the latest issue of Frontiers, Volume 32, No. 3 (2011), a journal of women’s studies published by University of Nebraska Press, and reviewed by Mary Thomas in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 28, 2011. OUT OF RUBBLE, the show she curated for SPACE in Pittsburgh was reviewed by Christopher McGinness in Pittsburgh City Paper, January 11, 2012.


A selection of visual artists from the 2011 VIA Festival were profiled in the January 2012 print issue of Dazed & Confused Magazine: “Future Visionaries” featured Aurora Halal, Thunder Horse Video, Matt Wellins, and Spencer Longo (BFA ’08). VIA was listed by Dummy Magazine as a top small music business of 2011, and a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette top entertainment story of 2011. VIA is co-directed by Lauren Goshinski (Marketing & Communication Manager).


Janet Culbertson (BFA ’53) presents a solo show of paintings and drawings, “Possible Peril,” at Accola-Griefen Gallery in NYC, January 12 – February 18.

Raymond Saunders’ (BFA ’60) “American Dream” was included in the comprehensive exhibition “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980″ at UCLA’s Hammer Museum. The permanent collection of the Hampton University Museum, VA, includes work by several artists that have been affiliated with Carnegie Mellon: Raymond Saunders , Elizabeth Catlett (Honorary BFA 2008), and Sam Gilliam (former Professor of Art).

Jonathan Borofsky (BFA ’64) participates in “The Concrete and the Mystical,” a group show at Akim Monet: Side by Side Gallery in Berlin through March 31.

Joanne Gigliotti (A ’67) won first place in the American Batik Design Competition for her work “Sun Rises from the East and Lights the West: America Completes the Circle.” The competition was launched by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and its five national consulates to celebrate the new U.S. – Indonesia partnership and to help bring the art of batik to the attention of the world. As first place winner, Joanne received a $5,000 prize and a two week trip to Indonesia in March. Her batik will be exhibited by the Embassy of Indonesia in New York, San Francisco, and at the Textile Museum of Jakarta.

Katherine “Kay” Morgan (BFA ’67) presented her work in Boca Raton Museum Center for the Arts in Boca Raton FL. from Nov through January 13, 201 in Boca Raton, FL. She took 1st place with her Trumpets. Ms. Morgan has won 2nd Place in the Boca Raton Museum Guild premiere exhibition of the Images Gallery in Mizner Park, Boca Raton, FL. Her artist profile and work can now be viewed on The Artful Home website of fine design for the home. MS. Morgan in one of 12 artists who were juried into NEW YORK CITY ON THE AVE exhibition opening on January 19, 2012.

Dara Birnbaum (B. Arch ’69) and Deborah Kass (BFA ’74) participate in “The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1991″ at Contemporary Art Museum Houston, January 21 – April 15, 2012. The exhibit is a survey of leading women artists that examines the crucial feminist contribution to the development of deconstructivism in the 1970s and 80s.

James Welling (BFA ’72) participates in 101 Collection: Route 3,” at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts , San Francisco, CA, January 19 ­February 25, 2012 and in “This Will Have Been: Art, Love, & Politics in the 1980s,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, IL, February ­ May 2012. The latter show travels to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, June ­ September 2012 and the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA, October 2012 – January 2013.

Deborah Kass (BFA ’74) exhibits in “BIGGER THAN LIFE. 100 Years of Hollywood: a Jewish Experience” at the Jewish Museum in Vienna, Austria through April 15 and in “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories” at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC through January 22.

Laurie Lipton (BFA ’75) will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at WWA Gallery in Culver City, CA. Aptly titled “About Face”, this exhibit is a contemporary look at the classic genre of portraiture. Works featured will range from the surreal and vivid to the dark and macabre. Opening Reception, Friday January 13, from 8-11pm.

Renee Stout (BFA ’80) exhibits in “Celebrating Diversities in Art” through February 26 at the Springfield Art Museum, MO. Her work is also included in “…So Runs the World Away.” at Belger Arts Center through February 3 in Kansas City, Missouri. Her solo show, ” The Art Of Renee Stout” runs through March 16 at Benedict College’s Ponder Gallery in Columbia, SC.

Christopher Priore (BFA ’81) exhibits in Art Connects’ newest permanent exhibition in New York entitled “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” at Comunilife, with a reception on Thursday, January 26th, 6-8pm. The show is curated by Sharon R. Reaves and inspired by the Dr. Seuss book of the same name. Art Connects New York (ACNY) seeks to enrich the lives of New Yorkers by making original visual artwork more readily available in non-traditional settings. Comunilife was founded in 1989 to expand access to the continuum of housing, health, behavioral health, rehabilitation, and social services to children, adolescents, adults, and families living with mental illness, addictive disorders, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness.

Marlena Novak (BFA ’82) and Jay Alan Yim, as the collaborative duo localStyle, present a new installation “Bird” at University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM, 23-29 March 23-29. They also present an audiovisual installation “Dancing Cranes” in “Colorific” at École des Arts Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium, 26 January 26 – March 8.


Martin Cohen (MFA ’86) incorporates mixed media, including photographic cutouts and found objects, into his abstract expressionist oil paintings and paper pieces introducing a textural quality into his work and exploring elements of American popular culture. His works have been acquired by corporate patrons such as the Estee Lauder Companies Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, and Citi. Martin has had two solo shows at Fountain Gallery and one at Cooper Union, and in 2006 the prestigious New York gallery Vivian Horan Fine Art presented a solo exhibition of his work. Martin Cohen Selected Works was presented at Gallery at New World Stages in the fall of 2010 and in 2011 at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery. http://fountaingallerynyc.com/Artist-Detail.cfm?ArtistsID=440

Ryan McGinness (BFA ’94 Design/Art) presents “Black Holes,” a solo show at Phillips de Pury & Company in NYC through March 8.

Dana Kleinman (BFA ’97) and Ruth Avra’s work “Crescendo” was chosen as part of the New Mexico Arts, Art in Public Places, Acclaimed Artist Series. This 20+ foot piece will be placed in a new building at the New Mexico State University in Carlsbad within the next few months.


Lynn Lu (BFA ’99) participates in “The Singapore Show: Future Proof” through January 15 at The Singapore Art Museum and in “Performance in Frames: Video Mobiles” at The Substation Gallery through January 26, both in Singapore. She also conducts a workshop on Mirror Neurons and Art at Sverigefinska folkhögskolan in Sweden, January 16 – 22. On March 3, she presents “Remote Proximity,” a live event at Below Bar at Southampton Solent University in the UK.

Carolina Loyola-Garcia (MFA ’00) guest curates“Overlapping Memories,” a visual art exchange project between Pittsburgh’s SPACE and Quart de Poblet involving artists based in both cities. The idea of the exchange is to connect contemporary artists from U.S.A and Spain who have been invited to respond to the concept of memory and retrospection in the context of contemporary collage. The show includes work by Carolina Loyola-Garcia and Associate Professor Andrew Ellis Johnson (MFA ’94) and runs February 10 ­- March 31.

Peter Coffin (MFA ’00) presents a solo show later this year at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC. Peter was one of 10 artists awarded fellowships to conduct research at Smithsonian museums and research facilities as part of the Institution’s Artist Research Fellowship Program. He will conduct research to consider building an advanced “Stellartron,” a device for receiving interstellar communication, and his research will be based at the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass.


Darrell Jones (BFA ’01) is Program Manager for the Early Elementary Science Partnership at the Chicago Children’s Museum.

Zak Prekop (BFA ’01) participates in the Whitney Museum of Art’s Contemporaries Events Studio Visits on January 26 from 7-9pm. He has a solo show at Harris Lieberman, February 1- – March 15.2012. Flash Art Magazine’s public poll named Zak Prekop as one of this year’s top 100 artists. His work is also included in a group exhibition, Four Rooms, at CSW Zamek in Warsaw, Poland, curated by Nicola Trezzi through January 29. Shane Campbell Gallery will show his work at NADA Cologne in April.

Naomi Falk (MFA ’03) was selected as one of twelve artists for the Arlington Art Center’s SOLOS 2012. The review panel included Klaus Ottman, Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large of the Phillips Collection, Karen Milbourne, curator at the Smithsonian African Art Museum, and J. J. McCracken, installation artist and art professor. Some of the artists will mount exhibitions in SPRING SOLOS 2012, April 4 to June 10, and the others will exhibit in FALL SOLOS 2012 October 3 to December 23, 2012 at Arlington Art Center, VA.

Shana Moulton (MFA Class of ’04) exhibits in “Campaign,” a group show curated by Amy Smith-Stewart at C24 Gallery in NYC, January 12 – February 25.

Jeffrey Augustine Songco (BFA ’05) presents his first solo show in which his two great passions, Queerdom and the Catholic Church, not only peacefully coexist but thrive on each other in “Public Display of Affection,” at Steven Wolf Fine Arts in San Francisco, January 7 – February 18, 2012. In November 2011, Jeffrey was a finalist for the inaugural Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium Writing Fellowship in conjunction with Art Practical. He is currently a contributing writer to Art21 Blog and Hyperallergic.

Jacob Ciocci (MFA ’05) participates in “Born Digital” at CAM Raleigh, NC, January 28 – April 30. “Born Digital” invites visitors to physically explore digital culture and movement-driven artwork‹to exercise their creativity and act on their curiosity and showcases art by 12 national and international pioneers of digital and new media art.

Stephanie Armbruster (BFA ’06) and Ryan Woodring (BFA ’09) exhibit in “Distillate,” a group show at Future Tenant in Pittsburgh curated by Meghan Olson & Kara Skylling. The show features work by artists who have participated in the Brew House’s Distillery residency program and runs from January 13- February 4, 2012.

Lauren F. Adams (MFA ’07) participates in “Unravelled” at Nymans which opens in May 2012 in East Sussex, UK. The show features artists who work with craft in extreme, alternative and conceptual ways.


Gregory Witt (MFA ’09) participates in “Nostalgia Machines,” a group show exploring the intersection of nostalgia and technology in contemporary sculpture at Brown University’s Bell Gallery January 25 – February 19.


Agnes Bolt (MFA ’12) is included in video screening PlayList: Liminal Limits at the museum of contemporary photography in Chicago in February.

Riley Harmon (MFA ’12) has work recently featured on Motherboard TV, The Creator’s Project: VJ-ing wit a Kinect / Aphex Twin Gets Body Dysmorphic Visuals / A Brief Guide To Video Game Art, Wired Italy, Portable TV, issue 39 Neural Magazine, Italy, july 2011; and latest issue of “Fienden” Magazine, Sweden. He exhibited in “InLight” Richmond Commission by The Kitchen NYC & 1708 Gallery, Oct 21, 2011 (curator’s choice); BYOB BMORE at Open Space, Baltimore – Oct 22, 2011; Copenhagen at Kunsthallen Nikolajon view through January 2012; “Illuminating Data: Visualizing the Information that Moves Our World” March – April 2012 TCNJ, New Jersey; exhibits in “proxy, or” opening July 8 – August 8, 2012, at Seventeen Gallery, London; and invited to perform in BUS 7.

Baden Pailthorpe talks his peer reviewed masters thesis paper about my
work at H2PTM 2011 (Hypermédias et pratiques numériques), Université
Paul Verlaine-Metz in France titled “Ludic Dissonance” – october 2011


short form lecture at darker scratcher, pittsburgh, dec 2011

Dan Wilcox (MFA ’13) participates in Art Hack Day in NYC next week: http://www.facebook.com/events/245204248883826/ & @arthackday etc

Oreen Cohen (MFA ’14) transforms the front gallery space of Area 405 into a factory of abandon with re-purposed and found object assemblages, video, and paintings. Her multi media installation investigates the severance of perceptions of place and people. Closes March 30th 2012




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