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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
April 25, 2005

Charlee Brodsky, Professor at Carnegie Mellon, Earns Prestigious Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award

PITTSBURGH—Charlee Brodsky, professor and chair of the Communication Design Program in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, has been selected to receive the Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award.

Given annually to faculty in the College of Fine Arts for excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising, the award is named after Hornbostel, the first dean of the College of Fine Arts and the architect of the original campus buildings.

Brodsky will receive the award during Carnegie Mellon's education awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. April 28, 2005, in Rangos Auditorium in the University Center on Carnegie Mellon's campus.

"Charlee's ability to work across disciplines, challenge students to explore their artistic virtues around the Pittsburgh region and participate in the lives and activities of our undergraduates makes her an ideal recipient of the Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award. She has made a significant impact in the School of Design and throughout the College of Fine Arts," said Martin Prekop, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Brodsky teaches photo-design and photography. She is a documentary photographer and exhibits her work nationally. In addition, she has curated numerous photography exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Art dealing with the history of photography in Western Pennsylvania. "Knowing Stephanie," a visual and verbal documentary of one woman's experience with breast cancer, is an example of one of her projects. She collaborated with Judith Schachter, director of the Center for the Arts in Society, who wrote a book on the aging steel mills. Brodsky published her photos in the book "A Town Without Steel, Envisioning Homestead." Brodsky received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.F.A. from Yale University.

The School of Design is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information about the Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award or for more information on the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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