Nicole Eisenman is the winner of the Carnegie Prize for the 2013 Carnegie International. She was born in Verdun France and currently lives and works in New York. Eisenman studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and teaches at Bard College. Her work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Studio Voltaire in London; Leo Koenig Gallery in New York; The Tang Museum, Skidmore College; Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She has participated in group exhibitions internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The New Museum, New York; The Jewish Museum, New York; The Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain ;and Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Eisenman was featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and in Prospect II, New Orleans and Los Angeles in 2012. She is the recipient of grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and the Penny McCall Foundation. Her work is in the collections of major museums worldwide, including: the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and The Ludwig Museum, Cologne.
Stephen Farthing studied at St Martin’s School of Art, London and the Royal College of Art, London. He was awarded an Abbey Major Scholarship, taking him to The British School at Rome for a year. He has been a Tutor in painting at the Royal College of Art, London; Head of Painting and Head of Department of Fine Art at West Surrey College of Art and Design; and Ruskin Master at the Ruskin School of Fine Art; and Professorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He has exhibited extensively, including solo shows at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro; National Museum of Art, Montevideo, Uruguay; Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; Mary Ogilvy Gallery, St Anne’s College, Oxford; and Anne Berthoud Gallery, London. His work, representing Britain, was shown at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1989. He was represented by The Edward Totah Gallery in London and New York until Edward’s death in 1997. Farthing was Artist in Residence at the Hayward Gallery, London in 1989. He has been elected Royal Academician, and in 2000 was made an Emeritus Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford. In 2000, Duckworth published his book, An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Art. He was executive director of the New York Academy of Art from 2000 until 2004 when he was appointed Rootstein Hopkins Research Chair of Drawing at the University of the Arts London. He lives and works in New York and London.
Shantell Martin studied at Camberwell College of Arts and Central Saint Martin. Upon graduation, she moved to Japan and worked as a performance artist. Since moving to New York in 2008 she has made a rapid ascent in the world of art and fashion. Her brand collaborations with prominent commercial brands, as well as with bespoke luxury partners like 3×1 denim, Citizen, and Aruliden quickly drew a fine art and commercial audience. Martin has been featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and her hand-illustrated bedroom walls graced the cover of the New York Times home section in May 2012. Her work has appeared in Creative Review Magazine, and she was named French Glamour’s New York’s “coolest it girl” in 2011. Her fashion collaboration with fashion brand Suno was featured in Vogue in August 2013. Her recent art commissions include an exterior installation on the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and a custom installation for Miami Art Week’s Pulse. She regularly creates live digital drawings at conferences such as TED New York, musical performances, and museums including the Brooklyn Museum, and Moma. Martin recently served as the artist in residence at Clark College and is an adjunct professor at NYU. She deeply enjoys her volunteer work with schools and organizations like Apple Arts and Manhattan Apparel Project where she teaches kids to draw using their imaginations. She moved her studio to Tribeca in the Spring of 2013.
Helen Molesworth is Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston where she has curated several major exhibitions, including Amy Sillman: One Lump or Two, This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, and Dance/Draw, which explored performance art and the intersection between dance and drawing. Prior to her appointment at the ICA, Molesworth was the Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museum. While there, she organized a number of noteworthy exhibitions including Long Life Cool White: Photographs by Moyra Davey and ACT UP New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, 1987–1993. As guest curator at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Arts, she organized exhibitions by William Pope L, Paul Chan and Felix Gonzales-Torres. Prior to joining Harvard, Molesworth was chief curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, overseeing the center's exhibitions, programs, and publications. There she co-curated the first United States retrospective of Luc Tuymans as well as the critically acclaimed Part Object, Part Sculpture. She also served as curator of contemporary art at the Baltimore Museum of Art from 2000 to 2002, where she organized the show, Work Ethic. Molesworth also served as senior critic at the Yale School of Art and has held teaching positions at the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies; SUNY, Old Westbury; and the Cooper Union School of Art. She was a co-founding editor of Documents, a magazine of contemporary visual culture, and is the author of numerous articles appearing in publications such as Art Journal, Artforum, Documents, and October. She received a Ph.D. in the history of art from Cornell University in 1997.
James Paterson is a visual artist who also works as an illustrator, broadcast & web designer. Paterson's synthesis of drawing, animation and programming has attracted the attention of a variety of galleries and clients worldwide. Both in his collaborative work with Amit Pitaru and solo projects for www.presstube.com, James Paterson applies the visual fluency of off-line illustration to the web, using Flash animation and programming to turn the computer into his sketchbook. Born in London in 1980, Paterson moved to Canada and studied print-making at art school there until he dropped out to live in New York where he began collaborating with Amit Pitaru, a jazz pianist-turned-programmer. Founded in 2001, Insertsilence is a common identity/brand that Amit Pitaru and James Paterson share when working together. One of their projects, titled Rhonda Forever, is a 3-D drawing tool that allows users to rapidly create line drawings in three dimensions. Insertsilence have exhibited in London, NYC, San Francisco, Barcelona, Paris, Seoul, Amsterdam and Milan. Their work has been recognized by such magazines as Zoo Quarterly, Surface, Dazed & Confused, Creative Review, Shift, Create Online, Impress Korea, PDN / PIX, and RES, among others. They have done commissioned work for the likes of Bjork, Playstation2, Nike, Diesel, Burton, Buck 65 and Mick Jagger. They have also taken part in exhibitions at the Design Museum in London, the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Sundance Film Festival.
Amy Sillman earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA from Bard College in 1995. She has received numerous awards and grants, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, an NEA fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, and the Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin in 2009. During the fall of 2010, she was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In May 2011, the Montserrat College of Art awarded Amy Sillman an honorary doctoral degree in fine arts. In 2012, as part of the fifth anniversary of the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the museum presented Sillman with the First Award, a prize given to 15 women who were first in their fields. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The first large scale survey of her work, curated by Helen Molesworth, premiered at the ICA Boston in October 2013. The exhibition will also travel to the Aspen Art Museum and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Sillman began showing at the Brent Sikkema Gallery in New York in 2000. She is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and shows at Capitain-Petzel in Berlin, at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, and at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles.
Internationally recognized, Pakistani-American artist, Shahzia Sikander is best known for her experimentation with the formal constructs of Indo-Persian miniature painting in a variety of formats and mediums, including video, animation, mural and collaboration with other artists. Over the years, she has pioneered an interpretive and critically charged approach to the anachronistic genre of miniature painting while examining cultural and political boundaries as a space for discussion and intervention. Her work helped launch a major resurgence in the Miniature Painting department in the nineties at the National College of Arts in Lahore inspiring many others to examine the miniature tradition. Her work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions at such national and international venues as the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Canada, the Venice Biennale 2005, the Istanbul Biennales, 2003 and 2013, MCA Sydney, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Rockbund Museum, Shanghai and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo amongst others. Shahzia Sikander received her B.FA from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan and an M.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Sikander has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation Achievement award (2006-2011); The DAAD, Berlin (2007-08) the National Pride of Honor by the Pakistani Government (2005), the Joan Mitchell award (1998-99), and the Tiffany foundation award (1997).
Eric Anderson is an associate professor of industrial design, co-director of the Master of Products Development program, and the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at CMU. Anderson is also a Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Designers Society of America. Prior to teaching at Carnegie Mellon, Prof. Anderson spent over a decade as a design practitioner for corporate departments and consulting firms based in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, where he designed a broad variety of products solutions including medical instruments, trade show exhibits, corporate identities, and consumer products. Prof. Anderson holds a BS in Industrial Design from Philadelphia College of Art, and an MA and an MFA in Design Education from The Ohio State University.
Mary-Lou Arscott is a British architect who is involved in design centered practice and radical construction initiatives. After completing her diploma at the Architectural Association in London she studied carpentry, joinery and wood machining, working for ten years as a carpenter/cabinet maker and educator. She returned to architectural practice in 1986, first to Casson Conder to work on the extension to Parliament buildings in London, then to the cooperative practice of Edward Cullinan Architects where she became a director and worked on a series of arts and educational buildings. In 1996 she was a founding architect in Knox Bhavan Architects where for ten years she worked on a wide range of historic buildings and residential projects. A recent project, Holly Barn in Norfolk, won a number of prestigious awards including the RIBA Manser Medal 2006.
William Bardel is the principal of Luminant Design, a NY firm specializing in information design and wayfinding. With 15 years experience working at design, architecture, engineering and software firms, William has designed signage systems for cities, airports, and mass transit, along with print maps, infographics, annual reports, websites, dynamic information displays, and statistical data visualizations. He has lectured internationally on design technology and wayfinding. He received a Master of Design in the fields of communication planning and information design from Carnegie Mellon University. He is Co-Author, With Mark Baskinger, of the book Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design.
Mark Baskinger is an Associate Professor and chair of the foundation program in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Baskinger is currently a fellow in The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, an affiliate faculty member of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and serves as a researcher with the Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center through CMU and the University of Pittsburgh. His work has been featured in design publications and international magazines, and has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and I-Space Gallery (Chicago). He is Co-Author, With William Bardel, of the book Drawing Ideas: A Hand-Drawn Approach for Better Design.
Kim Beck is an Associate Professor of Art at CMU. Her work has been shown on the High Line, at the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, the Warhol Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She's been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Marie Walsh Sharpe Program, Cité Internationale des Arts, Vermont Studio Center, & VCCA and has received awards from ARS Electronica, Pollock-Krasner, Heinz Foundation, Thomas J. Watson Foundation and Printed Matter. Beck has an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA from Brandeis University. She is represented by Mixed Greens, NYC and Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia.
Simon Betts is currently the Dean of College at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London. He studied Painting at Sheffield City Polytechnic and Chelsea College of Art & Design. He has exhibited widely in the UK and Europe. In 2007 he co-authored a suite of drawing Awards and Certificates for the University of the Arts London, and is currently working with the School of Bio-Medical Science, University of Sydney, on a drawing/science project that supports drawing skills for bio-medical students.
Kelly Chorpening earned her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art and MFA from Hunter College, CUNY studying Painting, Drawing and Anthropology. She has taught extensively in the UK & USA, and began teaching at Camberwell College of Arts in 2001. Aside from teaching, she has held a number of art-related positions, working as a Gallery Assistant, Personal Assistant, Archive Manager, Grants Co-ordinator, and Project Manager. Exhibiting regularly in the UK and abroad, her art practice encompasses painting and sculptural installation. She is represented by ShillamSmith3 Gallery in London and Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri. She is the Director of the Drawing program at Camberwell College of Arts.
Doug Cooper has drawn landscape murals of Pittsburgh with a focus on personal history and regional geography since 1992. These measure up to 24 feet in height and 200 feet in length He has also created collaborative mural projects in other cities: in Doha, Frankfurt, Philadelphia, New York, Rome, San Francisco, and Seattle. He teaches drawing in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.
Mo Dawley is Senior Librarian for Art and Drama and library faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been active in the arts for over thirty years as artist, librarian, curator and educator. She holds an MLS degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Art History from Case Western University and a BA and BFA in Art History and Painting from the University of Akron. She is curator of the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries Artists’ Books Collection, project director for The Directory of Artists' Books Collections and leads a long-standing educational initiative focusing on the artist book as a catalyst for transdisciplinary learning.
William Downs was born and raised in Greenville, SC, and works in a range of mediums but focuses primarily on drawing. He received a Multidisciplinary MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at MICA and a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art and Design. Downs taught Foundation Drawing at MICA from 2003 through 2010. He has also taught at Parsons/The New School for Design, The Cooper Union and Tulane University. His work has been presented at numerous venues in the United States and abroad. He lives and works in Atlanta.
Casey Droege was raised by two artists and a mime. Their incessant side hustles, ranging from chimney sweep to insurance sales, created the time management monster/slightly organized tornado that is Casey. And while her mother made it clear to her that she should go into computers, she now lives and works as an artist using language to objectify the subjective. She holds an MFA in Fiber from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and exhibits her multimedia artwork widely. Her unique curatorial projects, SIX x ATE and CSA PGH create community and connections around art in the Pittsburgh region.
James Duesing is an animator and professor at Carnegie Mellon. His animation evolved from hand drawn and early digital forms to 3D and motion capture. His work has been exhibited and broadcast throughout the world including: The Sundance Film Festival, SIGGRAPH, The Tate Gallery, Film Forum and MoMA. His awards and grants include a Creative Capital grant, an award of distinction and honorable mention from Prix Ars Electronica, an American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants and a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts.
Jason Franz is Executive Director and Chief Curator of Manifest Drawing Center in Cincinnati. He holds both BFA and MFA degrees from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He has taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University. As an artist and professor he is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, a Xavier University Faculty Development Grant, and three Summerfair Individual Artist Grants. In 2009 he was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Paul Glabicki is an internationally acclaimed multi-media artist. His career has included work in experimental animation for film and video, painting, drawing, photography, installation art, sound, and computer imaging. He is a recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Film Institute. He has exhibited his work at numerous museums, film and video festivals, and institutions worldwide, and he has lectured and taught at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Pittsburgh.
Andrew Ellis Johnson is Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon. His work has been presented internationally in galleries, electronic and video festivals, public collaborations, conferences, books and journals. As co-founder of the collective, PED, he has performed in Buffalo, Belfast, Chongqing, Rio de Janeiro, St. John’s and Tonawanda. Johnson studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and Carnegie Mellon University (MFA). Recent residencies and exchange projects include those at Korean National University of the Arts in Seoul, University of the Arts London at Camberwell, Fayoum International Art Center in Egypt, and Sites of Passage in Jerusalem/Ramallah/Pittsburgh.
Moshe Mahler received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003. While completing his artistic studies, Moshe joinedStage 3, an interdisciplinary research group, created and led by Prof. Randy Pausch. Upon graduation Mahler joined The Carnegie Mellon Graphics Lab as an Animation Designer under the direction of Prof. Jessica Hodgins. Moshe joined the Walt Disney Company, facilitating the artistic demands of research at Disney Research, Pittsburgh in 2011. Moshe has contributed to dozens of publications in the computer graphics and animation fields. His art works and animated films have been featured in a number of venues internationally, including SIGGRAPH 2005, 2007 and 2011. Team; Artistic Direction: Spencer Diaz, Moshe Mahler, Rachel Maran, Technical Team: Rafael Tena, Shuchun Xu, Sound Design: Yuri Suzuki, Portrait Artists: Itamar Berger, James Duesing, James Krahe, Moshe Mahler, Rachel Maran, Emily So, Mary Weidner, Paper Authors: Itamar Berger, Ariel Shamir
Patricia Maurides is a visual artist utilizing photography and performance to investigate origins and memory. Maurides performs in natural environments or studio sets infused with props and image projections. She documents her figure within these contexts rendering her work both theatrical and cinematic. Maurides teaches photography and the interdisciplinary courses Art and Biology, Neuro Photo, Art and the Brain at Carnegie Mellon University. Maurides also works on collaborative projects that intersect the visual arts and natural sciences including planetarium venues, television and science literacy outreach.
Stephen Neely, Dalcroze License, Carnegie Mellon Artist Lecturer in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and past President of the Dalcroze Society of America, is a conductor, teacher, singer, and clinician. He holds a BFA in Vocal Performance, and an MM in Music Education from CMU. He is the Director of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Pre-College program and the Associate Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center. He served as Chorus Master for the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh from 1999 - 2010. He was a featured speaker at TEDxCMU 2012. He has presented workshops to schools, universities, and music organizations around the globe from PA to CA, the USA to Jakarta, Indonesia.
Paolo Pedercini. This is everything you are allowed to know about Paolo Pedercini: Paolo was born in 1981 somewhere in Northern Italy. He’s currently based in Pittsburgh after surviving Milan and studying in upstate New York. He teaches experimental game design and media production courses at CMU School of Art. he is mostly known for his radical videogaming project Molleindustria and he unintentionally convinced many people that his games are art. he sometimes makes things that are not games.
John Peña is a multidisciplinary artist from Ellensburg, Washington who likes to race with clouds and write letters to the ocean. He also makes a drawing every day in which he documents intimate moments from his life. He received his M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University then later attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Fine Arts Work Center and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. He has exhibited artworks at Kevin Kavanaugh Gallery in Dublin, Kate Werble Gallery in New York City, and The Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, WA. John currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Ed Piskor has been cartooning professionally in print form since 2005, starting off by drawing American Splendor comics written by Harvey Pekar. The duo continued working together on two graphic novels, Macedonia, and The Beats. Ed began self-publishing Wizzywig after developing a huge interest in the history of hacking and phone phreaking. Three volumes, making up ¾ of the full story have been published to date. Recently Ed has designed the characters for the new Adult Swim series, Mongo Wrestling Alliance. His Hip Hop Family Tree comic has sold out it’s first printing.
Carol Prusa has received fellowships from the South Florida Cultural Consortium, the State of Florida and the Howard Foundation. Solo museum exhibitions include the Arkansas Arts Center; University of Maine Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville; Lakatamia Municipalia Nicosia, Cyprus; and the Polk Museum of Art. She has shown at the DeCordova Museum; Telfair Museum of Art, Georgia; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn; and the Boca Raton Art Museum in Florida. Prusa shows at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami and Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco and New York. Prusa was awarded an Artist in Industry residency at Kohler for Fall 2012. The Art Economist Magazine featured her as “an artist to watch” in their June 2011 issue.
Melissa Ragona is an Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Critical Theory at CMU. Her critical and creative work focuses on sound design, film theory and new media practice and reception. Her essays that explore the nexus between sound and image in the films of Hollis Frampton and Paul Sharits have been published, respectively, in the MIT Press Journal, October and in Lowering the Boom: New Essays on the Theory and History of Film Sound. She has also published in monographs on the work of artists, Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth and Christian Jankowski. Her book, "Readymade Sound: Andy Warhol's Recording Aesthetics" is forthcoming from the University of California Press.
Rob Rogers earned an MFA in painting from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984. The day after commencement, he began a political cartooning internship at the Pittsburgh Press which eventually led to a full-time position. In 1993, he was hired by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rogers’ work received 1995 National Headliner Award , as well as the 2000 and 2013 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club. In 1999, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2009, Rogers released his book, No Cartoon Left Behind: The Best of Rob Rogers, published by CMU Press. He is currently serving as board president of the ToonSeum, a cartoon museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Susan Schwalb is one of the foremost figures in the revival of the ancient technique of silverpoint drawing in America. She was born in New York City and studied at the High School of M&A, and at Carnegie Mellon University. Schwalb has been in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2010,’07, ‘92,’73), the MacDowell Colony (1989, ’75,’74), Yaddo, 1981 and has had two residencies in Israel in 1994 at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Artists’ Studios. She has had over 35 solo exhibitions and has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Natalie Settles has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1999. For over a decade her work has involved collaborative projects with researchers in biochemistry, botany, physiology, and biology. Settles has worked at the Smithsonian Institution as a model-maker and done independent research on Victorian design and biology in Cambridge, UK. She has been a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellow and her wall drawing environment Ornament and Architecture was featured in the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial. Settles is artist in residence with the Tonsor Laboratory for Plant Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh with funding from the NSF, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.
Susanne Slavick is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon and recent editor and curator of Out of Rubble (Charta, 2011) that features international artists who respond to the aftermath of war. Recent solo shows include those at: the Chicago Cultural Center; McDonough Museum, Youngstown; Accola Griefen Gallery, NYC; and Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University. Slavick studied at Yale University, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Temple University Abroad in Rome and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Recent articles have appeared in: Cairo: Images of Transition (transcript Verlag 2013); Cultural Heritage and Arts Review; Cultural Politics; and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies.
Lizzee Solomon is an artist based in Pittsburgh. Within and outside of her art practice, she fixates on the polarizing forces within human beings, blurring the line between extremes - comfort and horror, ecstasy and despair, beauty and repulsiveness. Her comics and illustration work play on superficiality, fetish, and gender performance. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, recently completed an Arquetopia Residency in Oaxaca Mexico, and is currently the Education and Events Coordinator at TechShop Pittsburgh.
Claire Stigliani is a drawer and painter known for her works inspired by paintings, photographs, magazines, posters, YouTube clips, literature, performance and plays. These works explore the act of watching and being watched and blur fiction with reality. Her recent shows include The Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, (WI); The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, (WI); Russell Projects, Richmond (VA); and the Jenkins Johnson Gallery (NY). She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Photography in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
Renee Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. In 1985 she moved to Washington, D.C. and began to explore the roots of her African American heritage. She looks to the belief systems of African peoples and their descendants throughout the African Diaspora, as well as to the world and her immediate environment, for the inspiration to create works that encourage self-examination, self-empowerment and self-healing.
The recipient of awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Stout has shown her work in solo and group shows throughout the United States, and in England, Russia and the Netherlands.
Michael Velliquette is a mixed media artist known for his works with cut paper. These works engage the nature of matter, sensation, perception, reaction, and consciousness. His recent solo shows include DCKT Contemporary, New York and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York. His work is in the collections of the Art Museum of South Texas; the Museum of Wisconsin Art; the Racine Art Museum; The Progressive Corporation; Western Bridge, Seattle; The John Michael Kohler Art Center; and the San Antonio Museum of Art. He is a Faculty Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mary Weidner is Professor emeritus in the CMU School of Art. Her work has been shown in New York at the Katharina Rich-Perlow, George Billis, Henry Street Settlement and A.I.R. galleries; in Chicago at The Art Center, the Esther Saks, and the Union St. galleries; in Los Angeles at the Koslow Rayl Gallery; and throughout the US. Internationally, Weidner has participated in exhibitions and residencies at the Ferencvarosi Pince Gallery in Budapest, Hungary; the Museo Hosio in Italy; the Poznan Academy of Fine Arts in Poland; and the Nagoya-Zokei College of Art and Design and Aichi Prefectural Museum in Japan. Both the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Heinz Foundation have awarded her grants.
Sarah Woodfine studied at the Liverpool School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, London. Her work has been exhibited widely, including: The Jerwood Drawing Prize; Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition; Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London; Hales Gallery, London; Museum of Garden History, London; Sheffield Millennium Gallery; Maritime Museum, Portsmouth; Galleri F15, Norway; Haugesund Billedgalleri, Norway. She has received many awards and residencies, including: Artangel Nights of London Interactive Project, The Nelson Touch Collaboration between Aspex Gallery and The Maritime Museum Portsmouth, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, and Drawing Artist in Residence at Middlesbrough Art Gallery. Her work is in numerous collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Middlesbrough Art Gallery, and Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway.
Lance Winn teaches at the University of Delaware. His work has been included in a range of recent books, including one on 3D typography and another on Paul Virilio’s influence on contemporary artists. His work was represented in the article Contemporary Developments in Drawing, published in Contemporary Magazine. Winn’s work has been shown nationally and
internationally and in 2007 was collected for a survey at the Freedman Gallery. His robotic video installations, in collaboration with Simone Jones, were recently included in Nuit Blanche in Toronto, the Ronald Feldman gallery in New York, and at the Icebox in Philadelphia.
Joe Wos is the Executive Director of the Toonseum, and a freelance cartoonist and storyteller from Pittsburgh. His one-man show combines his passion for storytelling and drawing cartoons. A single presentation yields an average of 20 original drawings, which are given to the audience at the end of each show. Joe has performed at many festivals, museums, libraries, and schools nationwide. His mazes, dubbed "The World's Most Difficult" by Ripley's Believe It or Not!, are on exhibit at museums worldwide. His parodies of famous artists and their works, "Great Art Belongs on Refrigerator Doors," remains one of his favorite exhibits. He was the first resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa Calif.
Suzanne Wright is an artist and educator with a deep historical investment in feminist and queer liberation projects. Within her work, the bodies of women are used to pose complicated questions about the history and nature of power within western culture. In her wall-sized drawings and collages, engineered and architectural structures simulate and fuse with the body. Wright has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is a member of ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), Fierce Pussy and D.I.V.A. TV (Damned Interfering Video Activists)—intimately intertwining her aesthetics and activism. Wright will be the Kraus Visiting Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon in the spring semester of 2014.