Tavia La Follette
Artist in Residence, Center for the Arts in Society
Tavia La Follette moved to Pittsburgh to earn her M.F.A in Performance-Pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 and is currently working on her PhD in Leadership and Change through Culture and the Arts at Antioch University. Originally from New York City, Tavia is a director, designer, deviser of theater, performer and puppeteer. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, Arts at St. Anne's, the Tenement Museum, the Williamsburg Historical Society, and the Cooler in NYC. In Pittsburgh she has exhibited/performed the Mattress Factory Museum, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, First Night, the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, the Cultural Trust's Gallery Crawl and Gallerie Chiz. Tavia has taught, designed and directed at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum, Colby College, Point Park University, Earlham College, the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University and the University of Virginia through the Semester at Sea program. She is the Founder and Director of ArtUp, a non-profit gallery/performance space based in the Cultural District of Pittsburgh. ArtUp is a spacefor artists and companies that are concerned with exploring the contextual inter-relationships of theater, visual arts, movement, media and sound. Tavia and her work have toured all over the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Awards include the 2007 Artist Recognition Award- $10,000 anonymous donor, the Heinz Creative Heights Award, William and Clarissa Stainer Arts Award, the Sprout Fund, the Heinz Small Arts, the Greater Pittsburgh Artist Opportunity Grant, and the Pittsburgh Foundation's A.W. Mellon Award. Tavia has recently been invited to ARC, Artist Residency Cairo where she will continue her PhD research on Firefly Insight, a process of exercising the phenomena of aesthetic meaning through experienced metaphor rather than deduced rhetoric. La Follette's politically driven work has been the subject of articles such as the Economist, Rolling Stone Magazine and the New York Times.