Alumna's Paintings Appear in Two Hollywood Films
Joana Ricou, a 2005 graduate of the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science and the Arts (BSA) Program at Carnegie Mellon University, has her artwork featured in two Hollywood films this year, "Love and Other Drugs" and "She's Out of My League."
"Love & Other Drugs," which will be released in November, stars Jake Gyllenhall and Anne Hathaway. Hathaway plays a woman with Parkinson's disease who used to be an artist. Ricou's paintings are cast in the movie as Hathaway's artwork. "She's Out of My League" is a romantic comedy that was released this past March. Several shots were filmed in the local SUGAR Boutique in Lawrenceville, where Ricou's paintings are featured on the walls.
Ricou's work currently explores two different themes: finding deeper truths in private moments, and exploring the intersection of biology and art. Her work has been exhibited extensively in Pittsburgh, at sites including the Carnegie Science Center, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, and the National Aviary. Her work is also featured in private collections across the United States and in Portugal. Ricou's artwork was selected for the cover of an issue of the magazine Neuroscience in 2005. She moved from Lisboa, Portugal, to Pittsburgh in 2000 to study art and biology, and is now living in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Carnegie Mellon recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its BSA program, a joint interdisciplinary program between the College of Fine Arts and the Mellon College of Science.
The BSA program is part of Carnegie Mellon's Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (BXA), which also includes a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) and Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA). Since their creation, enrollment in BXA programs has grown to more than 100 students.
Pictured above: Ricou's artwork sits in the center of a movie set in Pittsburgh.