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April 1: Carnegie Mellon Art Professor, Alumnus Richard Pell Receives Creative Capital Award


Eric Sloss                          

Carnegie Mellon Art Professor, Alumnus
Richard Pell Receives Creative Capital Award

PITTSBURGH—Richard Pell, an assistant professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University, has been awarded a 2009 Creative Capital Award in the Emerging Fields category to support his Center for Post-Natural Studies. The center collects and exhibits genetically modified organisms created in various regions of the United States in an effort to advance the dialogue around genetic modification.
The Creative Capital is a national organization supporting individual artists. Pell, a recipient of one of 16 grants in the Emerging Fields category, has received an initial $10,000 award and is eligible for additional funds of up to $50,000 as part of the organization's ongoing commitment to his work. Supported by the grant, the center will maintain a permanent exhibit in Pittsburgh comprised of living plants, taxidermy, dioramas, original photography and illustrations. In addition, regional exhibitions will examine varying regulations that allow certain genetically modified organisms to be grown in one state but not in another.
Pell holds a bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon and a master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan's School of Art and Design and at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His work has been published in a variety of publications, including Engineering Culture and the Journal of Surveillance and Society. He has exhibited his work internationally in such venues as the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Russia and the Israeli Center for Digital Art. He is a recipient of the Rockefeller New Media Fellowship and the Rhizome New Media Art Fellowship, among other honors.
Pell joins Carnegie Mellon's Golan Levin, associate professor of electronic time-based art, and Grisha Coleman, a fellow in the Studio for Creative Inquiry, as recipients of the Creative Capital Award. For more information on Creative Capital, contact Kevin McGarry at 212-598-9900, ext 238.