Summer 2003

Patricia Bellan-Gillen juried Embedded, presented by Group A as part of For Eyes: Four Exhibitions. Four Perspectives, a series of four exhibitions at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, July 5 - August 17, 2003.

Joe Mannino lectured on his work and discussed student projects in June at The Allihies Language and Arts Centre located in Allihies, Beara, West Cork, Ireland.

Roger Dannenberg, Senior Research Computer Scientist and Artist premiered The Watercourse Way on July 26th with The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble at the Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh. The Watercourse Way features a chamber orchestra, computer generated and processed music, a dancer, computer animation, water, lights, video, and wearable lighting systems. The work was created in collaboration with former adjunct professor, Barbara Bernstein, Garth Zeglin (CMU Robotics), and Tom Neuendorffer.


Philip Morsberger's (BFA '54) paintings have been acquired for the permanent collections of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, the Ogden Museum in New Orleans, and the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas. His painting, White Background, is included in the University of Oxford's Ashmoleum Museum's first complete, illustrated catalogue of the collection of paintings.

Thomas J. Norulak (BFA '71) is a professional printer and printmaker working in intaglio, monoprinting, relief, and silkscreen, often using his own handmade paper. He has exhibited work in solo and group shows throughout the region for more than ten years and is currently exhibiting in Embedded, presented by Group A at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, July 5 - August 17.

David M. "Buzz" Macerelli (BFA '75) is an antiques dealer and painter in Ligonier, PA. He played the role of a priest in The Pennsylvania Miners' Story, a recreation of the Quecreek mining disaster, broadcast on ABC last November.

Steve Antonson (BFA '89) is exhibiting in Rendered: Works on paper from 46 artists at Sara Meltzer Gallery in Chelsea, NYC, June 17 - August 1.

Jessica Reeves-Cohen (BFA '91) is currently rehearsing her interdisciplinary performance, Mouthful/Score which will be performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 3-9; Williamsburg Art Nexus in New York, September 4-7 and in Philadelphia, September 11-14. The piece is the first production with the improvisational performance company she founded in December 2002, Clyde Forth Visual Theatre. The founding of the company catalyzed an identity change and Jessica now works under the name Clyde Forth. She also recently had a performance installation titled Tiny Dance/Silent Poem at Artists Space in New York and continues to teach Arts in Context at Eugene Lang College. Find out about upcoming performances: and

Troy Johnson (BFA '92) exhibited work in The Black Romantic at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Mia Brownell (BFA '93) has been awarded both tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Painting at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. She is currently exhibiting Zymotic Tonic, a solo show at Duke University. Mia lives and works in Jersey City.

Yaalieth A. Simpson (BFA '93) defended her dissertation on 19th century quilts to earn a doctorate in art and art education at Columbia University this spring.

Media artist Andres Tapia-Urzua (MFA '94), with Director of Media Special Projects Ralph Vituccio, premiered the documentary, When Video Came, on June 28 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. The video included images by and interviews with many alumni and former School of Art faculty, including Pier Marton, John Sturgeon, Rita Myers, Carolina Loyola Garcia (MFA '01), Paul Glabicki (BFA '72), and Dara Birnbaum (BFA Architecture '69).

Denise M. Soultanian (BFA '97) began an art school for young children and teens called Art Adventures. She and her husband, Bruce Grant, live in the San Francisco Bay area.

Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga (MFA '99) is exhibiting NEXUM ATM, an automated teller that reflects a history of US imperialism in the AIM 23 exhibition at the Bronx Museum of Arts, July 12 - September 28, 2003. NEXUM ATM is sponsored by Franklin Furnace.

Evan Tapper (MFA '01) received a New York Foundation For the Arts, Special Opportunity Stipend for his artist residency in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Emily de Araujo (MFA '01), Christina Hung (MFA '97), and Hyla Willis (MFA '99) are contributors to Domain Errors! Cyberfeminist Practices, a project of the collaborative group, subRosa. The new anthology is edited by former faculty member, Maria Fernandez; Studio for Creative Inquiry Fellow, Faith Wilding; and Michelle M. Wright. It is published by Autonomedia, Brooklyn, NY. Part performative intervention, part radical polemic and activist manual, Domain Errors! Cyberfeminist Practices introduces a diverse international group of feminist writers, artists, theorists, and activists engaged in formulating a contestational politics for tactical cyberfeminism. This recombinant book highlights productive intersections of feminist and postcolonial discourses through critical analyses of the embodied politics of digital culture. Opening areas repressed in previous cyberfeminist discourses, the authors map contemporary social relations between women as they are mediated and transformed by digital and bio-technologies. SubRosa:

Rebecca Vaughan (MFA '01) is leaving her position at Bowling Green State University to become Head of the Sculpture Department at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) in Denver, CO.

Lesley Gena (BFA '01) exhibited with Jason Tate at Modern Formations at 4919 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, July 5-25.

Adam Davies (2nd year MFA candidate) will be participating in the exhibit 8-Hour Drawings VI at Allegheny College's Bowman and Penelec Galleries, September 2-24. His work will also be included in the October publication of New American Paintings, MFA Annual 2003.

Ruth Stanford (3rd year MFA candidate) and Elizabeth Byers (BFA '03) collaborated on Senescence, an installation merging objects and images from childhood to death as a means of exploring human experience, issues of time, perception of youth, fears about death, and the physical and psychological spaces we inhabit throughout life. Elizabeth is a multi-media artist whose work explores the time and experience of youth and how these experiences connect and divide us as adults. Ruth is a sculptor and installation artist whose recent work addresses significant life experiences such as trauma and death and their meaning in the larger world. Objects and images in the installation range from playful to serious.

Cassandra Jones (3rd year MFA candidate) has been accepted for a three-week WindArt residency this September at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She will work with Katsutaka Murooka, Master Artist-in-Residence Artist and Director of Aerial Photography.


Dinosaurs are popping up all over Pittsburgh, but they're not your everyday T-Rex or stegosaurus. You might see one dressed as Mr. Rogers near Fifth Avenue Place, or another decorated in a Heinz ketchup motif at the intersection of 6th and Liberty Avenue. Eighteen of those dinosaurs have Carnegie Mellon ties.
As part of it's DinoMite Days, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History turned 100 dinosaur statues loose in Pittsburgh this summer in a once-in-a-lifetime event that the museum says will "transform the city into the world's largest Jurassic art park." DinoMite Days is intended to celebrate Pittsburgh's international reputation for scientific excellence while showcasing established and emerging artists. The free outdoor exhibition features 200- to 500-pound fiberglass dinosaurs that have been carefully decorated by area artists and students. Their creations will be on display in public plazas, on the streets and in front of buildings throughout the city until this October, when they will be sold at an auction. Below is a list of the alumni and other members of the campus community who designed a statue for the dino days of summer. Click on each link to see both a photo of the dinosaur and a detailed description of the artist's inspiration for the project.

Lucia Aguirre (A'01) and Anne Savage, Intrados: Pittsburgh's 'Urban' Dinosaur,;

Barbara Anderson (the Bessie Anathan Professor in the School of Drama and CFA Associate Dean), Torosaurus as George Washington in the French and Indian War,;

Rick Antolic (A'93), and Cathy and Mark Klingler (A'90), Pitt sanky,;

Mark Baugh-Sasaki (A'03) and Andrew Klein (A'03), Renewalsaur,

Patricia Bellan-Gillen (A'79), Connections,;

JoAnna Commandaros (A'86), Shaggy Recycleosaurus,;

Jonathan Kline (A'98 and faculty in the School of Architecture), An Ecological History of Pittsburgh,;

Anne Lopez (A'96), Dotted Stegosaurus,;

Burton Morris (A'86), I Want You,; Liberty,;

David Seaman (A'81), Dinosurgeon,;

Ruth Stanford (A'03), TOPOsaurus PA,;

James Thurman (A'93) and Ray Masters, The Anti-Asteroid Suit,;

Lauren Urbschat (A'02), and Jennifer Zimmerman, Florasaurus,;

Laura Wilson (A'87), Stegosaurus en Toile,;

Shirley Yee (A'76), Lost Pittsburgh,

DinoMite Days is sponsored by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, home of the world's third-largest collection of dinosaur fossils, and is made possible through the financial support of numerous foundations and companies.


For information on making a gift to the School of Art, please contact: Chris File, Director of Development: 412-268-1047, email:

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