"The Encounters Project: Teaching Art History Outside of The University" by Joanna Kemp

This spring we challenged a group of high school students from Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy to create a public exhibition of original works. The History of Art and Architecture Department from the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students (PACES), joined forces to create the Encounters Project: Art in the City, to bring Art History out of the University setting and into the high school classroom.

"The Display of Cylinder Seals" by Elizabeth Marriott

Museums often display objects that were integral to their original culture but are now functionally obsolete and thus unfamiliar to the public. Engraved cylinder seals are one such object. Averaging at only an inch in height, a seal was made of stone or faience whose curved sides were carved with a design ranging from figural to abstract. The seal was then rolled into clay to create a raised design that is the mirror image of the seal.

Elana Williams

Elana Williams is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is majoring in the History of Art and Architecture with a minor in English Literature and is a part of many academic honor societies on Pitt’s campus such as Pitt Golden Key and Sigma Alpha Lambda.  She enjoys learning about all aspects of art and literature but focuses mainly on studying photography in modernity and Victorian novels.  Her interests outside of academia include running, cooking, and traveling with her family of three brother

Julia Warren

Julia Warren is a senior in the Architectural Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing a Bachelor of Philosophy degree through the University Honors College. She was a participant in the New York City Field Studies Program through the Office of Undergraduate Research during the spring of 2013 and was a Brackenridge Fellow during the summer of 2013.

Matthew Sova

Matthew Sova is a junior History of Art and Architecture and Anthropology double major at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is also a German minor.  He has worked on historical archaeological excavations at Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison near Sandusky, Ohio.  He also was a undergraduate teaching assistant for the Introduction to World Art class.  He is currently working as an intern at the American Jewish Museum, a part of the Jewish Community Center of Squirrel Hill.  Last semester he was enrolled in

Stephanie Selya

Stephanie Selya is a senior undergraduate HAA major at the University of Pittsburgh with a minor in Italian Studies. She is currently pursuing an Undergraduate Honors Thesis researching the composite photography of Australian photographer, Frank Hurley. She was also awarded the Milton Fine Museum Professional Fellowship, enabling her to work directly with Executive Director Janet McCall at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh from September 2013 to the present.

Sara Savage

Sara Savage is a junior studying Studio Arts and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies and a certificate in Gender Studies. In high school, Sara worked as an art collection intern for the Friends of L’Hopital Schweitzer—a Pittsburgh nonprofit that sells Haitian art to benefit their hospital in Haiti. Sara photographed and edited images for their e-gallery, documented pieces for the annual inventory, and worked at the organization’s annual gala as an installation assistant and event photographer.

Rose Savage

Rose Savage is an artist, musician, and junior at the University of Pittsburgh. Double majoring in Studio Arts and Urban Studies, Rose is interested in how public art can shape, manipulate, and affect the built environment. She is currently an undergraduate teaching assistant for the course Approaches to the Built Environment, guiding students as they work with the built environment around the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Madeline Sambor

Madeline Sambor is currently a senior Architectural Studies major graduating in April 2014.  She is also pursuing a Studio Arts minor.  She is a member of AIAS Pitt and the Golden Key International Honor Society.  Madeline has held two teaching assistantships, for Approaches to the Built Environment during Fall 2012 and for BIM/Revit during Fall 2013.  During the summer of 2013, Madeline participated in Pitt’s Window Restoration program in cooperation with the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh.  She was also

DeAnna Robinson

DeAnna Robinson is currently a senior at the University of Pittsburgh and will graduate in the fall with a major in History of Art and Architecture and a Museum Studies minor. This spring, DeAnna is an undergraduate teaching assistant for the Intro to World Art class with Gretchen Bender and also an education assistant at the University Art Gallery under the curator Isabelle Chartier. In addition, she is a Human Resources Assistant at the First Commonwealth Bank in Lawrenceville.