Biographies

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    Annie Abernathy

    Annie Abernathy is a sophomore, majoring in the History of Art and Architecture and pursuing minors in Museum Studies and French. Currently, she is an intern at the Carnegie Museum of Art where she is conducting preliminary research for an upcoming exhibition on art and economic inequality. This semester she has also been awarded the Archival Scholar Research Award and is researching materiality and identity in artists' books and zines in the Frick Fine Arts Library collection. She will be presenting this project as well as sharing her on-going research from Professor McCoy's class, focusing on mobility and exchange within Chinese objects in the University Art Gallery collection.

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    Reagan Harper

    Reagan Harper is a senior double major in historic preservation and anthropology with a minor in museum studies. She is interested in how technology can be used to bring historic structures and galleries to the broader public that is unable to travel to them. At Pitt, Reagan has been involved with the Nationality Rooms as a tour guide and the president of Quo Vadis, in Residence Life through the National Residence Hall Honorary, and Games-Edu, and the Anthropology club. During her Junior year, she received a London Field Studies award which took her to London for two weeks to explore galleries and archaeological sites which has grown into her thesis.

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    Rebecca Moser

    Rebecca Moser is a senior majoring in the History of Art and Architecture with minors in Museum Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. During her time at the University of Pittsburgh, Rebecca has served as an intern for the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon as well as held the position of the Fine Foundation Fellow at the Andy Warhol Museum in the curatorial department during the summer of 2018.

    At HAAARCH!!!! Rebecca will be presenting her honors thesis, “Queer Entomologist: Andrey Avinoff, Butterflies, and Coding Homosexual Identity”. This project is a culmination of her interests in twentieth century art, queer history, and critical theory.

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    Amanda Bartko

    Amanda N. Bartko is a senior double majoring in Psychology, and the History of Art and Architecture, with minors in Studio Arts and Museum Studies. Amanda has become interested in contemporary artists and institutions throughout her undergraduate career, and has pursued both during her senior year in meaningful ways. Amanda holds an internship in the education department at the Mattress Factory, and has done extensive research on contemporary artists’ productions on Instagram. After graduation, Amanda will do a year of service with City Year Cleveland, before returning to graduate school.

     

    At HAARCH!!! Amanda will present a portion of her honors thesis that investigates the ways in which contemporary artists are using Instagram. Throughout her thesis, she has considered collecting practices, themes of appropriation, and self-portraiture – and what these things mean when published on social media platforms.

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    Catherine Battipaglia

    Catherine Battipaglia is currently a junior majoring in Architectural Studies while also pursuing a minor in Studio Arts.  While growing up in Long Island, New York Catherine’s fascination for art and architecture began when she was just a young girl visiting New York City with her family.  She was in awe of the amazing designs of the skyscrapers and the beautiful detailing of the architecture throughout the city.  Now, over a decade later, that early fascination has truly blossomed while she has been studying architecture at the University of Pittsburgh.

     

    Catherine’s recent study abroad experience in Florence, Italy, this past fall as well as touring many different countries in Europe, allowed her to develop a truly global perspective and appreciation of architecture.  She hopes to continue to cultivate her interests with an internship in architecture or interior design in New York City this summer, and after graduation plans to pursue a graduate degree in architecture.

     

    At HAAARCH!!! 2018, Catherine will be presenting her Foundations Studio final project.

     

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    Caroline Fazzini

    Caroline Fazzini is a senior majoring in the History of Art and Architecture and Studio Arts and minoring in Museum Studies. During her time as a student at the University of Pittsburgh, she has received the Archival Scholars Research Award as well as the Friends of Frick Fine Arts Research Award, which allowed her to travel to Los Angeles to visit the Getty Research Institute and exhibitions pertinent to her senior thesis. Additionally, Caroline has held internships at various art institutions including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At HAAARCH, Caroline will present part of her honors thesis research, which examines the collaborative capabilities of artists’ books within two feminist bookwork projects from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    After graduating this spring, Caroline will begin her position as a one-year Visitor Experience intern at Mt. Cuba Center, a public botanical garden located in Hockessin, Delaware. While there, she will contribute to Mt. Cuba Center’s first-ever interpretive planning process by assisting in the development of public programming, seasonal events, and on-site interpretation. Once her yearlong position ends, Caroline plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Masters in either Arts Education or Art History.

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    Esra Daghestani

    Esra Daghestani is a senior from Meadville, PA, majoring in Architecture with a minor in Studio Arts. She has always been interested in art and science and found architecture to be the perfect mix. Esra has completed all the design studios offered at the University of Pittsburgh, including the Honors Design Studio 4. At Pitt, she has served as Secretary (2016-2017) and Treasurer (2017-2018) for the American Institute of Architecture Students at Pitt (AIAS). Esra is one of five students to complete the new BS in Architecture and is set to graduate in April 2018. Her goal is to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2018.

     

    At HAAARCH!!!, Esra is presenting her Honors Thesis, Design Studio 3 project, and her HAA 1480 Shelter Design Competition.

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    Kendall Dunn

    Kendall Dunn is a Senior majoring in History of Art & Architecture with two minors in Museum Studies and Studio Arts. She is currently serving as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Alex Taylor in his Museum Studies class, History & Ethics of Collecting. She also served as a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to World Art History, taught by Maria D’Anniballe. Her inspiration to obtain a career in museum studies evolved from her study abroad experience in Florence, Italy.

     

    She is currently interning at the Mattress Factory Museum in the Education Department. Additionally, she served as a Research Intern at Contemporary Craft and as an Archivist Intern at the Edward Hopper Museum in NY. After graduation, she plans to get her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies and strives to work as a museum curator or any other position in the museum world that she finds an interest for.

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    Jabari Cook

    Jabari Cook is a freshman double majoring in Political Science and International and Area Studies with a minor in Philosophy. Growing up in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, his interests have always lied in international politics and foreign language, but after taking multiple art history and philosophy classes in high school, he discovered his passion for studying fine arts as well. Jabari is specifically interested in studying the unique ways in which political and social issues are manifested in art, and luckily by performing archival research under Professor Jennifer Josten of the History of Art and Architecture Department, he gets to do just that!

    At HAARCH!!! Jabari will be presenting parts of the archival database he has been building to help Professor Josten with her upcoming book on political posters from post-revolution, 1960’s Cuba.

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    Sean Echnat

    Sean Echnat is a Pittsburgh native and a senior majoring in Architectural Studies.  He began his time at Pitt knowing he wanted to be involved with the design of buildings and started his studies with civil engineering.  His interest in the history of architecture along with its form made him wary of his original decision so he decided to switch majors in order to pursue his passion of design and to escape the lack of creativity in engineering. The experiences within studio has fortified his decision and has made it clear to him what he wishes to pursue.  Sean has taken an interest in sustainable design within architecture and is ambitious on attending grad school to receive his masters in Architecture and eventually becoming a licensed architect.

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