HAAARCH!!! 2014

HAAARCH!!! is a showcase of undergraduate research, creative work, and achievement. This forum provides students the opportunity to exhibit, present and promote their research and experiential learning activities.

The fourth installment of HAAARCH!!!! will take place in the Frick Fine Arts Building on Monday, March 24, 2014.

HAAARCH!!! 2014

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    Joanna Kemp

    Joanna Kemp is currently a senior at the University of Pittsburgh and will graduate in the spring with a major in The History of Art and Architecture and a minor in Museum Studies. Last spring, she interned with the University Art Gallery, assisting with their educational programming, community outreach, and social media presence. Joanna began working at The Andy Warhol Museum this summer, where she works in the galleries and behind the admissions desk. During this spring semester she has been a teaching assistant for the Encounters Project, which is the basis for her senior thesis. When she is not preparing lesson plans and research for the Encounters Project, she is working with the curator of the University Art Gallery to improve the database used for organizing the works in the permanent collection. After graduation, Joanna will be pursuing a master’s degree in either business administration or museum studies, in hopes of continuing her work in administrative roles at museums or small galleries.

    Joanna will be presenting the paper "The Encounters Project: Teaching Art History Outside of The University" at HAAARCH!!! 2014. She will also be presenting as part of the group presentation "Encounters: Art in the City."

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    Grace Kelly

    Grace Kelly is studying History of Art and Architecture with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Latin American Studies. Her interests lie in the globalization of the art world and specifically how “peripheral” nations are represented in different exhibition contexts. She is currently doing her Honor’s Thesis on “Issues of Art Representation and Historical Interaction: Latin American Art Exhibitions in the U.S. and the U.K in the 1980’s.” She has received the opportunity to conduct research in New York City through the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences New York City Field Studies Program, and received the Honor’s College Off-Campus Research Award for this summer. As well as these research opportunities, Grace is currently part of the PACES: Encounters program that is creating an art exhibition with students from the Science and Technology Academy. She wishes to complete a Fulbright upon graduation, and to eventually attend graduate school before becoming a curator. In her spare time she enjoys watercolor painting, running, and cooking. 

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    Sean Keffer

    I am currently in my fourth year of schooling and my second year at the University of Pittsburgh in the Architectural Studies design track major. I have been interested in architecture from a young age and always knew it was what I wanted to become. In particular, I have been attracted to many types of architecture including gothic and todays works by many different starchitects. While traveling throughout the Caribbean and Mexico I have seen and learned about ancient civilizations buildings like the Maya. When I am not studying and designing, I enjoy spending my time watching the Pittsburgh sports teams and playing sports like football, hockey, basketball, and running track.

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    Drew Hohenwarter

    Drew Hohenwarter is a senior Architectural Studies major, minoring in studio arts. He works as a graphic designer for The Pitt News, is a web design intern at Seahawk Studio, and serves as the senior representative for the Pitt chapter of AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students). Drew has been a teaching assistant for ‘Approaches to the Built Environment’ and ‘Architectural Studies Seminar’.  His work was featured on the cover of Forbes & Fifth in the Fall of 2013. Drew is interested in multimedia design and plans to continue working as a graphic/web designer after graduation in April. He enjoys playing bass, basketball, and coffee.

    Drew will be presenting his Senior Design Studio Portfolio at HAAARCH!!! 2014.

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    Meghan Hipple

    I am a sophomore pursuing a degree in Art History with minors in Studio Art and Museum Studies. I graduated with honors from Hempfield Area Senior High School in Greeensburg, PA. I'm interested in exhibition design and museum education, specifically with an interest in making contemporary art more understandable and less intimidating for the public. I work at the Carnegie Museum of Art in a program called ARTventures talking with children and families about art. I also intern at the Society for Contemporary Craft. Hopefully for the summer I will receive a research fellowship to study the affects of architectural space of museums and galleries on the way the viewer interacts with and understands the objects inside. In my spare time I like to spend time with my friends and giving them tours of museums – they seem to love this just as much as I do!

     

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    Kevin Fernando

    Kevin is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is majoring in the History of Art and Architecture, and Architectural Studies, with minors in Studio Arts, and Museum Studies.  During his sophomore year, Kevin made the switch from pre-med to the humanities and interned at the architectural offices of Murray J. Miller, while presenting at HAARCH for a collaborative installation piece constructed for Approaches to the Built Environment.  In his junior year, he volunteered at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, worked at the Andy Warhol Museum, and interned as a teaching assistant with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.  As a senior he has interned as conservation assistant in the University Art Gallery, and as an educational programs assistant/research assistant studying regional artists and collections such as the holdings of the University Art Gallery, and the Heinz Historical Center’s holdings of artifacts from renowned Pittsburgh artist Virgil Cantini.  He will be returning to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts as camp supervisor this summer.  Currently, aside from working on a biography of Virgil Cantini for the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art, Kevin is putting in efforts to build his curriculum vitae as an exhibiting artist.

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    James DiBitetto

    James DiBitetto is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh. History of Art and Architecture is one of his three majors, along with Neuroscience and Economics. He is currently writing an honors thesis in both HAA and Neuroscience and plans to graduate with honors from all three of my majors. While at Pitt, his achievements have come from a variety of areas. For the past three years, he has served as a Resident Assistant, helping to mentor and protect students living in the residence halls. Last year, he received the honor of being one of only sixteen distinguished junior inductees of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Furthermore, the Phi Beta Kappa advisors decided to award him the Edison Montgomery Junior prize for being the junior inductee most exemplifying their values of academic attainment and breadth. Recently, the Economics Department named James as one of only twelve Seniors of the Year in their department. After his graduation in April, James plans on getting a job in the business world and starting what he hopes to be a long career. 

    James will be presenting was the paper "Curating Minimalism at the Carnegie Museum of Art" at HAAARCH!!! 2014.

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    Liyi Chen

    Originally from China, Liyi Chen has studied in Canada, Austria and France. Now she is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a History of Art and Architecture major and double minor in Studio Arts and Museum Studies. Liyi is interested in Visual Studies, Museum Management and cross-cultural comparison. She was a staff writer for University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) campus newspaper, The Advocate, she was a calculus tutor at UPJ Academic Success Center. This semester, she is working at University Art Gallery as a undergraduate educator assistant. She is also researching at Visual Media Workshop as a undergraduate research assistant.

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    Robert Bush

    Robert Bush is a featured senior for the Architectural studies program in this year’s HAAARCH.  As an esteemed student within the program, Robert was hand selected by respected professors for Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship positions for HAA 1914: Architecture and Computer Applications and SA 1430: Perspective Drawing.  Due to this type of academic dedication and success, many of his productions have resulted in displays within several exhibitions designed to showcase students’ creative work, including a previous HAAARCH, as well as a Studio Arts Student Exhibition.  Branching out of the success within the History of Art and Architecture department, Robert also was a recipient of an Office of Undergraduate Research grant over the summer that aided and funded a collaborative project for furniture design.

    Robert will be presenting his Senior Design Portfolio at HAAARCH!!! 2014.

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    Jenna Briasco

    Studying History of Art & Architecture and Historic Preservation, Jenna will be graduating in just a few short months. Over the last four years at Pitt, she has explored medieval and Renaissance history in depth and the Italian language, as well as more contemporary studies and the built environment. Since 2011, she has enjoyed interning with the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the University Art Gallery. Jenna is looking forward to exploring the rest of the Balkans upon graduation.

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