Biographies

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    Sonnie Solomon

    Sonnie Solomon is a senior double-majoring in the History of Art and Architecture and Anthropology with a minor in Museum Studies. She is interested in the formation of identity and how it is represented in different artistic media, particularly within the photographic realm. At Pitt, she has served as a Brackenridge Summer Research Fellow, a Milton Fine Fellow at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and an intern for Revision Space Gallery, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival. She hopes to explore her academic interests further in graduate school, and ultimately plans to pursue a career in museum curation or art education.

    At HAAARCH!!!, Sonnie will discuss her honors thesis project, a comparative study of the work of three photographers—Lewis Hine, W. Eugene Smith, and LaToya Ruby Frazier—and their depictions of Pittsburgh and its communities. Sonnie’s research has been generously supported by a Friends of Frick Fine Arts Undergraduate Research Award, which allowed her to travel to Chicago to visit pertinent exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

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    Sean O'Connor

    Sean O’Connor is an Urban Studies and Architectural Studies double-major also pursuing a minor in Studio Arts scheduled to graduate in December 2017. He came to Pitt with a strong interest in architecture that began to blend with urban planning theory as he received greater exposure to the changing built environment of Pittsburgh, his hometown. Sean has been involved in multiple sustainability groups at Pitt, including the Give a Thread campaign and the Pitt Environmental Action Coalition. He also served as co-president of Students for Sustainability and designed a low-maintenance sustainable garden as part of the Sustainable Solutions Competition. Currently, Sean works as an intern in landscape architecture and graphic design with Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning. After graduating, Sean plans to attend graduate school to earn his M. Arch degree.

    At HAAARCH!!!, Sean is presenting his Design Studio One project, which meshes together his interests in both architecture and urbanism, using folding architecture to help mend the fragmentation of police and medical assistance services within the community of Hazelwood.

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    Madeline Schatten

    Madeline Schatten is a sophomore Anthropology major who is also minoring in Museum Studies. While growing up in Pittsburgh she developed a passion for museums, especially the Carnegie Museums. Madeline spent the last summer studying abroad in Ecuador, where she studied ethnobotany. After she graduates in the spring of 2019, Madeline hopes to pursue a master’s degree in museum studies. 

    Madeline will be presenting her work, completed with Patricia Smith and Isabella Sigado, studying visitors to the diorama Lion Attacking a Dromedary at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

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    Xiaoyuan (Freda) Zhang

    Xiaoyuan (Freda) Zhang is a senior at Pitt double-majoring in History of Art & Architecture and Economics and minoring in Museum Studies. Originally from China, her experience with art as a child motivated her to pursue artistic endeavors once she arrived in the U.S. She became interested in museum work through her studies and plans to pursue a career in the museum field upon graduation. During the summer of 2015, Freda worked as an intern in the education department of Shandong Museum, through which she gained valuable first hand experience in teen and family programs.

    Freda’s presentation at HAAARCH!!! will focus on her internship at the Frick Art and Historical Center during the spring of 2017, where she is working on programming for an upcoming major exhibition at the Frick, along with her thoughts on modern artistic practice in a traditional art institute.

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    Emily Ebersol

    Emily Ebersol is a sophomore Architectural Studies major working towards minors in Studio Arts and Museum Studies. She grew up in Rochester, New York, and has always been an interested in anything related to design. Emily is currently developing an independent research project that examines the ethics of museums’ collection and display practices involving African Art and how cultural identity is created or destroyed by these institutional strategies. She works as a curatorial researcher at Point Line Projects, a Pittsburgh-based editorial and curatorial agency for architecture and design, where she is working on an interactive exhibition that tells the largely unknown history of architects and designers advocating for a more diverse and inclusive profession. In the summer of 2018, Emily will work as an intern at Clark Patterson Lee, an architecture and engineering firm in Rochester.

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

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    Alan Fan

    Alan Fan is a junior majoring in Architectural Studies and pursuing a minor in computer science and studio arts. His parents were immigrants from China, and Alan was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Alan loved to play with LEGOs during his childhood, and fittingly chose Architecture as a career path. He hopes to get an internship for the summer of 2017, and to pursue a graduate degree in Architecture once he finishes his degree at Pitt.

    Alan will be presenting his architecture portfolio for HAAARCH!!! 2017.

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    Maureen Jones

    Maureen Jones is a senior finishing a dual degree in Political Science and History and a minor in Museum Studies. Her interests center around the intersections of politics and art, specifically modern art movements that confront globalism, postwar economic developments, and sociopolitical revolution. At HAAARCH!!! 2017, she will present her research examining the artistic practices of the Black Panthers as a recipient of the Archival Scholars Research Award in Spring 2017, as well as the work she performed while interning in the Special Collections Department at Hillman Library. Maureen has also served as an intern at the Archives Service Center, and worked as a research assistant in the History department. She has written and edited the student activist zine The Fourth Wave and served on the board of Pitt’s Rainbow Alliance. After graduation, Maureen plans to pursue a career in museums, exploring her passions in the history of marginalized groups and museological ethics.

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    Isabella Sigado

    Isabella Sigado is a senior major in History of Art & Architecture who is minoring in Museum Studies. In her past three years at Pitt she has interned at Morgan Contemporary Glass gallery, the Frick Art and Historical Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. She has also done work at the Boulder Museum of Modern Art and BoxHeart Gallery as an installation volunteer. After graduation in December 2017, Isabella plans on hiking the Appalachian Trail while completing a project currently titled Find Me Where I’m AT, in which she will invite anyone to join her using coordinates and photos she drops to the project’s social media platforms. She will conduct interviews with participants in the hopes of making an interactive online visual constellation of their shared journey at the project’s end. Isabella plans to pursue a career in Art History, Museum Studies, or Parks and Recreation Management.

    Isabella will be presenting at HAAARCH!!! on conducting visitor evaluations at the recent unveiling of Lion Attacking a Dromedary at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, as well as sharing insights about her internship experiences at The Frick and The Warhol.

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    Waylon Richmond

    Waylon S. Richmond is a Pittsburgh-born artist, musician, and young architect who is very active in the city’s cultural scene. He is a senior at Pitt, majoring in Architectural Studies. Growing up around practicing artists has made him appreciate how effective art can be very influential, and his concern for the environment makes his ideas both creative and highly relevant.

    Waylon has worked in the field as an intern architect at Fisher ARCHitecture, and is currently employed at the Pittsburgh-based expandable housing company Module. His talents have already advanced his career, as he has headed projects in both positions. His lifelong practical experience in building construction, combined with his formal University training, has given Waylon a range of perspectives that will secure him a place in the green revolution of our generation.

    Waylon will be presenting his entire undergraduate portfolio of design work with accompanying models.

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    Abigail Meloy

    Abigail Meloy is a senior majoring in the History of Art and Architecture and Marketing, and minoring in Museum Studies. During her time at Pitt, Abigail has participated in the New York City Field Studies and has held a variety of arts-related internships, including positions at the Belvedere Research Center in Vienna, Austria; Quantum Theatre; Carnegie Museum of Art; and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. At HAAARCH!!!, she will present a portion of her honors thesis, “Image and Word Reconsidered: Lorenzo Lotto’s Trescore Frescoes, Trinity, and Madonna of the Rosary.” In addition, she will share her experience as the 2016 Milton Fine Museum Profession Fellow at Contemporary Craft.

    After graduation, Abigail will be traveling to London for two weeks through the London Field Studies program to conduct research on her comparative study of museum branding at Tate and Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History. Following a gap year in which she hopes to gain further museum experience, she plans on pursuing a Masters in either Art History, Museum Studies, or Market Research.

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