Biographies

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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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    Danny Augenbraun

    I spent my freshman year as an undeclared and confused college student. After missing the fall semester of my sophomore year for reasons out of my control, I came back to the University of Pittsburgh with a new set of goals and newfound interest for learning. After declaring as an Art History major and a Studio Art minor I realized that I was finally pursuing what I was truly interested in. Currently, I am working with Prof. Bender, Emily Lilly of PACES, and four other undergraduates on a collaborative, community-service, program teaching art history to a group of high school students at Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy. When I am not busy with schoolwork, I enjoy running and difficult crossword puzzles. 

    Danny will be presenting his paper "Learning Through Teaching: Answering the Question of Why Art History Matters" at HAAARCH!!! 2014. He will also be presenting as part of the group presentation "Encounters: Art in the City."

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    Paige Anderson

    Paige Anderson is in her second year at the University of Pittsburgh as an Architectural Studies major with minors in Economics and Studio Arts.  Graduating with honors from East Aurora High School in Buffalo, NY, she intends to continue her slow migration Southwest at a graduate school studying either Urban Design, Industrial Design, or continuing Architecture. A member of the D1 cross country and track and field teams at Pitt and member of the “4.0 Scholar Athlete Club,” she enjoys sleeping in her spare time. Though, in the summers she can be found travelling, hiking with her dogs and making cupcakes.  This year she is going to explore Europe for a few months before starting an internship with Front Studio Architects in Pittsburgh.

     

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