Biographies

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    Crista Sanfilippo

    Crista Sanfilippo is a sophomore majoring in History of Art and Architecture with a minor in Studio Arts. Her first encounters with art were at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum of Art, which helped to form her perspective on modern/contemporary art. After entering the University of Pittsburgh, she has pursued the major with the intention of studying more about contemporary art of the world. Upon graduation this upcoming December, Crista plans to take a gap semester and then continue her education with pursuing a Master’s degree.

    Crista’s presentation at HAAARCH!!! will be on a small portion of her honors thesis “Contested Lands and Inherited Trauma in the Works of Yamashiro Chikako,” focusing the talk on the message against American military imperialism in her works. The research for her thesis is on-going and will be completed this summer while studying abroad in Japan

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    Gabriela Pascale Schunn

    Gabriela Pascale Schunn is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in the History of Art and Architecture and Anthropology with a minor in Museum Studies, interested primarily in ontological questions regarding the material culture of subculture and the relationship between dress and identity formation. In addition to continuing her services as a period consultant, vintage stylist, and choral scholar, she intends to pursue a Master's degree in the History of Design and Material Culture post-graduation.

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    Claire Sedlak

    Claire Sedlak is a senior Ecology and Evolution-Urban Studies double major. She is interested in exploring the ways in which these two fields meet and interact. Specifically, her research focuses on urban ecology and equitable access to greenspace and environmental knowledge. At HAAARCH!!! she will present her project for Approaches to the Built Environment, which explores the intersection of built and natural environments.  She hopes to work in education and interpretation for the forest or park service after graduation.

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    John Dwyer

    John Dwyer is a Sophomore pursing his interests as double major in Architectural Studies and Urban Studies with a minor in Studio Arts. Growing up in Central Pennsylvania, he became interested in studying architecture ever since a young age, and the University of Pittsburgh’s BS in Architecture program makes it possible for him to pursue his passions. Along with being a member of the American Institute of Architecture Students club, John is also a Pitt Pathfinder and loves to share his experiences and knowledge of the university to prospective students! After graduation, John intends to pursue a master’s degree in Architecture and ultimately become a licensed architect. At HAAARCH!!!, John will be presenting his final project from Foundations Studio, which introduces students to hand drafting and architectural thinking, and the course Approaches to the Built Environment, which exposes students to the ability of the built landscape effecting our everyday lives.

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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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