Biographies

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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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    Emily Morris

    Emily Morris is a senior History of Art and Architecture major, minoring in French and Museum Studies, while also working towards a certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She became fascinated with the intersection of art, religion, and politics after taking art history and European studies courses in high school. Emily plans to pursue a graduate degree in art history and eventually work in the curatorial department of an art museum. Her goal is to make art more accessible to the public as a lens through which to learn about the history of religion and politics. 

    Emily works at the Hillman Library's Special Collections Department collecting metadata to facilitate the online accessibility of a collection of engravings and woodblock prints, and she will be presenting this project at HAAARCH!!! 2017.

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    Jack Weinfeld

    Jack Weinfeld is a junior from Westchester, New York, majoring in Architectural Studies with a minor in Studio Arts. He began his formal architectural educationin high school through a series of electives, and was awarded a certificate for outstanding achievement in architecture upon graduation. Jack is currently enrolled in the Honors Design Studio 3, working on a sustainable housing development for Pittsburgh’s Strip District. This is Jack’s second time presenting at HAAARCH!!!. This year he is exhibiting his work from Design Studio 2. The design explores the dichotomy between lifeand death through program of a mortuary and animal rescue shelter atop Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington. 
     

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    Anna Thomas

    Anna Thomas is a Senior pursuing a dual degree in Architectural Studies and Civil Engineering with a minor in Studio Arts. Her interest in architecture initially started with a design course but has since been cultivated by her work in building information modeling, construction management, green building and integrated project delivery methods. This summer, Anna will travel to Berlin, where she will complete an internship with an architecture firm. As she finishes up at Pitt, she plans on devoting more time to the Pitt chapter of AIAS, learning 3D printing, and backpacking as much as possible. After graduation (and far down the road) Anna hopes to obtain her licenses in architecture and engineering.  

    Anna is thrilled to have been chosen for HAAARCH!!! 2017 to display her work from Studio 1, where students experiment with contextual mapping and folding buildings. 

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    Audrey Miller

    Audrey Miller is a senior, majoring in Architectural Studies with a minor in Studio Art. After briefly exploring several majors within the social sciences, education, and studio art at two different colleges, she finally decided to make the University of Pittsburgh her educational home and pursue the field that combined all of her interests, architecture. Since May 2016, Audrey has served as an intern at a custom cabinetry and woodworking shop, Schlaegle Design Build Associates, Inc. She loves examining a small-scale design on paper and then witnessing its fabrication. Her love of creativity landed her a spot as a featured PittsburghRAW artist in their December 2014 show.   

    Audrey will be presenting her portfolio at HAAARCH!!! 2017.

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    Cristine O'Brien

    Cristine O’Brien is a senior at Pitt, majoring in Anthropology and History with a minor in Museum Studies. Her academic interests include management and preservation of archival materials and museum collections. She plans to spend the next year or two working in libraries as an intern along with volunteering, and afterwards hopes to attend Pitt’s Master of Library Science program for archives and information sciences. Cristine’s work as a volunteer for the Edward O’Neil Research Center of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and as a student worker for Hillman Library’s Special Collections has allowed her to develop her interests further by learning archival and museum conservation methods. At HAAARCH!!!, she will be presenting her Fall 2016 museum internship at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum involving general day-to-day tasks along with her main project of cataloging and organizing the Civil War book collection.

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    Rose Hawk

    Rose Hawk is a sophomore from Charleroi, Pennsylvania, and a History of Art and Architecture major. She is especially interested in Pittsburgh’s art and history museums and the city’s wide variety of architectural styles. Rose’s interest in architecture started after taking a class in high school, where she designed and built a scale model of a two-story home. She is very interested in modern architecture and how the ideals of particular locations and periods have shaped the way that buildings have been designed, and after graduation, she hopes to begin a career performing research on buildings for landmark preservation. 

    Rose will be presenting her group installation from the class “Approaches to the Built Environment” with Gene Han, Alana Erwin, Brian Glatz and Jacob Gunderman. 

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