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Media Arts Gallery

Andrew Ames and Christine Holtz are the coordinators of the SCIS Media Arts Gallery. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Arts, and she is a Professor in the same department. 

The Media Arts Gallery, through exhibitions, outreach, and arts-related educational programming, provides for university and community understanding of the visual arts disciplines, focused on graphic design, photography, web based/ interactive design, television and video. Student work is showcased biannually along with exhibitions of local and international perspective. The Media Arts Gallery encourages dialogue about the visual arts among students, educators and the public.

As gallery coordinators we organize seven exhibitions during the academic year, and a few during the summer. The Media Arts Gallery is a crucial center for teaching, learning, and expression. Each exhibition is integrated into course curricula; many professors use our exhibitions to inspire ideas, generate class discussion and showcase high quality works. Further, it adds a few cultural events for the greater campus community to participate.

Our exhibition schedule includes numerous student exhibitions; including our Fall and Spring Senior Showcases which are an integral for our Portfolio and Advanced Cinema and Television classes. The Gold Show, focuses on highlighting the work of our students at all levels. These shows are important because they provide students with their first experience showcasing their work in a professionally controlled setting. We also program exhibitions that feature the larger campus community such as the campus wide U-Show or the International Exhibition. Lastly, we organize two exhibitions that feature the work of nationally and internationally recognized artists and designers, such as, Looking at Appalachia, Volume 35, Spinning Yarns and Wham, Bang, Kapow which featured Pittsburgh’s top comic book artists. This year we’re excited to host Start with Art Pittsburgh: A Retrospective curated by Matthew Conboy, which will exhibit thirty-six artists, poets, writers, and photographers whose work has been gifted to almost 10,000 babies and their families in Pittsburgh since 2015. In the spring we will host our first artist in residence Katherine Behar who will exhibit self driving chairs in her exhibit Anonymous Autonomous. Featuring the work of professional artists gives our students perspective on trends in the art world, introduces them to work they might not have the chance to see and provides the opportunity to network with artists.