Pitt-Greensburg students design chair; win viewers choice award

Pitt-Greensburg chairA chair designed and completed by students from the University of Pittsburgh received the "Viewers Choice" award when it was displayed as part of the Westmoreland Museum of American Arts’ “Sit on It!” special event. “Sit on It” celebrates “The Art of Seating” through fun interpretations of chair design envisioned by local businesses and talented artists. Pitt-Greensburg was one of 18 organizations sponsoring a chair, along with 11 artists.

Students participating in the project included:

• Amy Metz (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, a senior visual and performing arts major,

• Melissa Cuban (West Mifflin, PA/West Mifflin Area HS), a senior management/accounting major,

• Adam Lehman (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St Clair HS), a junior visual and performing arts major,

• Sara Kondilatos (Braddock Hills, PA/Woodland Hills HS), a senior visual and performing arts major,

• Ally Weekley (Ft. Myers, FL), a junior psychology major,

• Brittany Nycz, a senior double major in visual and performing arts and communication,

• Shannon Sankey, freshman.

From left: Sara Kondilatos, Brittany Nycz, Amy Metz, Allyson Weekley, Dr. Sharon P. Smith, and Dr. Amber McAlisterThe students are all members of the campus’ Visual Arts Society, for which Amber McAlister, PhD, assistant professor of History of Art & Architecture at Pitt-Greensburg, serves as faculty advisor.

The chair, which was inspired by the design of the Millstein Library stained glass window, is an adaptation of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” Metz notes that she thinks that the design is also a reflection of the group’s striving towards knowledge of how to work together to create a mosaic. The students, who worked approximately 20 hours on the project, used mastic, grout, glass pieces, and plywood to create the design.

From left: Amy Metz, Sara Kondilatos, Melissa Cuba, Brittany NyczThe Pitt-Greensburg chair will be on display at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art through Sunday, March 4. It will be displayed in Lynch Hall for a short period of time. A presentation by the students who worked on the project is expected to be scheduled. Details will be shared when available. The chair also will be part of this year's spring art display scheduled for March 21 and will become part of the collection of art displayed in Millstein Library.

Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. A regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary, Pitt-Greensburg offers 24 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in Education and Spanish, as well as 19 minors. More than 13 percent of Pitt-Greensburg’s full-time faculty—the highest percentage of any University of Pittsburgh campus—have received the prestigious University-wide Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

 

 

 

 

 

Publication Date

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 3:24pm

Summary

A chair designed and completed by students from the University of Pittsburgh won the Viewers Choice award when it was displayed at the Westmoreland Museum of American Arts through Sunday, March 4, as part of the museum's “Sit on It!” special event. “Sit on It” celebrates “The Art of Seating” through fun interpretations of chair design envisioned by local businesses and talented artists. Pitt-Greensburg was one of 18 organizations sponsoring a chair, along with 11 artists.