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Carolyn Speranza
Works at bringing the age-old conflict between Man and Nature to contemporary art
Attended Ohio State University
Lives in Pittsburgh, PA
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Artists living in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana are invited to propose an on-site and in-the-neighborhood artwork responding to the development project addressing Cincinnati's Lick Run Watershed combined sewer overflows (CSOs). For the 2015 "Too Shallow for Diving: the weight of water" exhibition at Cincinnati's Weston Art Gallery. You can find the detailed prospectus at: http://bit.ly/2Shallow4DivingCall
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Artists living in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana are invited to propose an on-site and in-the-neighborhood artwork responding to the development project addressing Cincinnati's Lick Run Watershed combined sewer overflows (CSOs). For the 2015 "Too Shallow for Diving: the weight of water" exhibition at Cincinnati's Weston Art Gallery.
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Signer #472 Mayda Roth from Pittsburgh, PA and the JCC-AJM says:
"The arts are a critical component of a society. Pittsburgh needs to be a leader and role model for the coutntry in advancing the arts. Please enforce the Percent for Public Art Laws. With appreciation, Mayda Roth"

SIGN ON:
http://signon.org/sign/enforce-pittsburghs-and
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All Eyes on Art at Katz Plaza, Pittsburgh PA, May 17, 2013.
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Dear Friends and Colleagues, we are petitioning our elected officials to enforce existing laws for Pittsburgh's Percent for Art Program. We have over 590 signatures and many detailed and expert comments on the subject. 

PLEASE SIGN the petition: http://signon.org/sign/enforce-pittsburghs-and 

Just last week, the issue of unenforced percent for art ordinances were covered in both the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and City Paper. 

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/petition-urges-including-art-in-public-building-projects-675628/ 
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http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2013/02/15/petition-sparks-discussion-of-city-county-arts-funding 

Thank You!
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  • bringing the age-old conflict between Man and Nature to contemporary art
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  • Penn State University
    Lecturer in Media Arts, 2010 - 2011
  • Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning
    Arts Lecturer, 2010 - 2011
  • Artist, Educator and Community Project Developer, 2011
  • STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, Department of Art at Carnegie Mellon, Carlow College, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Chatham College, National Network of Digital Schools, Andy Warhol Museum, City of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Visual Art Program, Central Michigan University, EDMC, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
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Basking Ridge, NJ - Columbus, OH - New Orleans, LA
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the art of public process
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I am a digital artist and community organizer. I specialize in integrating social media and online organizing with ground campaigns. During Pittsburgh's 2013 mayoral election cycle, I launched and managed just such a campaign, to implement and enforce the city's 1977 percent for art law. My passion is for advocacy, union values, and progressive candidates.

A national news reporter covered the PGH4ART campaign in her investigation of U.S. city governments' public art failures. The article leads with our twitpic photo "bombing," in which we brought online petition comments back to city neighborhoods affected by the law.

My professional experience is grounded in the arts, with an emphasis on large-scale community engagement and new uses of online applications. With two fine arts degrees, I can readily decipher the content, construction, and implications of media images.  In "Framing the Narrative" at the New Organizing Institute, Evan Sutton said "In all the trainings I've given, Carolyn talks about this photo with a level of detail that no one else has."

My roots reach back to the 1980's, when the D.A.X. (Digital Art Exchange) Group at Carnegie Mellon used a robot to transfer slow-scan video over telephone lines. As a group member, I saw how these exchanges could alter human interaction in a big way. The social and provocative spirit of these demonstrations shaped, and influences how I use media. In the '90's I wrote html and designed sites for an internet start-up, but I was much more interested in creating online, discussion-oriented communities.  In 1996, Lisa Link and I were among the first to bring an online counter-part to public art for "End of the Line: Building Bridges with Pittsburgh's Busways." As a STUDIO for Creative Inquiry fellow I developed "Community Forums Online" for the Warhol in 1999.  At the same time I brought the museum into a partnership with Intel Corporation, a relationship that transformed the institution's use of the internet.

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Met the love of my life and married him.
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  • Ohio State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Philadelphia College of Art
  • Pittsburgh Filmmakers
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