JoAnna Almasude, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2002
B.F.A., Ohio University; M.F.A., Ohio University. Art Director, ARTWORK International Systems, 1998-present. Professional Artist, oil paintings, works on paper and mixed media, 1993 - present. Memberships: National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), South Carolina Consortium for International Studies (SIS), International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (IFETS). ”JoAnna Almasude” International Exhibition, December 2006 - January 2007, Nador, Morocco. “Perspective Americaine de la Vie Marocaine” – 2000, Musees Belghazi, Journee Mondiale des Musees, Rabat, Morocco. “Ohio University President’s Show” - 1986, Park Place, Athens, OH. “Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition” - 1981, 1982, (Award Best in State) State Building, Columbus, OH.
Cy Anderson, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1992
M.S.Ed., Educational Technology - Duquesne University; B.S., Individual and Family Studies, College of Human Development - Pennsylvania State University. Owner/Operator, Cyrus Sound Recording Studio. Monitor Engineer, Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse. Web producer, Ripple Effects Interactive. Systems Designer, The Sextant Group, Multimedia for Higher Education. Audio Production Engineer, WPGH-TV, 1984- 1992. Audio Engineer, WPXI-TV, 1993-1995. Professional musician, guitarist, 1966-present. Member, Society of Broadcast Engineers, Chapter 20. Audio mixing for Loretta Lynn, Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, POCO, The Georgia Satellites, Great White and other local and national acts. Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Best PSA, 1988. Recipient, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Student Choice Award, 2003. Guitarist with TimbreLine, opening act for Alan Jackson, Faith Hill (1995), Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt (1996) shows at Post-Gazette Pavillion. Featured act at Three Rivers Arts Festival, 1995-1996.
Karen Antonelli, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1999
B.A., 3D Design - University of Wales; Art Instructor, Bristol Polytechnic, Arnolfini, Clifton College and N. Bristol Institute of Adult Education; Portrait photographer; Exhibitions throughout England and Wales. Received several commissions in United Kingdom and the United States. Artist-member of Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
David Barton, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2003
M.F.A., Film and Digital Technology - Chatham University; B.A., Communication/ PhotoCommunications - Pennsylvania State University; A.S., Communication/Journalism - Cowley County Community College. Notable projects include: project director - Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) student project.
Sean Benedict, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2001
M.S., Multimedia Technology - Duquesne University; B.A., Communication - Slippery Rock University. Editor/Motion Graphics Artist, The Video Standard. Various freelance work in the field .
Greg Blackman, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2006
M.S., Multimedia Technology - California
University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Professional
Photography - Brooks Institute; B.A., English -
Allegheny College. Freelance newspaper staff
Andrew Briskar, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2000
B.S., Music/Recording Arts - University of
North Carolina - Asheville. Audio Engineer
with 13 years experience producing audio for
video, recording artists, radio, television, multimedia
and web applications. Owner, Universal
Remote Audio Services. Member of the Audio
Engineering Society. Silver Microphone Award
Summer M. Brow, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2002
M.F.A, Computer Arts/ New Media - Academy
of Art University; M.A., Communications -
University of Texas, Austin; B.A., Communications/
English - Baylor University. Advertising
Designer, Daily Paper. In-house Designer
for The American Cancer Society. Freelance
Design Business for 10 years. College-level
instruction, 8 years combined at: UT, AICLA,
AIO. Memberships: AIGA, Austin Area Media
Alliance. Socrates Excellence Award
Michael Cantella, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2000
B.A., Cinema - Point Park University; graphic
design, web design, photography and video
production for UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital;
Media Production Specialist for Carnegie Mellon
University; film and video production for ESPN,
PBS, local and national television commercials,
music videos, educational and corporate films;
1982-85, President, Board of Directors, Pittsburgh
Film-makers Inc.; awarded film production
grants from The American Film
Institute, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and
the National Endowment for the Arts.
Richard Catizone, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1992
M.A., Media Arts & Animation - The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Director / Producer of Animation for commercials and feature films, Anivision; Animation Cameraman/ Animator/ Director, The Animators. Feature Film credits are as follows: Creepshow, Creepshow 2, Evil Dead 2, Dark Half, Lorenzo's Oil, Cemetery Club, Money for Nothing.
Noelia Delgado, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2006
M.F.A., Computer Animation; B.S., Computer
Programming. Curriculum Development/
Course Authoring/Facilitator/Second Life
Modeler, The Art Institute Online. Instructor/
Academic Director for MAA & GAD, The Art
Institute of Tampa. Part-time Instructor, International
Academy of Design and Technology.
Fine Arts Teacher, Miami Dade Community
College. Instructor for Animation and Graphic
Design, Digital Media Arts College. Instructor,
The Art Institute of Las Vegas. Freelance Animator,
Beezle Bug Bit, NV. Graphic Designer,
Josh Rodriguez @ Aventa Realty. Freelance
Illustrator for Kim Kumpler's poetry book.
Member, Siggraph Orlando chapter. Directed
Animation for Nanopuente Project at AiTa:
Anderson B. English, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1996 - ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR
M.F.A., Photography - University of Colorado;
B.F.A., Photography - Ohio University. Editorial
Photographer exhibiting fine art photography
nationally. Photography Instructor, University of
Colorado, Westminster College. Memberships:
College Arts Association, Society for Photographic
Elizabeth Federici, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2001
B.F.A., Art/Minor in English - Lafayette
College. Associate Producer "Dreaming of
Kawthoolei", Co-Producer "Ice X-The Lost
Time Capsule, Producer/Director "Climbing the
Family Tree". Freelance producer for Citybeat
TV, Broadcast.com, Modern Media Productions
and International Marketing Strategies.
Mauricio Ferrazza, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2007
M.F.A. Computer Animation - Miami International
University of Art & Design; B.A., Marketing
and Advertizing - Fundacao Armando Alvares
Penteado. Designer/Animator, Univision
Network. Computer Animator, Archie MD.
Producer, Globo Network. Memberships: ACM
Siggraph, Cambridge Who's Who. Designer/
Computer animator, World Cup Germany 2006.
Designer, Latin Grammy 2006.
Donald Gabany, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1991
M.F.A., Film and Digital Technology -
Chatham University; B.A., Film Production
- Point Park University. Director/ Editor/
Cameraman, corporate video and teleconference
productions for Bell of Pennsylvania; Producer/
Director of commercials and industrial productions,
Gabany Film Productions.
Erika Galili, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2007
M.P.S., Interactive Telecommunications - Tisch
School of the Arts, New York University; B.A.,
Visual Arts, Bennington College. Interactive
Designer & Owner, e-kugel. Consultant for new
media. Project Manager, Next-Gen Internet.
Project Coordinator, Tom Nicholson NYC
Angeliki Georgiou, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2005
M.F.A., Photography - Ohio University; B.F.A.,
Photography - Edinboro University.
Sharon Glick, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2000
Ph.D., Expected 2008 Instructional Design for
Online Learning 2008 Currently working on
dissertation; M.S., Multimedia Technology;
B.A., Psychology. Carnegie Science Science
Miniature Railroad Website. Federal Government
OPM Design work for executives. PMS
Microdesign Vice President Work for various
companies in Pittsburgh and Nationally. Memberships:
ASTD, Web Design Users Group.
Ph.D., 4.0 QPA. Master, 3.92 QPA.
DaShawn L. Hall, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2007
M.A., Art Education/Educational Media - The University of the Arts; B.F.A., Animation/Art Education - The University of the Arts. Owner, Chief Executive Officer & Animation Director, Manneristic Studios (1999-Present). Demonstration Artist, Educational Content Creator, MAXON Computers INC. (2004-Present). Assistant Professor/ Intrim Department Head – Graphic Design/Digital Design, Philadelphia University (2002-2004). Guest Lecturer - Media Arts, Animation, Museum Studies & Continuing Studies, The University of the Arts (2002- 2004). AVID & Movie Maker Magazine Top 50 People’s Choice Winner 30 Second Spot Winner - Rank 25th (2007). SIGGRAPH Presenter - sigKIDS Topic - Virtual Studio, Virtual Reality in Art (2002). SIGGRAPH Presenter - The Studio Series, Topic - Virtual Reality (2001). National Link to Learn Educational Project Citation, 1999.
Patricia Huettel, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1998
M.A., Educational Technology - Azusa Pacific
University; B.S., Applied Corporate Communications
- Point Park University; A.S.T.,
Visual Communications - The Art Institute
of Pittsburgh. Producer/Interactive Media,
Source W. Westinghouse/CBS. President, H3
Interactive, Inc. Computer Graphics Manager,
Photo Typography. Art Director, Genigraphics,
Corp. Memberships: Adobe Mobile Developers,
National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
United States Antarctic Program/Center for
Astrophysical Research in Antarctica. Student
Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty. Honorable
Mention, Bethlehem Haven It's About
Time comeptition, 2002. PAACE Awards
nominee, 2000. Guest speaker at the June 1997
commencement of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
George Westinghouse Signature Award
of Excellence, 1996. Western Pennsylvania
Printing Association Award, 1996.
Tom Kehoe, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2000
M.A., Media Communications - Governors
State University; B.A., Media Communications
- Northern Illinois University. Media
Producer/Director, Panduit Corp., Tinley Park,
IL (Internal Department, Clients Included Cisco
Systems). Graphic Arts Assistant/Media Artist,
Post Effects, Chicago, IL (Clients included: The
Oprah Winfrey Show, Cisco Systems, Motorola,
Kurtis Productions, Siskel & Ebert Show).
Katyna Lavery, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2005
B.A., Film Studies - University Of Pittsburgh.
Contract Photographer for the Pittsburgh Tribune
Review; freelance photojournalist, editor
and photographer for major industrial journal.
Taught workshops for Pittsburgh Center for the
Arts, Community College of Allegheny County
and the Photo Forum Gallery. Member of the
National Press Photographers Association, The
American Society of Media Photographers and
Silver Eye Center for Photography. Member of
Occupational Advisory Committee for Lenape
Vocational Tech School.
Angela Love, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1996
M.S., Entertainment Technology - Carnegie
Mellon University; B.S., General Studies - Point
Park University; A.S.T., Visual Communications
- The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Illustrator/
Partner, Almost Polite Caricatures - full
service graphic design studio. Represented by
13 entertainment agencies in the tri-state area.
Past and present clients include Alcoa, Blue
Cross, Scott Pipitone. 2001 PAPSA Award
Winner for DV Busters Comic Book. 2002 CAA
Nomination for Teacher of the Year. Artist in
Residence - Touchstone Center for the Arts,
Farmington, PA. Artist in Residence - Disney
Institute. Orlando, Florida; Producer/Coordinator
- Animation Destination. 2006 Inez C. Hall
Outstanding Faculty Award recipient. 2006
PAPSA Pennsylvania Outstanding Faculty of
the Year Award.
Andrew Maietta, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1989
M.F.A., Columbia University; M.L., Studies
- Duquesne University; B.A. Arts-Sciences
- Duquesne University. Script Reader, American
Playhouse, Public Television, New York; various
editing positions on documentary films. Film
work exhibited at several major film festivals.
Instructor: Community College of Allegheny
Tom Meigs, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2007
M.A., Philosophy - California State University,
Long Beach; B.A., Philosophy - California State
University, Long Beach. THQ. Disney. Sony
Pictures. Yahoo!. Member, IGDA. Published
"Ultimate Game Design: Building Game
Worlds," McGraw- Hill, 2003.
G. Chris Miller, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1980
B.S., General Studies - Point Park University;
A.S.T., Photography and Desktop Publishing -
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Photo Assistant,
Photographic Productions; Head Lab Technician,
Edward Kubancek; Head Newspaper
Photographer, Latrobe Bulletin; Multimedia
Coordinator, Invision, Inc.; Staff Photographer,
Nuclear Division of Westinghouse Electric
Raelin Musuraca, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2001
M.A., Professional Writing - Carnegie Mellon
University; B.A., English - California University
of Pennsylvania. Independent consultant specializing
in Brand Strategy and Identity, Creative
Platform Development, Web Marketing and
Promotions, Business and Technical Writing,
Search Engine Optimization.
Eric Patrick, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2002
M.F.A., California Institute of Arts Film School,
Experimental Animation Program, B.A., University
of New Mexico, Studio and Media Arts
Program. Freelance Animator, Human Code;
Computer Animator, Nickelodeon Blues Clues;
Animator "All My Lost Loves", Designer/Director
Dimensional Media "Click", Designer/Director/
Animator "Absolut Panuskha" (Web Site).
Edward Petrosky, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2006
M.F.A., Art and Design - Pratt Institute; M.S.,
Education - State University College of New
York, Brockport; B.F.A., Photography - Rochester
Institute of Technology; A.A.S., Community
College of Allegheny County and Visual Studies
Workshop. 25 years experience as a professional
photojournalist, exhibiting photographer, teacher
and digital artist. Exhibitions include: Gallery
of Modern Art, Kielce, Poland; University of
California, Berkeley; Kansas City Art Institute;
Southern Light Gallery, Ithaca College; University
of Guanajuato in Mexico; Gallery Grodzka
and K.O.L. Gallery in Lublin, Poland. Adjunct
Professor: West Virginia University, Pittsburgh
Filmmakers, Carnegie Mellon University. Member,
Society of Photographic Educators, College
Arts Association, C.E.P.A. Gallery and Silver
Josh Polk, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2005
M.S., Computer Graphics Technology - Purdue
University; B.S., Engineering/Interdisciplinary
Engineering - Purdue University. Visual
Information Specialist, Department of Defense.
Web Database Programmer, Compaq Computer
Corporation. Game/Internet Developer, Big
Idea Productions. Walt Disney World Company
College Program. Member, National Association
of Photoshop Professionals.
Vernon Reed, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2006
M.A., Radio/TV/Film (Interactive Focus)
- University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Psychology
- University of Texas at Austin. Producer,
Human Code, Austin TX. Lecturer, University
of Texas at Austin. Self employed artist and
consultant. Memberships: Austin Usability
Professionals Association, Austin Game Developers
Association. Invented and developed novel
art form of cybernetic jewelry. Cybernetic art
displayed in such venues as the Louvre, Paris;
the Smithsonian, DC; the Museum of Arts and
Design, NYC; the Museum of Modern Art,
Tokyo, as well as many others worldwide.
Gabe Sabourin, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2004
M.E.T., Entertainment Technology - Carnegie
Mellon University; B.F.A., Industrial Design
- Carnegie Mellon University; Studied at the
Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie
Mellon University; artist at award-winning
Battlefield franchise, Electronic Arts - created
Battlefield Vietnam. Current artist at
Pittsburgh-based game studio Schell Games;
Instructor of courses in game design and digital
Leon L. Salvayon, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1980
M.Ed., Communication - Indiana University;
B.S., Education - Duquesne University. Radio
and TV Station, IUP. Freelance Media Technology
consultant and multimedia producer, media
reviewer for library journal.
Michael C. Schwab, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1996
M.A., B.F.A., Cinematography/Photography, Kansas City Art Institute; A.S., Commercial Art, Community College of Allegheny County. Producer/ Director/Animator, Kensington Falls Animation, 1979-present. Instructor, Animation Basics, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 1995-present. Producer/Director, Pittsburgh Penguins TV spot "A Hockey Night in Pittsburgh," Telly Award recipient. Producer/Director, Pittsburgh Pirates Scoreboard Animation, Matrix Award recipient. Instructor/Executive Producer, Community Service Project for PA Association of Private School Administrators, "Timmy's Journey to Understand MS," 2005. Animation Director, "Lou and Costa's Burglar Welcome Mat," which debuted on MTV Cartoon Sushi (2000), appeared at the Sundance Film Festival (2001), and Nicktoons Cartoon Festival (2004).
Jeffrey Styers, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1998
M.S., Entertainment Technology - Carnegie
Mellon University; B.S., Corporate Communication
- Point Park University; A.S.T., Visual
Communications - The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Senior Computer Illustrator/Animator,
Take2 Interactive Software.
Shawn Sweeny, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2004
M.S., Education - California University of Pennsylvania; B.S., Industrial Arts Education - Pennsylvania State University; Owner, Sweeny Photography; Photography Instructor, Penn State University; Instructor, Community College of Allegheny County; Member, Triangle Photographers Association, Senior Photographers International, American Society of Media Photographers.
Andres Tapia-Urzua, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2007, Academic Department Chair
Academic Department Director – Digital Filmmaking & Video Production / Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
M.F.A., Fine Arts - Carnegie Mellon University; B.F.A., Audiovisual Communication - ARCOS Institute, Santiago, Chile.
David M. Walters, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1999
M.F.A., Film and Digital Technology - Chatham University; B.A., Communication - Slippery Rock University; A.S.T., Music and Video Business - The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Production Manager, Parknavy Advertising. Producer/Director/Graphics/Animation/Editor, Producers East Media. Editor/Graphics/Animation, Pro Image Studios. Editor/Graphics, Canon USA.
Ricardo Washington, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2004
B.S., Biology - University of Pittsburgh; A.S., Computer Animation - Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Computer Animator/Digital Artist - eGenesis; Instructor - The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Summer Studio program; Freelance Animation Artist - Carnegie Mellon University and Vision Games.
Hans Westman, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 2001-ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR
M.F.A., Computer Art - Florida Atlantic University; B.A., Art Education - University of Umea, Sweden. Maui Community College, Digital Media Instructor. Karrass Seminars - Web Development. Otis College of Art and Design, Instructor. Mt. San Antonio College, Animation Program Coordinator, Maya, Composer and 3D Studio Max instructor. The Walt Disney Pictures and Television Information Services, multimedia lab, digital illustration, interface design. 7th Level, Games, 3D Character animator. Creative Capers, Gaming and compositing for game production. AVM Dialog, Sweden, design and production of CD-I titles. Promotional International, Sweden, concept development. Graphic Insights, Sweden, 2D/3D illustrations and animations. Member, ACM SIGGRAPH. Editor, quarterly newsletter "Computer Graphics." Filmverkstan, Sweden, experimental animation. Recipient of 1990 Film and TV Samarbetscommitte. Acquired research grant to research the use of PC vector graphics combined with traditional cell animation.
Jeffrey Zehner, Appointed a Member of Faculty Since 1991
M.S., Multimedia - Duquesne University; B.S., General Studies - Point Park University; A.S.T., Industrial Design Technology - The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. 3D Modeler/Animator for the internationally released CD-ROMs Ravenloft, Strahd's Possession, Menzoberranzan, Chronomaster, and Anvil of Dawn. Graphic Artist, Agresti Art Services. Product/Injection mold designer for Stetran Corporation.