Inspired by the visions and activism of 40,000 women at the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, Ann decided to pursue an MFA after several years as a practicing artist, community arts organizer, and software documentation editor. Since receiving her degree in 1999 from Carnegie Mellon University, she taught design and electronic media in Pittsburgh and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Funded through a Multidisciplinary Course Development Award from Carnegie Mellon, Ann developed a course in the theory and practice of environmental art (studiotara.net/ecoart).
In 2001, Ann exhibited her work at University of Pittsburgh; Coconino Art Center, Flagstaff, AZ; Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA; JFK University, San Francisco, CA; the Brew House SPACE 101, Pittsburgh, and Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Ann presented on the panel, "Nature Nurtured and Nurturing" at the College Art Association in January, and she moderated a panel on environmental art pedagogy for the Art Culture Nature conference in June.
In November, Ann worked with the Rachel Carson Institute and the Masters In Digital Technology program at Chatham College, PA to produce several art exhibitions and an environmental art symposium in conjunction with "Women Assessing the State of the Environment. "This policy conference developed recommendations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2002. (See greenarts.org/YouAreHere.)
Ann's MFA research and her current work explores how nature has been "produced" throughout history, and how recent developments in technology and bio-engineering are rewriting the territories of nature and culture. She is particularly interested in ecofeminist analyses that interrogate the connections between the domination of women and nature, and she will be the discussant for the panel, "Defining Ecofeminist Art" at the CAA Conference in 2002. In March, Ann will present two collaborative installations, "Infinity City "2001" and "Toxic Vernacular," at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA.
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