Michael Pestel  • Curriculum Vitae [download]

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Siteworks and Installations




2005 Sound Installation (for group show "Animal Nature"), "Lyrebird Project", Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh  
  Sound Installation (collaboration w/ Paul Krainak), "Villa Lobos and Niemeyer," Chatham College, Pittsburgh  
2004 Sitework (collaboration w/ Bob Johnson), "Prout StreamCube", "Connecticut RiverCube", "Long Island SoundCube" Middletown, CT  
  Sound Installation (group), "Writing Lessons", "For a Long Time". Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT  
2003        Sound Installation (group), "Harps and Angles" (w/tENT) Pittsburgh Biennial, PCA  
  Sound Installation (solo), "Aviary," Hartwick College, Foreman Gallery, Oneonta, NY  
2002 Sound Installation (group), "Music Lessons," Stadtsmuseum Oldenburg, Germany  
2001 Sound Installation (w/ van Westen): "Birdscape," Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh  
  Outdoor Sitework (w/Jeroen van Westen): Vogelbos, Almere, Netherlands  
  Sound Installation (w/ van Westen): "Birdscape," Pavillions, Almere, Netherlands  
2000 Sound Installation (solo): "Uguisu," Kezouin Temple, Kamakura, Japan  
1999 Sound Installation (solo):"Music Lessons: Settling Old Scores," U. of PA, Clarion  
1998 Sound Installation (solo): "Writing Lessons" (Vira Heinz Grant), Seton Hill College, PA  
1997 Sound Installation (solo): "Archaeologie of Voices-SCHREIben," Museum of Natural History, Oldenburg, Germany  
  Multimedia Installation (group show with Bryan Rogers): Music Lessons," Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania  
1996 Multimedia Installation (group: Pittsburgh Biennial): "Writing Lessons," Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh  
  Installation (solo) "Earl of Chatham's Aviary", Chatham Art Gallery, Pittsburgh  

Outdoor and Indoor multimedia Siteworks (w/ Jeroen van Westen and Kevin Shea): "Ornithologie/Schaduwen," in four locations throughout The Netherlands: 1) De Weerribben Nature Preserve 2) Museum of Natural History, Leeuwarden, 3) Avifauna Aviary, Alphen a/d Rijn, Amsterdam 4) Apollohuis Gallery, Einhoven  
  Outdoor multimedia Installation (group:"Boat as Metaphor"):"Widow’s Walk,"Washington’s Landing, Pittsburgh  
1995 Urban Planning Site model for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (with Robert Wilson, Richard Gluckman, and Paul Rosenblatt), Robert Wilson Watermill Center, Long Island, NY  
  Multimedia Installation (solo): "Migrations," Haamstede, The Netherlands  
  Multimedia Installation (solo): Ornithology," Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA  
  Multimedia Installation (group): "Plot Lines: The Fountainhead," 808 Penn Modern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  
1994 Multimedia Installation(solo):"Ornithology,"Hewlett Gallery,Carnegie Mellon U. Pittsburgh  
1993 Installation (group): "Alle Voegel?," Natural History Museum, Oldenburg, Germany  
  Sound Installation (group, Three Rivers Arts Festival) "Ornithology," Pittsburgh  
1992 Outdoor Sitework (group): "Moor ‘92," Intern’l Sculpture Festival, Oldenburg, Germany  
1991 Multimedia Architectural Installation (group:"On the Waterfront"):"Pier Pressure," Pittsburgh  
  Multimedia Installation (group): "The Fountainhead, "University of Tennessee, Knoxville  
1990 Outdoor Sitework (solo, Three Rivers Festival Heinz Grant): "Ohio Gauntlet," Pittsburgh  
1989 Installation (solo): "Structures for Music," Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles  
1988 Installation (solo): "Hadrian," University of Pittsburgh, PA  
1987 Permanent Sitework:"Sine Wave,"Crossroads School for Art&Sciences, Los Angeles  
1986 Outdoor Sitework (Project Artist): "Sighting Wheel I," Artpark, Lewiston, New York  
  Permanent Outdoor Sitework (North Sea Interntl Sculpture Festival): "Sighting Wheel II"  

Performances, Soundworks and Sound for Dance




2006 Soundwork (with Taketeru Kudo, Butoh), "Stray Birds," Die Pratze Theater, Tokyo, Japan (planned)  
  Performance, Syrinx Ensemble (with Ben Opie, Eden McNutt, Tracy Mortimore) Central Park Zoo Aviary, New York (planned)  
  Perfromance (with Dave Kadden), Central Park Zoo Aviary, New York  
  Performance, Syrinx Ensemble (with Ben Opie, Eden McNutt, Tracy Mortimore) National Aviary, Pittsburgh  
2005 Soundwork/demonstration, Summer Performance Series, Wesleyan University  
  Soundwork w/ Eight Flutists, Miller Gallery Carnegie Mellon University  
  Soundwork (solo) "The Birds of Rio Negro," Wesleyan University  
  Soundwork (solo), "Villa Lobos and Niemeyer," Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture  
2004 Performance (with D. Rothenberg), "Lyrebird Project" Tour, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Australia  
  Soundwork (with tENT), "Harps and Angles," Brewhouse Theater, Pittsburgh  
  Performance (with E. McNutt, T. Mortimer and G. Cacalone), Foreland St. Gallery, Pittsburgh  
2003 Performance (group) "Europe Today," APM Conference, Brussels  
  Performance (with D.Rothenberg), "Writing on Air," Galapagos, New York, New York  
  Soundwork (with Bob Johnson), "Rivercubes Project," Construction Junction, Chatham College, Duck Hollow, Three Rivers Rowing Association; Pittsburgh  
  Soundwork (with tENT), "Harps and Angles." Pittsburgh Biennial, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
(4 quartet performances with various sound artists and musicians)
 
  Soundwork (with students), "Aviary" (2 performances). Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York  
2002 Performance (w/E. Springer and students), "Palindrome," Hartwick College, Oneonta New York  
  Soundwork (group), Stadtsmuseum Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany  
2001 Performance (w/Rothenberg, Westberg): "Straybirds’" Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh  
  Soundwork (w/Boyle, Willis): "Birdscape," Carnegie Mellon University, Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh  
  Soundwork for Dance (w/Butoh Dancer, Taketeru Kudo): "Stray Birds 3," Bennington, Vermont  
  Soundwork for Dance (w/Butoh Dancer, Taketeru Kudo): "Stray Birds 2," WATS:ON Festival, CMU  
  Soundwork for Dance (w/Butoh Dancer, Taketeru Kudo): "Stray Birds 1," Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh  
  Soundwork for Dance (w/Butoh Dancer, Taketeru Kudo), Welker Rm, Chatham College, Pittsburgh  
  Soundwork (w/Jeroen van Westen): "Birdscape," Pavillions, Almere, Netherlands  
  Performance (w/Mika Kimura) "Music Lessons," Tokyo Polytechnical University, Tokyo  
  Soundwork for Dance (w/S. Boyle for Faculty Lectures): "Dancegrid," Chatham College, Pittsburgh  
2000 Sound for Dance (with Ishiguro Dance Theater): "White Animals," Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), London; and Maison de la Culture du Japon, Paris  
  Soundwork (with Jeroen van Westen): "Fort vor het Water," Emmen, Holland  
  Soundwork (with Jeroen van Westen): "Polderhuis," Delft, Holland  
  Sound for Dance: Japan tour with dancer Britta Schoenbrunn: Tokyo: Tokai University, Ochanomizu University; Nagoya: Zokei University, University of Nagoya; Kyoto: Doshisha University; Takasaki Art Center; Gunma Prefectural Women’s University  
  Sound for Dance (with Britta Schoenbrunn/Carnegie Mellon University flute ensemble): "Ornithology," Pittsburgh Aviary  
  Sound for Dance (with Britta Schoenbrunn): "Stray Birds," Chatham College, Pittsburgh  
  Sound for Dance (with Britta Schoenbrunn): "Duras," Tanzfabrik, Berlin, Germany  
  Sound for Dance (with Britta Schoenbrunn): "Landschafts(t)raeume," Casa de Antroposofica, Lanzerote, Spain  
1999 Soundwork (with Rick Gribenas and 27 students) "Music Lessons: Settling Old Scores," University of Pennsylvania, Clarion  
  Soundwork (group): "Literaturlandschaften," Akademie am Meer, Germany  
  Performance (solo): "Ornithology Series (Field Studies)," National Aviary, Pittsburgh  
1998 Performance (solo): "Bunker Archaeologie," FHUniversity of Munich, Germany  
  Soundwork (group): "Klanglandschaften," Akademie am Meer, Sylt, Germany  
  Performance and video (with Kevin Shea and Rachel Matthews, ): "Music and Nature," organized by Terra Nova, The Kitchen, New York City  
1997 Soundwork (with Jan Peter Sonntag and nine students): "Archaeologie of Voices-SCHREIben," Museum of Natural History, Oldenburg, Germany  
  Soundwork (Orgone and Tentatively a Convenience): "Interspatiality," WATS:ON? Festival, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh  
  Soundwork (group: 50 students and percussion ensemble): "Music Lessons," Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania  
1996 Soundworks (with Kevin Shea): "Ornithologie/Schaduwen," in four locations throughout The Netherlands: 1) De Weerribben Nature Preserve 2) Museum of Natural History, Leeuwarden, 3) Avifauna Aviary, Alphen a/d Rijn, 4) Apollohuis Gallery, Einhoven  
  Soundwork: "Widow’s Walk," Pittsburgh Rowing Assoc.,Washington’s Landing, Pittsburgh    
  Soundwork (ensemble), "Earl of Chatham's AViary, Chatham College Gallery, Pittsburgh    
  Soundwork: "Writing Lessons," (Pittsburgh Biennial) Pittsburgh Center for the Arts    
1995 Soundwork (with Boudewijn Payens): "Migrations," Hamsteede, The Netherlands    
  Soundwork (Ornithology Ensemble) "Ornithology:" Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA    
1993 Soundwork: "Alle Voegel Sind Schon Da?," Wittemoor, Oldenburg, Germany    
1991 Soundwork (solo): " Sound Commentary," Carnegie International, CMA, Pittsburgh    
  Soundwork (with Lindsay/Rosenblatt, "On the Waterfront"): "Pier Pressure," Pittsburgh    
1990 Outdoor Sound/Ritual w/Native Americans, "Ohio Gauntlet," Pittsburgh    
1989 Performance (solo): "Structures for Music," Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles    
1986 Performance: "Circular Functions, Structures for Memory, and Musical Chairs," Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C.    
       

Public Lectures and Workshops

 




2004 Lecture, "Lyrebirds, Coral-Billed Ground Cuckoos and Other Instruments," Center for Faculty Development, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut    
  Lecture, "The Lyrebird Project," Spirit and Nature Conference, Chatham College, Pittsburgh    
  Lecture, "The Bird Machine," 14th North American Interdisciplinary Environmental Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York.    
2003 Lecture: "Soundscapes," American Society for Literature and the Environment, Boston U.    
  Lecture and Workshop: "Soundscapes," Dept. of Music, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY    
  Workshop: "Soundspaces," Center St. School 2nd Grade, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY    
2002 Lecture:Works:1985–2002; Anderson Center, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY    
2001 Lecture:Works:1985–2001, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont    
  Lecture:Works:1985–2001; Tokyo Polytechnical University, Tokyo, Japan    
2000 Lecture:Works:1985–2000: Japan tour: Tokyo: Tokai University, Ochanomizu University; Nagoya: Zokei University, University of Nagoya; Kyoto: Doshisha University; Takasaki Art Center; Gunma Prefectural Women’s University    
  Lecture:Works:1985–2000: University of Washington Dept. of Art, Seattle, Washington    
1999 Lecture: "Literaturlandschaften," Akademie am Meer, Germany    
1998 Lecture:Works:1985–1998: "Bunker Archaeologie," FH–University of Munich, Germany    
  Lecture:Works:1985–1998: "Klanglandschaften," Akademie am Meer, Sylt, Germany    
  Lecture:Works:1985–1998: "Writing Lessons," Seton Hill College, PA    
1997 Lecture:Works:1985–1997: "Music lessons," Allegheny College Art Dept., Meadville, PA    
1996 Lecture:Works:1985–1996, Carnegie Mellon School of Art, Pittsburgh    
1995 Lecture:Works:1985–1995, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA    
  Symposium panel: "Ornithology," Salisbury State University, Maryland    
1994 Lecture:Works:1985–1994: "Structures for Music," School of Arch.,Carnegie Mellon Univ.    
1993 Lecture: "Ornithology," Ohio State University, Athens, Ohio    
  Lecture: "Circular Functions and Ornithology," Art Center (org. by Steve Prina), Pasadena, California    
  Conference panel: "The Fountainhead, Piers Project, Symposium Moor and Sculpture 101," College Art Association, Seattle    
  Symposium panel: "Gender Constructions," University of West Virginia, Morgantown    
1992 Lecture: "Circular Functions," School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh    
  Symposium: "Currently Grounded," Electronic Media and the Arts, CMU, Pittsburgh    
1991 Lecture: "Architectural Sculpture, Acoustic Structures, and Performance Art," College Art Association, Washington D.C.    
1989 Performance Lecture: "Structures for Music," Museum of Jurassic Technology    
       

Teaching

 
2005- Senior Scholar, Chatham College    
2004- Visiting Lecturer in Liberal Studies, GLSP, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut    
1997–2005 Tenured Associate Professor of Art, Chatham College, Pittsburgh    
1990–2003 Chair, Department of Art and Gallery Director, Chatham College, Pittsburgh    
1990-2003 Gallery Director, Chatham College, Pittsburgh    
2001 Visiting Adjunct Professor of Art, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York    
1997–2000 Associate Adjunct Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh    
1997-99 Lecturer, Sound Art Design, Akademie am Meer, Sylt, Germany    
1988-1997 Assistant Professor of Art, Chatham College, Pittsburgh    
1992–1995 Research Associate, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh    
1993-94 Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University    
1985-88 Artist-in-Residence, Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles    
1980-84 Lecturer, Art History and Art Theory, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles    
1983 Instructor, Environmental Sculpture, Art Academy, Braunschweig, Germany    

Courses Taught:
Music, Nature and Silence (Wesleyan University)
Eco-Art, Environmental Sculpture, and Earthworks (Wesleyan University)
Soundscapes: Music, Nature and Silence (Chatham, Hartwick, Wesleyan University [scheduled])
Installation and Performance Art (Chatham, Art Academy Braunschweig, Carnegie Mellon University)
Sound Art Studio (Chatham)
Audio Production Studio (Chatham)
Sculpture Studio 1 and 2 (Chatham, Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences)
Environmental Sculpture (Chatham, Carnegie Mellon University)
Eco-Art (Wesleyan University, Chatham)
Toys R Us (Creating Toys and Games) (Chatham)
Multimedia Studio (Chatham)
Furniture Art Design (Chatham)
Artscape: The Sixties (Chatham)
CityArts: The Arts in Pittsburgh (Chatham)
Community Affiliations (Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham)
Contemporary Art: 1950-Present (Chatham)
History of 20th C. Architecture (Chatham)
History of 20th C. Sculpture (Otis Art Institute, Chatham, Art Academy Braunschweig)
Art Theory (Otis Art Institute, Chatham)
Visual Imagination: Introduction to Art (Chatham, Otis Art Institute)

 

Education

1976–78 MFA Sculpture, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA  
1973–75 Japanese Language and Culture, University of Munich, Germany  
1972–73 Art History, University of Berlin, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany  
1969–72 BA Sculpture, Art History, and Humanities, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York  
     

Awards and Grants




2002 Chatham College Research Grant  
2001 Asian Cultural Council Musician Grant for Japan project: "All the Birds in Japan"  
2000 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts New Genres Grant  
  Carnegie Mellon University Dean’s Faculty Project Grant, Pittsburgh  
  Sabbatical Leave  
1999 Chatham College Research Grant  
1998 Buhl Professor Award, Chatham College, Pittsburgh  
1997 Vira Heinz Foundation Grant, Pittsburgh  
  Lower Saxony Ministry of Culture Artist Grant, Germany  
1996 Anser Anser Foundation Grant, Enschede, The Netherlands  
  Vira Heinz Foundation Grant, Pittsburgh  
1995 Bewaerschole Installation Grant, Haamstede, The Netherlands  
1994 Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Project Grant, Pittsburgh  
1993 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant  
1992 United Nations Fund for U.S. Artists in Foreign Festivals  
1991 American Institute of Architects National Design Award  
1990 Three Rivers Arts Festival Commission, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  
  Distinquished Presidential Teacher’s Award from President George Bush  
1989 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts  
1988 National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grant  
1986 German Ministry of Culture Artist Grant  
1985 New York State Council on the Arts Visual Artists’ Project Grant, Artpark, Lewiston, NY  
     

Selected Exhibition Reviews, Catalogue Essays, and Audio CD’s




2006 Andrew Druckenbrod, "For the Birds," Pitssburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 9, 2006  
2005 Mary Thomas, "Animal Nature," Pittsburgh Post-gazette, Sept 14, 2005  
  Mary Thomas, "Braslia," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 4, 2005  
  Mary Thomas, "Utopian Visions," Pitssburgh Post-Gazette, April 23, 2005  
  Bill Wade, "Riverpiano," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 2, 2005  
2004 "Hi Magazine," "Recycling Art," (in Arabic), Washington, D.C.  
2003 Jeroen van Westen, "Hunting Grounds," Seattle  
  Mary Thomas, "PCA Biennial," Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Weekend Mag. pp 14-15
Pittsburgh Biennial Catalog, Vicky Clark and Robert Razca, PCA, Pittsburgh
 
2002 Sharmilla Venkatasubban, City Paper, "The Bird’s Artist," May 22–29, 2002  
2000 Maison de la Culture du Japon Paris Magazine, Oct/Dec, pp. 14–15  
1999 Peter Warshall, Whole Earth Magazine, review of Terra Nova "Music from Nature" (Spring)  
  David Rothenberg, Whole Earth Magazine, "Sounding Alive, Composing Music with Patterns of Nature" p. 60, Spring issue  
1998 Mary Jean Kenton, Sculpture Magazine, feature review, Nov.  
  Audio CD with Tatsu Aoki, Pittsburgh National Aviary  
1997 Terra Nova, Nature and Culture; "Music From Nature," vol 2, #3, summer pp. 25–27, 126–127; track #5 on Audio CD (MIT Press)  
  John Kissick, New Art Examiner, Jan. pp.39–40  
  Vicky Clark, exhibiton catalogue and essays: Pittsburgh Biennial  
1996 Dolf Ruesink, "Vreemde vogels in unike concert," Twentsche Courant, 8 August  
  Alphen aan den Run and Erna Straasma, "Allen vogels begrijpen performance," Leidsche Courant, 24 July  
  Alphen aan den Run and Dolf Ruesink, "Kunstenaars musiceren met vogels Avifauna," Leidsche Courant, 24 July  
  René van Peer, "Hoofdrol vogels in concert Apollohuis," Eindhovens Dagblat, 26 July  
  René van Peer, "Tentoonstelling met muzikale kleerhangers," Eindhovens Dagblat, 24 May  
  Donald Miller, "Creative Currents," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12 July  
  Frank Ferarro, Interview with Michael Pestel, Artwords 1.1 (Spring issue).  
1995 Donald Miller," Pittsburgh Should Be Proud of Its Sparkle, Inside andOut,"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2 November  
  Petran Kockelkoren, "Read from the Landscape" Catalogue Hamsteede  
  Nico Out, " Americaan Michael Pestel 'leest' Zeeuws landschap," De Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant, 21 August  
  Marinus Busum, "Installaties van beeld en geluid view weken lang in Bewaerschole," Westerschrouwen Courant, 20 August  
  Mary Birdsong, "S' For the Birds--and For Us, Too," The Erie Times, 10 Aug  
  Michael Slavin, "Ornithology," , New Art Examiner, September  
1993 Roger Thiel, "The Art of the Fugue," Daidalos 48: 71  
  Vicky Clark, "Degrees of Abstraction," Exhibition Catalogue  
  M.E. Meyer, "Degrees of Abstraction," In Pittsburgh, 1–16 June  
1992 Moor 92, catalogue, Oldenburg, Germany.  
  Michael Bulka, "The Fountainhead," New Art Examiner (Jan): 42–43  
1991 Donald Miller," Architects Flow Free With Plans for Rivers," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 17/8  
  Donald Miller, "Chatham Theater, New Forums for Arts," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12 Oct.  
1990 Vicky Clark, Three Rivers Arts Festival Catalogue  
  Michael Levans, "Sight Specific," In Pittsburgh 6.41 (May): 34  
  Michael Odom, "Street Art Smarts," New Art Examiner, December: 31–33  
  Radio Interview for Three Rivers Arts Festival, WYEP, 20 May 1990  
1989 TV Interview on Modular Construction, Carnegie Mellon U.;WTAE, Channel 4 News  
  Murray Horne, On Site Catalogue, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts  
  Beth Wilcox, "Creating Art at Artpark," Sculpture 8.3  
1988 Donald Miller, "At the Galleries," Pittsburgh Press, 5 Nov. 1988.  
1987 R. Hallwachs, "School Sculpture Gives Art Education New Twist," Outlook Mail,15 April  
1986 M.Thun,"Das Experiment von Sylt: Kunst auf Schritt und Tritt," Husumer Nachrichten, 21/7  
  Gesine Weise, Land Art Catalogue, Odem Gallery, Hannover  
1985 Christopher Knight, Art Park Catalogue  
  Constance Mallinson, "Artpark." LA Weekly, 25 Oct. 1985  
  Mary Rosen, "Artist Makes Multimedia Wheel," Oneonta Daily, 12 June