Department of Studio Arts

A woman in a black T-shirt leans against a green gate
When senior Blya Krouba moved from Ivory Coast to a Philadelphia suburb as a girl, she became acutely aware of her dark skin in a way she hadn’t before. Read about her recent project exploring colorism and hear two Pitt experts’ takes on the phenomenon.
Pitt alumnus Jeremy M. Raymer in a PIttsburgh Pirates shirt standing in front of a mural he painted of Pirates baseball player Roberto Clemente
A mural of the late baseball legend Roberto Clemente greets drivers on Interstate 279 thanks to Jeremy M. Raymer, a Pitt engineering alumnus whose studio art courses at the University led to a new career as an artist. Clemente died in a 1972 plane crash while assisting with the delivery of emergency supplies following an earthquake in NIcaragua. He would have been 85 this Sunday, Aug. 18.
Prachi wearing glasses and standing in front of the photo exhibit
Pitt senior Prachi Patel’s research project encourages refugee youth living in Pittsburgh to share their voices through photography. See the exhibit at Hillman Library through March.
Words and images — heartfelt gifts from Pitt students — greet all who pass by a bustling pedestrian plaza in Pittsburgh.
The University of Pittsburgh recently unveiled a sculpture of Thomas Starzl, “the father of organ transplantation,” near the Cathedral of Learning. Starzl is also featured in a new documentary with Pitt origins, titled “Burden of Genius.”
Pearl Galido headshot, wearing black mockneck top and necklace against a background with multi-color stripes
When it came time to choose, Pearl Galido didn't want to abandon her study of art. So she combined studio arts and chemistry majors and found they fit together better than she'd imagined.