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Ian Brill

Instructor of Art
Ian Brill Portrait 2019 Photo by Jordan Beckham

Ian Brill’s work focuses on the accumulation of form through process. Through the creation of interactive, performative and multi-sensorial environments, he considers boundaries of becoming (versus being) and our immersive relationship with technology. His installations, performances and writing have been presented internationally, at conferences, festivals and galleries. Currently, he teaches at Penn State University’s World Campus/Digital Arts programs.

  • Education
    • MFA from Pennsylvania State University
    • BA from University of Pittsburgh
  • Courses Taught
    • 2D Digital Arts and Computer Graphics
    • Web Design and Visual Web Development
    • Digital Multimedia Design Foundations
    • Introduction to Drawing
  • Honors & Awards

    2019

    • Americans for the Arts, Year in Review. Top 50, National Public Works of the Year

    2013

    • The Pittsburgh Foundation, Investing in Professional Artists Grant
    • The Penn State Center Student Engagement in Pittsburgh grant

    2011

    • Finalist: “Design, Art, and Technology (DATA) Award”
  • Exhibitions & Presentations

    2020

    • This Sacred Thing, curated show, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2019

    • Vault, Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Voed, Permanent contribution to the Hieronymus Collection, Akron, Pennsylvania
    • Aggregate, Rivers of Steel, Homestead, PA 2019 Shelter, Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Court, Hub Robeson Gallery, University Park, PA 2018 Vault, Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2018

    • Arch, with Mozilla, Github Universe, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California
    • Reverie, Curated Storefront/FRONT International Akron, Ohio
    • Trunk, Curated Storefront/FRONT International Akron, Ohio
    • Arch, with Mozilla, JSConference, Arena, Berlin, Delaware
    • Arc, 707 Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2017

    • Vault, Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Gates, Thrival, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Channels, August Wilson Center, Multiple Choice, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Venus, Jailbreak Community Festival of Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Shōji, August Wilson Center, CREATE/Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Cabinet, Spirit Lodge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2016

    • Vault, Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Hull, USX Building, Re:New Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Peaks, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Publications & Presentations

    2018

    • JsConf, Arena, Berlin. Interfacing Arch with Rust and Web Assembly
    • Untitled Photograph of “Gale Installation,” Artistic License, curated online show by José Carlos Diaz, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

    2017

    • Artist lecture, In Situ, SIX x ATE 2015 Artist lecture on “Plume,” Three Rivers Arts Festival/CREate Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2015

    • Artist lecture/workshop for “Storm,” McCain Gallery at The Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania

    2014

    • Artist lecture on “Satellite,” Community College of Baltimore County
    • Artist lecture on “Plume,” Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

    2011

    • “Personal Vision Versus Destining—An Exploration of the Authorship of Hentschläger’s ZEE” at SLSA Conference 2011: PHARMAKON, Kitchener, Ontario
    • “Light and Architecture in Installation Art”—Guest Lecturer for Students of the University of Pittsburgh, at The Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh
  • Built Works

    2020

    • This Sacred Thing, curated show, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    2019

    • Vault, Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Voed, Permanent contribution to the Hieronymus Collection, Akron, Pennsylvania
    • Aggregate, Rivers of Steel, Homestead, Pennsylvania
    • Shelter, Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Court, Hub Robeson Gallery, University Park, Pennsylvania

    2018

    • Vault, Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Arch, with Mozilla, Github Universe, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California
    • Reverie, Curated Storefront/FRONT International Akron, Ohio
    • Trunk, Curated Storefront/FRONT International Akron, Ohio
    • Arch, with Mozilla, JSConference, Arena, Berlin, Delaware
    • Arc, 707 Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2017

    • Vault, Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Gates, Thrival, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Channels, August Wilson Center, Multiple Choice, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Venus, Jailbreak Community Festival of Wilkinsburg, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Shōji, August Wilson Center, CREATE/Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Cabinet, Spirit Lodge, Pittsburgh, PA 2016 Vault, Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2016

    • Hull, USX Building, Re:New Festival, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Peaks, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Service & Affiliations
    • New Media Specialist for Wood Street Galleries