Faculty and Staff
M. Michelle Illuminato
Retiree, STAT
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Department: Freshman Foundation  
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Sculpture, Site, Public Art
Carnegie Mellon University, 1992

Master of Fine Arts: Sculpture, Public Art, Social Practice
University of Wisconsin Madison, 1996

M. Michelle Illuminato creates events, public-exchanges, artworks and books, to help reveal the complicated and often contradictory relationship between people, their culture and the land they live on. Together with local residents she explores urban and rural places often using food, mapping and tourism as focal points. She works individually, as well as with Emily Blair in the collective next question.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
Illuminato is recipient of numerous awards and grants including Key to the City of Aliquippa and Best Event in Pennsylvania, Puffin Foundation, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Grant, A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund, Pittsburgh Foundation, Think Tank 4 Fellowship Award, Institute for Integrative Teaching. Recently she spent 6 months in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and at the Internationales Waldkunst Zentrum Darmstadt Germany.

Lost & Found Factory, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, The Neighborhood Revisited, Trolley Tour, Pittsburgh, Lenz, Vogelfrei 10, Darmstadt, Germany, Book Report, The Bowman Penelec Megahan Art Galleries of Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, Wild Food Cook-Off, MK Gallery, Portland, Stations, CSMA and String Room Galleries, Ithaca, NY, To Let, Ithaca, NY, GUIDE/VODIC, Kontext Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia, MIX: Musical Swap Meet, The Cube, Belgrade, Transit Art, PAT Bus Poster Project, Pittsburgh, Five +, James Gallery, Pittsburgh, Junk is Back! Due Settemani, Ballabio, Italy, Paradise Gardens, Vogelfrei 6, Kunstentdeckungen in Privatgärten, Darmstadt, Germany, Living Statues/Statue Vivante, La Corte Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, Live Video Karaoke, Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.