Hyla Willis, M.F.A.
Professor of Media Arts
Office: WHE 217
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Hyla Willis is an interdisciplinary artist & graphic designer best known for her work with subRosa, an art collective focusing on the ways women are impacted by rapidly-evolving biological and communications technologies. Professor Willis has performed, exhibited, and given workshops in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, and throughout the US. She holds a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and has been the recipient a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and, with subRosa, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships and a Creative Capital grant. Through a nomination and jury process, she was selected as Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ 2014 Artist of the Year.
Professor Willis developed her skills in publication planning and layout, identity development, image editing, and typography using old-fashioned, room sized graphics cameras, photo-typesetting equipment, and hand-cut films. In the mid 1980s, when the first WYSIWYG layout software hit the scene, professor Willis deftly avoided downsizing by retraining as a desktop publisher. Prior to her appointment at RMU, Willis was a senior graphic designer for EDGE studio, an award wining architecture and design firm.
In her most recent work, Willis uses techniques of research, remixing, experimentation, and humor in hopes of creating work that is critically self-aware of its own political history. She freely mixes graphic design, writing, sculptural elements and performance to create dynamic environments and interactions.
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