Artist in Residence
Fox Chapel Area High School students worked with artist-in-residence October 27-November 23, 2015. The artist, Laura Jean McLaughlin, is a ceramicist and mosaic artist who worked on-site with the students for 20 days. Ms. McLaughlin worked with students to design and build a large, interactive outdoor sculpture that was installed on school grounds in the spring of 2015. During he course of Laura Jean's residency, students also worked with the artist to create an indoor mosaic mural for the entrance to the art hallway. Over 400 students participated in the creation of these works.
All current art students met with McLaughlin at the start of the project to create sketches for the design. Students voted on the resulting sketches to select the imagery that appeared on the completed sculpture. Throughout the course of the residency, students worked collaboratively to bring the drawings to life in colorful mosaic tiles.
The Fox Chapel Area High School project was funded by money from the 2012 Fox Chapel Area School District Gala, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Fox Chapel Area High School PTO.
McLaughlin received an MFA in ceramics from West Virginia University. Her work has been exhibited in more than 100 galleries and museums, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Art, the Ohio Craft Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Delf Norona Museum, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, the Baltimore Institute of Art, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Her work has also been featured in various periodicals around the world.