Hyla Willis (subRosa) and Jen Morris
Hyla Willis (subRosa) is an interdisciplinary feminist artist and Associate Professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Willis holds a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and is a former Fellow of CMU's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. She has been the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships in New Genres, and a Creative Capital grant in Emerging Fields for her work with the subRosa art collective, of which she is a founding member. Prior to her academic appointment, Willis was a Senior Graphic Designer for EDGE studio, a Pittsburgh-based architecture and design firm. She was born in Yuba City, California.
subRosa is committed to combining art, social activism and politics to explore and critique the intersections of information and bio technologies on women’s bodies, lives and work. Since its founding in 1998, the group has developed a “site-uational” form of trans-disciplinary art practice that creates open-ended environments where participants engage with objects, texts, technologies, and learning experiences, and interact with each other and the artists.
Jen Morris earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Merit Scholar and Weinstein Memorial Fellowship recipient. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she now teaches at Carnegie Mellon University as part of the College of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Program. Her current solo work feminizes tropes that have been established within the historical foundations of landscape photography, thereby questioning the idea of place through embodied location.