CCAC South Campus students create mosaic tile installation to celebrate CCAC’s 50th anniversary

CCAC South Theater Mosaic Tile Artwork
Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County South Campus students, under the direction of renowned installation artist Laura Jean McLaughlin, are creating a mosaic tile artwork that will be unveiled on Thursday, June 16, at 6:45 p.m. as part of CCAC’s 50th anniversary celebration. The unveiling will take place inside the main entrance of the campus prior to the opening performance of August Wilson’s award-winning Fences, which is being presented by South Campus Theatre in collaboration with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25.

The art installation is being created by a group of CCAC art and theatre students under the guidance and instruction of McLaughlin, whose work has been exhibited in more than 100 galleries and museums. The mosaic includes a colorful image of students following a scenic pathway that seemingly leads into the future among depictions of school life at South Campus, as well as representations of CCAC’s golden anniversary. 

McLaughlin incorporated the drawings and ideas of the students into the design. Over the course of nine sessions the artist is leading them through every step of the process, including design, painting, making clay, cutting tiles and then gluing tiles onto concrete panels measuring a total of six feet by eight feet. The skyline will consist of mirrors, so people walking past or observing will become part of the picture.

In addition to the unveiling and the play, the public is also invited to attend a pre-show reception with a 1950s barbecue theme, which will be held on opening night at 6:00 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 will benefit the 50th Anniversary South Campus Scholarship Fund. Nonperishable food items for the Campus Cupboard South Food Pantry will also be accepted.

This event is just one of many exciting activities CCAC is holding throughout the year to which the public is invited to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary. Each event showcases the uniqueness of CCAC and the vibrancy and diversity of its student body. For more information about CCAC’s 50th Anniversary, go to For more information about Laura Jean McLaughlin, visit

CCAC South Campus is located at 1750 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, Pa., 15122.

Photo: CCAC South Campus students paint in the design prior to attaching the tiles onto the mosaic.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit to learn more.

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