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.
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.
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
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 http://50.ccac.edu/. For
more information about Laura Jean McLaughlin, visithttp://laurajeanmclaughlin.com/
South Campus is located at 1750 Clairton Road, West Mifflin, Pa., 15122.
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 www.ccac.edu to learn more.