Carolyn Speranza’s media projects are site-specific and develop public participation in new ways. “Requiem for the Netmakers,” “Urban Aquarium,” and “Invisible Clock” illustrate her approach to using digital media. For two decades, Speranza has demonstrated the capacity to collaborate across disciplines on complex projects while building community engagement on an organizational scale. “Too Shallow for Diving: the 21st Century is Treading Water,” “Sight of Stillness: What do you see when you meditate?” and “End of the Line: Building Bridges with Pittsburgh’s Busways” model these attributes with budgets from $50,000 to $7,500.
Speranza’s first exhibition in1985 was followed by performance work, telematic and web-based projects, video, site-specific installation and public art. Lucy Lippard, Robert Atkins, Elizabeth Menon and Malcolm Miles have published her work in their anthologies. Speranza had residencies at Indiana State University’s Center for Health, Religion & Spirituality; New Orleans Glassworks, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Sculpture Space. Speranza is a past fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon and has been the Stephen Barstow Artist in Residence at Central Michigan University. Her work has been generously supported by grants from the Heinz Endowments, NEA-New Forms program, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Central Michigan University and Ohio State University.