Tavia La Follette, PhD, is an Artist-in-Residence at CREATE Lab and was the first Artist-in-Residence at The Center for Arts in Society—both operating out of Carnegie Mellon University. The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) explores socially meaningful innovation and deployment of robotic technologies. La Follette has been using the tools and data of the Lab to build art projects.
She is founder and director of ArtUp, a border crossing space for artists and companies that are concerned with exploring Art as Action. La Follette’s work has toured all over the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Her work has been the subject of articles such as the Economist, Rolling Stone and the New York Times. Originally from NYC, La Follette is a director, curator and performance artist, whose work has been seen at Arts at St. Ann’s (St. Ann’s Warehouse), the Tenement Museum, the Williamsburg Historical Society, and The Cooler.
Some of the places La Follette has taught, directed and designed include: The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, The Carnegie Museum, The Mattress Factory, DePaul University, Carnegie Mellon University, Colby College, Earlham College, the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University, and at the University of Virginia via the Semester at Sea program.
She is thrilled to join The Department of Theatre Arts at Towson. She brings with her a political cartoonist, and the most impressive and experimental work ever—their sons Maxwell and Calder.