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Natalie Tranelli curriculum vitae portfolio

ABOUT During my career, I have worked internationally as an artist, educator, and developer of special projects. My area of expertise is community-based arts and arts education - the relationship of the citizen artist and art to community building. I specialize in photography and video and have worked extensively in both traditional darkrooms and contemporary digital facilities. I taught numerous classes in traditional, alternative and digital photography along with stop motion and documentary film. At the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild I developed and implemented photography/multi-media programs, created arts-based curriculum around rotating exhibitions, and coordinated residencies with artists such as Jerry Uelsmann, Linda Connor, Lori Nix, and Norma Quintana. As a Fulbright-Hays Scholar I traveled to Brazil in 2006 to research Liberatory education and develop curriculum. At the Maryland Institute College of Art I co-taught alongside Master Printer Tom Baird. In 2010 I co-founded The Baltimore United Viewfinders, a spirited group of eight East Baltimore youth who tell their personal and community stories through photography and video. My work has led me to connect with many diverse populations and I implemented collaborative art projects in Nicaragua, with National Geographic Photo Camp in Chad, and most recently through the US Embassy Baku in Azerbaijan. My passion lies in using artistic methods to bridge the gap between communities and cultures – strategies that address, yet transcend race, class, and gender. I am deeply vested in preparing young people to become socially conscious independent thinkers. I present students with tools to empower themselves and develop their approach in becoming relevant art makers. I see great educational opportunities for students that go beyond the school walls, engage the greater world while bringing valuable perspectives to their growth as creative beings. I am committed to rigorous research and creativity in advancing fine art education practices. I seek to collaborate toward innovative projects and programs and look forward to working with others of like mind! Natalie Tranelli 1

Photographer Natalie Tranelli Brazil, 2006 Cover: Nicaragua, 2010


Above Image by Faruk Below Image by Bello

Maryland Institute College of Art Master of Fine Art in Community Arts, 2011 Certificate in the College Teaching of Art, 2011

Pennsylvania State University Bachelor of Fine Art Photography / Minor Art History, 2005

Temple University, Rome Study Abroad, Photography, Fall 2005


NG Photo Camp – Chad, dealt with themes of leadership and citizenship. A group of 20 young community leaders (ages 18-30) utilized the power of the photograph to tell an authentic story of their fellow Chadians, who were often from very different backgrounds. The work produced was displayed in N’Djamena at the Baba Moustafa Cultural Center for a community wide celebration.


National Geographic Photo Camp (

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EXPERIENCE CREATE Lab, Carnegie Mellon University Satellite Network & Outreach Coordinator August 2013 – Present

Art Institute of Michigan, Adjunct Professor of Photography Novi, Michigan, January 2012 – Present

Visual Arts Initiative, US Embassy Baku, Project Manager & Teaching Artist Azerbaijan, October – November 2011

National Geographic Photo Camp, Teaching Artist Chad, Africa 2010

MICA PLACE | Programs Linking Art, Culture and Education Community Organizer, Artist & Project Manager Baltimore, MD, September 2009 – August 2011

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Teaching Artist & Arts-Integration Specialist Pittsburgh, PA, 2005-2009

Fulbright-Hays Recipient University of Pittsburgh Center for Latin American Studies Northeastern, Brazil, 2006




SPECIAL PROJECTS AND WORKSHOPS Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Site Coordinator Baltimore, MD, June 2011


Pulse Exhibition

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Baltimore United Viewfinders, Co-Founder and Teaching Artist MICA PLACE, Baltimore, MD, 2010 A collective of youth telling the story of their community through photography and video.

Street Studio, Co-Founder and Teaching Artist MICA PLACE, Baltimore, MD, 2011 Creating street art collaboratively with community to express local cultural voice and organize creative opportunities from within the neighborhood.

National Community Arts Convening, Presenter Baltimore, Maryland, 2011

Vision Workshops: Crossing Borders, Teaching Artist Patterson Senior High School, Baltimore, MD, 2010 Collaboration with Refugee Youth Project where youth use photography to tell personal stories.

National Art Education Association National Conference: Guerrilla Video Baltimore, MD, 2009

Quilting for Social Justice Goodnow Community Center, Baltimore, MD, 2009

Where I’m From: Identity Portrait and Poetry Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore, MD 2009

Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Presenter Miami, FL, 2007

Alternative and Traditional Photography Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006

Curated the Steel Pulse exhibition; a collection of high-school student photographs and artist Linda Connor’s images based on spiritual history. The students were part of my traditional photography course (Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild) on albumen, salt, tintype, traditional darkroom printing, and POP paper toned in gold chloride. Above left: Chris Cole, b&w double exposure Below left: Chelsea McGrath, salt print Right Image: Juliet Janiszewski, POP paper toned in gold chloride


Baltimore United Viewfinders

Above: Student, Shannon Montgomery Above Right: Dasha’ Flowers Below: Dasha’ Flowers

The Baltimore United Viewfinders are a collective of East Baltimore youth telling the story of their community through photography and video. These youth are emerging as young leaders in their neighborhood. In October 2011 findings from the Viewfinders in the form of a case study along with a collection of student photographs was published by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Maryland Institute Community Arts Convening & Research Project.



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We Are Here! (Curated) Park Bulvar, Baku, Azerbaijan

Convening (Curated and Exhibited)

MICA PLACE, National Community Arts Convening

2010 Stitches in Time: Threads of Change Banneker-Douglass Museum, Baltimore, MD 2010

15 Art Actions: MA in Community Arts Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2010 Pathway to Awareness: Quiliting for Social Justice Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2009 Enter/Face: Facing New Challenges in Community Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Staff Exhibition Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008


Steel Pulse (Curated and Exhibited)

Carrie Furnace, Pump House, Pittsburgh, PA


Persad Center Exhibition and Arts Auction

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA


Details: Natalie Tranelli and Amanda Wolf

800 Penn Aventure, MCG Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Community Arts Persepectives: The Baltimore United Viewfinders A publication of the Community Arts Convening and Research Project 2011, Volume III

Juxtapositions: MICA Arts Event Guide Cover Art: Community Arts Works in Progress Exhibition

Exposure Magazine: Profile: Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Spring 2007, Volume 40:1

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Bill Strickland:Collected Works in Clay Photography, 2007

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Ceramics Retrospective: 20 Year Commemorative Exhibition Photography, 2006


Visual Arts Initiative (

( 2011

Left Image: Rövsen lbrahimov Above Right: Student, Naile Ezimov Below Right: Sebuhi Hüseynzade

The Visual Arts Initiative was a collaboration between myself and fellow artist Anne Kotleba in partnership with the Azerbaijan Children’s Union. We designed and managed one-week-long photography projects with youth of all ages in Baku and Ganja, along with community art and photography trainings with our Azeri partners. Participating youth referred to themselves as street kids and were part of the single shelter in Baku that acts as their haven and support. The street kids wished to tell their story in order to bring awareness to the local and greater community of their existence and worth. An exhibition of their work was held in Baku at Park Bulvar, a large mall with an estimated 30,000 people visiting per weekend. This project is ongoing and was funded by the US Embassy Baku and the Maryland Institute College of Art.


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