The ITI faculty offer a wide variety of approaches to the
written and visual arts. All are working contemporary artists who
publish and exhibit their work in national and international
contexts. Our faculty are dedicated to innovative approaches and
traditions that value psychologically, culturally and politically
Melissa Catanese lives in Pittsburgh and is founder
of Spaces Corners, an artist-run photobook shop and project space.
She most recently exhibited in Secondhand at Pier 24 Photography in
San Francisco and in The Photographer’s Playspace at the
Aperture Foundation in New York. She has been editing from a vast
collection of over 20,000 photographs belonging to collector Peter
J. Cohen for some years, and in 2012 she authored the celebrated
photobook Dive Dark Dream Slow (The Ice Plant, 2012).
Ed Panar is a photographer and bookmaker currently
residing in the forested hills and hollows of Pittsburgh. He has
published numerous photobooks including: Nothing Changes if Nothing
Changes (Spaces Corners & The Ice Plant, 2013), Salad Days
(Gottlund Verlag, 2011), Animals That Saw Me (The Ice Plant, 2011),
Same Difference (Gottlund Verlag, 2010), and Golden Palms (J&L
Books, 2007). His photographs and books have been exhibited
internationally at venues including: The Museum of Contemporary
Photography, Chicago, Nofound Photofair, Paris, The New York
Photography Festival and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
In 2014, Catanese and Panar were artists-in-residence
at the Carnegie Museum of Art where they programmed The Sandbox: At
Play With The Photobook. Together in 2016, they will serve as The
Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual
Arts at the Hartford Art School.