|About the Authors|
Barbara L. Jones|
Barbara L. Jones, the Museum's first Curator, joined the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in October 1995. With 16 years museum experience, she has overall responsibility for the permanent collection and exhibitions. With a concentration in the primary fields of the Museum's interests, she holds Masters degrees in both Art History and Museum Studies from Syracuse University and has a record of published research in the fields of American and regional art, including the only publication to date on the artist Levi Wells Prentice (1855 - 1935) for which she organized a retrospective exhibition for the Adirondack Museum.
Her recent book on the Museum's collection of industrial scenes from southwestern Pennsylvania called Born of Fire: The Valley of Work was published in June 2006. Published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in cooperation with Carnegie Museum of Art in 2003, Barbara authored Samuel Rosenberg: Portrait of a Painter, the only publication to date on this Pittsburgh artist, in conjunction with the retrospective exhibition of the artist's work, which she organized for the Westmoreland.
A member of American Association of Museums and College Art Association, she juries both national and regional art exhibitions and lectures on a regular basis. In 2000, Jones received the Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award as a Curator to watch for her exhibition of "From Westmoreland Glass to Contemporary Glass." She is a member of the advisory board of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and on the Council of Advisors for the School of Humanities and Fine Arts at St. Vincent College.
Edward K. Muller|
Edward K. Muller is Professor of History and Director of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.
He received his Master's and Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and taught for several years in
the Geography Department at the University of Maryland before joining the Department of History at the University of
Pittsburgh in 1977. He is a past chairperson of the Department of History.
Among other courses, he teaches the History of the American City and the History of Pittsburgh. He was co-editor of The Atlas
of Pennsylvania (Temple University Press, 1989), co-editor of North America: The Historical Geography of a Changing Continent
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2001), and editor of DeVoto's West: History, Conservation, and the Public Good (Ohio University Press, 2005).
He has a forthcoming book written with John F. Bauman entitled Before Renaissance: Planning in Pittsburgh, 1889-1943 (University of
Pittsburgh Press, 2006). He has published many journal articles and chapters on the history and geography of American cities and
especially on Pittsburgh. He received a grant from the National Science Foundation and was a Fulbright Research Scholar in New Zealand.
He is also active in public history and the community. He has served on the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board, is currently a
member of the Board of Trustees of the John Heinz Regional History Center in Pittsburgh, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rivers
of Steel National Heritage Area, also in Pittsburgh.
Joel A. Tarr|
Joel A. Tarr is the Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
His main research interests are in the history of the urban environment and the development of urban technological systems.
Most recently he is the author of The Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective (University of
Akron Press, 1996), and editor of Devastation and Renewal: An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region (University of
Pittsburgh Press, 2004).