BA HARRINGTON Assistant Professor baharrington.com
BA Harrington joined the IUP Art Department in Fall 2012. She currently teaches introductory and advanced woodworking, and advises graduate students. The daughter, granddaughter, and sister of carpenters, Harrington took the family woodworking legacy to another level in 1992 when she enrolled in the traditional Cabinet and Furnituremaking Program at the esteemed North Bennet Street School in Boston. After working for a decade as an independent, custom furniture maker, Harrington returned to academia and her studio art background. She graduated with an MFA in wood from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. Continuing as a graduate student in the Department of Art History, she earned a Master's Degree and a Material Culture Certificate from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010.

Harrington continues to write essays, speak at conferences, and build sculptural work in reference to early American furniture forms. Her new research interests include ways in which cognitive science can inform craft practices and curriculum.

STEVE LOAR Director 
Steve Loar is the Director of the Center for Turning and Furniture Design. As Director of the Center his primary work involves fundraising, developing and coordinating CenterWorks and Outreach activities, thesis advisement, and mentoring faculty. Steve was recognized in 2008 and 2011 as Researcher of the Year for the College of Fine Arts. He has facilitated over $2,000,000 in awards in his career. Steve is widely recognized as one of the primary innovators in the development of the field of contemporary woodturning (Contemporary Woodturning’s Moments That Mattered).

Steve's teaching expertise is Three-Dimensional Design. Since 2007 he has been engaged in promoting the use of recycled plastic as an artmaking material (oneisland.us or Green Design: Recycling the Beach).

Steve received his MA in Studio Design from Northern Illinois University in 1975. He joined IUP to assist with the creation of the Center for Turning and Furniture Design after retiring in May 2005 as a Professor from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.


The Center for Turning and Furniture Design
Department of Art/College of Fine Arts
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
470 South 11th Street, Indiana, PA 15705 USA
Steve Loar, Director
Email: slowtech@iup.edu
Phone: 724.465.0758