Richard Pell

Emerging Fields, 2009

Rich Pell is an artist working at the intersections of science, engineering and culture. He is the founder of the Center for PostNatural History, an outreach center dedicated to the collection and exposition of life-forms that have been intentionally altered through selective breeding or genetic engineering. The Center for PostNatural History has been awarded a Rockefeller New Media fellowship, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Kindle Project Maker's Muse Award and is currently in residence at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon. Pell is a professor of Electronic and Time-based Arts at Carnegie Mellon University.

Center for PostNatural History

Awards and Accomplishments

2016: Richard Pell awarded the 2016 Pittsburgh Artist of the Year

2016: Center for PostNatural History co-curates Making Nature exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London.


Pell's work screens at the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial at Pittsburgh Filmmakers 


Richard Pell receives Kindle Project Grant


Pell presents with Creative Capital at IdeaFestival in Louisville, KY

2010: Richard Pell/Center for PostNatural History wins Smithsonian Fellowship and will be in residence at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History during July and August