Edith Balas


136 Beechwood Lane
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

(412) 361-0790


Carnegie Mellon University
of Humanities and Social Sciences
Baker Hall A60J
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

(412) 268-2411



University of Pittsburgh, Department of Fine Arts, 1968-1974



Ph.D. in History of Arts - April 1973



M.A. in History of Arts, 1970


University of Bucharest (C.I. Parhon), 1949-1952



License in Philosophy, 1952



Diploma in Philosophy, 1952


Bolyai University, Cluj, Rumania, 1948-1949




French, Hungarian, Rumanian, Italian, some Russian and German




Professional Appointments / Employment

1977-1978  2009-present


Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (tenured since 1987)
Associate Professor Adj., Carnegie Mellon University
Scholar-in-Residence, Carnegie Mellon University
Adjunct Professor of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh
Assistant Professor Adj., University of Pittsburgh
Instructor, University of Pittsburgh
Post doctoral fellow: University of Pittsburgh
High School teacher (Ancient History), "Matei Basarab" - Bucharest
Assistant Professor, "C.I. Parhon" University - Bucharest (Philosophy)
Editor at the Scientific Publishing House (which later became Publishing House of the Academy) - Bucharest


Consulting Experience:

Weiderswist-Derkum Gallery, Bonn, Germany, 1986

Norton School of Art, West Palm Beach, 1980

Westmoreland County Museum, 1980

Duquesne University, 1979

Carnegie Institute, 1978

Ontario Art Gallery, Toronto, 1977

Frick Fine Arts Gallery, 1977


Honors and Awards

Center for the Arts in Society Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008

Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Grant, 2003

Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Grant, 1993

Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Development Grant, 1991

Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Development Grant, 1989

Dean of College of Fine Arts Grant, 1988

Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Development Grant, 1987

Dean of College of Fine Arts Grant, 1986

Carnegie Mellon University Faculty Development Grant, 1985

Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1973-1974

Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, 1972-1973

Fellowship of the American Association of University Women, 1972-1973


Courses Taught

Brancusi, Pioneer of Modern Sculpture

Picasso, The Revolutionary of 20th Century Art


Twentieth Century Painting

Twentieth Century Sculpture

Twentieth Century Art

Art and Literature


Art and Religion

Italian Renaissance Art

Topics in History of Art

The Avant Garde and the Ballets Rusess


(a) Theses

"Brancusi's Sculpture in the Light of His Rumanian Heritage." Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh, April 1973

"The Influence of the Gothic Cathedral Sculpture on Pucelle's Painting." Master's Thesis, Department of Fine Arts, University of Pittsburgh, April 1970

(b) Books

Brancusi and Romanian Folk Traditions , East European Monographs, Boulder Co. distributed by Columbia University Press, 1987

Brancusi si Traditii Populare Romanesti , Bucuresti Romania 1998

Michelangelo's Medici Chapel: A New Interpretation . American Philosophical Society, 1995

Joseph Csaky: A Pioneer of Modern Sculpture , American Philosophical Society, 1998 - (The Hungarian version was accepted for publication by the Press of the Hungarian Academy)

The Holocaust in the Painting of Valentin Lustig, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2001

The Mother Goddess in the Italian Renaissance, Carnegie Mellon University Press, Summer 2002

The Early work of Henry Koerner, Frick Art & Historical Center, 2003

Michelangelo’ Double Self-Portraits, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2004
Brâncuşi ės Brancusi (Hungarian) with Passuth Kristina, Noran Publishing, Budapest, Hungary, 2005

Brancusi & Romanian Folk Traditions, Second Edition, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006

Brancusi’s World, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2008

(c) Book Chapters

Proceedings of the International Symposium: Psychoanalysis and Art “The body Image” published by Elsa J. Blum, Harold P. Blum and Adolfo Pazzagli “The body Image in the Art of Constatin Brancusi, the pioneer of modern sculpture”  Florence 2007, 65-74

International Symposium:Brancusi at his Zenith , and what Next? " The Legacy of Brancusi to the art of the XXI Century". Univers Enciclopedic 2001, 65-68

Les Carnet de l'Atelier Brancusi: Brancusi et Duchamp "Brancusi, Duchamp et Dada": Centre Pompidou , Paris, 2000 63-76

WilliamWallace: Michelangelo's Selected Scholarship in English, Garland Publishing Press, 1995 reprinted" Michelangelo's Victory Its Role and Significance" 3, 459-472 and "Michelangelo's Florentine Slaves and the S.Lorenzo Façade"3, 43-49

(d) Catalogs

Hoka-Neni, (hungarian) Dorottya Galeria, ,Budapest, April,2004
Hoka-Neni, Frick Art & Historical Center, September-November, 2003

The Paintings of Valentin Lustig , Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, October 1998

Stefan Stirbu: Folkloric Vision , Duquesne University, 1979

A Holiday Celebration, Stefan Stirbu , University of Pittsburgh, 1977

A Primitivist Painter, Stefan Stirbu ,October 1994, Carnegie Mellon University

The Painting of Valentin Lustig ,October 1998 Hewlett Gallery, CMU

(e) Articles in refereed journals

"Botticelli's Primavera and the Story of Helen" Gazette des Beaux Arts, October 2001, 137-149

"A Contribution Towards the Understanding of Seurat's Late Works" : Gazette des Beaux Arts, October 2000,155-159

"An Inquiry into the Origins of two Campidoglio Statues", Bulletin Antiek Beschaving Leiden, 1997, 125-133

"Michelangelo's Double Selfportrait in His Vatican Fresco "The Conversion of Paul" (A hypothesis) Arte Christiana (Milano) 1995

The Iconography of Michelangelo's Medici Chapel: A New Hypothesis. Gazette des Beaux Arts, Paris, October 1992, pp. 117-126

"Brancusi and Bartok, a Parallel." Imago Musicae, VI 1989, pp. 165-182

"Cybele and Her Cult in Andrea Mantegna's Painting, the 'Triumph of Ceasar.'" Gazette des Beaux Arts, February 1990, p. 1-15

"Michelangelo's Victory, Its Role and Significance." Gazette des Beaux Arts, February 1989, p. 67-81

"Large Public Architectural Projects of Modern Sculptors." Gazette des Beaux Arts, September 1987, p. 40-49

"New Observations on Michelangelo's so called Pitti Venus." Gazette des Beaux Arts, August 1986, p. 45-49

Letter to the editor of The Art Bulletin Answering Howard Hibbard's criticism, published in The Art Bulletin, December 1984, p. 674-678

"A Hypothesis on the 1505 Project of the Tomb of Julius II." Gazette des Beaux Arts, October 1984, p. 45-49

"Michelangelo's Florentine Slaves and the San Lorenzo Facade." The Art Bulletin, December 1983, p. 665-671

"Two Michelangelo Concetti in the Chateau de Blois." Gazette des Beaux Arts, February 1983, p. 49-54

"Pucelleís Painting and Gothic Cathedral Sculpture (a Hypothesis)." Gazette des Beaux Arts, February 1982, p. 39-45

"Stylistic Sources of Modiglianiís Art in the Light of New Biographical Evidence." Gazette des Beaux Arts, February, 1981, p. 87-95

"Brancusi's Connections with Duchamp and the Dada Movement." Gazette des Beaux Arts, April 1980, p. 39-45

"Object - Sculpture, Base and Assemblage in the Art of Constantin Brancusi." Art Journal, XXVII, January 1979, p. 36-47. Same study published in Rumanian, Arta, Vol. XIV, No. 9, 1977, Bucharest. p. 28-32

"The Myth of African Art in Brancusi's Work." Revue Roumaine de l'Histoire de l'Art, Bucharest, 1978, p. 107-125

"Modern Art Through Folk Art: Brancusi and Bartok," (Hungarian), Korunk, XXXVI No. 8, August 1976, Cluj, p. 573-578

"Brancusi's Sculpture in the Light of His Rumanian Heritage." Art Journal, XXV/2, Winter 1975/76, p. 94-104. Same study republished in the Rumanian language volume Homage to Brancusi Cluj, Tribuna, 1976, p. 127-131

Invited Lectures and Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

University of Pittsburgh, February 2008, “The Mother Goddess in Italian Renaissance Art.”

University of Pittsburgh, January 2006

Ernst Muzeum ,Budapest,  June 2005

Symposium on Psychoanalysis and Art Florence, May 2005

Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest October, 2004     

Ernst Muzeum ,Budapest April 2004

Institute Hongroise, Paris, France, 2003

Michel Hernandez University, Alicante, Spain, September, 2002

Bezalel School of Art , Jerusalem, June 2002

Ernst Muzeum Budapest, June 2002

International Brancusi Symposium, May 18-22 Bucharest, 2001

Symposium on Psychoanalysis and Art Florence, April 27-29 2001

University of Pittsburgh, March 2001

University of Pittsburgh, March 1999

University of Pittsbugh, Alumni Lecture March 1998

College Art Association Meeting, Washington, D.C., February 1991

Carnegie Mellon University, November 1990

Sydney, Australia, August 1990

Texas University, Austin, Texas, February 1990

Bilkent University Ankara, June 1989

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, February 1988

Derkum Art Gallery, Weiderswist, Derkum, West Germany, 1986

National Museum, Budapest, June 1985

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, March 1985

College Art Association Meeting, New York City, February 1982

Norton School of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, March 1980

Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, October 1, 1979

Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, October 1979

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, October 1979

Ontario Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada, October 1976

East European Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri, October 1976

Brancusi Centennial Symposium, Bucharest, September 1976

College Art Association Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 1975


Who's Who in America

Who's Who in the East

Who’s Who in American Education

Who's Who Among Women, Dictionary of International Biography

International Whoís Who of Professional and Business Women

5000 Personalities of the World

Notable American Women, American Biographical Institute, Inc.

Personalities of the Americas, American Biographical Institute, Inc.

College Art Association

Renaissance Society of America

Leading Professionals of the World, 2008

Leading Intellectuals of the World, 2008


University Service

Merilyn Meltzer Prize Selection Committee, 2000-Present

Center for Arts in Society Curriculum Committee, 2000-Present

Art History Committee, 2000-Present

Art Histories Committee of the Dean of CFA, 1990-1992

University Senate, 1989-90

Art Council of the Department of Fine Arts, 1989

Departmental Review Committee, 1988

Departmental liaison with the Fine Arts Library, 1985-1998

Departmental liaison with Fine Arts Slide Library, 1985-1998

Departmental Academic Committee, 1994-1999


Volunteer Work

American Cancer Society since 1980


Updated 10/22/2008