Professor Batista joined the University of Pittsburgh in May of 1978. Previously, he taught at the Kendall School of Art & Design in Grand Rapids Michigan. Prof. Batista holds a B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio (Outstanding Senior Award) and did his graduate work at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University where he held the only full assistantship Tyler had to offer at the time. While at Pitt, Prof. Batista served as Department Chair of the Studio Arts Department from 1986 – 1993. Currently, he is serving his third consecutive three-year term as an Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences. Prof. Batista has also taught for Semester-at-Sea (Fall 1993 Voyage) and a week-long summer workshop in drawing for the Commonground on the Hill program at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD from 2004 – 2014. His work has been shown internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections.
In the Fall of 2015, Prof. Batista held two artist residencies – ‘ace Fundacion para el Arte Contemporaneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Public service and giving back to the community are also important to Prof. Batista. In addition to being an exhibiting artist, he contributes to the greater cultural fabric of the Pittsburgh region as “the voice of folk music.” For the past 25 years he has been a volunteer producer/host of “An American Sampler” for WYEP, 91.3 FM. This weekly broadcast is the only radio program in the tri-state area dedicated to folk music and acoustic blues. It is broadcast locally, but also streams live via the world wide web.