art http://wesa.fm en The Last Billboard: Simplistic Poetry in the City http://wesa.fm/post/last-billboard-simplistic-poetry-city <p>At the corner of Highland Ave and Baum Blvd, above one of the busiest intersections in East Liberty, there is an old fashioned metal framed billboard on one of the rooftops.</p><p>The messages on the billboard have changed fairly often over the last 4 years. The chosen phrases are simplistic and not like a typical advertisement. Recent press from websites such as <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/juliapugachevsky/this-billboard-in-pittsburgh-is-completely-controlled-by-int">Buzzfeed</a> have prompted curiosity about where the messages come from and why they’re there.</p><p><a href="http://jonrubin.net/work.php?x=p">Jon Rubin</a> is the unique interdisciplinary artist behind the project, which he calls <a href="http://www.thelastbillboard.com">The Last Billboard.</a> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:27:16 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31688 at http://wesa.fm The Last Billboard: Simplistic Poetry in the City An American Odyssey: Exploring the American Masters http://wesa.fm/post/american-odyssey-exploring-american-masters <p><em>An American Odyssey: the Warner Collection of American Painting</em> is a new exhibit that has opened at the Frick Pittsburgh.</p><p>Featuring the paintings of Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Gilbert Stuart and other American masters.&nbsp; Sarah Hall, director of curatorial affairs for the Frick Pittsburgh gives a preview of the exhibit. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:06:11 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25405 at http://wesa.fm An American Odyssey: Exploring the American Masters Braddock Carnegie Library to Lend Artwork as Part of Carnegie International http://wesa.fm/post/braddock-carnegie-library-lend-artwork-part-carnegie-international <p>Starting Sunday, the <a href="http://www.braddockcarnegielibrary.org/">Braddock Carnegie Library</a> will expand its lending offerings to something a bit more visual thanks to a partnership with the 2013 Carnegie International.</p><p>Patrons will now be able to check out original artwork along with traditional library offerings.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:33:17 +0000 Deanna Garcia 17442 at http://wesa.fm "En Plein Air" - Painting the Town in Mt. Lebanon http://wesa.fm/post/en-plein-air-painting-town-mt-lebanon <p>This Monday marked the beginning of the week long 2nd Annual <a href="http://pleinairmtl.com/">Plein Air Mt. Lebanon</a> Arts Festival where twenty-five artists from around the country are quite literally painting the town.</p><p>The festival gets its name from the French expression &ldquo;en plein air&rdquo;, meaning &ldquo;in the open air&rdquo; and describes the style of painting outdoors. Plein air painting began in the impressionist era led by famous artists such as Claude Monet and Edouard Manet who took their easels, brushes and tubes of paint into nature.</p><p>Linda Csont, co-organizer of the art festival and competition says last year&rsquo;s event was inspired by a similar plein air painting exhibition one summer in Easton, Maryland, which her husband competed in. Their goal was to bring plein air painting to Pittsburgh to showcase the area of Mt. Lebanon and raise funds for the town&rsquo;s art programs. Artists paint scenes, architecture, fall foliage and people from all around the city, rain or shine.&nbsp; Wed, 02 Oct 2013 19:54:09 +0000 Katie Martin 17521 at http://wesa.fm "En Plein Air" - Painting the Town in Mt. Lebanon 2013 Carnegie International Explores a Sense of Place & Play http://wesa.fm/post/2013-carnegie-international-explores-sense-place-play <p>Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the world’s longest-running exhibitions of contemporary art. The International has become Pittsburgh’s premiere event for groundbreaking modern art. The <a href="http://ci13.cmoa.org/">2013 Carnegie International</a> marks the first time three curators have been chosen.</p><p>Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski were tasked with finding art which portrays a sense of place. One of the first things they all discussed was how an exhibition of international ambition, can have its roots in Pittsburgh, in a meaningful way. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 23:52:14 +0000 Heather McClain 17033 at http://wesa.fm 2013 Carnegie International Explores a Sense of Place & Play Voting Underway to Save PA's 'Endangered Artifacts' http://wesa.fm/post/voting-underway-save-pas-endangered-artifacts <p>A statewide campaign top save Pennsylvania’s “Top 10 Endangered Artifacts” has begun.</p><p>Through Nov. 1, people can go online, vote, and if they want, give money to museums to help preserve their works.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:48:44 +0000 Tim Camerato 17003 at http://wesa.fm A Wide World of Art Coming to Pittsburgh This Fall http://wesa.fm/post/wide-world-art-coming-pittsburgh-fall <p>There are many exciting arts events coming to Pittsburgh this fall. From the 35th anniversary of the Mattress Factory to feminist punk rock and of course, a big ‘ol rubber ducky.</p><p>Bill O'Driscoll, Arts &amp; Entertainment Editor for the Pittsburgh City Paper says installations from the Mattress Factory's <a href="http://www.mattress.org/index.cfm?event=ShowEvent&amp;id=357">Detroit in Residence</a> exhibit use found objects to their advantage.</p><p>"It was opportunity rather than devastation."</p><p>He found the basement exhibit from <a href="http://www.mattress.org/index.cfm?event=ShowArtist&amp;eid=116&amp;id=578&amp;c=Current">Scott Hocking </a>especially notable. It utilizes the imagery of the Carrie Furnace in Rankin and salvaged figures from a bible theme park for "a mediation on post-industrial society." Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:40:25 +0000 Heather McClain 16778 at http://wesa.fm A Wide World of Art Coming to Pittsburgh This Fall The "Grandson of Pop Art” Returns Home http://wesa.fm/post/grandson-pop-art-returns-home <p>Burton Morris has seen his art displayed in the United Nations, Time Magazine, USA Today, the hit TV show <em><a href="http://www.areaofdesign.com/inthespotlight/morris/friends.jpg">Friends</a></em>, the Paris World Cup, and the <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/ff/2006_MLB_All-Star_Game.png">2006 Major League Baseball All Star Game</a>.</p><p>He says of all the ways his graphic and colorful art has been presented, he's most impressed with the Heinz History Center's <a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/exhibits.aspx?ExhibitID=45">current exhibit</a>. The Pittsburgh native is given a full retrospective, from his earliest art at age 3 to his evolution into the international spotlight. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:41:26 +0000 Nick Frost 16642 at http://wesa.fm The "Grandson of Pop Art” Returns Home As Knit the Bridge Gets Underway, A Community Effort Is Revealed http://wesa.fm/post/knit-bridge-gets-underway-community-effort-revealed <p></p><p>After participating in the successful yarn bombing of an area downtown, Amanda Gross had the idea to do something larger. As a result, Gross and the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh are graduating from trees and telephone poles to knitting the Andy Warhol bridge this weekend.</p><p>“It was just a really positive experience,” observes Gross. “So I thought, why not do a bridge?”</p><p>Yarn bombing is part of the guerilla art movement, and the process amounts to a temporary, impermanent form of graffiti. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:52:02 +0000 Reid Carter 14609 at http://wesa.fm As Knit the Bridge Gets Underway, A Community Effort Is Revealed Three Rivers Arts Festival Begins http://wesa.fm/post/three-rivers-arts-festival-begins <p>The reopening of the iconic fountain, the refurbished Point State Park and the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival are converging in Pittsburgh today.</p><p>The ten day arts festival usually attracts about 200,000 people each year and has featured more than 12,000 artists through the years.</p><p>Veronica Corpuz, director of Festival Management and Special Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, said the festival is for everyone.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:07:20 +0000 Michael Lynch 11013 at http://wesa.fm Homewood Cemetery Trees Get a Second Chance at Life http://wesa.fm/post/homewood-cemetery-trees-get-second-chance-life <p>On a recent Saturday morning, artists from around the region gathered at Homewood Cemetery to turn chopped-down trees into mushrooms.</p><p>State College artist Ed Crow and his wife Janise sculpted a small morel mushroom and transformed a large three-pronged piece of wood into three morel mushrooms. This was one of several public events surrounding the so-called reGenerations project.</p><p>“ReGenerations is really the cemetery engaging with the arts community here in Pittsburgh to make arts and crafts from the trees we’re salvaging,” said project director Kenn Thomas.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 10:26:24 +0000 Deanna Garcia 9453 at http://wesa.fm Homewood Cemetery Trees Get a Second Chance at Life Mattress Factory Receives Grant for Educational Outreach http://wesa.fm/post/mattress-factory-receives-grant-educational-outreach <p><a href="http://www.mattress.org">The Mattress Factory</a>, known for its installation art, has received a $100,000 grant from the Benedum&nbsp;Foundation to continue its educational outreach in western Pennsylvania and extend it into West Virginia. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Charlee Song 8960 at http://wesa.fm Pondering a Life with Robots http://wesa.fm/post/pondering-life-robots <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Through recent artistic conceptions, we explore a world of advanced robotics and consider the philosophical questions one might ponder if robots were a part of everyday life. Essential Pittsburgh Production Assistant </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebekah Zook</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; and WESA reporter <strong>Margaret Krauss</strong> visited </span><a href="http://pghrobotrepair.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Fraley's Robot Repair Shop</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in its final week Downtown and we spoke with Japanese contemporary theater Director </span><a href="http://www.seinendan.org/en/oriza/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Oriza Hirata</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the </span><a href="http://www.warhol.org/webcalendar/event.aspx?id=10199" style="line-height: 1.5;">Andy Warhol Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:44:37 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss & Heather McClain 8927 at http://wesa.fm Pondering a Life with Robots New Pittsburgh CSA Replaces 'Agriculture' with 'Art' http://wesa.fm/post/new-pittsburgh-csa-replaces-agriculture-art <p></p><p>Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, has become common in many cities.</p><p>CSA typically refers to a subscription service for fresh produce from local farmers, but a new initiative in Pittsburgh is putting a twist on the concept and replacing “agriculture” with “art.”</p><p>A Community Supported Agriculture package might include lettuce, apples, and peppers. But with Community Supported Art, subscribers will unpack a box of sculptures, photographs, drawings or paintings.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 7935 at http://wesa.fm New Pittsburgh CSA Replaces 'Agriculture' with 'Art' Pittsburgh and Santiago to Swap Artists Via Cultural Exchange Program http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-and-santiago-swap-artists-cultural-exchange-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Tom Corbett signed an agreement </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> making Chile and Pennsylvania "Sister Chambers" by fostering job growth and business development opportunities between the two governments. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The agreement came at the end of the governor's trade mission to Brazil and Chile.</span></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:26:43 +0000 Emily Farah 8012 at http://wesa.fm