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Essential Pittsburgh
2:34 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Artist Mozelle Thompson Honored with a Retrospective at Most Wanted Art

Resident artist J. Malls hangs the last album cover for the Mozelle Thompson show.
Credit Most Wanted Fine Art

Mozelle Thompson just might be the greatest Pittsburgh artist you’ve never heard of. 

The Garfield raised native designed album covers, clothing, window displays and more. A retrospective of his album covers is currently on display, through the end of the month, at Most Wanted Art.

Joining us to discuss the life and work of Mozelle Thompson is Most Wanted Art Resident Artist J. Malls, who curated the exhibit.

Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rivers of Steel Honors Regional Artists, Storytellers

Cathleen Bailey's quilt "Deathly Hallows Destruction."
Credit Cathleen Bailey

Sam Robinson doesn’t consider himself to be an artist, but he sure can tell a story.

“I kind of got used to asking questions and learning about things from my father,” he said. “So certainly that heritage has made it easier for me…”

The 64-year-old tour guide is one of 12 regional artists and storytellers being honored by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area Wednesday for their work in preserving history and culture.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:47 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Pop Culture Icon and Artist Peter Max Comes to Pittsburgh

Peter Max's Starry Night
Credit Peter Max

The iconic pop culture artist Peter Max is in Pittsburgh this week for a gallery exhibition and retrospective. The German-born Jewish-American painter is known for creating vibrantly colored works based on Americana such as the Statue of Liberty, sports figures, American presidents and other symbols that have made him a commercial success.

Before you go see his work at the Christine Fre’chard Gallery in Squirrel Hill, hear his stories of travel and what it’s been like creating art for some of the most well known public figures in recent history.

Arts & Culture
4:21 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Biennial Returns to the Pittsburgh Glass Center

The Pittsburgh Biennial has begun at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) with a local artist showcasing his two-and three-dimensional works, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center is about to join in on the Biennial with a wide array of glass ideas.

The Pittsburgh Biennial is held roughly every other year, 2011 was the last one, and gives local Pittsburgh artists a chance to be featured by the galleries around the city.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:27 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Last Billboard: Simplistic Poetry in the City

Photographer and artist Adam Frelin submitted this post for the billboard. It was up throughout April.
Credit Jon Rubin / thelastbillboard.com

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.

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 Buzzfeed have prompted curiosity about where the messages come from and why they’re there.

Jon Rubin is the unique interdisciplinary artist behind the project, which he calls The Last Billboard.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:06 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

An American Odyssey: Exploring the American Masters

Thomas Cole (1801–1848), Catskill Mountain House, c. 1845–47. Oil on canvas, 22 ¼x 30 ¾ x 5 ¼ inches. Courtesy of The Warner Foundation and Warner Collection of American Art.
Credit The Warner Foundation and Warner Collection of American Art.

An American Odyssey: the Warner Collection of American Painting is a new exhibit that has opened at the Frick Pittsburgh.

Featuring the paintings of Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Gilbert Stuart and other American masters.  Sarah Hall, director of curatorial affairs for the Frick Pittsburgh gives a preview of the exhibit.

Arts & Culture
11:33 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Braddock Carnegie Library to Lend Artwork as Part of Carnegie International

Starting Sunday, the Braddock Carnegie Library will expand its lending offerings to something a bit more visual thanks to a partnership with the 2013 Carnegie International.

Patrons will now be able to check out original artwork along with traditional library offerings.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:54 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

"En Plein Air" - Painting the Town in Mt. Lebanon

One of the plein air paintings created by David Csont.
Credit David Csont / Mt. Lebanon Plen Air

This Monday marked the beginning of the week long 2nd Annual Plein Air Mt. Lebanon Arts Festival where twenty-five artists from around the country are quite literally painting the town.

The festival gets its name from the French expression “en plein air”, meaning “in the open air” 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.

Linda Csont, co-organizer of the art festival and competition says last year’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’s art programs. Artists paint scenes, architecture, fall foliage and people from all around the city, rain or shine. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:52 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

2013 Carnegie International Explores a Sense of Place & Play

Exploring the not so serious side of the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie International
Credit Carnegie International

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 2013 Carnegie International marks the first time three curators have been chosen.

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.

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Arts & Culture
2:48 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Voting Underway to Save PA's 'Endangered Artifacts'

A statewide campaign top save Pennsylvania’s “Top 10 Endangered Artifacts” has begun.

Through Nov. 1, people can go online, vote, and if they want, give money to museums to help preserve their works.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:40 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

A Wide World of Art Coming to Pittsburgh This Fall

Detroit artist Frank Pahl at the Mattress Factory through May 2014
Credit Jennifer Szweda Jordan / 90.5WESA

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.

Bill O'Driscoll, Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Pittsburgh City Paper says installations from the Mattress Factory's Detroit in Residence exhibit use found objects to their advantage.

"It was opportunity rather than devastation."

He found the basement exhibit from Scott Hocking 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."

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:41 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The "Grandson of Pop Art” Returns Home

Burton Morris designed the logo for Pittsburgh's One World Summit
Credit Burton Morris

Burton Morris has seen his art displayed in the United Nations, Time Magazine, USA Today, the hit TV show Friends, the Paris World Cup, and the 2006 Major League Baseball All Star Game.

He says of all the ways his graphic and colorful art has been presented, he's most impressed with the Heinz History Center's current exhibit. The Pittsburgh native is given a full retrospective, from his earliest art at age 3 to his evolution into the international spotlight.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:52 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

As Knit the Bridge Gets Underway, A Community Effort Is Revealed

The Knit the Bridge project got underway at the Andy Warhol Bridge Saturday morning.
Ryan Loew 90.5 WESA

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.

“It was just a really positive experience,” observes Gross. “So I thought, why not do a bridge?”

Yarn bombing is part of the guerilla art movement, and the process amounts to a temporary, impermanent form of graffiti.

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3 Rivers Arts Festival
4:07 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Three Rivers Arts Festival Begins

The reopening of the iconic fountain, the refurbished Point State Park and the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival are converging in Pittsburgh today.

The ten day arts festival usually attracts about 200,000 people each year and has featured more than 12,000 artists through the years.

Veronica Corpuz, director of Festival Management and Special Projects for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, said the festival is for everyone.

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Community
6:26 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Homewood Cemetery Trees Get a Second Chance at Life

Homewood Cemetery arborist Ashley Allen stands alongside some newly-chopped down trees.
Deanna Garcia 90.5 WESA

On a recent Saturday morning, artists from around the region gathered at Homewood Cemetery to turn chopped-down trees into mushrooms.

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.

“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. 

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Art Education
3:30 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Mattress Factory Receives Grant for Educational Outreach

The Mattress Factory, known for its installation art, has received a $100,000 grant from the Benedum Foundation to continue its educational outreach in western Pennsylvania and extend it into West Virginia.  

Felice Cleveland, the museum's director of education, said artists create educational tools called "The Space I'm In" to be used in K-12 classrooms by pairs of teachers: one art teacher paired with a teacher from another subject. Together, they develop a series of inter-disciplinary lessons to present core curriculum to their students.

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Essential Pittsburgh
8:44 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Pondering a Life with Robots

Robot Parts at Fraley's Robot Repair Shop/Art Instillation
Heather McClain 90.5 WESA

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 Rebekah Zook  and WESA reporter Margaret Krauss visited Fraley's Robot Repair Shop in its final week Downtown and we spoke with Japanese contemporary theater Director Oriza Hirata at the Andy Warhol Museum.

Community Art
3:30 am
Thu April 18, 2013

New Pittsburgh CSA Replaces 'Agriculture' with 'Art'

An example of Ed Panar's photography. Photographer Ed Panar will also have work in the Community Supported Art package. His images depict Pittsburgh streetscapes, rivers and houses tucked into hillsides.
Credit Larkin Page-Jacobs / 90.5 WESA

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, has become common in many cities.

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.”

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.

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Arts & Culture
3:26 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Pittsburgh and Santiago to Swap Artists Via Cultural Exchange Program

Gov. Tom Corbett signed an agreement Tuesday making Chile and Pennsylvania "Sister Chambers" by fostering job growth and business development opportunities between the two governments. The agreement came at the end of the governor's trade mission to Brazil and Chile.

The state's First Lady, Susan Corbett, is reaching out to the Chileans in a different way, announcing a cultural exchange program based in Pittsburgh and Santiago. 

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