Wednesday, April 6, 2011



(The above image is of work in progress by Anne Drew Potter.)

PITTSBURGH, PA – March 10, 2011—The Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) presents the opening of its 11th biennial Bridge Exhibition Series. Three female artists from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds who are creating exceptional works that express progressive and unconventional points of view around social, political and philosophical themes have been selected for the 2011 Bridge Exhibition Series. Chosen for the high level of their craftsmanship, the series will feature solo exhibitions by Lia Cook (fiber), Mariko Kusumoto (metal), and Anne Drew Potter (ceramics). These concurrent exhibitions will offer viewers a deeper understanding of the artists’ personal stories and their individual cultural histories and influences. Crossing geographic and gender boundaries, these artists will engage audiences in a dialogue about the influence of race, gender and culture on contemporary art production. The series opens with a free public reception on Friday, April 15 from 5:30—8 pm, and continues through October 22, 2011.

First presented in 1988, the Bridge Exhibition Series was established to heighten the public's awareness of the powerful work being produced by contemporary artists. Over the course of the series, SCC has presented solo exhibitions by 28 contemporary craft artists. Highlighting techniques in a broad range of media including clay, metal, fiber, wood and glass, the series has featured such nationally recognized artists as Sergei Isupov (Virginia), Bruce Metcalf (Pennsylvania), Thomasin Grim (California), Stephen Whittlesey (Massachusetts), Amy Sabrina (Minnesota), and Michael Olszewski (Philadelphia) among others. To document the history of the series, brochures, containing an essay, biographical information and photographs, are produced on each artist for each exhibition. Brochures for the Bridge 11 Exhibition Series are available at SCC or by calling 412.261.7003.

SCC is a visual arts organization that presents the work of regional, national and international contemporary artists working in craft media. SCC's main exhibition gallery, education center and store are located at 2100 Smallman Street in the Strip District. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 to 5 pm. Exhibitions and informal, hands-on art activities are always free to the public. For more information, visit or call 412.261.7003 x 26.


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