Art Out of the Box is a Mobile Art Studio ProjectThe Art Box will open into an all-inclusive artist studio space where artists create an original piece of visual art work within a one-week residency. The residencies will take place outdoors in five Pittsburgh neighborhoods during the summer months of 2011: Friendship, Lawrenceville, Polish Hill, Southside, and Central Northside. The project goals are to demonstrate the value of locally produced art and to build strong connections between artists and local communities by inviting resident artists to interact with the public throughout the creative process. The culminating event, a public art exhibit in conjunction with the Downtown Gallery Crawl, will feature the final works and a documentary of the process behind the public art project.
Art Out of the Box Schedule
FriendshipTuesday May 3rd through Sunday May 8th
Artist: Jessica Amarnek
Location: Glass Lofts, 5491 Penn Ave
SouthsideTuesday June 14th through Sunday June 19th
Artist: Alberto Almarza
Location: 12th and Carson
Lawrenceville:Tuesday June 28th through Sunday July 3rd
Artist: Will Schlough
Location: Wild Card 4209 Butler Street
Polish HillTuesday July 12th through Sunday July 17th
Artist: Deanna Mance
Location: 3060 Brereton Street
NorthsideTuesday August 2nd through Sunday August 7th
Artist: Ian Green
Location: Commons Park
Final ExhibitionThe artists’ final works will be displayed for one night in a group exhibition during the Downtown Gallery Crawl in September 2011. A short documentary filmed by artist Chris Ivey will be screened alongside the works to allow viewers to see the entire project from start to end.
Project GoalsInitiating lively conversations about the value of local art by demystifying the creative process is the primary goal of this project. By offering people the opportunity to share in an artistic experience, the project team hopes to form lasting and beneficial relationships between the artists, the community development associates, and community residents.
Project CreatorArt Out of the Box was conceptualized by artist Samantha McDonough in the spring of 2010. The idea was inspired by her desire to share the creative process with the community by moving out of the solitary studio and into the public realm. Samantha has been interested in art within a social context, as well as community-based art initiatives, since 2006 when she volunteered with the Philadelphia based Village of Arts and Humanities. Though she will not be one of the neighborhood artists completing a residency, as Project Manager she will work closely with the artists and each of the organizations supporting the project.
This project is rooted in the collaboration, participation, and the combined efforts of a diverse group of community leaders, artists, and arts organizations who have a vested interest in community growth and the ability for local art to flourish in this region.
Organizational Support Links:The Sprout Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Friendship Development Associates, Lawrenceville Corporation, Southside Local Development Company, Polish Hill Civic Association, Central Northside Neighborhood Council & Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Project ManagerSamantha McDonough
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