Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Artist Gabe Felice @ Modernformations Gallery Feb 5 2010

Opening February 5th, 7 to 10pm

“ESCAPE TO EYEBALL ISLAND: New works in ink, paint, & sculpture by Gabriel M. Felice”

The evil Zuonic Enforcers have taken control & set out to destroy our peninsula.
Our life force - threatened, our lasers – seized, thoughts – stolen, and families – imprisoned.

We have but one Wishing Tree left in our possession after our coveted Gem Forraige was annihilated.

The healing animal known as Oddea has been captured and enslaved in the Zuonic Nomad Circus.

We must release Oddea and fly our Kippolian Bears to safer territory beyond the Magian Mountains and Torian Sea to replant our Wishing Tree in the gardens of Eyeball Island.

Escape with Gabe Felice in his second solo visit to ModernFormations - in a concept show inspired by self sabotage, Remote Viewing, and Prophetic Everydayism.


4919 Penn Avenue.
Pittsburgh PA 15224


more info:

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pittsburgh Artists Deserve More Press from Pittsburgh Media

Pittsburgh based visual artists? Yes, we have many talented ones in Pittsburgh, despite the lack of attention from Pittsburgh media outlets. The "media", what's left of it, seems to be more interested in showcasing our world class museums and small circle of certain art galleries. Oh well, that's what blogs are for I guess. Take a look at the growing list of curated Pittsburgh artist links I'm working on which are noted to the right of The Pittsburgh Art Blog. Feel free to email any links you feel may qualify, as long as they are Pittsburgh based. For artists who don't have an online presence it's as easy as registering for free at the Pittsburgh Artist Registry (recommended for all artists). The Pittsburgh Artist Registry is a project from the Office of Public Art and not related officially with this blog.

The below list is not obviously meant to replace or take away from the Pittsburgh Artist Registry, only my take on quality Pittsburgh based visual artists whose work I've come across.

Last Update February 9, 2013

    Find more at the Pittsburgh Artist Registry

      Sunday, January 24, 2010

      Unstill’d: The Distillery 4 Program with the Schmutz Lodge

      February 5, 2010-March 5, 2010
      5405 Broad Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

      PITTSBURGH, PA: The Distillery 4 Program, in collaboration with the Schmutz Lodge, presents the work of eight artists, uniting to overcome the loss of their residency studio. Work will be on display at the Schmutz Lodge, located at 5405 Broad Street in Garfield.

      Unstill’d is a month-long project in which the artists were given a space and asked to respond to their current dislocation. The Schmutz Lodge, a performance and visual arts spectacle, opened their doors to the Distillery Program, and their building has served as both studio and exhibition space for the Distillery artists. Unstill’d includes site-specific installations and is curated by Distillery alumnus, Rose Clancy.

      Unstill’d represents the following artists:

      Heather Pinson
      Dave English
      Becky Slemmons
      Carlea Cannon
      Nikki Rosato
      Rachel Debuque
      Lenka Clayton
      Ashley Andrews

      Gallery Details
      The Schmutz Lodge is located at 5405 Broad Street, Garfield
      Opening Reception: February 5th 6-10 PM, during Unblurred
      Closing Reception: March 5th 6-10 PM, during Unblurred
      Gallery can be visited by appointment only. To schedule an appointment contact: (412) 759-4242

      Schmutz Blog here.

      Images above are from photographer Don Orkoskey,

      Friday, January 22, 2010

      Pittsburgh Industrial Art Exhibit Fein Gallery

      Pittsburgh Industrial

      Exhibit Dates:
      January 29th - March 12th, 2010

      Artists: Bob Yonke, Anna Marie Sninsky, Fran Gialamas, Garry Merola,
      Cynthia Cooley, Jim Rettinger, Jim Guentner, Richard Snodgrass,
      Bob George, George Mendel, Kristen Dotterway

      FRIDAY, JANUARY 29th at 5PM ~ 8PM

      Fein Art Gallery
      519 East Ohio St.
      Pittsburgh, PA 15212

      Cluster, a group exhibition of more than 20 Pittsburgh-area artists Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

      Frozen and Trapped Forever (detail), Jacob Ciocci, 2010

      Opening reception, Friday February 5, 2010

      Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pittsburgh Filmmakers announce Cluster, a group exhibition of more than 20 Pittsburgh-area artists, curated by Adam Welch. It is on view February 5 – March 28, 2010. An opening reception will be held on Friday evening, February 5 from 5:30 to 8:00pm. It is open to the public; $5 requested donation; free to PF/PCA members. Beginning with this show, PCA will extend Thursday evening hours to 7:00 pm. The Dialogue Series continues on the second Thursday of each month, and the pavilion series will resume on Thursdays in the summer.

      Cluster takes over all PCA's gallery spaces at the Shadyside campus and features invited artists who've investigated the spatial device of connections. These connections might be obvious, esoteric, direct, or juxtaposed, and elicit a fundamental element of artistic discourse. Welch says these artists are, "working within their interests to profess what they know or do not know, for a purpose that is both self and collectively informing."

      The show offers a wide range of visual works in a variety of mediums from regional artists. Artworks with dissimilar processes and formations will be displayed around the building creating multiple levels of viewing experiences. Some of these are:

      • A large-scale mixed-media installation by Jacob Ciocci titled, "Frozen and Trapped Forever." This piece employs HD video with painting, combining outtakes of TV/film, comics and self-drawn animations, rapidly cut and collaged together to create an overload of information.
      • A site-specific installation by Jason Lee, which further extends his "Euthenic Set Series," made up of elements of safety-orange painted light boxes containing photographic imagery, wires, plastic ducks and picket fences arranged to present contemporary landscape as sanitized, congenially pristine and compartmentalized.
      • Individual video works by Robert Lasdislas Derr and Julie Perini, both of which investigate the relationship of history and social constructs through filmed performance acts.
      • Interactive installations by Sean Derry and Amanda Long. Derry's piece, "Rehearsing Spring," combines monochromatic panels and heating elements, which hold a temperature close to natural body heat. Long’s work involves color and pattern with multi-channel projectors. When the viewer interacts with it, it takes on different special arrangements of color fields.
      • Sculptural works by Dee Briggs, Will Giannotti, Kyle Houser and Anita Sulimanovic, all of which navigate the object as a process of expression.
      • Painted/printed/drawn/cut works by Connie Cantor, Brian Brown, Bovey Lee David Montano, and Nayda Collazo-Llorens.
      • A series of black and white photographs by Jacob Koestler, and digital color photographs by Michael Sherwin.

      Thursday, MARCH 11: The Dialogue Series with PF/PCA curator Adam Welch, and Cluster artists: Dee Briggs, Connie Cantor, David Pohl, and Jacob Ciocci. Free and open to the public. Cash bar opens at 5:00pm; discussion begins at 6:00pm.

      More info here.

      Steeltown Anthem Pittsburgh Art Architecture Blog

      Check out the Steeltown Anthem Blog, Pittsburgh can use good resources like this on Pittsburgh visual art, design, architecture, and the like.

      Recent posts include visual artists Seth Clark and Emily Berezin.

      fast>>fwd art party jan 22 2010

      Come out to fast>>fwd to view and purchase great art from Pittsburgh artists and see a music performance from Coyotes by the Way ( Things will get started around 8pm and we will have drinks and hors d'oeuvres available.

      This is event is 21 and over only and there will be a $5 charge to help out with costs.

      fast>>fwd Gallery
      3700 Penn Ave
      Pittsburgh, PA

      Facebook event link

      Thursday, January 21, 2010

      New Pittsburgh Art Galleries added to List

      Until today it had been since September of 2009 since I last updated with Pittsburgh area galleries. Many art venues have gone by the wayside since then but here are some relatively newer venues as well as ones which have been updated as far as locations and names.

      Newer venues:

      The Gallery on Baum 4643 Baum Boulevard Pittsburgh PA, 15213 Oakland Website Major focus on national and international illustration and animation art.

      Shaw Galleries 805 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Downtown Pittsburgh Website Focus is on national and international art and rare prints and maps.


      August Wilson Center 980 Liberty Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15222 phone :412.258.2700 Website Downtown Pittsburgh The August Wilson Center for African American Culture (formerly known as the African American Cultural Center of Greater Pittsburgh) is a not-for-profit organization that presents performing, visual and education programs that celebrate the contributions of African Americans within the region and the impact of cultural expression from Africa to the African Diaspora.

      Miller Gallery Purnell Center for the Arts Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh 15213 Oakland 412-268-3618 Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12-6. Closed Monday The Miller Gallery is in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. The Purnell Center is located near the corner of Forbes and Morewood Avenues next to Warner Hall and directly across The Cut from the University Center.

      Pittsburgh City Paper Winter Art Guide Has No Pittsburgh Artists Listed!

      so the arts and exhibitions section of the pittsburgh city paper winter guide lists no events related to pittsburgh artists. for those who are bothered by this i encourage you to post a comment at the link here- requires registering which is worth it.

      here's my initial comment:

      wow. in your arts and exhibitions section of the winter guide there is no mention of pittsburgh based artists. what a shame. how long does this need to be perpetuated?

      rick byerly

      Wednesday, January 20, 2010

      Art Exhibit: Finding Meaning in Braddock’s Unsmoke Systems

      Art Exhibit: Finding Meaning in Braddock’s Unsmoke Systems

      This collective started as a discussion group at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and investigates various approaches to translating meaning in visual imagery. Once a week for the better part of 2009, this group of students, recent graduates, and one faculty member met to discuss and analyze the work of various artists including Rembrandt, Hogarth, Leland Bell, Turner, Amy Sillman, Chardin and many others. The focus was the discussion of what contributed to convey content in visual terms. The categories outlined as lynchpins for analysis included iconography, formalism, the haptic experience and the viewer’s orientation. The presentation of work at Braddock’s Unsmoke Systems gallery site is the culmination of these discussions now posed in visual terms that include various mediums.

      Participants include: Jordan Bush, Andre Costello, Maura Doern Danko, Nate McDonough, Max Pokrzywa, Jaycen Poole, Andrew Scott, Josh Troy, Nick Vincenti

      Exhibit Dates: February 2 – 28, 2010

      Event Dates:

      Opening Reception: Saturday, February 6, 7-10 p.m.

      Closing Open House: Sunday, February 28, 3-5 p.m.

      Gallery Hours:

      Open by appointment – Contact Jeb Feldman BraddockMayor(AT)

      Jeanine Hall hall.jeanine(AT)


      Unsmoke Systems Artspace

      1137 Braddock Avenue

      Braddock PA 15104

      Tuesday, January 19, 2010

      Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Tradition of Innovation @ Pittsburgh Tech Council 15 Minutes Gallery

      A Tradition of Innovation, an Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Centennial Exhibit at the Pittsburgh Technology Council's 15 Minutes Art Gallery

      Exhibit runs February 1 through April Fool's Day, 2010

      Opening Event:
      Tuesday, February 9, 2010 5pm - 7pm
      Featuring an artists' reception, cocktails and hors d'oevres, and a special presentation by Infinite Family, an international organization connecting Pittsburgh to children in Africa via video conferencing. Learn More about Infinite Family


      Rick Byerly

      Connie Cantor

      Mia Tarducci Henry

      Ron Nigro

      Jane Ogren

      Judith Ruszkowski

      2000 Technology Drive
      Pittsburgh, PA 15219

      Get Directions

      Free Parking and admission.

      Regular Hours:

      Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

      The Gallery is located in the atrium and conference rooms of the Pittsburgh Technology Council offices.

      “RESOLUTIONS” exhibit @ 820 liberty avenue fri. jan 22, 2010

      CLOSING RECEPTION: fri. jan 22, 2010
      5-9 PM / COCKTAIL HOUR 5-6 PM
      moxie DaDA @ 820 liberty avenue / DOWNTOWN GALLERY CRAWL

      promotes moral courage and strength of mind. Artists have been chosen for their
      choice in materials and context of self discovery as well as their resolve to create and produce
      from within the urban landscape. This exhibit challenges viewers to think about environment,
      sustainability, self government and ...control.



      downtown gallery crawl schedule here:

      Lauren Toohey and Sam Thorp Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery Unblurred Crawl

      First Friday, Feb. 5th, 2010 /6pm-12pm
      Most Wanted Fine Art / 5015 Penn Ave


      Lauren Toohey and Sam Thorp will be displaying their provocative imagery in an awesome gallery setting! These paintings have been captivating viewers for years, with their sense of wit and style. The pairing of these two artists complements their respective markmaking with heavy line work and brightly colored figures. The viewer will find Sam and Laurens image very titillating and easy to read. Please join us opening night for free!. Bands start at 9pm, opening with the legendary Grand Snafu and followed by His Girl Friday.

      Please view our site
      Gallery hours for this show: Wed.-Fri. 1pm-6pm email: mostwantedfineart(AT)


      The unblurred schedule can be found here most of the time:

      Thursday, January 14, 2010

      Explore Science and Art! January 30, 2010 Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh PA Carnegie Science Center

      The Carnegie Science Center, Phipps
      Conservatory, Art Energy Design's Power Flower and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh explores science and art!

      Super Science @ Your Library : School-Age Fun

      Saturday, January 30, 2010
      2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

      Explore the world of science with the Carnegie Science Center, Phipps Conservatory, Art Energy Design and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh! This program for students in grades 3-5 features fun hands-on science experiments.
      5801 Forbes Avenue
      Pittsburgh, PA 15217

      Please provide child's age in registration info.

      Head here to register.

      Art Energy Design and the Pittsburgh Power Flower are headed up by David Lee Edwards.

      Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District Friday, January 22nd 2010 5:30-9pm

      Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
      Friday, January 22nd 5:30-9pm
      Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

      link to events:

      i see that the Harris Theater Pgh Filmmakers Photography Exhibit has been omitted. i have one print in that exhibit, located in the basement at 809 Liberty Ave.

      Wednesday, January 13, 2010

      Gallery On Baum January 22 2010 Paper Exhibit Pittsburgh Art

      Exhibit at The Gallery on Baum, and the opening is Friday, Jan. 22nd, 2010 from 6 - 9 p.m. The show is called (pa' per) , with a schwa instead of an "e", like in the dictionary, and it's featuring work made out of paper. (Yes ... the same night as Gallery Crawl. We are hoping people will still come!)

      Artwork above is from Maria Mangano (Wren) and Seth Clark (abandoned house). You may have seen Maria's work at Fe Gallery recently, it held a lot of peoples' interest, including mine!

      You can check out the other images here:

      Gallery on Baum
      4643 Baum Blvd Pittsburgh PA 15213

      Monday, January 11, 2010

      Public Art Call to Pittsburgh Artists Market Street Downtown Pittsburgh PA

      the info below is from the Office of Public Art. Let's hope a lot of Pittsburgh artists see this and apply!

      Request for Qualifications
      Market Street
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      Receipt Deadline for Applications: February 5, 2010
      Budget: $19,500

      The Office of Public Art announces a Request for Qualifications for a work of public art on Market Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.

      The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is working with the Office of Public Art to commission an artist to create a work of public art on Market Street in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The commissioned work of art will have a lighting component. The artist budget for the project is $19,500. The project will be completed by August 2010.
      The Streetscapes Study prepared for the Downtown Living Initiative by the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh suggests streetscape improvements to enhance Sixth and Market Streets as primary pedestrian connection linking the Cultural District, First Side, and Market Square. The City, Mayor's Office, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership have embarked on a multi-million dollar project to renovate these corridors.

      As part of the overall improvements in this district and following the recommendations of the Streetscape Study, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership decided to commission a work of art to be located on Market Street. The work of art will enhance the pedestrian experience between the triangle park at Three PNC and the newly renovated Market Square, making a strong connection between the Cultural District and Market Square.

      Submissions must be received by Friday, February 5, 2010. They may be mailed or dropped off at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council until 4:00 PM on February 5th. Emailed applications and late applications will not be accepted.
      Mail applications to: Office of Public Art, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Attention: Market Street Project, 810 Penn Avenue, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

      Information Session

      An information session for artists who are interested in submitting materials will be held on January 19, 2010 from 6-7pm at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 810 Penn Avenue, Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The purpose of the information session is to review the project and the submission guidelines, and to respond to artist's questions. Attendance is not mandatory. RSVP is not required.

      Contact Information

      To receive a copy of the complete RFQ, please contact Lea Donatelli, Office of Public Art, 412-391-2060 x 233 or opa(AT)

      The Office of Public Art is a partnership between the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the City of Pittsburgh funded by The Heinz Endowments.

      For more information, please visit
      Office of Public Art
      c/o Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
      810 Penn Avenue, Suite 200
      Pittsburgh, PA 15222

      THE GLUE FACTORY PROJECT – A Seat At The Table, CORNING WORKS & The New Hazlett Theater present

      March 25 - 28, 2010
      CORNING WORKS & The New Hazlett Theater present
      THE GLUE FACTORY PROJECT – A Seat At The Table

      6 consummate performers from the field of dance explore the question
      of who deserves...

      A series of provocative vignettes designed to refract our perspectives on that proverbial place of belonging and power — from the domestic dinner tables to the seats of social power. Who gets a seat? Who makes the offer? Once seated…then what?

      24’ of table, a metamorphic game of musical chairs, transparent alliances, personal compromises ... one’s relative position and perspective grows more & more uncertain. What does a seat at the table really get you anyway?

      Michael Blake (former dancer with The José Limón Dance Company and Donald Byrd), David Covey (award-winning dance lighting designer and performer), Janet Lilly (former principal dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company), Peter Sparling (former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company) Cathy Young (former principal dancer with Danny Buraczeski’s JAZZDANCE), and Beth Corning

      Thurs. 8pm
      includes Champagne Reception catered by DISH OSTERIA BAR (doors open at 6:30)
      Fri. & Sat. 8pm
      Sun. 2pm PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN admission
      All performances are followed by an informal “meet & greet” with the performers in the New Hazlett Lobby.

      WHERE: The New Hazlett Theater, Northside

      TICKETS: $30 general admission, $20 senior/students

      RESERVATIONS: 1.888.718.4253 or
      FOR FURTHER INFO: 412. 320.4610

      Art After Dark Art-making Soiree at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

      Art After Dark Art-making Soiree at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
      Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 6:00-9:00 p.m
      A hands-on preview experience welcoming you to get a feel for the visual arts courses that MCG offers for adults! Unwind with us during this evening of art-making that will give you a free sampling of our irresistibly engaging creative environment.

      Winter/Spring 2010 courses include functional pottery and an introduction to the potter's wheel in ceramics, photoshop in the digital arts studio, basics of digital photography, plus screenprinting sensations in design arts! Whether you are a novice or experienced artist, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild offers outstanding instruction and resources within one of Pittsburgh’s best equipped facilities and most inspiring visual arts studios.

      Link to a PDF of the course book and registration form:

      Direct link on our website:

      Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Youth & Arts:
      1815 Metropolitan Street
      Pittsburgh, PA 15233
      Open Mon-Fri. From 9 a.m.--5 p.m. No cost for admission.
      412-322-1773 Ext. 378

      Wednesday, January 6, 2010

      Call To Artists: Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraiser


      Wendy Murdy
      Executive Director, Pittsburgh District Office
      Muscular Dystrophy Association

      I represent the Pittsburgh division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and our annual Muscle Team Event.

      Pittsburgh Muscle Team® is a branded high-profile social event that incorporates community leaders, professional athletes, and MDA Goodwill Ambassadors. This exciting event is scheduled to take place at Heinz Field on Thursday, March 18, 2010.

      After attending the Handmade Arcade and seeing the quality of items that the artists created, I hope that I can present an opportunity that will beneficial to all. Our event features a silent auction. I believe that this is a priceless opportunity for emerging Pittsburgh artists to showcase their work by donating one of their items and gaining visibility to over 1000 members of Pittsburgh’s business community.

      In appreciation of their tax-deductible donation, they will receive recognition in the commemorative event journal. They may also provide promotional materials to be displayed throughout the evening with the donation such as an 8 x 10 sign or business cards.

      The funds raised from this event will provide services for families living with a neuromuscular disease in southwestern Pennsylvania. Donations will directly benefit those persons and families in our area by providing such services as payment towards leg braces and wheelchairs, support groups, clinic visits, summer camp and furthering MDA research.

      Is it possible for you to forward this information along to the participating artists and post it on your webpage?

      Thank you so much,


      Wendy Murdy

      Executive Director, Pittsburgh District Office

      Muscular Dystrophy Association

      400 Penn Center Boulevard #524

      Pittsburgh, PA 15235

      Ph: (412) 823-3094

      Fax: (412) 823- 3206

      Recent Works by Photographers Ruthanne Bauerle and JoAnne Lightner Jan 2010

      VIEWPOINTS: Recent Works by Photographers
      Ruthanne Bauerle and JoAnne Lightner
      January 1 to 29, 2010

      Garfield Artworks
      4931 Penn Avenue

      Open during regular evening events at the gallery or by appointment.
      Call for information.

      Closing Reception - Friday, January 29, 2010 5 to 7pm