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Artisan Pittsburgh welcomes fans for Jeff Goldblum Day 2018

Artisan Pittsburgh welcomes fans for Jeff Goldblum Day 2018

By Delilah Bourque, Staff Writer

July 18, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Movies

Jeff Goldblum is nothing short of a Pittsburgh legend. Die-hard fans of the Homestead native got together on Friday to celebrate the accomplishments of the actor.

Future Tenant features feminist art in new exhibit

Future Tenant features feminist art in new exhibit

By Jon Kunitsky | Staff Writer

July 11, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

A placard awaits guests entering the Future Tenant artist space on Penn Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. “Through their various forms of artistic expression, [these artists] refuse to give in to the burdens of the male gaze. Instead, they yell back at the catcaller,” it reads, welcoming guests to t...

Art, music, pets and vets: SouthSide Works Exposed

Art, music, pets and vets: SouthSide Works Exposed

By Shahum Ajmal and Victoria Pfefferle-Gillot | TPN Staff

July 11, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Top Stories

As the City of Pittsburgh wound down from Fourth of July celebrations and stormy weather, the South Side neighborhood prepared for the 14th annual SouthSide Works Exposed arts festival from July 6 to 8. The event was sponsored by City Vets PGH, a new urgent care veterinary practice in the South S...

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off downtown

By Zachary Donovan | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Top Stories

The City of Pittsburgh’s North Side was filled with the sound of country music and the sight of about 25 tons of trash this past weekend as the Kenny Chesney concert took over Heinz Field and the surrounding parking lots for tailgates. But across the river from the hard-partying country fans, a different crowd...

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

Lawrenceville Art Crawl leaves visitors in awe

By Jon Kunitsky | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music, Uncategorized

Betsy Lewis, Emmy Brown and Emily Richards walked down Butler Street amid sun-showers and humidity Saturday afternoon. As rising juniors at Pitt majoring in microbiology, neuroscience and physics, respectively, they ventured out of Oakland to admire local art displayed along the sidewalks of Lawrence...

Free for students: Art, exercise, buses and more!

Free for students: Art, exercise, buses and more!

By The Pitt News Staff

May 30, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

One of the best perks of being a student at Pitt is the Panther Card. In addition to all of the traditional purposes a student ID serves, like holding dining passes, granting access to dorms and registering for on-campus events, a Panther Card can be a ticket to a new world of entertainment for stude...

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

Sneak peek: Free entertainment for this summer in the City

By Sarah Connor | Culture Editor

May 23, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Now that college students have finished their finals and high school students are going to prom, the summer season is truly about to begin. The City of Pittsburgh is ready to celebrate the sunny months with some free outdoor events. Typical summer events — like the Independence Day celebration ...

Don’t Call Her Honey: Ciara Gray artist spotlight

Don’t Call Her Honey: Ciara Gray artist spotlight

By Siddhi Shockey | Staff Writer

May 16, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

When she was a young artist in first grade, Ciara Gray brought an assignment to the front of the class to show the teacher her work — how she’d ripped a portrait from a magazine in half and pasted it to paper, sketching in the missing half of the model’s face. Now, marks of Gray’s creativity are etched...

Maxo Vanka’s legacy lives on in Millvale Murals

Maxo Vanka’s legacy lives on in Millvale Murals

By Neena Hagen | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

As a town known for its iron manufacturers and lumber mills, Millvale seems like an unlikely place to house a spectacular art collection. The former industrial borough — located at the northernmost tip of the Allegheny river trail across the 40th Street bridge — doesn’t boast much in terms of outward ...

Women hone craft at Art House in Homewood

Women hone craft at Art House in Homewood

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

April 5, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

As Vanessa German and a group of artists were about to settle in for a night of writing and discussion in her house, a car crash outside derailed the March evening. The group witnessed an altercation between the victim of the crash and police officers who responded to the scene, and feeling that...

Making Art in the Arctic: Pitt Alum plans voyage to hone her craft

Making Art in the Arctic: Pitt Alum plans voyage to hone her craft

By Elizabeth Donnelly | For The Pitt News

March 15, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

In just six short months, Theresa Baughman will be spending her days in subzero temperatures in pursuit of combining her art with anthropology. “As an artist, I am much more invested in the process of making the piece than I am the final product,” Baughman, 26, said. Baughman is embarking ...

Students petition for reproductive rights at “My Body is My Own” exhibit

Students petition for reproductive rights at “My Body is My Own” exhibit

By Marissa Perino | Senior Staff Writer

March 1, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

Bright pink flags dot the lawn outside the William Pitt Union on one of the first warm days of spring semester as students kneel to read the stories written on each individual marker — sometimes pausing to add their own to the display. Emphasizing the importance and intersection of topics such as bi...

Homeless identities on display at “Walk On By” exhibit

Homeless identities on display at “Walk On By” exhibit

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

February 22, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

Renee Rosensteel passed the same homeless man in downtown Pittsburgh multiple times before she could no longer avoid his attention-seeking gestures and decided to stop and introduce herself. “I knew he was part of the scene down there,” Rosensteel said. “I was tired. I’d just had enough, ...

Rhodessa Jones brings art and activism to Pitt

Rhodessa Jones brings art and activism to Pitt

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

February 8, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture, Theater, Top Stories

Since she found theater, San Francisco-based artist Rhodessa Jones said she has always had a place in the world — whether it be to share her ups and downs or to offer other women a chance to speak out. “Theater has been the one lover that has never let me down — it demands a lot of me, but t...

Ashley Cecil displays ‘Birds and Botany’ at Phipps Conservatory

Ashley Cecil displays ‘Birds and Botany’ at Phipps Conservatory

By Emma Maurice | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018


Filed under Art, Culture

Just inside Phipps Conservatory, Ashley Cecil has created the illusion of Springtime in the midst of a harsh Pittsburgh winter — blooming flowers and songbirds rest on bright yellow backdrops along the walls of the Welcome Center, greeting visitors as they escape the cold. Cecil found inspirati...

Pastels and paints: ARTificial club provides students with creative outlet

Pastels and paints: ARTificial club provides students with creative outlet

By Siddhi Shockey / For The Pitt News

November 9, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

The silence of creative focus cuts short sounds of laughter and chatter as students begin to paint abstract designs with vibrant yellow and pink acrylics on large, white canvases. ARTificial — the first club on Pitt’s campus dedicated solely to visual arts — is a space for both artists and appreci...

Preparation pays off: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays Shostakovich

Preparation pays off: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays Shostakovich

By Joanna Li / For The Pitt News

October 16, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

World-renowned musicians clad in dark colors quickly filled 101 empty black chairs organized in a crescent shape on the stage. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra played their program “Shostakovich Triumphant” Sunday at Heinz Hall Downtown as part of their BNY Mellon Grand Classics series. Polish gue...

Exploring hidden art on campus

Exploring hidden art on campus

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

October 13, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Uncategorized

Because of displaced, absent or otherwise out-of-sight placards, many works of art often go unattributed or unnoticed on campus. There could be art installations hanging from a ceiling or beautiful oil paintings of the Cathedral in plain sight, and students and faculty often walk right by them. Art...

Send nudes: student artist draws on body positivity

Send nudes: student artist draws on body positivity

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

October 5, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Every couple of weeks, more than 100 people scroll through their Instagram feeds and see a penciled sketch of a woman’s body accompanied by a short description about body positivity by user takeback_thenude. Sarah Krause, a junior studying studio arts and social work, started something last May called The Nudity Project. The project involves Krause drawing nudes of women...

Crawling through the city: Gallery Crawl comes back to Pittsburgh

Crawling through the city: Gallery Crawl comes back to Pittsburgh

By Emma Maurice / Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture

For one night every season throughout the year, the streets of downtown Pittsburgh teem with artistic events, music and art fanatics. A free and public event since 2004, the quarterly Gallery Crawl yields nearly 30,000 visitors annually and showcases art, music and entertainment throughout downtown Pittsburgh. The Pit...

Wasteland-scapes: Frick Fine Arts Building hosts environmentally-conscious art exhibits

Wasteland-scapes: Frick Fine Arts Building hosts environmentally-conscious art exhibits

By Prachi Patel / Staff Writer

September 18, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Floorboards creaked as visitors shuffled around to get a closer view of the medley of landscapes, which included underwater photographs, silk Chinese scrolls depicting sloping mountains and an Inuit print of a sea-goddess. The University Art Gallery hosted a joint opening of two art exhibitions ...

“Rick and Morty” fan base flourishes as millennials continue to embrace dark humor

“Rick and Morty” fan base flourishes as millennials continue to embrace dark humor

By Lexi Kennell / Culture Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Television

“Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s going to die. Come watch TV.” Morty Smith says this to his sister Summer in season one, episode eight of “Rick and Morty,” referencing the show itself along with its nihilistic and existential premise. “Rick and Morty” ...

Multimedia zine cultivates creativity on campus

Multimedia zine cultivates creativity on campus

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

August 31, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

With the right angle and some adjusting of the photo’s exposure and saturation, Caitrin Bogart made art out of five cracked eggs she saw spattered on an Oakland street. The photograph, aptly titled “oops!,” was featured in ambi- magazine — a multimedia zine at Pitt — in February on the ma...

GALLERY: Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

GALLERY: Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

By Maria Heines

June 20, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Music, Visual

The annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival was held downtown from Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18 and included more than 140 local musicians. ...

GALLERY: Three Rivers Arts Festival

GALLERY: Three Rivers Arts Festival

By The Pitt News Staff

June 4, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture, Visual

The annual Three Rivers Arts Festival is a free 10-day arts festival downtown which features a variety of food and art vendors as well as an eclectic selection of musical performers. ...

Missing major: making fashion fit

Missing major: making fashion fit

By Emily Brindley and Andrea Spatig / For The Pitt News

April 24, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Senior geology major Tomas Monti spends his free time sketching watch designs and raising funds for his watch company. Monti — co-founder and CEO of BJØRN Watch Company, a startup that will donate 10 percent of all sales to philanthropic organizations of the buyer’s choice — formed his sta...

Making fashion fit: reporter’s notebook

Making fashion fit: reporter’s notebook

By Emily Brindley and Andrea Spatig / The Pitt News Staff

April 24, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture

The original story for this reporter's notebook can be found here. Noting a lack of fashion programming at Pitt, we thought this story would be an interesting foray into all the ways student fashionistas flourish regardless. In our reporting, we went to the College of General Studies’ office to ...

Education and incarceration: teaching classes in prisons

Education and incarceration: teaching classes in prisons

By Salina Pressimone / Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

After serving two years in prison, and later being arrested in front of her 4-month-old daughter, Sarah Womack turned to prose and poetry to stage her comeback. “I come from alcohol. Uncle Kenny, glass shaking in his hand — yellow, gray, bloated. / I come from alcohol. I seize and hallucinate ...

Comic culture finds home in Pittsburgh

Comic culture finds home in Pittsburgh

By Ellen Kruczek and Justin Voelzke / The Pitt News Staff

April 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

When Tom Scioli visits Phantom of the Attic Comics on South Craig Street, it looks different than what he remembers 25 years ago. In the ’90s, its walls were lined with superheroes, avant-garde art and daily life comics, while now it focuses on handmade comics by local, niche artists. To some, the illustrations ...

CMOA struts stuff with fashion exhibit

CMOA struts stuff with fashion exhibit

By Andrea Spatig / For The Pitt News

April 6, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

Artist Iris van Herpen designs dresses that are so geometrically complex, they literally stand on their own — and her work has caught the eye of big name celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Now, van Herpen’s fashion artwork has found a temporary home at the Carnegie Museum of Art. C...

Magician, advocate takes the stage at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival

Magician, advocate takes the stage at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival

By Virginia Homan / For The Pitt News

April 4, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

In the back room of a small, almost hidden bar called St. Mary’s Lyceum in the North Side, tech crews scurried around making last minute lighting checks. Laughter and conversation from bar patrons and locals faded as a large door slid into place to separate the billiard room-turned-stage from ...

Carnegie Museums explore humanity’s impact on earth’s crust

Carnegie Museums explore humanity’s impact on earth’s crust

By Prachi Patel and Taylor Pecarchik / For The Pitt News

March 22, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Movies, Top Stories

It’s become commonplace to talk about climate change, species endangerment and the impact of humanity on the earth. But that impact has become so large that some geologists are proposing we’ve changed the very rock beneath our feet. To explore this possibility, the Carnegie Museums are pre...

Big city, tiny art: Harish Saluja tracks dreams on index cards

Big city, tiny art: Harish Saluja tracks dreams on index cards

By David Robinson / Staff Writer

March 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

In the haziness of morning, before his mind clears for the day, 70-year-old Harish Saluja draws what he can remember of his dreams on a three-by-five-inch index card. Saluja has been doodling for decades, using an assortment of about 100 markers to record his abstract musings — circular blobs overl...

Pitt alum tackles social injustice with award-winning poetry

Pitt alum tackles social injustice with award-winning poetry

By Deanna Druskat / Staff Writer

February 7, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

There are three things in Daniel Borzutzky’s life that he keeps up with daily: taking his nine-year-old son to school, teaching classes and reading. Though a writer by trade and nature, writing is not on his daily — or sometimes, even his weekly — to-do list. Usually writing in spurts that last...

Forget me not: CMOA gives tours for senior citizens

Forget me not: CMOA gives tours for senior citizens

By Lauren Lotka / Staff Writer

February 2, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

On a tour at the Carnegie Museum of Art, six visitors sat in front of a painting of a somber landscape, talking. The painting’s dark colors signal an impending storm as a group of chickens stand under an elm tree across from a barn. The tour guide questioned the visitors about the painting, ask...

Artist Spotlight: Sarah Krause

Artist Spotlight: Sarah Krause

By David Robinson / Staff Writer

January 30, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Instead of eating animals, Sarah Krause paints them. Krause became a vegetarian at age 13 and vegan as a first-year student after seeing “Cowspiracy,” a documentary about the meat industry’s carbon footprint. As an artist, Krause uses her work to depict farm animals in a way that return the s...

Invisible hands: conservators restore and maintain Pittsburgh’s artwork

Invisible hands: conservators restore and maintain Pittsburgh’s artwork

By Ian Flanagan / Senior Staff Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

Ellen Baxter, the chief conservator at the Carnegie Museum of Art, has been working on John White Alexander’s enormous 1904 portrait “Aurora Leigh” for nine months. Baxter is nearly finished with treating the artwork — primarily with a light layer of varnish to gloss over the aging paint...

Cultural District Gallery Crawl highlights local and international artists

Cultural District Gallery Crawl highlights local and international artists

By Caroline Bourque and Lexi Kennell / Staff Writers

January 24, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture

After a year in the making, David Spriggs debuted his 36-foot-wide art installation, “Gold,” this past weekend at the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District. The massive structure is shaped like an inverted pyramid and, as the name suggests, glows in an array of golden hues. The pyramid disp...

CMOA revives tradition with 300 year-old figurines

CMOA revives tradition with 300 year-old figurines

By Emily Brindley / Culture Editor

January 5, 2017


Filed under Art, Culture, Top Stories

The Carnegie Museum of Art’s holiday display traces its history back to the 1700s, and dwarfs similar collections nationwide, including one at the White House. The exhibit includes the annual Neapolitan nativity scene, as well as five oversized evergreen trees decorated to fit this year’s theme...

Getting crafty: Crafting gains popularity in Pittsburgh, on campus

Getting crafty: Crafting gains popularity in Pittsburgh, on campus

By Marissa Perino / For The Pitt News

December 1, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

In a brightly lit room at the William Pitt Union, the Pitterest crafting club gathers on a Thursday night at round dining tables covered with yarn, ribbon and other supplies. Abby Sites, an anthropology major and vice president of Pitterest, has seen the club grow in the past year and a half from ...

Double feature: University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery shows two concurrent exhibitions

Double feature: University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery shows two concurrent exhibitions

By Ellen Kruczek and Isabelle Ouyang / The Pitt News Staff

November 29, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

If you’re looking for something to take your mind off of looming finals week exams, the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, located in the Frick Fine Arts Building, is showing two concurrent exhibitions through Dec. 9. Organized by graduate students in Pitt’s history of art and architecture...

Artist Spotlight: Sarah Washburn Thornton

Artist Spotlight: Sarah Washburn Thornton

By Yuting Xiong / For The Pitt News

November 17, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Oftentimes when Sarah Washburn Thornton sits down to make art, there’s no motive, no intention, no plan. It’s automatic. “[Automatic art is] when you don’t start with a plan to paint and instead you start with a blank piece of paper,” Thornton said. “It’s more about your body than the dr...

“Forced From Home” exhibit turns Schenley Plaza into faraway land

“Forced From Home” exhibit turns Schenley Plaza into faraway land

By Salina Pressimone and Caroline Bourque / The Pitt News Staff

October 31, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

When Kumi Matoba was about eight years old, her mother showed her an advertisement for Doctors Without Borders, depicting a picture of a malnourished child in Africa, belly distended. The image seared itself into Matoba’s memory. And soon after seeing it, she knew what her life’s mission would be — joining D...

Artist Spotlight: Brent Yingling

Artist Spotlight: Brent Yingling

By Emma Maurice / For The Pitt News

October 25, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Although he fell in love with art early in high school, Brent Yingling strayed away from it as a Pitt underclassman to pursue a more practical career in law. It wasn't until he started doing research with Delanie Jenkins, the head of the studio arts department, that he rediscovered his passion. Yin...

Audio, visuals, verse collide at Stories Untold

Audio, visuals, verse collide at Stories Untold

By Lauren Lotka and Deanna Druskat / For The Pitt News

October 11, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

For the second iteration of the mental health art exhibit, Stories Untold, some artists turned to traditional mediums — canvas, paper and audio — while others took more unorthodox routes. Rujuta Patil, a senior neuroscience major at Pitt and one of 17 artists featured in the exhibit, produced ...

To Brazil and back: Carnegie Museum of Art debuts interactive exhibit

To Brazil and back: Carnegie Museum of Art debuts interactive exhibit

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

October 4, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

Next time you visit the Carnegie Museum of Art, lounge in a hammock and talk to Amazonian parrots in a new art exhibit that thrives on viewer participation. The wild, sensory-driven installments of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s new “Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium” exhibition invites gue...

GALLERY: Artist Spotlight on Emily Zielinski

GALLERY: Artist Spotlight on Emily Zielinski

By Katherine Bauer / For The Pitt News

September 29, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

For most of her life, Emily Zielinski has had a close relationship with art. But after battling an eating disorder, she realized just how important it was to her. “[Art] got me away from other things,” said Zielinski, a senior studio arts major. “It has a calming power that gives me a way to ex...

GALLERY: Artist Spotlight on Stephanie Taylor

GALLERY: Artist Spotlight on Stephanie Taylor

By Yuting Xiong / For The Pitt News

September 15, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Uncategorized

When Stephanie Taylor, a senior studio arts and art history major, received a $3,500 Brackenridge research grant this summer, she wasn’t focused on making new art. She wanted to rework what already existed. “I did summer research and I am currently trying to make sense of it,” Taylor said. “The...

Students craft, converse at new Center for Creativity

Students craft, converse at new Center for Creativity

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

September 13, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

As Zi Xie looked at a pile of multi-colored Legos in Pitt’s new Center for Creativity, she couldn’t help but think beyond the assortment of miniature bricks and blocks. “Is there a major where you can design bridges? Because that is what I would like to do,” said Xie, a first-year engineering...

Pittsburgh Folk Festival dishes culture, cuisine in Schenley Plaza

Pittsburgh Folk Festival dishes culture, cuisine in Schenley Plaza

By Annabelle Hanflig and Salina Pressimone / The Pitt News Staff

September 5, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

When Dalel Khalil, a Pitt alum and Syrian-American, visited Pittsburgh’s annual Folk Festival five years ago, she noticed a lack of Syrian representation. So, she decided to set up her own culture and cuisine booth. A lifetime Oakland resident, Khalil grew up on Atwood Street and helped her f...

A Brave New Major: Pitt’s Literature Department Provides Students with Accessibility, Flexibility in Redesign

A Brave New Major: Pitt’s Literature Department Provides Students with Accessibility, Flexibility in Redesign

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

September 1, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Leading up to last school year’s “Year of the Humanities,” Pitt’s English literature major hadn’t changed much in the past two decades. Compared to other English programs across the country — now emphasizing independent research and study abroad opportunities — literature majors had...

Pittsburgh Museum Guide

Pittsburgh Museum Guide

By TPN Staff

August 16, 2016


Filed under Art

Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer Carnegie Museum of Art With multiple exhibits in circulation, it’s hard not to spend hours soaking up the original works of Claude Monet and Jean Dunand in the Carnegie Museum of Art. The Carnegie Museum of Art is located on Forbes Avenue, across the street and...

Soaking up Three Rivers: local artists and performers converge at annual Arts Festival

Soaking up Three Rivers: local artists and performers converge at annual Arts Festival

By Matt Maielli / Staff Writer

June 7, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

People huddled around a blocked-off street in front of a stage Downtown, clapping for a partially obscured performance. At the center was The Famtrons, a traveling break-dancing troupe of all black members in teal basketball shorts. The crew’s director was a charismatic leader who answered to the...

Black art matters: Pitt founds center on black poetry

Black art matters: Pitt founds center on black poetry

By Amanda Reed / Staff Writer

April 25, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

With the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, Dawn Lundy Martin wants to make Pitt the place people go to study black poetry. “We want to help to really put that MFA program on the map so that if you’re a black poet, the very first place that you would apply to and your top choice wo...

All work, one play: Redeye Film Festival

All work, one play: Redeye Film Festival

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

April 18, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Theater

Not all passion projects last 24 hours, but they do for students participating in Pitt’s Redeye Theatre Project. Twenty-nine students participated in the Redeye Theatre Project, a 24-hour theater festival where students work as playwrights, directors or actors. The project kicked off at 8 p.m. Fr...

What not to miss on campus this week

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

April 12, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Movies, Theater

Donald Trump’s Wednesday visit may be grabbing all the local headlines, but his isn’t the only event worth noting this week. The second to last week of class doesn’t usually garner the same amount of  excitement as the last, but it’s hard not to get excited, as this week offers, among other events, an Acad...

Sojourning exhibit shares LGBTQ+ journeys

Sojourning exhibit shares LGBTQ+ journeys

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

March 23, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

A new exhibit is flipping the script on LGBTQ+ awareness — letters and photos of encouragement will come not from the accepted, but from the accepting. The exhibit, titled “Acceptance Journeys Pittsburgh,” is on display around campus, with two to four narratives stopping in Posvar Hall, Parran Hall...

Reexamining humanities’ role

Reexamining humanities’ role

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

March 17, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

What it means to be a human doesn’t warrant a black-and-white response. Monday’s “Poetry and Race: How the Humanities Engage with Social Problems” will highlight this theme by examining how African-American poetry engages with contemporary social issues, like police violence. As part of Pi...

Radiating beauty bears warning: exhibit at Pitt cautions of nuclear hazards

Radiating beauty bears warning: exhibit at Pitt cautions of nuclear hazards

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

March 14, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Although the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster occurred on the other side of the world, photographer Morizumi Takashi is bringing the fallout close to home. An ethereal beauty spills out from Takashi’s photographs of radiation-poisoned objects, but hidden beneath the visual allure is...

@NihilistOakland finds meaning in Oakland life

@NihilistOakland finds meaning in Oakland life

By Annabelle Hanflig / Staff Writer

February 25, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Forbes Digital Plaza is every bit as mysterious as it is flashy. The square’s meagerly lit screens, oddly placed Top 40 hits coming from nowhere and seemingly defunct, blank screens — despite opening last November — is a target for pointing fingers as a waste of money. The absurdity of the situat...

Paperback writers: new Pitt course turns students into authors

Paperback writers: new Pitt course turns students into authors

By Sarah Schneider / for The Pitt News

February 18, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Katelyn Prosachik’s dream growing up was to be a government spy — but while that dream hasn’t materialized in real life, a Pitt class is keeping her fantasy alive.  Prosachik is writing a novel about a fictitious 17-year-old version of herself, a teenaged federal government-recruited spy. “Th...

Talk artsy to me: Creatives Drink unites creative types for free booze, conversation

Talk artsy to me: Creatives Drink unites creative types for free booze, conversation

By Brian Murray / for The Pitt News

February 16, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink

Two Pittsburgh photographers are offering free alcohol in exchange for a chat and some creativity. Cody Baker and Chancelor Humphrey draw Pittsburgh’s cultural and artistic community together under one roof to promote collaboration during their three-hour schmooze fests, called “Creatives Drink.” O...

Fun-A-Day returns to Pittsburgh for ninth year

Fun-A-Day returns to Pittsburgh for ninth year

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

February 9, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

A creative idea and the drive to get it done — that’s all it takes to exhibit artwork in Fun-a-Day, a national event with a loyal Pittsburgh following. Fun-a-Day, a volunteer-run concept that started in Philadelphia 12 years ago, has spread to cities all across America as an event focused  more on the pro...

Q&A: Yancy balances work and play

By Lexi Kennell / for The Pitt News

February 5, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

In between working as a non-profit hero in a children’s hospital and writing fiction, modern day Clark Kent, Melissa Yancy, became this year’s recipient of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. As a result, the University of Pittsburgh Press will publish Los Angeles resident Yancy’s manuscript “Dog Yea...

Garner, Glaser honored with exhibit

Garner, Glaser honored with exhibit

By Noah Coco / for The Pitt News

February 3, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

Just as Jackie Robinson had Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh native and jazz pianist Erroll Garner had Martha Glaser. The University will unveil a display in the William Pitt Union today that showcases jazz memorabilia featuring Garner and Glaser, his manager and a civil rights champion. The memorabilia...

Prairie art companion: student exhibit showcases annual Wyoming trip

Prairie art companion: student exhibit showcases annual Wyoming trip

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

January 20, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture

Picture pieces of rusted iron, makeshift fly swatters and pairs of turquoise and purple gloves. It might seem difficult to draw a connection between these individual items, but the new exhibit on display at the Frick Fine Arts Building’s University Art Gallery contains all of them, each speaking ...

Laskas discusses ‘Concussion’

Laskas discusses ‘Concussion’

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

January 18, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Movies

Before a slew of NFL allegations, outcry over football and a blockbuster film, a journalist was chasing her curiosity to concussion research. Jeanne Marie Laskas’ GQ article-turned-book and now film adaptation “Concussion,” didn’t start as the controversial lightning rod it is today. The story, abo...

Vine star Enick finds comedy in seconds

Vine star Enick finds comedy in seconds

By Annabelle Hanflig / Staff Writer

January 6, 2016


Filed under Art, Culture, Movies

One switch of his camera to selfie mode, and Pitt student Nathan Enick becomes someone else. He’s Sherri, the neighbor who loves to brag about her exceptional baking skills while casually showing off her artisan baguettes. Or he’s Will, the roommate who only sees the light of day for emergencie...

Language aloud in library: Carnegie Library offers free language lessons

Language aloud in library: Carnegie Library offers free language lessons

By Rio Maropis / Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Puzzles

Every first and third Tuesday of the month, Oakland’s Carnegie Library encourages its visitors to get chatty. That’s when the Japanese Conversation Club meets, in the library’s large print room. Nearly 20 participants sit at three separate tables. It’s obvious that attendees are familiar wit...

‘Exposure’ celebrates black local artists

‘Exposure’ celebrates black local artists

By Eric Acosta / for The Pitt News

November 24, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

What once was a coal city is now a center for culture and creativity. Pittsburgh’s transformation from a steel city to an artistic hub is evident in neighborhoods like the Hill District and Lawrenceville, where public art and street murals decorate the urban fabric. But a new exhibit in the Frick ...

Resurrecting the Rust Belt: Toll Gate Revival nostalgic of industrial era

Resurrecting the Rust Belt: Toll Gate Revival nostalgic of industrial era

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

November 17, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Point to any of the artifacts or antiques in Seth Hunter’s store and he’ll tell you it has a story. “This isn’t your traditional antique shop,” said Hunter, sitting on a 1950s-era, red cushioned couch in a backwards green cap and a trendy black coat. He’s in his dimly lit new store, Tol...

Improv-ing Pittsburgh: The Maker Theater welcomes wacky, weird productions

Improv-ing Pittsburgh: The Maker Theater welcomes wacky, weird productions

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

November 5, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Theater

When comedian D.J. Kingston wanted to make an improv show about his schizophrenia in 2012, only one theater agreed to stage it. That host, then known as Steel City Improv Theatre, was famous for its comedy lessons, improv team and saying yes to even the wildest ideas. The theater, which opened in...

A mix of old and new: Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer returns

A mix of old and new: Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer returns

By Annabelle Hanflig / for The Pitt News

November 5, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Grab your wallet and thick-rimmed glasses, the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer is twisting into Lawrenceville this weekend. The mixer, the second of the year following May’s event at the Heinz History Center, brings vintage lovers to the Teamster Temple in Lawerenceville and draws Rust Belt antique ven...

Tag you’re it: City split over value of graffiti art

Tag you’re it: City split over value of graffiti art

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Art, Culture

On the street, Alicia Carberry hunts for fresh paint. Sporting a bright green shirt stamped “volunteer,” the Bloomfield resident of four years sets out on her second graffiti paint-out with the Southside Community Council’s Graffiti Watch. Toting a wagon filled with paint gallons in six basic colors, rollers and brushes, Carberry and her volunte...

Now hear this: ‘Stories Untold’ draws mental health awareness

Now hear this: ‘Stories Untold’ draws mental health awareness

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

For ten more days, Pitt students are demanding conversation about mental illness through art. “Stories Untold,” a student art exhibition raising awareness for students’ mental health, features 45 written and visual pieces by 32 different student artists. “If someone looks like they could us...

Pitt poets finalists for National Book Award

Pitt poets finalists for National Book Award

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

October 14, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Pitt is well represented in this year’s 20 National Book Award finalists. Pitt English professor Terrance Hayes was nominated Wednesday for his assortment of linguistic and investigative poems, “How to Be Drawn,” published by Penguin Books in March.    Ross Gay, another Pittsburgh poet, was ...

Zine Scene: annual festival creates community

Zine Scene: annual festival creates community

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

October 5, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

A Mexican travel guide. A Kim Kardashian coloring book. Bernie Sanders memorabilia. However varied these items are, they co-existed terrifically as zines displayed on neighboring tables at Pittsburgh’s fifth annual Zine Fair last Sunday, waiting for artists to purchase or trade them. A zine, sho...

Union ink: gallery portrays iconic characters with tattoos

Union ink: gallery portrays iconic characters with tattoos

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

George Washington never told a lie, but did he ever tell anyone about his sweet ink? The Pitt Program Council-sponsored art exhibit “History and Pop Culture in Tattoos” by Pittsburgh artist Lex Covato runs in the Conney M. Kimbo Art Gallery in the Union until Friday, Sept. 25. The exhibit’s strik...

Sketching out a future

Sketching out a future

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Within the first two weeks of each semester, studio arts major Stephanie Taylor can usually expect to sign an accident waiver form. “The professors always tell me, ‘Be conscientious because your biggest material is your health,’” Taylor, a junior, said. With art degrees come physical ­—...

Seeing green: “Emerald City” comes to Oakland

Seeing green: “Emerald City” comes to Oakland

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

September 3, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Pittsburgh now has another reason to thank the late philanthropist and political activist Elsie Hillman: she brought the “Emerald City” to the Steel City. Over the summer, the Pittsburgh nonprofit Hillman Foundation donated a collection of abstract statues, entitled “Emerald City,” to the...

Public property: Northside resident finds hope at bottom of trash cans

Public property: Northside resident finds hope at bottom of trash cans

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Walking down Jacksonia Street in Pittsburgh’s Northside, a bright yellow house greets visitors from the corner of Arch Street. Sporting giant artificial butterflies, larger-than-life Coca-Cola bottle caps and dozens of potted plants scattered across the sidewalk, Randyland is a beacon of explosive creativ...

Indie market gives artists exposure in SouthSide Works

Indie market gives artists exposure in SouthSide Works

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Carrie Nardini, a Pitt alum, couldn’t find a place to promote her own art — so she made her own.“I was making jewelry and couldn’t find a lot of outlets at the time to sell my work,” Nardini said.In 2007, she teamed up with another artist named Nina Barbuto and started I Made It! Market.“I...

One’s trash is another’s treasure: Exhibit litters The Warhol with abstract, neon dumpsters

One’s trash is another’s treasure: Exhibit litters The Warhol with abstract, neon dumpsters

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

July 7, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Not all artists start off with a brush and canvas — for Pittsburgh artist Elizabeth Rudnick, the 1990s version of Microsoft Paint was enough to get started.“At six, I was tying up my parents’ computer for hours at a time, completely blissed out on MS Paint,” she said. “By nine it was either become a...

Does not compute: Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop taking off at Pittsburgh International Airport

Does not compute: Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop taking off at Pittsburgh International Airport

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

For local artist Toby Fraley, the airport was the perfect place for his latest installation.“The long concourses stretching off into the distance, the identical rows of chairs, the magical way your bags appear in baggage claim,” Fraley said. “Being in an airport also adds a level of legitimacy to ...

Mattress Factory emcees majestic merriment

Mattress Factory emcees majestic merriment

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

June 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink

Giant, silver M-shaped balloons bounced around an oversized white tent. Hundreds of art-lovers and eccentrics decked out in cocktail wear supported the balloons with whichever hands weren’t holding drinks.The Urban Garden Party at the Mattress Factory, a museum of contemporary art in the North Side, i...

Glass studio, museum jump into fire with collaborative exhibit

Glass studio, museum jump into fire with collaborative exhibit

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

June 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

For a recent artistic endeavor, local glass artist Travis Rohrbaugh found inspiration in his favorite beer.When searching for a historical artifact to recreate for the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s “Out of the Archives and Into the Gallery” exhibition, Rohrbaugh found a centuries-old Egyptian alaba...

“She Who Tells A Story” challenges Western preconceptions of Arab women

“She Who Tells A Story” challenges Western preconceptions of Arab women

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

June 10, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

In the Heinz Galleries at the Carnegie Museum of Art, a black and white photo by Shirin Neshat depicts a woman’s hand over her closed mouth.The words of Forough Farrokhzad, one of the most influential woman writers of the Iranian Revolution, are written in Persian script over her hand. What initial...

Fun in the Sun: Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off with worry-free whirlwind

Fun in the Sun: Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off with worry-free whirlwind

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

June 9, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music

With a chaotic weekend that included a Taylor Swift concert at Heinz Field, PrideFest and the Three Rivers Arts Festival, there’s plenty that could’ve gone wrong.Thankfully, the Arts Festival’s featured public installation — New York City artist Rudy Shepherd’s “Black Rock Negative Energy Abso...

What’s the skinny: Pittsburghers strip for Underwear Bike Ride

What’s the skinny: Pittsburghers strip for Underwear Bike Ride

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

June 2, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

As nearly-nude bikers began to fill the sidewalk near John (Baldy) McGrane Memorial Field for the Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride, onlooking children shouted, “Put some clothes on!”Roughly 400 bikers in their drawers gathered near John McGrane Memorial Field in Lawrenceville last Thursday night for t...

New nationality room to celebrate shared Korean culture

New nationality room to celebrate shared Korean culture

By Kelechi Urama / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

After he moved from Tokyo to Pittsburgh with his wife and children to attend graduate school at Carnegie Mellon, Jim Nakajima visited the nationality rooms twice. Though he considers the Austrian Room his favorite because of its regal decor, he feels a special connection to the Japanese Room.“[The Japanese room] ...

Pitt Arts decorates student life with culture and class

Pitt Arts decorates student life with culture and class

By Chang Zuo / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Movies, Music, Theater

For Pitt student Stephanie Liang, one of her most memorable experiences at Pitt Arts was watching a 4D play. As an audience member, she and other students got up on stage and  followed the actors of “Tamara” at Quantum Theater while they watched scenes unfold.“It showed me how far people can pu...

To the Point: Three Rivers Arts Festival gives students a taste of the artistic side of Pittsburgh

To the Point: Three Rivers Arts Festival gives students a taste of the artistic side of Pittsburgh

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 28, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Food & Drink, Music

Next month, Downtown Pittsburgh will transform from a bustling metropolis into a world-class festival and celebration of the arts.Sponsored by Dollar Bank and produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Three Rivers Arts Festival will take place downtown at Point State Park, Gateway Center and in th...

Painting Pittsburgh, one neighborhood at a time

Painting Pittsburgh, one neighborhood at a time

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

May 19, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Local artist Ron Donoughe captured his love for Pittsburgh through his paintings.“This was a visual love letter to Pittsburgh. I wanted to experience this place one painting at a time. I wanted to dig deeper into why I love this place so much,” he said.For a few years, the Lawrenceville-based art...

The brush is mightier than the sword: quick hands, minds dominate the war at ArtAttack

The brush is mightier than the sword: quick hands, minds dominate the war at ArtAttack

By Brady Langmann / For The Pitt News

May 19, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Some artists prepare for their craft by throwing on a smock and grabbing a painting palette. Others strip.At Wednesday night’s ArtAttack, a live painting competition at the Rex Theater on East Carson Street, artist Jake Steele performed the only way he thought was appropriate for the event — in his underwear.“Doin...

Mixed media: Artists rave at museum’s cultural extravaganza

Mixed media: Artists rave at museum’s cultural extravaganza

By Chris Estes / For The Pitt News

May 12, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture, Music

Guests of the #NOWSEETHIS party at the Carnegie Museum of Art this Saturday had an opportunity to check out local fifth graders’ art projects before breaking it down on a sweaty, chaotic dance floor.The Carnegie Museum of Art, in partnership with VIA — a Pittsburgh group dedicated to showcasing local an...

Make art, not money: local artist challenges gender inequality

Make art, not money: local artist challenges gender inequality

By Kelechi Urama / For The Pitt News

May 5, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

For local artist Elana Schlenker, gender discrimination was just something that she read about in books. But when a graphic design company hired her, she found that she was the only woman designer.“We did all kinds of products, but I would always get the stuff for girls. I like architecture, and all...

Recalling Warhol: Experts discuss timelessness of pop art

Recalling Warhol: Experts discuss timelessness of pop art

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

April 2, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Although it’s not as timeless as Renaissance sculpture, three art experts argued on Wednesday night that pop art deserves its place in the modern art world.   Terry Smith, a Pitt professor of contemporary art history and theory, joined scholars Thomas Crow and Eric Shiner to discuss the relevance of pop...

Here’s how one student group plans to protect jaywalker rights on Forbes Avenue

Here’s how one student group plans to protect jaywalker rights on Forbes Avenue

By Stephanie Roman / Staff Writer

April 1, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Editor's Note: This is a satirical story.Shawna Rhodes was crossing Forbes Avenue between Litchfield Towers and David Lawrence Hall when a car traveling 30 mph in a 25 mph zone whooshed by her and clipped her backpack at approximately 8:35 p.m. on Tuesday.“It was so scary,” Rhodes said. “After it...

‘RAD’ blogs: Pitt fashion bloggers bring latest trends to campus

‘RAD’ blogs: Pitt fashion bloggers bring latest trends to campus

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

March 23, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

Some students are turning to the Internet to vary the campus style palette of sweats or Uggs that accompany a long Pittsburgh winter. Fashion blogs allow students to become representatives for national fashion platforms while still showcasing their own personal style. Many national fashion sites, such as ...

Pitt students sell handmade goods on Etsy

Pitt students sell handmade goods on Etsy

By Meghan Bray / For The Pitt News

February 19, 2015


Filed under Art, Culture

There’s something inherently old-fashioned about knitting and craftsmanship, but that hasn’t stopped students from selling their own handmade goods on the web. Anyone can easily sell their handmade goods on Etsy, an online marketplace for creative entrepreneurs that was founded in Brooklyn, New York...

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