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Getting crafty: Crafting gains popularity in Pittsburgh, on campus

At Point Breeze's Center for Creative Reuse, visitors can repurpose donated objects for craft projects. Courtesy of Center for Creative Reuse

By Marissa Perino / For The Pitt News

December 1, 2016

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

The University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, located in the Frick Fine Arts Building, will show two concurrent exhibitions through Dec. 9. Katie Krater | Staff Photographer

By Ellen Kruczek and Isabelle Ouyang / The Pitt News Staff

November 29, 2016

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

Courtesy of Sarah Washburn Thornton.

By Yuting Xiong / For The Pitt News

November 17, 2016

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

17 visitors to the Medicos Sin Fronteras'

By Salina Pressimone and Caroline Bourque / The Pitt News Staff

October 31, 2016

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

The 2016 University of Pittsburgh’s Sociology Journal Cover, watercolors and digital / Courtesy of Brent Yingling

By Emma Maurice / For The Pitt News

October 25, 2016

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

Students observe submissions at

By Lauren Lotka and Deanna Druskat / For The Pitt News

October 11, 2016

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

The exhibition's colorful, interactive components hang from the ceiling. Lexi Kennell | Staff Photographer

By Lexi Kennell / Staff Writer

October 4, 2016

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

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

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

Pitt student Lauren Jordan crafts at the Center for Creativity, which opened last spring. John Hamilton / Staff Photographer.

By Noah Coco / Staff Writer

September 13, 2016

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...

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