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‘Exposure’ celebrates black local artists

Mobutu Reynold's

By Eric Acosta / for The Pitt News

November 24, 2015

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

Toll Gate Revival offers a variety of rustic decor.  Photo courtesy of Toll Gate Revival Instagram

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

November 17, 2015

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

courtesy of Kasey Daley

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

November 5, 2015

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

taken by Quelcy Kogel

By Annabelle Hanflig / for The Pitt News

November 5, 2015

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

Carrie Furnace is a local hot spot for local graffiti.  Elaina Zachos | Staff Writer

By Elaina Zachos / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015

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

The Kimbo Art Gallery is currently hosting an installation on mental health.  Nikki Moriello | Visual Editor

By Jack Shelly / Staff Writer

October 20, 2015

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

Terrence Hayes' book

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

October 14, 2015

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

Lizzee Solomon displays her original art at the Zine Festival. Britnee Meiser | Staff Writer

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

October 5, 2015

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

Colin van 't Veld | Staff Photographer

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015

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

Victor Gonzalez / Staff Illustrator

By Brady Langmann / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015

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 ­—...

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