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Seeing green: “Emerald City” comes to Oakland

 Nikki Moriello, Visual Editor

By Jack Trainor / Culture Editor

September 3, 2015

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

Theo Schwarz / Senior Staff Photographer

By Kelechi Urama / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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