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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Local artists vow to revamp city public art laws

Local artists vow to revamp city public art laws

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

February 17, 2015

If public art in Pittsburgh had a Facebook page, it would be in a “complicated relationship” with the city — a relationship worthy of a dramatic soap opera script. Last Thursday, the city and the Public Art division of the Department of City Planning sat down to talk. This formal meeting was a...

Sex in the ’60s: The more things change, the more they stay the same

Sex in the ’60s: The more things change, the more they stay the same

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

February 13, 2015

It’s natural to think of frank, unapologetic, casual sex as a modern creation. Since we’re always just a “right swipe” away from being matched with a potential partner, it may seem like we’ve reached the hook-up culture’s high-water mark.But sexual liberation dates back to long before Gener...

Pittsburgh Glass Center melts hearts for Valentine’s Day

Pittsburgh Glass Center melts hearts for Valentine’s Day

By Elaina Zachos / For The Pitt News

February 12, 2015

If you dropped most valentines into a 2,000 degree flame, it would be the worst-case scenario. But for couples on a date at Pittsburgh Glass Center this Valentine’s Day, it’s a necessary part of the art.The East End’s PGC hosts its seasonal Make-It-Now workshop for glass-art amateurs to make their ow...

How to publish a bestseller: faculty and students weigh in

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

February 9, 2015

Before a book can fly off the shelves, it usually has a long, methodical process to get there.Every year, thousands of writers try their luck in the world of freelance by sending out manuscripts to publishers with hopes that they’ll land a writing gig. The ugly truth at the end of the paper trail is th...

Creative careers demand inventive and versatile portfolios

By Michael Bichler / For The Pitt News

February 6, 2015

For some job seekers, simply attaching a resumé and cover letter won’t cut it.In order to get any job in an art or writing profession, a portfolio sampling your best work is a must to display your accomplishments in your college career. However, deciding what you put in a portfolio can be as important as the...

‘The 20-something-year-old-quarter-life-crisis’: A humanities student embraces her uncertain future

By Grace Kelly / Staff Writer

February 6, 2015

From the first rosy day of freshman year, being an art history major has been a challenge. Even other students, amidst their own “starting-college-I’m-a-grown-up-now” high, would blurt out, “What are you going to do with that?” This question has clung to me like a bad hangover for the past...

Local artist John Peña documents life with ‘Daily Geology’

Local artist John Peña documents life with ‘Daily Geology’

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

January 22, 2015

“Daily Geology” sounds like the title of a leather-bound textbook containing illustrations of glossy, fuming volcanos and cliff faces. Assumptions aside, it’s really the title of a daily autobiographical comic, drawn by Lawrenceville-based artist/cartoonist and CMU professor John Peña, whose every...

‘Gatherings’ explores common peace in worship and art

‘Gatherings’ explores common peace in worship and art

By Elaina Zachos / For The Pitt News

November 24, 2014

In January 2011, a woman clad in an asymmetrical patchwork dress approached the Agape Christian Fellowship Church of Pittsburgh in Larimer County. Adjusting her scarf, she entered the church and stayed for the service.Once the ceremony was over, the woman drove back to her studio. There, she added more textile puzzle ...

Get inked: a rundown of Pittsburgh’s tattoo options

Get inked: a rundown of Pittsburgh’s tattoo options

By Kat Prosachik / Staff Writer

November 18, 2014

Years ago, tattoos signaled nonconformity and originality. Body art, now a very mainstream trend, is considered socially acceptable by most, especially the millennial generation.The first evidence of tattoos were in depictions of ancient Polynesian cultures and on the statues around Easter Island. The m...

’13 Most Wanted Men’ revives censored, cynical Warhol mural

’13 Most Wanted Men’ revives censored, cynical Warhol mural

By Richard Koppenaal / Staff Writer

November 3, 2014

In April 1964, Andy Warhol debuted his famous “13 Most Wanted Men” mural at the World’s Fair in New York. Just a few days later, it was painted over.The World’s Fair organizers and Gov. Nelson Rockefeller took issue with Warhol’s snapshot of America, and they ordered its removal.Andy Warhol’s “...

Society of Contemporary Craft not entirely ‘DIY’ approach to art

Society of Contemporary Craft not entirely ‘DIY’ approach to art

By Meghan Bray / For The Pitt News

October 28, 2014

In the emerging world of contemporary craft and do-it-yourself projects, schools focusing on crafts and non-traditional artistry like the Society for Contemporary Craft make a case for not always going it alone. Tucked away in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, it’s a hidden gem for crafters and art ...

Tips for a comfortable, cheap tailgate before the game

Tips for a comfortable, cheap tailgate before the game

By Megan Wholey / For The Pitt News

October 24, 2014

Tailgates are a quintessential part of the college experience, and with Homecoming weekend upon us, many students are planning for the biggest tailgate event of the fall.So how can tailgaters tackle the best of casual fall fashion? Follow these three steps, and you’ll make blue and gold fashion both ...

Clothes on wheels: Fashion trucks take Pittsburgh

Clothes on wheels: Fashion trucks take Pittsburgh

By Elizabeth Rakow / For The Pitt News

October 22, 2014

We’ve all heard of — and most likely eaten from — the food trucks that pop up around Pittsburgh. These trucks have all the benefits of owning a business with the convenience of traveling directly to the customer.It’s a popular concept — they pull up, serve customers and relocate. In fact, it’s become so prev...

Pitt: take art cues from rest of ‘Burgh

Pitt: take art cues from rest of ‘Burgh

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

October 22, 2014

Quick: what’s the most dismal building on campus? Chances are you answered Posvar Hall — a five-story, concrete slab. With its bare, dimly lit halls that transcend zip codes and colossally bleak walls, it’s no wonder why the answer is so obvious. So what’s the answer to this one: what should we d...

Penn X Roup Gallery more ‘incubator space’ than art gallery

Penn X Roup Gallery more ‘incubator space’ than art gallery

By Kathy Zhao / Staff Writer

October 21, 2014

Don’t let the name fool you — Penn X Roup Gallery is much more than just a place to look at artwork.The space located at 5450 Penn Ave., between Garfield and East Liberty, does display and sell artwork. However, it’s also a clothing retailer, a shoe refurbishment center and a music venue.“I’v...

Artists from Mattress Factory discuss making it in Pittsburgh

By Britnee Meiser / Staff Writer

September 12, 2014

For many artists living and working in Pittsburgh, creative expression isn’t just a fun hobby or a means of making extra cash — it’s a way of life.That’s the case for local artists Danny Bracken, John Peña and Ben Sota, whose work will be featured in the upcoming “Artists In Residence” exhi...

MLK Project honors August Wilson, strives to ‘break the cycle’

MLK Project honors August Wilson, strives to ‘break the cycle’

By Shawn Cooke / A&E Editor

August 26, 2014

The vibrant painted leaves on the exterior of  the Mad Mex in Oakland demand your full attention, but they don’t reveal the scope of the project that brought them to life.Oakland’s newest mural — designed by Lucas Stock — is a part of Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project’s (MLK...

Panther Card every Pitt student’s pass to free entertainment

By Jack Trainor / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014

Getting around in a big city can be confusing for a lot of students, especially freshmen who are leaving a small town for the first time. Here’s a piece of advice: Keep your student ID (Panther Card) on you at all times — more so than your newly acquired just-for-college credit card, but try not...

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