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Women hone craft at Art House in Homewood

The Tuesday Night Monologue Project, in which female-only guests are invited to participate in writing workshops and share responses to prompts, is held in Vanessa German’s Art House in Homewood. (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

April 5, 2018

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

Theresa Baughman, a 26-year-old artist and Pitt alumna, will be spending a month sailing around the Arctic Ocean as an artist in residence for the organization Arctic Circle. (Photo courtesy of Theresa Baughman)

By Elizabeth Donnelly | For The Pitt News

March 15, 2018

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

Pitt students write why they think birth control matters at the art installation, “My Body is My Own,” organized by Planned Parenthood Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

By Marissa Perino | Senior Staff Writer

March 1, 2018

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

The exhibit “Walk On By,” sponsored by Northside Common Ministries, will hang in the second floor of Scaife Hall until the end of February.  (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

By Shahum Ajmal | Staff Writer

February 22, 2018

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, co-artistic director of San Francisco’s performance company Cultural Odyssey, was chosen by Pitt Arts to be Pitt’s artist-in-residence for the month of February. (Photo courtesy of Rhodessa Jones)

By Joanna Li | Staff Writer

February 8, 2018

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’s work is intended to raise awareness about the issue of bird window collisions and offer a solution. Her window film, which is used to cover windows to prevent bird collisions, is sold in the Phipps Conservatory gift shop. (Photo by Chiara Rigaud | Staff Photographer)

By Emma Maurice | Staff Writer

January 30, 2018

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

Students meet Wednesday nights in the Center for Creativity as part of the ARTificial club. (Photo by Betty Shen | Staff Photographer)

By Siddhi Shockey / For The Pitt News

November 9, 2017

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

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performed their program “Shostakovich Triumphant” at Heinz Hall Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Li)

By Joanna Li / For The Pitt News

October 16, 2017

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

365 Views of the Cathedral of Learning  (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Marissa Perino / Staff Writer

October 13, 2017

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

Krause includes quotes from the subjects on the Instagram and Facebook page for the project. (Photo by Christian Snyder l Contributing Editor)

By Sarah Morris / Staff Writer

October 5, 2017

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...

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