WHAT IS CSA PGH
Community Supported Art (CSA PGH) is a program that builds lasting relationships with artists and cultural consumers. Not unlike the boxes of fruit and vegetables that one might get from a local farm as an agricultural CSA, the CSA PGH creates “shares” of art to feed the public’s cultural appetite.
Artists are commissioned to produce one edition-able work in a quantity of 50. Examples of creations might include photographs, small paintings or cast sculpture. These artworks are packaged, collated, and packaged into individual shares. Each share includes one work from each of the artists, and 50 identical shares will be made available to the public for a reasonable price.
This simple program benefits the city of Pittsburgh and the local arts community. Artists receive support for the creation of new work, as well as exposure and distribution. CSA members receive multiple works from local artists. This aids in expanding or beginning a new art collection, thus becoming an integral part of the growing Pittsburgh Arts Community. All of this promotes the idea that Pittsburgh is a city that supports and sustains its artists.
In 2013 CSA PGH began with 50 shares showcasing 6 local artists. All the shares sold out quickly and we were thrilled to receive local and national press. (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/05/arts/design/buy-local-gets-creative.html?_r=0) For the 2014 season, we are expanding our artists and size of offered shares. Check out our archive of last years artists and this years new format. Please sign up for the mailing list for updates on events and sales.
Casey Droege (Organizer in Chief) is an artist and curator who is committed to creating a stronger arts network in Pittsburgh. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, maintains her studio practice and organizes events like the SIX x ATE dinner and lecture series. You can see more of her work at caseywhat.com.
Corey Escoto (Packaging, Design, and Web) is an artist and Assistant Professor in Art and Design at Chatham University. He recently co-organized the 2012 Earth Day Bike Parade, a collaboration with environmental non-profits, student groups, and bike advocacy organizations. Corey’s personal studio work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions, including Volume for Volume at Regina Rex in NY; The Hollow Center, Smack Mellon in NY; DeCollecting, at the FRAC Nord-Pais de Calais, Dunquerque, France; and Le Souvenir at ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany. During his time in St. Louis he was selected to participate in the Great Rivers Biennial and was a recipient of the Gateway Foundation Grant.
Blaine Siegel (Artist Liaison) is an actively exhibiting visual artist residing in Pittsburgh, PA. He received a BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University and an MFA in Sculpture from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Blaine has exhibited in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, South Carolina, Miami, New York and Arles, France. Recent exhibits of note include Objects for Dance at PRACTICE in Philadelphia and inclusion in the exhibition ENOUGH Violence at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh.
Kilolo Luckett (Money, Marketing & Membership) is an independent arts manager and creative doer. With over fifteen years experience in the arts, design, and community and economic development fields, she is committed to discovering new avenues of making art more accessible. She brings her passion and experience in the arts and project management for artists and non-profits; executing creative art events; and connecting artists with art collectors. Kilolo is founder of Creative Local, an arts and culture connector that provides engaging and authentic experiences. Currently, she is writing a biography on Naomi Sims, the first black supermodel. Kilolo serves on the City of Pittsburgh’s Art Commission and the Program Advisory Committee for Fashion Retail Management & Fashion Design at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. www.creativelocal.org