Community Supported Art Pittsburgh (CSA PGH) was co-founded in 2013 by Casey Droege, Corey Escoto, Kilolo Luckett, and Blaine Siegel. Seed funding from the Sprout Fund enabled our launch and now CSA PGH is sustained by its subscribers. By forming partnerships with Springboard for the Arts, the Warhol Museum, Space Gallery, and Fractured Atlas, our first year was an incredible success. 50 shares showcasing 6 local artists sold out quickly and we were thrilled to receive local and national press.
For the 2014 season, we expanded our artists and size of offered shares. Our programming included an exhibit of participating artists at fieldwork Gallery and a panel talk at the Mine Factory. To date, the program has commissioned fifteen artists and produced 150 shares. CSA PGH is a program that builds lasting relationships with artists and cultural consumers, while feeding the public’s cultural appetite.
As we move into the coming seasons, Corey Escoto and Casey Droege will continue to push Community Supported Art to the next frontier. New works from local artists will be commissioned, new formats for showcasing local talent will be explored, and new relationships will be forged. We hope you will stay tuned for the upcoming excitement. Please sign up for the mailing list for updates on events and sales.
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Casey Droege is a cultural producer and artist. Recently selected as one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 Under 40," she was a curator for the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial, is co-founder of CSA PGH, and founder of Six x Ate. Droege earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Assistant Professor at AI Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work can be seen at www.caseydroege.com
Corey Escoto is an artist and Assistant Professor in Art and Design at Chatham University. Corey’s personal studio work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions, including Volume for Volume at Regina Rex in NY; Taymour Grahne Gallery, NY; The Hollow Center, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn; DeCollecting, at the FRAC Nord-Pais de Calais, Dunquerque, France; and Le Souvenir at ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany. His work was featured in a solo show entitled Sleight of Hand as part of the Pittsburgh Biennial.
WESA Public Radio Spotlight: New Pittsburgh CSA Replaces 'Agriculture' with 'Art'
NEW YORK TIMES Article: 'Buy Local' Gets Creative
PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE Article: CSA PGH Pays Off for 50 'Shareholders'