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  Each year local collectors, curators, artists, and arts appreciators nominate artists to participate in CSA PGH. These artists must create a proposal for an editionable work that is appropriate for stipend they receive along with the audience and mission of CSA PGH. Outside jurors join the CSA PGH team to select the final artists for the season, focusing on creating a share with a wide variety of art forms, concepts, and aesthetics.

2015 Shares will include editioned work from artists Jeremy Boyle, Jakob Marsico, Joshua Reiman and Addy Smith-Reiman, Lizzee Solomon, Reiko Yamamoto. They will also include editioned collaborations between the CSA PGH team and literary artist Yona Harvey, actor and mime Mark Thompson, and fashion designer Tammy Jackson of Saani Mac. The editions focus on functional or “pseudo- functional” objects, such as lamps, sound making devices, precious ceramic objects, puzzles, poisonous planting kits, beach towel, bag, and even a mime kit. Only 20 shares are available this year and they go on sale at 10 am May 22nd here.

Artists are creating editions of 20 functional or pseudo functional objects for the new season.

Jeremy Boyle is an artist/musician/educator living in the Pittsburgh PA region. He is a current (and founding) member of the Chicago group Joan of Arc. In parallel with work in music, he has exhibited artwork (primarily sound/technology based) in galleries in major cities across the U.S. He co-founded and co-directs (with Melissa Butler) the
Children’s Innovation Project of CMU’s CREATE Lab. Jeremy is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Clarion University of PA.
Jakob Marsico is an interaction designer and media artist. He runs Ultra Low Res Studio, an arts-engineering firm that works with developers and architects to integrate dynamic, experiential installations with the built environment. Marsico currently holds an adjunct instructor position at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the CoDe Lab in CMU’s School of Architecture. He has a BA in Religious Studies from George Washington University and a Masters of Tangible Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Joshua Reiman and Addy Smith-Reiman are collaborators on projects that deal with wild nature, gardening, and contemporary art at the edge of expected aesthetic norms. Hybridization of landscape and form is where they come together to push the boundaries of where these somewhat disparate communities meet.

For over 10 years Addy Smith-Reiman has successfully engaged people with projects that celebrate local identity, shared histories and future use. She integrates research, design, civic engagement and long-term stewardship planning for successful projects that activate PLACE. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and Masters degrees in Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Addy is also an active gardener and beekeeper, and is also a certified Penn State Master Gardener.

Joshua Reiman is an artist working in sculpture, film, video and photography. His work has been shown all over the United States and in Europe. He is currently a visiting professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches sculpture. Josh has an MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University and a BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, in Germany and in Estonia. Recent exhibitions include Wellesley College MA, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Hunt Memorial Library, Villa Eugenie in Bad Schwalbach Germany, and Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY. Josh has a solo show at Napoleon Gallery in Philadelphia this coming November.

Lizzee Solomon is a Pittsburgh-based artist and designer. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 with a BFA in Studio Art and a minor in Hispanic Studies. She makes paintings, drawings, comics and mixed media sculpture. Lizzee also instructs classes at TechShop Pittsburgh. In 2012, she spent some time learning the art of woodcarving in a small town outside of Oaxaca, Mexico. Since this experience, Lizzee has been fascinated by the texture of wood and its juxtaposition with other materials and textures. Her artwork consists of open-ended narratives, which may incite a visceral reaction from the viewer. Lizzee's aesthetic is bendy, bloated, colorful, and sumptuous. She playfully distorts the subjects in her work, creating a world saturated with beauty and horror.

Reiko Yamamoto makes modern ceramic tableware that is simple and organic. Each and every piece is designed, shaped and fired in her home studio. She is drawn to the intimacy of clay as a material and the process, which gives her the opportunity to slow down. She loves that the objects get handled daily, and meals and conversations are shared in their presence. She is dedicated to creating quality work that celebrates the handmade and continues the long tradition of this craft.
Reiko lives with her husband and two sons in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

This year, we have invited artists outside of the visual realm to collaborate with the CSA PGH team to create editions of 20 for our shares.

Yona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York), which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award from Claremont Graduate University. She is also the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant in literary nonfiction from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). She lives not far from where jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams grew up. Williams married the spiritual to the secular in her music, and is a regular muse in Yona’s writing. Yona is an assistant professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Tammy Jackson is a dedicated fashion designer that takes her craft seriously. Meticulous construction and an eye for detail are some of the things she’s known for. She is a women’s RTW designer who also has experience in men’s and children’s apparel. Specializing but not limited to denim and leather she constructs bold inventive statement pieces that have a timeless appeal.

Ms. Jackson has been honored by Pittsburgh Fashion Week and The American Heart Association by being the only designer chosen to showcase a red gown in three fortune 500 company lobbies as part of a traveling display. Most recently she was recognized for her design talent and presented with “The Bella Shining Star” award by The Bella Award Committee who celebrates and highlights individuals in the beauty and fashion industry. She has recently partnered with Phylicia Tarpley to launch her own women’s denim line named Saani Mac Designs.

Mark Thompson is an actor and movement theatre artist who has performed in Mummenschanz on Broadway, was for six years a principal soloist with Ella Jaroszewicz’s movement theatre company Le Théâtre Magenia (Paris), has danced with Rudolf Nureyev and Noëlla Pontois (Perpignan, France), has danced also with the American Dance Ensemble, Tomé Cousins’ Physical Theater Project, and the Ina Hahn Dance Company, has appeared in films with Richard Crenna, Tyne Daly, Roscoe Lee Brown, and Kevin Spacey, and has performed locally with Quantum Theater, PICT Classic Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theater, and Pittsburgh Playhouse. Mr. Thompson has taught mime and movement for actors at the International Academy of Dance (Paris), Duke University, the University of Brazil, Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University, Duquesne University and Colorado College. He has choreographed for dance companies in the USA and abroad, collaborates with the European theatre project “Performing Languages,” has written seven plays for movement theatre, and presently performs a one-man-show entitled Flight From Himself.


2014 (half share)

DAVID MONTANO created a series of paintings on discarded book covers, inspired by sign painting and the lyrics of Leonard Cohen.

Montano was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and educated at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited at the Mattress Factory (2007), Braddock, PA's Unsmoke Artspace (2008), the Carnegie Museum of Art (2009, 2013), the Governor's Island Art Fair (2012), the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (2013), and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, DK (2013). David has won numerous awards including grants from The Pittsburgh Foundation (2012) and BNY Mellon (2008). His work is in the permanent collection of the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Carnegie Museum of Art. David lives and works in Pittsburgh with his wife and two children.http://davidmontano.com/home.html

JIM RUGG and JASEN LEX collaborated to create a die cut cover comic book with sampled silhouettes from the history of the medium. Each comic comes with a unique silhouette drawing by Jim Rugg.

Jim's comics, drawings and designs critique and celebrate the popular consumer culture he grew up with -- comicbooks, wrestling, advertising, and VHS movies. His work includes Street Angel, Afrodisiac, Rambo3.5, Notebook Drawings, and the podcast, Tell Me Something I Don't Know (with Jasen Lex). http://jimrugg.com/

Jasen is a designer and illustrator who makes comic books. Influenced by the cartoons, comics, and video games of the late 1970s and 1980s, his illustration style is a synthesis of these media, combining the dense backgrounds and fluid lines of traditional cell animation, with the side-scrolling structure of video games and the syncopated rhythm of panel-to-panel storytelling. He also co-hosts the podcast (with Jim Rugg), Tell Me Something I Don's Know on BoingBoing.net. http://jasenlex.com/

ALISHA WORMSLEY created a series of found object talismans and afrofuturist creations.

Alisha stays involved in the process at all times. If she is not in her studio working on her own projects, she is traveling, teaching, or working on some other aspect of the art making process, extending the art-making community. Presently, she is in between Pittsburgh and Brooklyn, writing grants, teaching and working on several personal projects including a children's book on the environmental crisis and music. She has worked, designed, implemented and exhibited new media and public art in Europe, England, South America, the Caribbean and the US. http://www.alishabwormsley.com/


2014 (whole share)

EDITH ABEYTA enlisted the help of the public by commissioning biographical sentences via Craigslist, Each shareholder gets one sentence as a fabric garland along with the name of the writer.

Edith is an installation artist. Using re-purposed, salvaged and scavanged materials and incorporating interactive and participatory elements, her installations focus and explore issues of collectivity, opportunity, and labor. Embracing notions of ephemerality and multiplicity, she offers alternatives to static, single-voiced art production. Abeyta received a fellowship from the Netherlans Organization for Scientific Research and has had residencies and exhibitions at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, the University of Burapha, Thailand, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum. http://www.pittsburghartistregistry.org/accounts/view/edithabeyta

LUCIA NHAMO chocolate pieces represent the 50 richest countries in Africa and the legacy of colonialism. Packaging inspired by commercial chocolatiers. Piece is not edible.

Lucia was born and raised in Zimbabwe. Interested in the "consumption" of ideology and the ways in which power and identity are mediated through text, she draws on her own evolving experience of citizenship to explore the inextricable ties between national narratives and global trajectories. As both agent of and partaker in the work, Lucia aims to challenge her own complicity and prompt a greater level of self-realization for those who experience her work. http://lucianhamo.com/home.html

ALEXIS GIDEON'S small screenprint shows a link to a fantastical stop motion animated video, accompanied by a sound track performed by the artist.

Alexis creates multi-disciplinary works that examine culture and society by reinventing the form of the traditional traveling story-song. Drawing from literature, music, film, painting, and sculpture, his stop-motion animated video operas are performed live, by himself, alongside video projection of the film. Gideon's work has examined themes as diverse as Hungarian mythology, the 16th century Chinese epic novel The Journey to the West, the stories of the early 20th century Irish writer Lord Dunsany, and the dream-time experiments by aeronautical physicist John William Dunne. http://www.alexisgideon.com/

JENNIFER NAGLE MYERS has created a series of photographic prints detailing the transformation of a sculptural object. Each photograph in the series is unique and shareholders have access to a short video documenting the transformation of the piece.

Jenn is a visual artist and teacher whose practice is rooted in the fundamental principle that art transfoms and saves people's lives, including her own. She describes herself as a "storyteller who follows flux and finds form." Her work moves between two distinct trajectories: as a studio artist and as a director of private and public performances. In the studio, she makes small sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs as a way to connect and remember; and as a director she uses performance to tell stories and bring people into them as characters and wittnesses. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from the University of Iowa and has shown her work in numerous galleries and museums across the US. http://www.punkypip.com/

BARBARA WEISSBERGER made an editioned photographic print of a collage formation created from everyday materials.

Barbara's images grow out of improvisation and the pleasure of working with materials. Play is central to her process. The writer Sherrie Flick described the idiosyncratic mix of elements in her work as "stacked and wrapped - hamoniously, improbably, united in their disparity." Her work has been shown at such venues as PS1/MoMA, DUMBO Art Center, and White Columns in New York, as well as at numerous other galleiies and museums across the nation. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has been a resident artist at the Carmago Foundation (france), the Hambridge Center, Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus (Germany), the MacDowell Colony, as well as Yaddo and Ucross Foundation. She divides her time between Pittsburgh and New York. http://barbaraweissberger.net/index.html

CARA ERSKINE'S Silkscreen print uses text to explore the role of Queer and Transgender woman in the history of sports. Using the names as they appear in google search engines, the text shows our culture's perception of these athletes.

Cara has exhibited nationally, including solo shows at Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indianna and at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Serra House, Stanford University, Stanford California. She earned her MFA from Yale School of Art and has taught at Carnegie Mellon University and Robert Morris University and her art criticism has appeared in Dis Magazine. http://caraerskine.com/


DAVID BERNABO is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work might include painting and performance, or installation and sound. David currently composes and performs for the band/art ensemble Host Skull and dance ensemble Gia T. David was awarded the DATA Award for 2010 Music Artist of the Year for his work on Happener-Magicker, Formalism, and a two Nintendo Wii musical scores. David has been a fixture of the Pittsburgh music scene for the past 10 years and continues to blur the boundaries between performance, visual arts, and sound.


ALEXI MORRISSEY's work will focus on social injustices, people's histories, and power dynamics between pre-literate and modern cultures the through the medium of sculpture. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Primarily a collaborator, he has worked with individuals, collectives, institutions, and governments leading him to investigate technology, public space, and the function of language.

KIM BECK uses images of architecture and landscape to make drawings, prints, multiples and installations that survey peripheral and suburban spaces. Using images of peculiar signs, gas station banners, overgrown weeded lots or self-storage sheds, Kim's work urges a reconsideration of the built environment, bringing the banal and everyday into focus.


ED PANAR was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1976. His quietly quirky photographs and books draw attention to the background or peripheral of the human scene. Drawing from his ever expanding photographic archive from the past 17 years, Panar creates series and groups of images which both embrace and question the ambiguity of photographic meaning. Ed has published numerous photobooks including: Salad Days (Gottlund 2011-12), Animals That Saw Me (The Ice Plant, 2011), Same Difference (Gottlund, 2010), and Golden Palms (J&L Books, 2007). His photographs and books have been published and exhibited internationally at venues including The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The New York Photography Festival and the Cleveland Museum of Art. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL.


LENKA CLAYTON is a conceptual artist whose work exaggerates and reorganizes the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the peotic and absurd. She is currently serving as the official Artist in Motherhood, 2013. Her work has been shown internationally at numerous sites including The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; FRAC, Paris; Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg; Tehran Doc Festival, Iran; and in mailboxes around the world.


WILL KOFMEHL III, a Pittsburgh native and sculptor and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (BFA) and Yale University (MFA), is currently represented by Lombard-Freid Projects in New York City. He has performed internationally, conducting solo performances and installations at the Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur Switzerland, Art Nova Sector of Art Basel Miami, Imperial College, London, Temple of Apollo, Greece, Cloud Forest Reserve in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and FIAC in Paris, France. His complex installations built of wood, steel, bronze and hand-embroidery act as a staging ground for multiple performers where, routinely, Kofmehl himself lives and dwells within the installation for the entire length of the exhibit.