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2014 (half share)

DAVID 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'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 LEX 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 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/alishabwormsley/Home.html

 

2014 (whole share)

EDITH ABEYTA 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 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.

ALEXIS GIDEON 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 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'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 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/

   
  2013

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.

http://dbernabo.drupalgardens.com/

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.

www.idealcities.com

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.

www.edpanar.com

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.

www.lenkaclayton.co.uk/

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.