30 : 2 | Pittsburgh Center for the Arts | April 19 – August 18

An exhibit of 30 artists from the AAP membership by 2 curators

I’ll be showing my painting “Susheela” in the upcoming exhibition 30:2 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.  Would be great to see you at the opening reception on Friday, April 19 from 6-9.

30 : 2    |   Pittsburgh Center for the Arts   |    April 19 – August 18 

Opening Reception:   Friday, April 19, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

This survey style exhibit presents a small cross section of the 600+ members of a continually evolving 102 year-old Pittsburgh institution. Selected from the Associated Artist of Pittsburgh’s digital member portfolio as well as from their online presence, the artworks on view display the breath and complexity of the AAP’s diverse membership. Occupying the upstairs, three large galleries of the PCA this group exhibit premises painting, object making, video, installation… as non-hierarchical in craft or approach but rather, are simply the individual modes of expression which best fit the formation of an artists concept or manner of conveyance.

Curated by:
Adam Welch, Curator of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Stacy Weiss, Owner and Creative Director of Pittsburgh design center Weisshouse

Crystala Armagost, William Bebernardi, Connie Cantor, Matthew Liam Conboy, Ron Copeland, Ron Donoughe, Tom Estlack, Claire Hardy, Jane Haskell, Adrienne Heinrich, Mia Tarduci Henry, Scott Hunter, Dana Ingham, Karen Kaighin, Paula Garrick Klein, Wade Kramm, Deanna Mance, Leslie G. Nutting, Meghan Olson, Joyce Werwie Perry, Judith Schumacher, Travis Schwab, Steven Sherrill, David Stanger, Anita Sulimanovic, Benjamin Thomas, Laurie Trok, Kristin Turcsanyi, Jack Weiss, Robert Villamagna


SHU Arts – Figure Painting Sessions

All sessions will run from 9:00 am – 12 noon and will meet in the VAC’s drawing room.
Please arrive at least 15 min early to set up an easel, taboret and lay out paint on your palette.

Our next session is Saturday, April 26.

Here’s a suggested material list:

Oil Paint:
* Titanium White and/or Cremnitz White
* Cadmium Lemon
Cadmium Yellow Medium
* Cadmium Red Light
Quinacridone Red
Diaoxazine Purple
* Ultramarine Blue
Pthalo Blue
Viridian Green
Cadmium Green
* Burnt Siena
* Raw Sienna
* Burnt Umber
* Raw Umber
Ivory Black

* For a more limited palette

Painting Medium:
Cold Pressed Linseed Oil  or  Liquin Fine Detail

Painting Supports/Grounds: Gessoed canvas, board or heavyweight watercolor paper (cold pressed) all work well.  Any sizes up to 18 x 24 are reasonable for the sessions.

Brushes: Rounds, Filberts and Flats of various sizes will give you a full range of marks (sizes 2-12). Bristle and sable brushes are the workhorses of much painting.  A fan brush or mop like brush are also suggested for controlling sheen and manipulating paint.

Clip on palette cups w/ screw top lids or  some kind of shallow container (i.e. tuna fish cans)
Palette (Glass, wood, masonite or plastic) – (paper palettes are not recommended)
Palette knife (drop handle)
Vine Charcoal
White Pastel Pencil or Charcoal Pencil
Kneaded Eraser

Daniel Sprick

Daniel Sprinck lives and works in Glennwood Spring, Colorado and his exhibits his work throughout the country.  The link below is a studio interview produced by the Denver Art Museum, that provides insight into Sprick’s studio methods, materials and inspirations.  One of the many aspects of his work that I find interesting and compelling is his use of cool reflected light (look for the large mirror in the studio).  I’ve selected a few images that speak to his larger body of work.  Enjoy!    www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhlhpGsuBU4

Georges Seurat

Seurat_L'Echo“Art is Harmony. Harmony is the analogy of the contrary and of similar elements of tone, of color and of line, considered according to their dominance and under the influence of light, in gay, calm or sad combinations” – Seurat

Georges Seurat was born in Paris in 1859 and worked in his home city for the majority of his life.  He is known largely for a painting technique that utilized the arrangement of individual dots of pure color to produce rich optical mixtures and luminous forms.  This technique is now widely referred to as ‘pointillism’, but dismissive critics first coined the term to diminish Seurat’s work.

During Seurat’s lifetime many new scientific theories about optics and perception were being published and artists were particularly interested in the aesthetic implications.  In the search for pictorial harmony Seurat’s approach to visual form in painting became increasingly analogous to scientific methods.  His drawings however take a slightly different approach to mark making than his paintings.  Working primarily with conté crayon on paper, Seurat dragged the chalk over the texture of the paper taking advantage of the grain to produce an effect more organic than stippling.  His drawings clearly favor areas of value over clear delineation of edges through line, and speak to the open, atmospheric forms in his paintings.


Of additional interest here is the exhibition “Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz” developed by Amanda Zehnder, associate curator of fine arts, and Linda Benedict-Jones, curator of photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art.  The exhibition of over 150 works debuted at the Carnegie this past summer of 2012, and examines the visual dialog between Impressionism and the Pictorialist movement in photography.

National Artist Resources

A short list of reliable national online resources.

New York Foundation for the Arts – www.nyfa.org
NYFA Classifieds is the largest national online resource for jobs and internships, opportunities and services, event listings and studio spaces for artists, arts administrators and museum professionals.

College Art Association – www.collegeart.org/opportunities/
CAA’s opportunities offers continuously updated information for artists, scholars, museum professionals, educators, and other members of the visual-arts community.

Res Artis, worldwide network of artist residencies – http://www.resartis.org/en/
Provides an exhaustive list of all manner of artist residencies.  Search the database or look for upcoming deadlines.



Resources in the Pittsburgh Region

Below is a short list of regional resources for artists.

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council – http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org
A wonderful resource for Pittsburgh artists including; an artists registry, artist opportunity grants, art project grantsisArt blog, monthly listserv of exhibition opportunities, and more.

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh  www.aapgh.org
AAP is an artist-run organization with over 400 artist members living within a 150 mile radius of Pittsburgh.  It is one of the most esteemed artist-member organizations in the country, having produced a major museum exhibition of members’ work every year for 102 years.  Become an artist member or apply for the upcoming annual exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Center for the Arts – pittsburgharts.org/artist-services-overview
PCA is a hub for many facets of the arts  — including exhibition opportunities for regional artists, guilds, professional development workshops and mentorships, classes and more

Artist Image Resource – www.artistsimageresource.org
AIR is an artist-run organization that integrates the production of fine art printwork with innovative educational programs that explore the creative process. AIR provides print and imaging services to professional artists and educators.

The Mona Lisa Curse

This poignant documentary, by the late art critic Robert Hughes, addresses the corroding cultural effects of a profit driven art market that is plagued by over inflated prices and the belief that art is simply a commodity.  Hughes was art critic for Time Magazine and the author of many books including monographs on the painters Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach, respectively.  Hughes also developed the BBC television series The Shock of the New, and a the documentary Goya: Crazy Like a Genius.