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Artists Selected for Art in Parks Program

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 31, 2018) The Public Art + Civic Design Division (PA+CD) of the Department of City Planning, on behalf of the Department of Public Works and Citiparks, is pleased to announce the current selection of artists for Pittsburgh’s Art in Parks Program.

Art in Parks will be a revolving program of small-scale, temporary artistic interventions in City parks.

A call for artists went out in June 2018. We were thrilled to receive such a high number of responses to this call.  Artists and designers were asked to submit proposals for designated locations in six City parks: Emerald View, Frick, Highland, Mellon, Riverview, and Schenley. All submissions were scored by a panel of City representatives, based on the criteria given in the call such integrating themes of health, play, active learning, or neighborhood identity, and carefully selected to reflect the feasibility of their execution, the selected locations, and budgetary constraints.

Nine artists were selected to implement their designs. Artworks will begin to be installed in early August, with most projects being fully installed by the end of summer.

The selected artists are:

Genevieve Barbee-Turner – Schenley Park/p1

Nicole Reading – Schenley Park/p1

Saige Baxter – Frick Park/p2

Randi Stewart – Frick Park/p2

Maureen Walsh – Mellon Park/p3

Ben Grubb – Highland Park/p4

Ramiro Davaro-Comas – Riverview Park/p5

Sandy Kessler & Linda Wallen – Riverview Park/p5

Lori Hepner – Emerald View Park/p6

This call hopes to support the work of artists while building on Pittsburgh’s creative and artistic heritage. Public Art is a tool that can enhance the built environment, reinforce neighborhood character, unify and activate spaces, and create landmarks, as well as generate dialogue and promote better understanding of current issues. Therefore, as Pittsburgh builds its present and envisions for its future, the City is committed to Public Art being an integral component of Pittsburghers’ way of life.

Contact:

Yesica Guerra

Public Art and Civic Design Manager

City of Pittsburgh

Department of City Planning

200 Ross St. 4th floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

[p] 412.255.8996

[e] yesica.guerra@pittsburghpa.gov

Anthony Cavalline

Arts, Culture, and History Specialist

City of Pittsburgh

Department of City Planning

200 Ross St., 4th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15219

[p] 412.255.8996

[e] anthony.cavalline@pittsburghpa.gov

Published

07.31.2018

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