Juried Visual Art Exhibition
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The Juried Visual Art Exhibition showcases exceptional new art and is one of the pillars for the Festival’s high-quality visual arts offerings. The exhibition is hosted inside the Trust Arts Education Center (James E. Rohr Building) at 805-807 Liberty Avenue in the Cultural District during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 7 – 16, 2019.
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, the theme for the 2019 Juried Visual Art Exhibition is Remember Me. As we look back at our own history within the arts, we ask artists of all visual disciplines to enter work that deals with concepts of memory and/or memorializing. This exhibition will examine artists role in creating identity and narrative, whether on a personal, social, or cultural level.
The Juried Visual Art Exhibition welcomes thousands of visitors over the course of ten days. Often reviewed by esteemed art critics, artworks may be featured in Festival press coverage, as well as purchased by festival attendees for personal and corporate collections. Select JVAE Artists have also been recruited to exhibit in solo and group shows as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s gallery system as well as other gallery opportunities citywide. All accepted artists will be invited to the private preview of the exhibition as well as a public reception. There is no application fee, and admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public.
Please review eligibility, rules, and procedures before applying.
- Best in Show – $2500 (as selected by all four jurors)
- Juror's Choice – $500 (4 total awards - 1 from each juror)
- People’s Choice – $500 (as voted on by the general public)
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is an award-winning documentary and portrait photographer working in the medium for 20 years. She was recently named one of the 100 Heroines by the Royal Photographic Society of the United Kingdom. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and has been also published by the BBC, The Washington Post, Le Point Afrique, CBS News, Vogue, among other publications. She has exhibited at Brighton Photo Biennial (UK), Galleria Biagiotti (Italy), Open Ateliers Zuidoost Gallery (Holland), Rencontres d'Arles (France) and The Museum of Contemporary Photography (USA) among other institutions. She is a 2017 African Great Lakes Reporting Fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. Barrayn is the co-author of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. It is the first publication in nearly 30 years that features photography produced by women of African descent.
Jeffrey Jarzynka is a Pittsburgh-based Art Consultant/Curator/Dealer who provides comprehensive art services for private and public collections, produces independent curatorial pop-up projects, and provides artist and arts-related consultation.
His pop-up art exhibition series "…Presented by Jeffrey Jarzynka" was recognized as one of the Top 10 Art And Technology Projects Of The Year by the 2016 CREATE FESTIVAL. He continues to present unique visual art events, which have extended into including musical and artistic performances.
Jeffrey has recently purchased a building in the Sharpsburg neighborhood of Pittsburgh that he is renovating to become the ZYNKA Gallery which will open later in 2019 and will focus on contemporary art from emerging and mid-career Pittsburgh and national artists.
As a former board member of the Brew House Association, Jarzynka's efforts on the Communications and Building Committees supported the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Art Association's historic facility and its continued programming. Currently, he is member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh's Board of Directors where he is actively involved with both the Marketing and Exhibitions Committees.
Shikeith (b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA) received his BA from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA for Integrative Art (2010) and his MFA in Sculpture from The Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT (2018). His work attempts an assemblage of personal truths and wonder that focuses on the metamorphoses of Black men, especially within a society that denies these men their erotic and reconciliatory potential and capital. It is the interior he considers—his own, as well as, other Black men or masculine people through emphasizing portraiture, sculpture, and film making to examine the fantastic as it relates and complicates personal autobiography and self-making.
Imin Yeh is an interdisciplinary and project-based artist working in sculpture, installation, and participatory events. Her projects use Print Media as a technical tool for realizing the ambition of large-scaled work and Print as a conceptual strategy for exploring free, exchange, and craft based economies. The projects utilize repetitive handcraft and mimicry as a strategy for examining the issues around the unseen labor and production that lies behind our many unconsidered everyday objects. Recent exhibitions include the San Jose Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). She has been an Artist in Residency at Montalvo Art Center (Saratoga, CA), Blue Mountain Center (New York), Sandarbh Artist Workshop (Partapur, India), and at Recology San Francisco. Yeh is the recipient of a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation and an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Recent jurors include:
- Jessica Beck, Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum
- Lucy Mensah, Assistant Curator at Detroit Institute of Art
- Alicia Wormsley, Independent Pittsburgh-based artist
- Lee Parker, founder and Executive Director, Neu Kirche Contemporary
- John Peña, multidisciplinary artist
- Lenore D. Thomas, Associate Professor, Studio Arts Department, University of Pittsburgh
- Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art
- Jason Busch, The Alan G. and Jane A. Leghman Curator of Decorative Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art
- John Carson, Regina Gouger Miller Department Head, School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University
- Nicholas Chambers, The Milton Fine Curator of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum
- Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Carnegie Museum of Art
- Betty Douglas, Artist/owner of Douglas Art Gallery, Rochester, PA
- Casey Droege, Co-founder of CSA PGH, and Founder of Six x Ate
- Aaron Henderson, Assistant Professor, Studio Arts Department, University of Pittsburgh
- Murray Horne, Curator, Wood Street Galleries/Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions, Society of Contemporary Craft
- Michael Olyjnik, Co-Director, Mattress Factory
- Cecile Shellman, Artistic Director of Visual Arts and Exhibitions, August Wilson Center
- Astria Suparak, independent curator
- Adam Welch, Curator, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pittsburgh Filmmakers
- Lauren Wetmore, Curatorial Assistant, 2013 Carnegie International
Recent JVAE award winners include:
2019 Best in Show
2018 Best in Show
Jessica Alpern Brown
2017 Best in Show
2016 Best in Show
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