Juried Visual Art Exhibition
This year’s call for artists is now closed. Thank you to all artists who submitted for the 2018 Festival. Expect communications regarding final selections by mid-March.
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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 1 – 10, 2018.
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 three jurors)
- Juror's Choice – $500 (3 total awards - 1 from each juror)
- People’s Choice – $500 (as voted on by the general public)
Jessica Beck is the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum. Since starting at the museum in early 2014, Beck has curated many projects, most notably Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body, the first exhibition to explore the complexities of the body, through beauty, pain and perfection, in Warhol’s practice. She is currently working on Devan Shimoyama’s first solo-exhibition for the fall of 2018. Beck focused both her undergraduate and graduate research on Warhol. Outside of the museum, Beck serves as a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Mellon School of Art for the 2017-2018 academic year. She received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago and completed her M.A. with Distinction at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Lucy Mensah, Ph.D. is an art curator specializing in post-WWII and contemporary African American visual culture. She is an assistant curator of Post-1950 Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Mensah holds a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University , an M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in English from Bucknell University. Her museum experience includes a fellowship at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., a curatorial internship at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, and a post-doctoral fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Alisha Wormsley is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Her work is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color. Alisha’s work has been honored with a number of awards and program grants including the Afronaut(a) Film and Performance series, Homewood Artist Residency (winner of the mayor’s public art award), the Children of NAN video art series, and There Are Black People in the Future. Her projects and works have been exhibited widely nationally and internationally at venues including the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Inkanyiso in Johannesburg, South Africa, HTMLES in Montreal, and the Rush Art gallery in New York. Next year she will complete a MFA in film and video at Bard College, and this fall, Alisha will explore the connection between light and social justice through a project that activates open and community spaces in Homewood. In this project, she will organize and photographically document a series of artist-led installations, programs, and events. These installations, embedded in Homewood’s urban fabric, will create spaces for local conversation, reflection, and engagement.
Other recent jurors include:
- 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
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