2017 Emerging Artist of the Year: Haylee Ebersole

Detail of work by Haylee Ebersole
Friday, November 17, 2017 to Sunday, February 11, 2018

New Works 

The Emerging Artist of the Year award recognizes an individual forecasted to make a significant impact in the arts as their career progresses. This year’s recipient Haylee Ebersole utilizes unorthodox materials such as gelatin, kool-aid, laundry detergent, and cement to create abstract sculptures.  Interested in the Anthropocene*, her work resembles a collection of archaeological finds that call to mind various organic matter, geological formations, and man-made objects.  For her Emerging Artist of the Year exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, she will display a collection of crystallized gelatin sculptures and unique prints.  As a whole, the exhibition will illustrate Ebersole’s imagined anthropocenic landscape, one that suggests new possibilities for everyday matter and provokes contemplation of the traces our human existence may leave behind.

*the Anthropocene is a proposed epoch marked by humanity’s impact on Earth.

Artist Talk: TBD

About the Artist:

Haylee Ebersole is an artist living in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.  She earned a BFA in Printmaking from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a MFA in Printmaking from Ohio University.  She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at spaces such as Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Center for Visual Art in Denver, and Menningar Tjarnarborg in Iceland.  Ebersole was recently awarded a Creative Development Grant provided by the Investing in Professional Artist Grants Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.