The Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media is honored to announce this years, Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year award winners, Dee Briggs and Saige Baxter. The Artist of the Year exhibit will include aspects of the most recent projects by Dee Briggs that reflect her commitment to her community of Wilkinsburg, her public art work, as well as her smaller gallery sized sculptures from the last three years. For the Emerging Artist of the Year, the show will include new interactive sculptural work by Saige Baxter, whose previous work is usually set in the public sphere, as this will be her first solo gallery exhibition.
Dee Briggs was born in Western Pennsylvania and raised in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. At the age of 18, Briggs moved to New York City. She studied architecture at the City College of New York and earned a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University in 2002. She has taught in the schools of art and architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and exhibits nationally. Currently, her home and studio are located in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.
Saige Baxter is a sculptor who works mainly with metal through welding and fabrication for outdoor public art works. She attended Seton Hill University, with a focus in painting, and wasn't introduced to welding till the end of her college career. She received her first large-scale permanent commission at the tender age of 21, as she designed and fabricated an outdoor memorial, weighing approximately 1,000 pounds, for Jennings Womack. She has since been involved in other projects throughout Pittsburgh, overseas in Portugal, and has been an active mentor for the Mobile Sculpture Workshop.