Group A: Celebrating 75 Years

Images clockwise from top left: Paula Weiner, Connie Merriman, Abstract Group Meeting 1940’s, John Eastman
Friday, November 30, 2018 to Sunday, January 20, 2019

Group A: Celebrating 75 Years

Please join us for an opening reception Friday, November 30, 2018 from 6-9.  

About the Exhibition

Group A kicks off its 75th Anniversary with the opening of the Group A 75th Annual Exhibition.

The Group A: Celebrating 75 Years, curated by Vicky A. Clark, includes work by Group A members who work in diverse media, including sculpture, fiber art, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and installation.

Vicky A. Clark is a noted independent curator and writer who has been involved in the Pittsburgh contemporary art scene since the early 1980’s. She holds three degrees in art history: Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, Master’s degree from UC Davis, and a Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan. From 1981 to 1996, Dr. Clark worked at Carnegie Museum of Art where she founded the Forum Gallery. From 1996 to 2002, she was the Curator at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, where she reorganized the Pittsburgh Biennial and Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist exhibitions. In addition, Dr. Clark has taught numerous courses at the University of Pittsburgh.

Group A’s 75th Anniversary will be celebrated throughout 2019 with the following exhibits: Exhibit at 707 Gallery, March 15 – April 28, 2019; Embodied, an exhibit that focuses on the human figure, Venue TBD, Approximate Dates- July 26 – August 31, 2019; What Deepest Remains at Brew House Gallery, October 4 – November 3, 2019; Legacy exhibit at Artists Image Resource (AIR) October 25 – December 8, 2019. Group A was originally founded in 1944 as “The Abstract Group” by artists Samuel Rosenberg, Russell Twigs, Balcomb Greene ( also founder of American Abstract Artists, NYC, 1936 ) and Robert Lepper. These artists were passionately interested in exploring the new trend toward abstract work. Associated Artists of Pittsburgh was only willing to exhibit a limited number of abstract works. Local critics were amused or hostile.

Frustrated by the limited exhibition opportunities for abstract work at the time, these strong talented professional artists formed the group as a protest. Subsequently, The Abstract Group added numerous members, and became one of the founding guilds of the Arts and Crafts Center of Pittsburgh, now Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. In 1969, the name of the group was changed to Group A. This name change reflected the diverse working styles of the artists in the group, many of whom were not abstractionists.

Today, as an association of artists, Group A provides exhibition opportunities for its members and fosters an active dialogue about visual art, art concepts and practices. Historically Group A has always been a relatively small group of around 80 artists, allowing for more interaction and communication among its members. New members are added to Group A by member invitation. Current members work in a wide variety of styles and media and include a varied cross section of philosophies, ages and professional pursuits. Group A continues to be an affiliated guild of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
 

About the Curator

Vicky A. Clark is a well-known independent curator and writer, who has been involved in the contemporary art scene in Pittsburgh since the early 1980’s.  She holds three degrees in Art History: a Bachelors from UCLA, a Masters from UC Davis, and a Doctorate from the University of Michigan.  

 

From 1981 to 1996, Dr. Clark worked at the Carnegie Museum of Art, where she founded the Forum Gallery.  From 1996 to 2002, she worked at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, where she reorganized the Pittsburgh Biennial and Artist of the Year exhibitions.  In addition, she he has taught numerous courses at the University of Pittsburgh, and has lectured widely.  

 

Recent exhibitions that Dr. Clark has organized include:

  • Invisible Threads at Clarion Universit

  • The White Show: Subtly in the Age of Spectacle at Clarion University

  • Recycling Art History at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts