Resident Artists

Visual Arts

Leslie Ansley

Leslie Ansley

Painter

As a painter, muralist, and educator, Leslie Ansley has practiced her passion for art nearly 20 years. She interprets the emotional significance of human stories through painting, sculpture and mixed media.

Melissa Davenport

copper tree, Bobtown Residency Project, Melissa Davenport

Metalsmith

She has been a life long self- taught artist working with many mediums.  While teaching many diverse groups she became a PA Council Rostered artist in 2002. Her primary medium, metal, incorporates vocabulary, history, science, physics as well as life skills and critical thinking.

Katy Dement

Katy Dement, resident artist

Interdisciplinary Artist

She is a working studio artist, organic gardener, and beekeeper who creates her art from plants and recycled treasures. Each piece is a vignette that tells a story with layers of vintage ephemera, photos, and bits of cloth interacting with etched images, small toys, natural objects, and beads.

Adrienne Heinrich

Adrienne Heinrich

Interdisciplinary Artist

Adrienne Heinrich is a working studio artist who is primarily a sculptor, but is also a painter who believes in using whatever media will best express her message.  Having created major installations in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, and New York City, she has demonstrated this ability to convey ideas through the use of sculpture and painting. She was Pittsburgh Center for the Art’s Artist of the Year in 2002.

Becky Keck

Becky Keck

Ceramicist
My first independent firing was simple. I dug clay from the creek bed on my family farm, pinched pots, put them in a cast iron pot in a hole in the ground. Added sawdust, wood, manure, and lit it on fire. That was 1999. I'm still at it.

LaVerne Kemp

LaVerne Kemp

Fiber Artist

As an African American artist I draw inspiration from the world around me and weave in pieces of my culture such as the colors, patterns, textures and symbolism. I connect with my African culture through my fiber art and communicate its strength in my finished work.

Jan Loney

Jan Loney

Metalsmith

My work is often informed by science, technology, nature, and ecological practices, and I love exploring and expressing our response to social and environmental issues. 

Connie Merriman

Connie Merriman

Interdisciplinary Artist

Constance is a visual artist who works in painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Much of her art work considers the impact to communities caused by environmental issues.

Laura Jean McLaughlin

Laura Jean McLaughlin

Mosaic Artist


I am a ceramic sculptor, printmaker and mosaic artist who is extremely active in my studio as well as teaching in schools and communities. 

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Glass Artists

Glass Art: We teach it. We create it. We promote it. We support those who make it.

Jessica Rutherford

Jessica Rutherford

Interdisciplinary Artist

Art has offered me so many benefits for my emotional and mental well-being.  It is a means of expression and source of joy that has changed the way I look at my day to day life.  I want to bring this to others and show them you don’t have to be a professional artist to have art impact your life in a big way.  

Kevin Wenner

Kevin Wenner

Painter

Art is as varied and individual an expression as the number of fingerprints on the planet. It is a cry of freedom and of possibility. It is personal and ironically general all at once.   The Artist is the chemical shatter-point that hopes to recover the part of human nature that is spontaneous, frank and possesses wondrous senses...qualities that the rigours of life are likely to inhibit.   

Bernie Wilke

Bernie Wilke

Painter

My main priority as an artist has been working with schools and communities on mural projects that bring a lasting, positive impact.

Alison Zapata

Alison Zapata

Painter

Alison Zapata works as a professional artist specializing in paintings, ranging from individual works of art to portraits and murals. She especially loves working with vibrant colors and large spaces to convey the energy and life of her topic through murals.

Theatre

Gab Cody

Gab Cody

Theater Artist

Gab Cody creates immersive, devised and site-specific work as well as theater meant-to-be-performed in a theater. She serves as lead writer and co-creator on the immersive urban adventures STRATA and OjO (Bricolage Production Company) produced in Pittsburgh and at La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival.

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

Performing Artist

From the bright lights of Broadway to a dilapidated amusement park in Bangkok; from a Mary Kate and Ashley movie set on a cruise ship to a pediatric AIDS unit in a Bronx hospital; and from The Big Apple Circus tent at Lincoln Center to the People’s Gymanasium in Tianjin, China, Jeffrey Gordon’s 36 year career as Clown Gordoon has taught him that shared laughter and delight is a celebration of being human. 

Rusty Thelin

Rusty Thelin

Director-Producer

Rusty is a playwright, director, and producer.  As a storyteller, he is attracted to the decidedly weird side of life, seeking to use poetic language and imagery as metaphor for the human experience. 

His recent work as a producer of quirky and adventurous indie rock musicals has graced the stages of well-known venues from Seattle to New York to Boston.

He constantly strives to re-imagine the possibilities of live theatre, through unusual and inventive staging, and by thinking outside the box.  Way outside.

Sam Turich

Sam Turich

Actor

The basic rules of theatrical improvisation are also important rules for any type of collaboration, be it in the classroom, the workplace or the family. The fundamental rule of improvisation is: Always Say Yes. When the students are able to internalize this deceptively simple concept, they discover that effective collaboration, listening and teamwork are both easy and fun.

Photography

Curtis Reaves

Curtis Reaves

Photographer

He is a multi-media artist and community educator who utilizes photography, video, technology and printmaking to empower youth in the exploration of creativity, heritage and social change. Each residency is an infusion of community, found natural objects and symbolic images. His mission is to plant creative seeds wherever he goes to empower the next generation of artists.

Music

Jeff Berman

Jeff Berman

Multi-Instrumentalist

Rhythm as relationship, as a point of connection, and as universal communication.

Emmanuel Deanda

Emmanuel Deanda

Singer

My experiences belong to the youth. My story is theirs to use as motivation so that they can physically see, hear, and reference somebody who has achieved the dreams they are chasing.

Akil Esoon

Akil Esoon

Musician

With a strong desire to infuse timeless artistry from across the African Diaspora, Akil Esoon cleverly fuses intercultural influence to create a classic musical expression that crosses cultures and blends eras of style.

Geña Nieves

Interdisciplinary Performance Artists

Geña and Preach are performing artists, both singers, drummers, and dancers.  They perform many different rhythms from Afro-Caribbean/Afro-Latin cultures. The rhythms, the songs, and the dances of Sicá, Calindá, Bámbula, Belé, Congo, Yanvalou, Holandé, and many more help them connect different elements of the African Diaspora with the African experience in the United States of America.

Renaissance City Winds

Renaissance City Winds

Woodwind Players

The Renaissance City Winds are a chamber music ensemble (one on a part, with no conductor), with a wind quintet core group (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn) that frequently collaborates with guest artists. Chamber music is the most intimate form of classical / contemporary music, and is ideal for small performance spaces such as classrooms, small concert halls, chapels, and even private homes.

Media Arts

Assemble

Media Arts

Assemble unites artists, technologists, and makers with our neighbors of all demographics. Assemble provides a platform for experiential learning, opening creative processes, and building confidence through making.

Filmmakers Youth Media

Media Arts

At Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media, we endeavor to provide top-notch media education to young people in the form of hands-on classes and workshops in photography, video and film production, animation, and web and graphic design. Our instructors are working artists with direct experience in their respective fields, and deep knowledge of their chosen medium.

Gretchen Neidert

Filmmaker, Video Artist

The first time I picked up a camera my life was saved. One day, in a pawn shop, I was magnetized to this strangely heavy chunk of steel and glass on a shelf. My first picture from that camera was film-less! I didn't know where to get film but aiming the frame at whatever I chose instantly showed me a new way of thinking about my reality.

Ivette Spradlin

Ivette Spradlin

Photographer, Video Artist

My photographs and videos capture the spirit’s intrinsic need to create a sense of comfort, safety, community, and a place to call home.

Interdisciplinary Arts

Joanna Abel

Interdisciplinary Artist

I express my creative ideas through a variety of art forms including visual art, dance, and music. To better inform my process, I connect these art forms to different themes and subjects that are meaningful to me. I create work environments that cultivate collaboration with other artists and allow me to freely take risks in my art making. As a teaching artist, I stive for the same things in the classroom.

Christine Bethea

Christine Bethea

Multi-Media Artist

She is fiber artist, quilter, mixed media, installation artist and writer who creates art from vintage fabrics salvaged wood and objects which have no obvious use. In this way, she stays true to her goals of reusing all potential resources in unique and artful ways.

Rose Clancy

Rose Clancy

Installation Artist

I was ten years old when the flight and ground crews of the Apollo 13 Space Mission used makeshift materials and a team approach to creative problem-solving to ensure teh safe return of three astronauts from a failed mission to the moon. Shortly after witnessing this event, I started to create found object assemblages, imagining scenarios in which my creations also "saved the day." Today I create assemblage sculptures and topic-specific installations that utilize found objects and recycled materials to create immersive environments of active transformation that comment on social and environmental issues.

Amber Coppings

Amber Coppings

Textile Artist

I see the world best...intuitively and explicitly... through creative moments with color, texture and textiles. This understanding has manifested itself in my artwork through textural sewing, Japanese shibori fabric creations and surface pattern design.

Rebecca Covert

Rebecca Covert

Singer

Rebecca Cover, cabaret vocalist and actress, explores interactive storytelling through her art, weaving together music, theatrical elements, and dynamic visuals to break the fourth wall and engage audiences in her personal stories.

Katie Kaplan

Katie Kaplan

Printmaker

Katie's art practice utilizes relief and silkscreen printmaking, integrated with a background of textile sculpture, performance, and multimedia installation, often including ideas surrounding symbolism, idealism, feminism, and social justice.

Maritza Mosquera

Maritza Mosquera

Interdisciplinary Artist

Maritza Mosquera is an artist, educator and community-transformation partner.  She has developed, organized, and presented new practices in arts education and artist-led community collaborations with several local, national and international organizations.

Emily Newman

Emily Newman

Interdisciplinary Video Artist

As a visual artist, I am fascinated by the way all of us create representations as thoughts and objects every day. This very process is the subject matter of my work, the aim of which is to demonstrate to the people who participate in my projects, and to those who see its finished state, how meaning is made.

Tom Sarver

Tom Sarver

Interdisciplinary Artist

Tom Sarver is an interdisciplinary artist and puppeteer interested in creating accessible, interactive arts experiences for children and adults.  His puppet shows, created from everyday recycled materials, have explored a broad range of topics including Greek mythology, healthy eating habits, Middle Eastern folktales and Modern art. 

Carolyn Speranza

Carolyn Speranza

Interdisciplinary Artist

Carolyn Speranza has been working in digital media, site-specific art installation, and community-based public art for over two decades. She has created and led teams since 2000; coached community-project leadership programs (2008 –10); and run a citywide volunteer program (2004-05). Specializing in arts-based civic engagement since 2003, Speranza is highly motivated to make a difference in the world that is more than aesthetic in its impact.

Lindsay Woge

Lindsay Woge

Creative-Reuse Designer

Being creative is a joyful experience that everyone – of every age, of every background, of every ability – can participate in, and its effects can be powerful: therapeutic, spiritual, energizing, reaffirming, unifying, and FUN! 

Literature

Walt Peterson

Writer

If product is the goal of industry, I think process is the most important element in Art and Arts Education. To get kids (and teachers, too) writing and dreaming and listening and being frustrated and meeting language-based experience is both exhilarating and humbling. It leads the participants to self-knowledge and knowledge of others in our society. I’d love to see an education milieu where one can spend as much time and money on the arts as, say, football. Now, that’s a subversive thought. The Arts can do that to you!

Folk Arts

Tina Williams Brewer

Tina Williams Brewer

Fiber Artist

In a world that is becoming increasingly smaller, the relationship between art and real life offers a glimpse into our interconnectedness, our humanity.  Using the thread of humanity and the  goals of dignity and respect, my quilting process celebrates the journey.

Dance

Attack Theatre

Attack Theatre

Modern Dance & Choreography

Attack Theatre was founded in 1994 in Pittsburgh, PA by Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza and has reached tens of thousands of people with personal, accessible and collaborative dance-based performances.  Attack Theatre combines modern dance, original live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms in traditional and non-traditional spaces throughout Pittsburgh, United States and the world. 

Bodiography

 

 

Contemporary Ballet

Originally conceived as a performance outlet for exquisite ballet dancers with healthy, athletic, but non-stereotypical ballet bodies, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet strives to bring the beauty of ballet to new dance audiences in Pittsburgh and beyond. Presenting Maria Caruso's multi-genre movement vocabulary and popular contemporary music, Bodiography places special focus on health issues, expressing our shared humanity through intriguing, entertaining, relevant, and inspiring dance with a strong foundation in classical ballet.

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Mary Miller

Modern Dance

Mary Miller/the Mary Miller Dance Company is committed to celebrating the wonder of movement and the diversity of our world both by creating high-quality, artistically challenging modern dance works in collaboration with all manner of other performing artists and by offering classes and performance opportunities to people of all ages, backgrounds, physical and mental abilities.

Staycee Pearl

   

Choreographer

Staycee Pearl initially trained at UARTS at the Dance Theatre of Harlem before completing her certificate in dance at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. In 2009, Staycee earned a degree in Studio Art at t he University of Pittsburgh amd developed the creative production vehicle, PearlArts with husband Herman Pearl. Staycee is Artistic Director of STAYCEE PEARL dance project, where she and Herman create artful experiences through dance-centered multi-media works. She has enjpyed over 25 years as a dance, visual, and teaching artist in New York, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh.

Craft

Adina DeRoy-Stouffer

Adina DeRoy-Stouffer

Metalsmith

Adina DeRoy-Stouffer is a jeweler and mixed media artist working and teaching in the Pittsburgh area for the past fifteen years. Working in metals, glass, metal clay, gemstones, and recycled materials, Adina draws inspiration from nature for her creations: leaves, trees, landscapes, animals, and shells are among the themes that are woven throughout her creations.

Lindsay Huff

Enamelist

In his 1943 book, Liberal Education, Mark Van Doren wrote, “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Whether these discoveries are large or small, any of them can be a spark--for an occasional hobby, for a lifelong passion, for an emotional outlet, for a glimmer of self-confidence. I hope that my residency projects can be sparks for the students in our communties. 

Saihou Omar Njie

Saihou Omar Nije

Interdisciplinary Artist

Throughout his life and career, Saihou Omar Njie, aka SONJIE, has been educating and inspiring people with his craft. Known for his use of Batik-style art, dance, and mindfulness movement, he has developed his craft over the years in order to encourage and inspire others to be creative and innovative in their daily lives.

Linda Van Gehuchten

Linda Van Gehuchten

Wood Artist

My most recent work is sculptural in wood, carved, turned and at times painted.  My career encompasses the use of classical forms and techniques to reach beyond obvious solutions to design problems.

Design Arts

Tereneh Mosley

 

Tereneh Mosley

Fashion Designer

Tereneh Mosley graduated from Drexel University LeBow College of Business. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar she received her MSc in Fashion Design from Kenyatta University. She has taught at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Parsons - The New School for Design in New York City, and was visiting scholar on global fashion at Yale - National University of Singapore. Tereneh's inspirations are: Material. Matter. Manner. Meaning.