The Gallery at Main Archive
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2010: May - Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec
July and August 2013: MGR Youth Empowerment
MGR: Youth Empowerment is committed to overcoming social and economic barriers and creating innovative programs that positively impact our communities. MGR provides programs to the communities in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Las Vegas, Twin Cities, and Charlotte.
Pittsburgh's youth are taking a stand against violence! Youth enrolled in MGR's Arts in Action initiative across Pittsburgh Public Schools spent this past school year working with MGR to learn how to use music, visual arts, drama, dance, and media to advocate for social change. After learning of the amount of violent crimes happening in both Pittsburgh and Chicago, our Pittsburgh students decided to send a message of support and peace to their peers in the Windy City.
The art work on display will be travelling to Chicago later this year to be displayed throughout the Chicago Public Library system.
May and June 2013: Healthy Artists Movie Poster Exhibition
Healthy Artists is a free-to-watch online documentary series in which Pittsburgh artists discuss their art, their lives, and their health care stories. Many artists don't have health insurance. The US is the only first world nation that doesn't provide universal health care to all its citizens.
Through a Sprout Fund Seed Award, Healthy Artists commissioned 16 top Pittsburgh artists and 5 exceptional student artists from the University of Pittsburgh to create a poster for our documentary series. A panel of judges from the Criterion Collection, Carnegie Museum of Art, Warhol Museum, Steeltown Film Factory, and MASS MoCA, selected their favorite three designs, including a top poster to officially represent our series.
This exhibition is about bringing together artists, college students, health care advocates, and the Pittsburgh community at large, to generate new ideas about the pursuit of justice in health care.
For more info on how to get involved, or to watch the documentary series, visit: www.healthyartists.org
April 2013: Seventh Annual Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Staff Art Exhibit
The Seventh Annual Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Staff Art Exhibit will be displayed in the Gallery at Main in April of 2013. The reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, April 19th from 2 - 4 pm. The exhibit features a variety of artwork created by staff members from several Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations and ranges from glass work to quilting, jewelry to photography.
January 2013: Pittsburgh Public High Schools
In January, the Gallery at Main hosts art work in various media created by Pittsburgh Public High School students. The work advocates for adequate funding for public arts education, and has been curated by Ella Weisser, a student at CAPA high school.
Ella on the work: "This art was made by students of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. We were blessed to attend them at a time when there were the resources necessary for us to learn about and create art. Unfortunately, arts funding for the public schools is often the first to go and future students will probably not have the same opportunities we did. We want to show off what a well funded arts program can produce."
This project was made possible thanks to generous support from the Sprout Fund.
December 2012: Steamrolled Pittsburgh
The Gallery at Main at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is hosting the Steamrolled Pittsburgh exhibit in December 2012.
Steamrolled Pittsburgh celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of 8 Pittsburgh neighborhoods with a construction grade steamroller. This project transforms the machine we've all seen used to pave roads into a giant printmaking press! At the 2012 Construction Junction Big Pour, the steamroller rolled over 8 wood-block carvings of specific Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The prints are now on view at the Carnegie Library and can be purchased for your favorite fan of Pittsburgh at our website: steamrolledpgh.wordpress.com.
This project was made possible thanks to generous support from the Sprout Fund.
November 2012: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
In November, the Gallery at Main hosted photography by Pittsburgh Filmmakers staff, students and members.
October 2012: PhotoVoice
By Milestone's Photo Group Sharing Your World
PhotoVoice is a research project developed by the Boston University's Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation that explores and exposes ignorance, prejudice, and discrimination through photographs and narratives.
- Ignorance is the lack of knowledge or misinformation about mental illness.
- Prejudice refers to negative beliefs and attitudes.
- Discrimination refers to behaviors people or organizations practice that reject or avoid people diagnosed with mental illness.
During this past year our photo group focused on PhotoVoice by utilizing the provided workbook, going on photo-shoots, and writing narratives about our images. The workbook is a chance for us to prepare ourselves for understanding what kinds of subject matter to photograph. To help with writing narratives the workbook asks the following questions:
- What do you see here?
- What's really happening here?
- How does this relate to our lives?
- Why does this problem, resource, or situation exist?
- How could this image educate others, the community, and policy makers?
- What can we do about the problem, resource, or situation?
Each photograph answers these questions while each narrative helps share the photographer's intent. There has been great success on an individual level where a heightened level of knowledge has surfaced and has been discussed and shared. The members of Sharing Your World are excited to share with everyone these personal topics and hope to erase the concept of stigma.
What is not neat and clean is brushed aside, mankind lending its feeble beauty. The people graduate in position -- a symbol of fruition of effort and skill, each person has their own burdens. The little pixie wipes her brow as her tiny feet are firmly planted (not posing) on what is built to last like marble. As a casual photograph, the most outstanding is the pink in all that metal and cement that is a visual barrier. The stop sign was only kidding, wasn't it? Gee! Whiz! The strain of overlapping practically overpowers it, a direct command. It all reminds me of the penitentiary.
A boarded up window and bricks. I can't get in or out. I want to be able to get it the window. Open the window. I would need to right tools to open the window.
September 2012: Marilyn G. Rabb Foundation
In September, the Gallery at Main will host art work generated by Marilyn G. Rabb Foundation program participants. The Marilyn G Rabb Foundation is committed to overcoming social and economic barriers and creating innovative programs that positively impact our communities.
Our youth have demanded PEACE in our communities! Over 500 youth from Pittsburgh Public Schools spent the summer working with MGR to learn how to use music, visual arts, drama, dance, and media to advocate for peace. On August 16th, these young art activists filled the August Wilson Center at the MGR Youth Peace Rally to send a clear message to their peers, school administration, and community leaders; SILENCE THE VIOLENCE!
The art work on display is a small selection of the visual arts work created by these young civic leaders.
August 2012: Living Together is an Art
In August, the Gallery @ Main will feature Consumer Health Coalition's Living Together is an Art Photo Voice project. Twenty-four photographers of cross-disabilities and diversity of age, race, gender and geography have been provided cameras and are documenting with the photos Community Accessibility, Health Care Accessibility, and Social Capital.
We will be having a community forum with some of the project participants' talking about their work as well as a community conversation about disabilities on Thursday, August 23 from 6-7:30 pm in the Quiet Reading Room on the First Floor.
July 2012: The Hear Me Project
The Gallery at Main hosts a community-themed installation by The Hear Me Project during the month of July 2012. Hear Me amplifies kids' voices using MEDIA and TECHNOLOGY to CREATE a world where they are heard, acknowledged and understood, giving them the power to INSPIRE social change.
What We Do:
We work with kids of all ages, from all backgrounds in schools, after school programs, community organizations and events.
We make every effort to give attention to our kids' voices and stories - to bring awareness and to inspire change.
We allow kids to be heard publicly through our interactive website, print media, broadcasting, social media and displays like this one!
What You Can Do:
Listen to students' stories on the CanEx Phone by simply pressing the button and placing the can next to your ear.
Respond to the stories by writing your comment on the response cards and placing the cards in the response box. By responding to their stories, you are supporting kids' efforts in creating change for the future and letting them know that their thoughts and ideas matter! Your feedback may be shown online in the "Comments" section of the audio story featured here.
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June 2012: Emily Sciulli: One Good Thing
"Each day, something good happens. We just have to find it."
Indiana University of Pittsburgh arts graduate student Emily Sciulli has installed her One Good Thing Project in the Gallery at Main for June 2012. The project asks people to write down one good thing that happened to them that day in small journals that Emily leaves in public spaces, including in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main's zine collection. Exhibit visitors will be able to contribute and to read others' contributions in the journals installation in the gallery space.
May 2012: Flowering of Insight (FOI) Art Exhibit
We are excited to announce the Flowering of Insight (FOI) Art Exhibit for the Department of Human Services and the many agencies that service individuals with intellectual challenges. Flowering of Insight is an opportunity for artists with disabilities to express their creativity, talent and passion. The artists have enjoyed this year's theme, Feel Good and look forward to sharing their work with the community.
Please join us in celebrating the creativity of these individuals by viewing the FOI Art Exhibit held in the Gallery at the Carnegie Library - Main the month of May.
Agencies involved in FOI include: Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania- Elderberry Junction, Pa Connecting Communities, Mon Yough Community Services, Mercy Intellectual Disabilities Services, and Mainstay Life Services.
The artists and organizers of Flowering of Insight 2012 thank the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for making this exhibit possible.
April 2012: Sixth Annual Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Staff Art Exhibit
The Sixth Annual Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Staff Art Exhibit will be displayed in the Gallery at Main in April of 2012. The reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, April 20th from 2 - 4:30 pm and will once again feature music by staff musicians.
The Sixth Annual Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Staff Art Exhibit is on display in the Gallery at Main in April of 2012. The reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, April 20th from 2 - 4:30 pm and will once again feature music by staff musicians Rebekah Hill, David Michael King, Kathy Maron-Wood, and Stephen Russell. The exhibit features a variety of artwork created by 20 staff members and ranges from collage to quilting, jewelry to photography.
March 2012: Biking in the 'Burgh
Bike Pittsburgh, your local bicycle advocacy organization, is proud to partner with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to present Biking in the 'Burgh, photographs of local cyclists out and about in Pittsburgh. Community members submitted photos that conveyed something about their experience bicycling in the City of Pittsburgh. This exhibit brings you the images and voices of a diverse community of people who bike and the ways they interpret bicycling in Pittsburgh, whether for exercise, commuting, or fun, adventure and recreation. Pittsburgh is a great city to ride in—the on-street bike routes mapped out in Bike Pittsburgh's award-winning Pittsburgh Bike Map along with the bike trails make it increasingly fun and easy to travel by bicycle. For more information visit www.bike-pgh.org
February 2012: CAPA
The art work in the Gallery at Main in February is multi-layered silkscreen prints produced by ninth grade students at CAPA, Pittsburgh's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
January 2012: Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC)
These pieces were created by adult students at Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC). GPLC is a nonprofit agency that provides free literacy instruction to adults in Allegheny County in order to help them realize their full potential. GPLC students come from the United States, as well as from all over the world. They receive instruction in a variety of areas, including reading, writing, math, computer, health literacy, workplace preparation, and English language skills. Instruction is provided primarily by volunteer literacy tutors, who receive free training and support. The artwork here comes from both trained and untrained artists.
December 2011: Girl Scouts 1912-2012
Celebrating 100th years of Scouting!
Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Oakland) will host an exhibit featuring the year of the girl. In honor of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girls Scouts, this exhibit is dedicated to her memory and commitment to girls everywhere in the United States as well as around the world. The exhibit is titled: Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting. Only one hundred designs will be featured in this exhibition.
Each girl from the East End Scouting community is asked to design a plate that represents what scouting means to them on a very personal level. This is a free flowing collage design process using a dinner plate. This exhibit will be open from December 5, 2011 - January 7, 2012. On Saturday, January 7th we will announce the winners of the exhibits at the library, 2 p.m. The winning artist's designs will stay on exhibit until March 12, 2012.
In partnership with Carnegie Library and as part of doing the East End Scouting community service, all funds raised will help Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The community is invited to vote for the 1st. prize, 2nd prize, and 3rd prize. To vote you must come to the Carnegie Library, Oakland and donate $1 and purchase a ballot. You will need to write the scout name and troop number and then placed your ballot in the fish bowl for the drawing.
This exhibit is one of many activities that the Girl Scouts of Western PA will be presenting in our own respective communities.
|1st Prize||100th Girl Scout Hand Book &Anniversary Badge|
|2nd prize||100th Journal and Anniversary Badge|
|3rd prize||100th Anniversary Badge|
If you would like to purchase a ballot to vote please go to the cashier checkout desk in the front of the building. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Donna Alexander or Jude Vachon at email@example.com.
November 2011: Pittsburgh Filmmakers
The Gallery at Main is pleased to exhibit Pittsburgh Filmmakers student and member work for the month of November, 2011. Twenty-one different artists from the photography program created the work in this show. Many of the images are examples of assignments or individual projects from a variety of advanced classes. Some of the courses represented here are Advanced Digital Imaging, Black and White Photography III and Experimental Darkroom. For more information about the work or the program please contact Sue Abramson at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2011: Show Your Library Love
You've heard us urging you to support the library. Now you can see all the reasons why people think we're worthy of this support -and add your own if you like. Flags created at events and in libraries across the city are on display in Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Gallery at Main throughout the month of October to raise awareness for the Our Library, Our Future voter initiative.
September 2011: TRASH TALK:
The Extraordinary Art of Ordinary Objects
An Exhibition Curated by C.K.C.Bethea
An Exhibition Curated by C.K.C.Bethea
Wherever junk is king, the salvage artist goes to find inspiration and fodder. It's not scenic plains, interesting models or colorful cityscape they seek, but back alleys, grimy dumpsters, curb sides and flea markets where they can collect items -- potential gems -- to clean, polish or often demolish further turning them into unique artistic treasures.
The worker of salvage or assemblage disregards dirt or dust, as often, it will adds to the patina. Rust, more often than not, is a friend. The sensibilities here, are are not unlike those of a seasoned archaeologist. They eye is trained to find any subtle bump and then the artist goes deep, gleaming for what may lie underneath. Materials discovered may be paper, glass, metal, plastic, fiber or wood. From there, creative process varies: What went together then is best separated now; That piece goes with whatever is found next. Nothing is forced to become a color cue.
It's this way amazing art is born of ordinary objects. It's improvisation in its purest from. Reimagined expression. Trash that talks and speaks volumes.
Artists include: Sheila Ali, Bill Cousins, Dean Cercone, Daviea Davis, LaVerne Kemp, Jorge Meyers, Karen Page, and Paula Weiner with Bob Ziller presenting work by Amir Rasheed, and Mr. Imagination.
August 2011: CLP Teens
The Gallery at Main is hosting art work made by teen library visitors in August of 2011.
Did you know that 70% of City of Pittsburgh residentsbetween the ages of 13 & 36 have a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh library card?
This summer, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Teen Specialists challenged teen artists to show off their talents by creating a work of art for the Gallery @ Main. Throughout the year, the Library provides opportunities for young adults to participate in engaging programming, gain knowledge in topics that may be of interest to them and check out exciting materials - from the latest graphic novels to best-selling Young Adult Fiction.
Learn more at www.carnegielibrary.org/teens.
July 2011: Elderberry Junction
The Gallery at Main featured art work by participants in Elderberry Junction programs in July of 2011. Participants are elderly people with disabilities who attend day programs at this Goodwill location.
In June, Richard Gribenas shared with us his son Rick's struggle with cancer in gorgeous black and white photos. Rick Gribenas was a wonderful young artist, musician, husband and father who most recently lived and worked in Pittsburgh. He contributed much while he was with us.
Libraries for Life Capital Campaign
The May 2011 Gallery at Main exhibit features photographs of 10 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations that were renovated or newly constructed between 2003 and 2010 under the Libraries for Life Capital Campaign.
This first-ever capital campaign in the Library's history surpassed its $55 million goal and provided funds to renew more than half of the library system. With each project, library use has increased as community members find unique spaces for children and teens, open meeting areas, well-lit and comfortable areas for browsing and reading, computer and Internet access and wireless connectivity.
2011 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Staff Art Exhibit
The 2011 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Staff Art Exhibit featured a variety of artwork by 22 staff members. This was the fifth annual exhibit and artwork ranged from collage to quilting, beading to photography. A reception was held on April 8th to celebrate National Library Week. Thanks to David Gonzalez, Melodie Manojlovich, Kate MacKrell and Beth Lawry for coordination of the exhibit. Paul Depp handled the display coordination and brochure design and Sara Werner assisted with the reception. Staff musicians Rebekah Hill, David Michael King, Kathy Maron-Wood, and Stephen Russell provided the music on guitar, keyboard and dulcimer.
March 2011: Nia Quilt Guild
The Nia Quilt Guild (a program of the Young Men and Women's African Heritage Association) formed 8 years ago when the Heritage Association received a donation of 100 disaster blankets for the foster children who received services there. Ruth Ward, a master quilter, taught some volunteers how to quilt duvets to cover the blankets and they have been quilting together and teaching others ever since. In Swahili, Nia means "purpose or reason for being" and for many, quilting in the community has become just that.
The Nia Quilt Guild has aspired to create an environment where interested participants of all skill levels can gather together to deepen their knowledge of the quilting art form, its history, and the unique cultural significance associated with the craft. The Guild is a multi-generational program that infuses cultural arts and group interaction with traditional heritage quilting. The objective of the Guild is to help persons of all ages grow through artistic expression while assisting them in creating their own family traditions using fabric.
February 2011: Teen Art Club
January 2011: Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks
The January show in the Gallery at Main features art work by students in the Self Development in Drawing and Cartooning and Anime classes at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, taught by the artist Fabrizio Gerbino.
December 2010: Charles "Teenie" Harris Portraits of Pride
Hill House Association's Kassi Leadership Academy, Carnegie Museum of Art, and MGR Foundation presents the work of teenage youth participating in the Charles "Teenie" Harris Portraits of Pride program. These new works are creative interpretations of classic photographs taken by Charles "Teenie" Harris. Youth were encouraged to investigate social-emotional topics such as positive self image, core values, civic engagement, and cultural identity to reflect images of pride in our society and identify contemporary issues that have an impact on their lives.
November 2010: Pittsburgh Filmmakers: Looking A(head)
For this exhibition Pittsburgh Filmmakers' students and members created work based on the idea of getting ahead or thinking ahead.
The many interpretations of this theme are quite extreme. In some instances the photographs reflect on an individual's personal journey. Other images are more literal and play with visual variations of a head. Most of the heads are human but not all. This show represents a small portion of the students and members actively making photographic work this semester at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
October 2010: Gershwin in Print
The October show in the Gallery at Main was curated by Greg Suriano, author of Gershwin in His Time.
September 2010: Milestone, Inc.
The September show in the Gallery at Main features art work by participants in the day treatment program at Milestone Inc. in Wilkinsburg. The participants face a variety of challenges including intellectual disorders, mental illness, and sensory disabilities such as deafness.
August 2010: RUST (Radical Urban Silkscreen Team)
RUST (Radical Urban Silkscreen Team) Hazelwood is a summer youth silkscreen printing program of The Andy Warhol Museum and Center of Life. RUST is a rotating project that moves into a different location each summer; it has previously had space in Pittsburgh's Downtown, the North Side, and even Niteroi, Brazil! This summer, RUST was in Hazelwood!
Working in partnership with Center of Life and the Hazelwood Initiative, eight Hazelwood youth ages 15-18 were selected to learn graphic design and silkscreen printing to create printed material for and about Hazelwood -- its past, present, and future. RUST is working with Hazelwood Urban Gardens (HUGS), Closing the Gap, KRUNK Movement, and more. In addition, several outdoor sites have been selected for murals of RUST prints. RUST participants will also be free to make silkscreens of their own choosing to make t-shirts, posters, and more.
The program ran July 6 - August 3, and kicked off with a visit to The Andy Warhol Museum with members of the Braddock Youth Project, who are running the Braddock Neighborhood Silkscreen Shop. RUST toured the museum and created vibrant hand-painted portraits of pop icon Rhianna. At the Hazelwood Initiative, RUST participants learned design and silkscreen printing from Warhol Artist Educators Ashley Brickman and Mary Tremonte, to communicate ideas, promote events and projects, and express their creativity. RUST teens created compelling designs using drawing, manipulating images found on the internet and at the library, and using handwritten or printed text to convey information. Some of these prints were created as a project in which students chose an icon that they personally identified with. RUST printed Michael Jackson t-shirts on the very first day of the program, and have since been creating posters for Closing the Gap with inspiring quotes from powerful thinkers, creators, and civil rights leaders.
The silkscreen equipment moved to Center of Life at the close of the program, where it will be available for youth programs.
July 2010: David Bivins
In July 2010, the Gallery at Main will host David Bivins' black and white photographs of New York City subway riders reading, hung alongside essays which were written by students in Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council programs.
The students are participants in English as a Second Language and GED test preparation programs. They write about their struggles and feelings of accomplishment in coming to and participating in these life-changing classes.
David Bivins shoots the ever-changing environment, overlooked details, and the people who navigate New York City every day. He usually shoots on film, in black and white, with a small, 35mm rangefinder camera. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, David developed a love for photography and the darkroom through his father at a young age. David lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, son, cats, and dog. David Bivins photographs in this show are from his series entitled "The Readers". Above are a few images from the series, which can be seen in its entirety at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidbivins/sets/72157613563904996/
May - June 2010
Student work from The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is on display in the Gallery at Main for the months of May and June of 2010. The work is primarily watercolor paintings.