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5/18/15:
Im very excited to introduce Rivers of Steel Arts!

SUMMER IS HERE and it brings some very exciting news! As many of you know I have been working with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area for a couple years developing arts programming for the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark and beyond. I am very excited to officially unveil our new program Rivers of Steel Arts (RoSA)! This has been a long time in the making and we cannot wait to introduce the exciting programs and opportunities underway for our 2016 inaugural season.

RoSA supports artistic projects that further the interpretation of local history and re-imagine the future of familiar places. The program is based in the Carrie furnaces National Historic Landmark but offers creative projects throughout the entire eight-county Heritage Area of southwestern Pennsylvania. As the creative wing of RSHC, RoSA supports the greater RSHC mission of becoming a nationally recognized brand that not only celebrates our past but also embraces our future, by connecting people to their environs. Through a range of exhibitions, performances and educational experiences, RoSA promotes novel partnerships to enhance the lives of community members, build local pride and attract renewed public interest in Pittsburgh’s Monongahela River Valley.As Chief Curator of RoSA, I would like to take a moment and thank everyone who has helped us get to this point. There are too many people to name here but a special thanks goes out to those individuals below for their tireless efforts and dedication to RoSA and its role in the greater Rivers of Steel mission.

First I would like to thank the entire RSHC staff and the greater RSHC Board for their ongoing support of arts programming throughout the Rives of Steel National Heritage Area. The National Park Service and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provided the critical funding that made all of this work possible. RoSA co-founder Sean Derry has given countless hours to developing this program. It would not have been possible without his focus, insight and dedication. I likewise appreciate the continued efforts of our program coordinators Casey Westbrook, Ivette Spradlin, Mary Briggs and Shane Pilster, who have all given their time and expertise to this effort. Shane Pilster also designing our beautiful new website www.rosarts.org. Thank you Shane! I am grateful to my friend and colleague Seth Clark for working with us to create such an awesome new brand for RoSA! Everyone on the RoSA advisory panel as well as our fantastic System Synthesis crew from CMU played a critical role in helping us shape the organization. All of us at RoSA are grateful for the early work of the Industrial Arts Cooperative that created the Carrie Deer so many years ago and demonstrated the important role of art in the future of the Carrie Furnaces. Last I would like to thank all the artists and creative organizations across the Mon Valley who have kept the arts a dynamic presence in the region and everyone who has attended the many arts-based events produced by the Rivers of Steel. We look forward to many years of exciting programs that help re-imagine the future of our region and celebrate our shared heritage.

10/20/15:
Thanks to everyone involved in Alloy PGH 2015! It was a great success. Stay tuned to our blog for photos and more info.

5/20/15:
Alloy Pittsburgh 2015 begins this weekend!! We have a great group of artists for this year' project and Im excited to being working with them this Friday and Saturday at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Don't miss Ann Rosenthal's talk entitled "Environmental Art in Thinking and Practice" taking place on Friday evening, 5pm at the Historic Pumphouse in Homestead.
Info on Ann's Talk

3/3/15:
This summer of 2015 has some exciting things in store. Sean Derry and I will present the second edition of the Alloy PGH site based art project in partnership with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation.

In July my work will be included in an exhibition at Pittsburgh's SPACE Gallery entitled Wall Paint. This exhibit is being curated by Robert Raczka.

More on each of these events soon...

1/3/15:

I am excited to announce two upcoming exhibitions this week.
I hope to see some of you out and about!

THRUST EXCAVATION
Westmoreland Museum of American Art
January 7th - February 1, 2015


This exhibition features new drawings, paintings and layered objects inspired by physical deformation modeling, a process used by geologists to model land formations. As an extension of the Surveys Revisited series I began in 2012, these artworks continue my investigation of geological time and the scientific knowledge that enables mineral extraction for modern industrial purposes.

Art on Tap Reception
Friday January 9, 2015 (Happy Hour Event)
5:00p-7:00p
Cost: $7

Westmoreland Museum of American Art
4764 State Route 30
Greensburg, PA 15601

(Please note the address above corresponds to the WMAA's temporary location on Rt. 30 east of Greensburg, PA.)


THE MOUNTAIN AND THE BUMBLEBEE
A Traveling Exhibition
Curator: Chris McGinnis

Media Arts Gallery
Robert Morris University
Wheatley Center
410 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Moon Township, PA 15108

January 8th - February 6th, 2015
Opening Reception - January 15, 2015
4:45p-7:00p

This is the second installment of the traveling exhibition entitled The Mountain and the Bumble Bee. This exhibition features selected works by contemporary artists and poets who confront broadly defined notions of landscape as both cultural icon and raw material. Working in a variety of media including photography, sculpture, painting, digital media and poetic verse, featured artists maneuver the complex web of references contributing to our understanding of landscape.




7/2014:

In late June I presented the Alloy Pittsburgh project at the International Conference for the Arts in Society, which was held in Rome, Italy this year. This was a great event and forum to discuss our work with Alloy and hope to attend again in the future. Sean also presented the project here in Pittsburgh at the International Visual Sociology Association Conference at Duquesne University.

In other news, I have a solo exhibition approaching at the Filbert Street Gallery in Pittsburgh's Shadyside that will open in late September. More on that in a few.

I also have another forthcoming solo exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in January of 2015.

3/2014:

Over the past three months I have embarked on a new and exciting body of work that is yet untitled. This work is the product of my recent visits with the Structural Geology and Tectonics Group at Rutgers University (SGTG) and in some ways an extension of the Surveys Revisited series. This new work is comprised of drawings and layered objects inspired by physical deformation modeling - a process used by geologists to study fault lines, mountain ranges and mineral deposits. Please stay tuned to my website for updates on this series and future visits to the SGTG.
New Work


9/20/13:
Just a reminder to everyone that Alloy Pittsburgh opens next weekend at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark. I have been working on the project with fellow artist and professor Sean Derry for the past 14 months. We have a great line up of artists and the installations look fantastic! Hope to see you there. For tickets and info visit Alloy Pittsburgh

2/23/13:
New Photos have been posted for the Greenhouse; Stalagmites installation at UICA. A special thanks Pittsburgh's Center for Creative Reuse who provided the thousands of 35-mm slides incorporated into the installation.
PCCR

1/23/13:
Attention all Pittsburgh artists! Sean Derry and I have launched a call for proposals for our first annual Alloy Pittsburgh project taking place at the Carrie Furnace National Landmark this summer/fall. Visit the link below to download the call for proposals and follow the project.
best,

Alloy Pittsburgh


9/8/12:
The Greenhouse Project has been accepted for exhibition this December at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
More information to follow closer to the time.

I have also been chosen for publication in the 2013 Painting International catalog produced by Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati OH.


7/30/12:
Great News! I recently accepted a temporary position for Assistant Professor of Art at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I am also the new Director of the university's Kipp Gallery.

In other news I have an exhibition opening up this August at the Touchstone Center for Craft on August 18th. I will be showing some of the mixed media prints with Dan Kuhn, a talented local ceramic artist.

I was also accepted into a painting exhibition at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth IL. that was curated by Eric Fischl!