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Current Exhibition
Pop-Up Exhibition by Francis Crisafio and Robert Raczka
Wednesday October 29, 2014 - Sunday November 30, 2014
Free


Left: Francis Crisafio, Sam; Right: Robert Raczka, Untitled (race car driver)
Francis Crisafio's artistic background began in painting and printmaking with undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Photography was a peripheral skill he used to augment his work but became a primary discipline in the early 1990s. He focuses on portraiture and long-term photographic projects.

Crisafio's subject for this exhibition is "Samson's Hair Repaired," a long-standing documentation of a 95 year old Italian immigrant barber named Tony, who has been cutting hair for eight decades in the same barbershop located in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, PA. It documents the interaction Tony has with his customers, which include multi-generational families and people of all ages, classes and ethnicity, by recording Tony's and his customer's stories of the neighborhood they grew up in.

Crisafio's artwork has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art in Butler, PA as well as the Wood Street Galleries and 707 Penn Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.

Robert Raczka is an artist, writer, and occasional curator. His primarily medium is photography, but he also works with collage.

According to the artist, "The connecting thread between my work in photography, collage, and artist-curator projects with 'found artwork' is my engagement with popular culture and taste, a preoccupation with the public communications of advertising and marketing, and the often-tenuous connection between representation and reality. In an oblique way these photographs are about our world, which includes elements of nature even as it is filled with manufactured goods and overlaid with images and concepts designed to shape desires and influence behavior."

For 19 years Raczka taught and directed the art gallery at Allegheny College, where he is emeritus professor of art. Articles about his work have been published in solo exhibitions at Chatham University, Pittsburgh; Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia; Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia; University of Rochester; Pittsburgh Filmmakers; Oklahoma State University; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; and 707 Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh. His artwork has been written about in Afterimage, Art in America, The Photo Review, Art Papers, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Raczka has contributed art criticism to many publications and is a regular contributor to Pittsburgh City Paper. In addition to organizing many exhibitions for Allegheny College, he has guest curated exhibitions including "Crowdsourced" at SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh (2013), and the artist-curator project "The Takeaway: Made with Love" at 937 Gallery, Pittsburgh (2014).

Opening: Friday, November 14 from 5 - 7 PM at Art on Tap. Admission is $7 and includes music by Detention, a scavenger hunt, light bites and drinks, including beer from All Saints Brewing Company. This month's Art on Tap is sponsored by Mountain View Dental.

Upcoming Pop-Up Exhibitions at Westmoreland @rt 30
December 3 - January 4: Richard Claraval and Mona Wiley
January 7 - February 1: Chris McGinnis
February 4 - March 1: Rebecca Slemmons
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Past Exhibitions
Spirit of a Community: The Photographs of Charles "Teenie" Harris
Melting and Blooming: Glass Art by Joelle Levitt
Alfred Maurer: The First American Modern
MAN-MADE QUILTS
Shawn Quinlan: Quilted Art
Walker Evans and James Agee: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN
Charlee Brodsky: A Town Without Steel, Envisioning Homestead
Patty Gallagher: The Dreams of Trees
AMERICAN SCENERY: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting
Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism and Its Response in Pennsylvania Painting, 1900 - 1950
Carole Werder: Extra-Ordinary
BORN OF FIRE: The Valley of Work
The Westmoreland Juried Biennial
PICTURING WHAT MATTERS: AN OFFERING OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE COLLECTION
Picturing What Matters to YOU!
MADE IN PENNSYLVANIA: A FOLK ART TRADITION
AKIKO KOTANI: Drawing with Silk and Graphite
Dylan Vitone: Pittsburgh Project
Seeing the City: Sloan's New York
The 2008 Westmoreland Juried Biennial
William D. Wade: Waterfall Spirits
Intimate Landscapes: The Gouache Paintings of Thomas Paquette
Painting in the United States: 1943-1949
VISIONS - Artistic Expeditions into Reality: John Winberg, Jr.
From the Ruhr Valley to the Steel City: Industrial Scenes from the Rhineland Industrial Museum
Imagine Toys: Holiday Toy Exhibition Sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Kathleen Mendus Dlugos: The Shape of Days
SCENIC VIEWS: Painters of the Scalp Level School Revisited
Violet Oakley: The Founding of the State of Liberty Spiritual
David Michael Bowers: Humanity Unveiled
The Gift of Art
Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Daniel Bolick: RESURRECTED
James Osher: Three Seconds with the Masters
Four Perspectives on Fifty Years
Ben Schachter: Kosher/Treif and Eruvim
Paul Binai: Pulp Nation
Concerning the 1930s in Art: Paintings from the Schoen Collection
The Westmoreland Juried Biennial
Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Cutting Our Own Paths: Contemporary Works by Paper Artists
Transatlantic Journal Project Student Art Exhibition
Remnants: Paintings by Joyce Werwie Perry
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh: Celebrating a Century of Art
At the River's Edge: Paintings by Patrick Ruane
American Landscapes: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum
Moments in Time: Paintings by Hubert J. FitzGerald (1923-2011)
They Practice What They Teach: Artist Faculty of Carnegie Institute of Technology
Tattoo Witness
The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America's Oldest Continuous Art Colony (1899-2011)
Carol Brode: One Time/One Place
Brian Ferrell: Transitions of Form
The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design
2012 Westmoreland Juried Biennial
Merrell & Morrill
Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection
Your Art Needs You!
Aaronel deRoy Gruber: Art(ist) in Motion
Pop-Up Exhibition: Kristen Letts Kovak
The Sacred Feminine, Figurative Sculpture by Cydra Vaux
Pop-Up Exhibition: Plane Space with Wade Kramm
Pop-Up Exhibition: Personal Perception with Anna Mikolay
Pop-Up Exhibition: But I am the Fire with Laurie Trok
Pop-Up Exhibition: Sam Thorp and Brian Gonnella
Pop-Up Exhibition: June Edwards and Cassandra Pfaff
Pop-Up Exhibition: Earth Nest by Duncan MacDiarmid
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in 3D
Pop-Up Exhibition: Mark Panza and Rachel Yoke
Pop-Up Exhibition: The Way and The Wayfarers by artists Joshua Hogan, Jay Knapp and Kuzana Ogg
Pop-Up Exhibition: Robert F. Allen and Jeff Brunner
103rd Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibition
Pop-Up Exhibition by Sue Pollins, Doreen Currie and Mike McSorley
Pop-Up Exhibition by Gianna Paniagua and Jack Puglisi
Pop-Up Exhibition by Gabe Felice and Jacob Stempky
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