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Current Exhibition
Pop-Up Exhibition Featuring Sean Derry, Matthew Forrest and Gary Jurysta
Wednesday March 04, 2015 - Sunday March 29, 2015
Free


Left: Sean Derry, An Interlude to Stillness; Center: Matthew Forrest, Hunting Icon; Right: Gary Jurysta, Emerging Light
Artist Sean Derry has an ongoing interest in mechanical devices and amateur engineering, which can be partially attributed to his childhood experience repairing lawnmowers. He incorporates this interest in his artwork through explorations of the lived experience of a place and investigates alternative strategies for inhabiting these environments.

"I celebrate amateur solutions to complex problems," he says. "I repurpose discarded objects and build mechanical contraptions that perform. The vulnerability of these instruments is critical to comprehending the humility of intervening to reorder everyday conditions. I work to establish an equilibrium between ambition and uncertainty and use this frame to assess the perplexities of contemporary being."

Derry's work includes installations, commissions and curatorial projects. Through his curatorial work, he has developed projects for the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area, Trust for Public Land, Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center, Art in Action, National Institute for Fitness and Sport, and Waterman Agricultural Center. Derry has completed public commissions for the University of Alaska, the City of Indianapolis, and Indianapolis Cultural Trail. In 2006, one of his commissions, Charting Pogues Run, was featured in the Americans for the Arts Year in Review. Derry is the recipient of grants from the Sprout Fund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Alaska State Council on the Arts, and Edith Fergus-Gilmore Trust. Derry, who grew up in Alaska, currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the area head of sculpture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Matthew Forrest's work synthesizes historical, mythological and spiritual imagery. He incorporates specific references from his farmland and hunting upbringing in western Pennsylvania, connecting the personal and regional with global conditions and diverse belief systems. Forrest's imagery is appropriated and invented, derived from direct observation and experience and combined with research of behaviors and narratives surrounding faith and its practice.

"My own interpretation of religious accounts taps into astronomy and mythology, using animal and human imagery to explore and question how we see, know and believe in this world," he says. "Early religious and mythological imagery, from icons, manuscripts, and constellations, provides sources and clues for contemporary conditions. Issues of space, sound, and the distortion of imagery over time are also concerns that thread throughout my work, whether through manual, mechanical or electronic processes in printmaking, drawing or installation. Connecting imagery and technologies from the past with those of the present further engages and challenges the viewer, inviting them to participate in rethinking our conception of the world, its origins, meaning and future."

Forrest received his BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2005 and his MFA from West Virginia University in 2008. He currently works for Artist Image Resource (AIR) as an Associate Printer and for Carnegie Mellon University as Printmaking & Metal-Smithing Tech. Forrest's teaching experience includes Carnegie Mellon University, West Virginia University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Gary Jurysta is an abstract painter who creates both 2-D paintings and sculptured, optical-color fields on curved canvas. His work explores how the process of artmaking and the visual elements in the work itself relate to patterns in nature, such as line, rhythm, movement and progression. Jurysta investigates the behavior of various viscosities on shaped surfaces and how colors interact and define the contours of those surfaces. He associates these investigations with nature and how various forces like temperature, water, evaporation and wind erode and shape earth's terrain.

"In the end," he says, "what I hope to achieve is a rich, dynamic and interesting visual statement."

Jurysta holds a MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College CUNY, Brooklyn, New York. His work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the country including the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Public collections include the Westmoreland Museum of American Art; Carnegie Museum of Art; and The Art Center, Erie, Pennsylvania.

Opening: Friday, March 13 from 5 - 7 PM at Art on Tap. Admission is $7 and includes music by Detention, a scavenger hunt, light bites from The Kitchen on Main, beer from All Saints Brewing Company, wine and non-alcoholic drink selections. This month's Art on Tap is sponsored by the Blackburn Center and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

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April 29 - May 31, 2015: Scott Hunter
June 3 - July 12, 2015: John Flatz, Sarika Goulatia, Patricia Kelly
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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
Carole Werder: Extra-Ordinary
Artists of the Commonwealth: Realism and Its Response in Pennsylvania Painting, 1900 - 1950
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
Seeing the City: Sloan's New York
Dylan Vitone: Pittsburgh Project
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
SCENIC VIEWS: Painters of the Scalp Level School Revisited
Kathleen Mendus Dlugos: The Shape of Days
Violet Oakley: The Founding of the State of Liberty Spiritual
The Gift of Art
David Michael Bowers: Humanity Unveiled
Daniel Bolick: RESURRECTED
Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
James Osher: Three Seconds with the Masters
Four Perspectives on Fifty Years
Ben Schachter: Kosher/Treif and Eruvim
Concerning the 1930s in Art: Paintings from the Schoen Collection
Paul Binai: Pulp Nation
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
American Landscapes: Treasures from the Parrish Art Museum
At the River's Edge: Paintings by Patrick Ruane
Moments in Time: Paintings by Hubert J. FitzGerald (1923-2011)
They Practice What They Teach: Artist Faculty of Carnegie Institute of Technology
Tattoo Witness
Carol Brode: One Time/One Place
The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America's Oldest Continuous Art Colony (1899-2011)
The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design
Brian Ferrell: Transitions of Form
2012 Westmoreland Juried Biennial
Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection
Merrell & Morrill
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
Pop-Up Exhibition by Francis Crisafio and Robert Raczka
Pop-Up Exhibition Featuring Richard Claraval and Mona Wiley
Pop-Up Exhibition Featuring Thrust Excavation by Chris McGinnis
Paintings by John Kane
Peddling Personalities: Portrait and Still Life Pairings
Pop-Up Exhibition Featuring Rebecca Slemmons
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