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Current Exhibition
Peddling Personalities: Portrait and Still Life Pairings
Saturday October 25, 2014 - Sunday March 01, 2015
Free


L: Jerome Myers (1867-1940), Self-Portrait in Feathered Hat, 1927, Oil on Canvas, 30 1/4 x 25 in., Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Barry E. Downes, 2007.13

R: Kurt Pfaff, Red Shoes and Brass Clock, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20 in.
This exhibition will pair still life paintings created by regional artists with portraits from our permanent collection. Fourteen contemporary regional artists were invited to select a portrait from the Museum's collection and asked to pair up one of their still life works with the portrait. Artists could submit an existing still life or were invited to create a new work for the exhibition. The artists were asked to consider how the objects in their still life might reflect the person in the portrait and were invited to write an extended label explaining their selections.

This exhibition is one component of a multi-school project that explores selfies, self-portraiture, self-exploration and self-expression. The project is named Self-E. An exhibition of student work that results from this project will go on display in the Museum on November 15. As part of the selfie/Self-E project, students will visit the Museum for an immersive tour during which they will experience numerous activities that help explore how artists express themselves or their subjects. One of the components will include examining how objects sometimes seem to define who we are. Students will explore the Peddling Personalities exhibition as they explore this phenomenon and will have an opportunity to create still life installations that they think reflect the people in the portraits.

Pop-Up Exhibition Featuring Thrust Excavation by Chris McGinnis
Wednesday January 07, 2015 - Sunday February 01, 2015



Chris McGinnis, Fault #4, Torn Paper, Charcoal, Gesso on Rag Paper, 45 x 25 inches
Chris McGinnis grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania during the waning years of post-war industrial America. Shortly after he was born the steel mills closed and the coal industry consolidated. As a child of the 1980s McGinnis developed romantic notions of America's industrial past. The ruins of a 19th century tannery, located near his family cabin on the Clarion River in Elk County Pennsylvania and hidden amongst the dense overgrowth were the backdrops for his childhood reveries. Like an effigy to the impermanence of industrial progress, rectangular mounds of dirt and moss supplant the solid railroad ties that once transported hides to and from that tannery.

As both artist and curator, McGinnis' research continually returns to notions of growth and decline relating to technology and the human experience. Projects inspired by this research chronicle the pursuit of progress and its effect on all facets of society, ranging from industry and community to science and entertainment. Iconography representing the abundance and promise of industrial modernism is reminiscent of a time when American optimism was specifically manifested in large-scale construction and the built environment.

McGinnis earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in 2010. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with over ten solo exhibitions and over 40 group exhibitions in recent years - including shows at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and University of Arizona Museum of Art. He is co-founder of the ALLOY Pittsburgh arts initiative and will present this project for the 2014 International Arts in Society Conference in Rome, Italy. Chris regularly attends national and international artist-in-residence programs. His work has been published in the National Studio Visit Magazine, European Art Magazine, The MFA Now catalog, Manifest's International Painting Annual as well as numerous local and university publications including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. As an artist, curator and educator, McGinnis has worked for institutions across the country including Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Arizona. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Director of the University's Kipp Gallery.

Opening: Friday, January 9, 2015 from 5 - 7 PM at Art on Tap. Admission is $7 and includes music by Gashouse Annie, a scavenger hunt, light bites from the Parkwood Inn, beer from All Saints Brewing Company, wine and non-alcoholic drink selections. This month's Art on Tap is sponsored by Trib Total Media.

Upcoming Pop-Up Exhibitions at Westmoreland @rt 30
February 4 - March 1: Rebecca Slemmons
March 4 - March 29: Sean Derry, Gary Jurysta and Matthew Forrest
April 1 - April 26: Adrienne Heinrich and Brian Geary
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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 to YOU!
PICTURING WHAT MATTERS: AN OFFERING OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE COLLECTION
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
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
Concerning the 1930s in Art: Paintings from the Schoen Collection
Paul Binai: Pulp Nation
The Westmoreland Juried Biennial
Cutting Our Own Paths: Contemporary Works by Paper Artists
Rooted in Tradition: Art Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
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
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