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their experience in public art. On the whole one of the best ISC events,
as it was right on target for artist[s] - like us.” — ISConnects Attendee, 2011


Sunday, September 25, 2016
Creative Reuse: Edith Abeyta, Vanessa German, and Steven Siegel discuss their art practices
Cost: This panel is free!
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Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, leads a dynamic discussion with artists Edith Abeyta, Vanessa German, and Steven Siegel. These three artists, who all incorporate found and reused materials in their three dimensional work, will discuss their processes and thinking, as well as the connections between their differing practices.

Questions and information: please contact Jen Saffron, Director of Communications at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council at (412) 391-2060 x227.

Artist and moderator bios:

Edith Abeyta
Edith Abeyta is a visual artist living in North Braddock, Pennsylvania. She combines post-consumer goods, particularly clothing, and participatory gestures to form temporary installations and sculptures that explore collectivity, labor, and exchange. She frequently collaborates with other visual artists, poets, scholars, and the public.

She is currently in her third year as artist in residence at the Carnegie Library Pittsburgh - Hazelwood as part of the Office of Public Art’s Artist in the Public Realm program. Other residencies include the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, the University of Burapha, Thailand, Pilgrim School, Los Angeles, and Windward School, Los Angeles. She was awarded a fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research in 2007. She has received public art commissions from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Her work has been exhibited at the Lakenhal Museum Lieden, the Netherlands, Burapha University Gallery, Thailand, Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles.

Vanessa German
Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. Homewood is the community that is the driving force behind German’s powerful performance work, and whose cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community art’s initiative for the children of Homewood, built to stack the deck in matters of justice, worth and healing. Her work is in private and public collections including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Progressive Art Collection, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Snite Museum of Art, among others. German’s fine art work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL and in the traveling exhibition State of The Art: Discovering American Art Now, which originated at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR and is currently on view at the Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA. In addition to this, she has performed nationally; recently presenting TED talks at Harvard and MIT. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR's All Things Considered and in The Huffington Post, O Magazine and Essence Magazine, among others. In 2015, she was a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. Her solo exhibition i come to do a violence to the lie at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT is on view through September 4, 2016. Vanessa German is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York.

Steven Siegel
Steven Siegel has been making large scale, sited sculpture since the late 1970s. The first one made from post-consumer recyclables was New Geology #1, at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island. This work, in 1990, was the crude template for more than 30 pieces made from newspaper in subsequent years. In addition, he has worked with shredded rubber, aluminum cans, crushed plastics, glass, flora, and car parts, mostly in natural settings. His work has been sited throughout most of Western Europe, Korea, and Russia, in addition to numerous public and private commissions around the United States. In addition, Siegel has an active studio practice which has included his Wonderful Life series (2002-2008) and the ongoing project Biography.

Siegel has won awards from the NEA, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, and Gunk Foundation among others. He lectures and teaches frequently around the country, and lives in the mid-Hudson valley in New York.

Eric Crosby
Eric Crosby is the Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. He recently curated Alison Knowles, the first museum solo exhibition dedicated to the Fluxus artist’s work across five decades. Prior to joining CMOA in October 2015, Crosby was Associate Curator, Visual Arts, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where his projects included Art Expanded, 1958–1978, a historical collections-based survey of intermedia practices; Liz Deschenes: Gallery 7, a site-specific solo exhibition of new photographic works; the group exhibition Painter Painter (2013); The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg (2011), which toured to the New Museum in New York and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; and Tacita Dean: Merce Cunningham Performs STILLNESS… (six performances, six films) (2010). Crosby received a BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and an MA in Communication Arts (Film) from the University of Madison, Wisconsin, where he also completed doctoral coursework.

Pittsburgh’s Re:NEW Festival is a month long celebration of Creative Reuse, Sustainability, and Transformation in the city as it experiences a resurgence and addresses continuous, equitable improvement. For more information on the Re:NEW Festival, visit

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Supported in part by
Johnson Art and Education Foundation
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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