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Juried Visual Art Exhibition

Juror: Astria Suparak
supported by the Bessie F. Anathan Charitable Trust of The Pittsburgh Foundation

Celestial skies, foam deserts, Nunavut icescapes, and glitch vistas. Carnival stands, murder ballads, body schadenfreude, parent face masks, and a sci-fi Hieronymus Bosch. These are a sampling of the evocative sights and sounds making their Pittsburgh debut at the 2015 Juried Visual Art Exhibition at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

This is the first year in nearly two decades that the exhibition, founded in 1962, opened its applications to artists living outside of the Pittsburgh region. The expanded call resulted in 500 entries from 39 states and from as far as Tehran. This is also the first time in several years the entire festival has an overarching framework: UNSEEN / UNHEARD. Under this motif, artists who had never exhibited at TRAF were encouraged to apply, and artworks that explored unheard narratives or brought into greater visibility individuals, cultures and social issues were welcomed. From this great pool of entries, 41 works were selected through a “blind” jury process, with the artists’ identities undisclosed and regardless of resume or career level.

From painting and sculpture, to fiber work and carved wood furniture, to relational aesthetics and digital landscapes, the projects on view run a gamut of contemporary art and craft. They are at turns beautiful and disgusting, ominous and light, earnest and comical, banal and spectacular. These are the works that captured the attention of this juror, and made an immediate impact. Hear the trials and tribulations of a female bodybuilder, see rocks made out of silk, decipher baffling allegories, and peek at video postcards sent across the United States. And learn more about the lives, interests, and visions of artists from here and beyond.

Astria Suparak, 2015 JVAE Juror

Exhibition designed by Carin Mincemoyer, JVAE Exhibition Coordinator

2015 JVAE Artists:

Susan Baus
Thomas Bigatel
Jacob Brown
David Burke
Cynthia Cable
Carolyn Carson
Zhiwan Cheung
Lawrence Cwik
Steve Gurysh
Faraz Habiballahian
Lindsey Hayakawa
Anna Kell
Colleen Kelsey
Saberah Malik
Julie Mallis
Matthias Neumann
Quoctrung Nguyen
Meghan Olson
Keunho Peter Park
Rachel Rampleman
Melissa Riggatire
Robert Sholties
Bill Snyder
Gerri Spilka
Ivette Spradlin + Athena Frances Harden
Julian Stropes
Ronald Wasiluk
Shawn Watrous

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Dates & Times

Friday, June 5 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Trust Arts Education Center
Saturday, June 6 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Trust Arts Education Center
Sunday, June 7 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Trust Arts Education Center
Monday, June 8 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Trust Arts Education Center
Tuesday, June 9 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Trust Arts Education Center
Wednesday, June 10 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Trust Arts Education Center
Thursday, June 11 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Trust Arts Education Center
Friday, June 12 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Trust Arts Education Center
Saturday, June 13 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Trust Arts Education Center
Sunday, June 14 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Trust Arts Education Center