Pop-Up Exhibition: Adrienne Heinrich & Brian Geary

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Adrienne Heinrich, sculptor, painter and installation artist, was educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Inspired by her life experiences as a woman and mother, Heinrich gravitates towards materials that are difficult to control physically and imply a sense of vulnerability, such as translucent fabric and cast silicone. She employs light as an important element in her work.

Heinrich has been awarded grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and is represented in the permanent collections of Carnegie Museum of Art, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, the Heinz Endowments, and the Contemporary Museum of Montecatini, Italy. Her work has been shown at galleries in New York City, Washington D.C., and throughout Pennsylvania. Heinrich was an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Seton Hill University and has been a Pennsylvania Residency Artist for 12 years. Her work is included in over sixty corporate collections and many private collections.

Heinrich was the first recipient of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art Exhibition Award presented at the 1997 Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) Annual, and she has received eleven jurors’ awards in AAP exhibitions held at Carnegie Museum of Art. She developed a high school student outreach program for AAP called Visual Arts Career Orientation and is currently co-leading a program in the Pittsburgh Public Schools helping students research the works in the Friends of Art Collection, which are owned by and displayed in the schools.

In 2002, she was named Pittsburgh Artist of the Year, for which she was awarded a major solo exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Brian Geary’s paintings are rendered in a hyper-realistic manner depicting simple objects in everyday life. An oil painter, Geary brings mundane objects to life using the traditional viewpoints of 17th century Dutch and 19th and 20th century tromp l’oeil painters in his work through the use of light, composition and movement. In his large-scale paintings, the artist utilizes vibrant color and repetitive pattern to simultaneously confront and comfort his viewers. Geary’s smaller paintings invite the audience to observe precise detail and subtle value shifts that clarify object from background through the manipulation of depth and light.

Geary has exhibited his work at O.K. Harris Gallery, New York; 1708 Gallery, Virginia; City of Skopje Museum, Republic of Macedonia; and the Erie Art Museum, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of Edinboro, Pennsylvania and his Master’s in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Geary has held teaching positions at both Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. Moving back from the Middle East in 2010, he now lives and maintains his studio in southwest Greensburg.

Opening: Friday, April 10, 2015 from 5-7 PM at Art on Tap. Admission is $7 and includes music by Jessica Saenz, a scavenger hunt, light bites from Duane’s Cafe on Main, beer from All Saints Brewing Company, wine and non-alcoholic drink selections. This month’s Art on Tap is sponsored by Milanscape.