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Meet the Maker: Florence Smith

Maker and artist Florence Smith left the corporate world and founded her own Pittsburgh-based company Djoi Designs, named for her two children, son Dee and daughter Onsaya Joi. Djoi Designs features Florence’s beautifully designed and handcrafted leather handbags, leather goods, …

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Meet the Maker: David Pearson

Pittsburgh-based artist David Pearson is a self-taught woodworker who takes discarded pieces of wood and turns them into one-of-a-kind bowls, clocks, boxes, cutting/charcuterie boards, jewelry and ornaments. His pieces showcase the grain patterns, beautiful figuring and warmth of wood, …

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Meet the Maker: Margaret Dorfman

California-based artist Margaret Dorfman transforms fruits and vegetables into translucent parchments that are shaped into vessels, glass serving ware pieces, and fused to copper to form jewelry. Her Vegetable Parchments capture and preserve the jewel-like colors and intricate structures in …

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Animated Landscape Autumn Edition

For this Animated Landscape installment, we turn toward fall and William Coventry Wall’s View Along the Allegheny Near Aspinwall Pa., 1867.

William Coventry Wall was born in London on December 8, 1811 and immigrated to the United States with his …

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Make a Hat Day: Art, History, and Hats!

Today is #MakeAHatDay! Get inspired by these artworks from our collection all of which feature people wearing hats! Find a little more about the history of the hats in these artworks and try your hand at creating a hat with …

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Take a Walk Down a Country Road

Even though Westmoreland County has moved into the Green Phase of the Plan to Reopen Pennsylvania, many of us are still practicing social distancing and still experiencing a bit of cabin fever.

Some good ways to help cope with cabin …

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In Conversation with Thomas Agnew and D.S. Kinsel of BOOM Concepts

Beginning in September 2020, the Museum will collaborate with BOOM Concepts during a multi-year project with a focus on engaging Black and marginalized artists through an artist residency program that will include insightful community enrichment programming.

Joan McGarry, Director of …

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African American Art in the 20th Century Exhibition Overview!

Written By Chief Curator Barbara Jones

This traveling exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, presents 45 works dating from the 1930s to the 1990s by 34 black artists. These painters, sculptors, and printmakers participated in the multifaceted dialogues …

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Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Artists in the Collection: Charles Demuth (1883-1935)

In honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in June and our upcoming Virtual Pride Celebration Week, July 27-31, we are highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists from our permanent collection.

The third LGBTQIA+ artist from that we are celebrating is American modernist Charles …

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Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Artists in the Collection: Tom Rowlands (1926-1991)

In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month last month and our upcoming Pride Celebration Week, July 27-31, we are highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists from our permanent collection and featuring their work in the Robertshaw Gallery windows.

The second LGBTQIA+ artist that …

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