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Diversity Billboard Art Project Artists’ Talks

Edith Abeyta & Fran Flaherty

Left: Fran Flaherty, love (detail), 2020, Diversity Billboard Art Project

  • Time: 7–8pm

Join us for a virtual conversation between Edith Abeyta and Fran Flaherty, two of the artists selected for the Diversity Billboard Art Project. The artists will be discussing their commissioned original works inspired by the theme Make Our Differences Our Strengths. The conversation will be moderated by lead artist for the project Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer, who will share insights about the conception of this public art campaign that will display 10 new works of art, curated by the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition and The Westmoreland, on billboards across Westmoreland County.

FREE with registration. Advance registration is required.
To register, click here or call 888.718.4253.*

*The link to access the live-streamed Diversity Billboard Art Project Artists’ Talk will be included on the receipt/confirmation page during the registration process, and this link will also be included within the receipt sent to your email.

About The Artists
Edith Abeyta is a visual artist living in North Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her current practice is centered around people, identity and negotiating relationships with the built environment, which manifests as temporary installations, sculptures and experiential life events. Abeyta has been working as an artist in residence with the Office of Public Art at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood since June 2014. Her work with Hazelwood residents resulted in a multi-year project, Arts Excursions Unlimited, a free monthly arts excursions program, an art studio, and temporary public art. To find out more about Edith, click here or follow Art Excursions Unlimited on Facebook: @artexcursionsunlimited

Above: Edith Abeyta, Blind is More, 2020, Diversity Billboard Art Project

Abeyta’s Billboard Artwork Locations
– On view now through February 21, 2021: On Route 22, it can be viewed on the right hand side traveling East in Delmont, after passing Route 66.
– From December 28, 2020 through March 21, 2021: On Route 30, it can be viewed on the left hand side traveling towards Ligonier.

Fran Flaherty is a deaf artist living in Pittsburgh for over 25 years. As a first generation immigrant from the Philippines, her work is centered in issues surrounding migrant family relations and assimilation, maternal feminism, disability aesthetics, and social work. Her work is inspired by the care paradigm. It is the prospect of this harmony that inspired her to create Anthropology of Motherhood, an ongoing project which highlights artworks that engage in the complex visual, material, emotional, corporeal, and lived experiences of motherhood, caregiving, parenting, nurturing, and maternal labor. To learn more about Fran, click here or follow her on Facebook @FranLedonioFlaherty or  Instagram @fcflaherty. Photo credit: Grace Roselli, IG: @gracerosellistudio, #pandorasboxxproject , FB: Grace Roselli

Above: Fran Flaherty, LOVE, 2020, Diversity Billboard Art Project

Flaherty’s Billboard Artwork Locations
– On view now through February 21, 2021: On Route 119, it can be viewed on the right hand side traveling North, leaving Connellsville towards 1-70.
– On view now through December 27, 2020 : On Route 30, it can be viewed on the left hand side traveling West, near the Main Street, Irwin.

Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer has been working as an artist, primarily as a painter, and designer for over 15 years. A native of Palmira, Colombia, Sheila graduated with a degree in Architectural Design from the Fundación Academia de Dibujo Profesional and studied Fine Arts at the Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes in Cali, Colombia.

Sheila’s work has been shown at the Carnegie Museum of Art, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Susquehanna Museum of Art, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and numerous galleries in Pennsylvania, Florida, New York and Colombia. Sheila has been invited to show her work at the Pennsylvania State Capitol and the United States Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. Her design Democracy is Power was chosen by the Amplifier Foundation curatorial team, which includes Shepard Fairey, to travel around the country with #powertothepolls, a touring exhibit to inspire people from around the country to take to the polls for the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Sheila currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition and the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Her work represents her interest in identity, diversity, human rights, and social justice.

To find out more about the Diversity Billboard Art Project Make Our Difference Our Strengths, visit their website by clicking here.


  • Time: 7–8pm
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