Join us for a virtual conversation between Shane Pilster and Tina Williams Brewer, 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.
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About The Artists
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Shane Pilster has called Pittsburgh his home since 2004 and is a pioneer in bringing awareness and shining a spotlight on urban art and its artistry. Working with Rivers of Steel since 2012, he created its Urban Art Tour and interactive workshop curriculum to showcase the postindustrial history of Carrie Furnaces. In addition to organizing and curating the legal painting areas of this National Historic Landmark, he has organized art components and live demonstrations at events such as Homestead First Fridays, Thrival Festival, and the Three Rivers Arts Festival. To find out more about Shane’s work, click here or follow him on Facebook @paintforhire or Instagram @outafterdark
Shane Pilster, CommUNITY, 2020, Diversity Billboard Art Project
Pilster’s Billboard Artwork Locations
– On view now through February 21, 2021: On I-76, it can be viewed on the right hand side traveling North, approaching the Irwin area and Route 30.
– From December 28, 2020 through March 21, 2021: On Route 51, it can be viewed on the right hand side traveling South, near the Rostraver Airport.
Internationally renowned fiber artist Tina Williams Brewer is known for her artistic exploration of African American history and culture and the personal experiences associated with it. Using symbolism, textile, and fabrics, she creates story quilts that are motivated by issues focusing on family, women and children, and the spirituality of the culture. She is the recipient of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for the Arts, Artist of the Year, 2018. To learn more about Tina’s story quilts, click here or follow her on Instagram @tinabrewerdesigns
Tina Williams Brewer, Embracing Collective Cultures, 2020, Diversity Billboard Art Project
Williams Brewer’s Billboard Artwork Locations
– On view now through February 21, 2021: On Route 30, in Adamsburg, it can be viewed on the right hand side traveling West.
– From December 28, 2020 through March 21, 2021: On Route 56, it can be viewed on the right hand side traveling North, Tarentum area.
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.