Join us for a virtual conversation between Ginger Brooks Takahashi & Susanne Slavick, 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
Susanne Slavick is an artist, curator and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. Her traveling curatorial projects include When the Bough Breaks (2019); Marx@200 (2018); Unloaded (2015-19); and Out of Rubble (2011-15). Slavick has exhibited internationally, most recently at University of Virginia, Gettysburg College, McDonough Museum of Art, Chicago Cultural Center, and Accola Griefen Gallery (NYC). Her work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and through four awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. To find out more about Susanne’s work, click here or follow her on Facebook: @SusanneSlavick.
Above: Susanne Slavick, Full Spectrum, 2020, Diversity Billboard Art Project
Slavick’s Billboard Artwork Locations
– On view now through December 27, 2020: On Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg, it can be viewed on the left hand side traveling West, on the intersection with Highland Avenue.
– On view now through December 27, 2020 : On Route 217, it can be viewed on the left hand side traveling South, in Derry
– Visit and view 10 of the billboard locations of The Diversity Billboard Art Project, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, by going on the Diversity Billboard Art Project Road Trip!
Ginger Brooks Takahashi is co-founder of queer and feminist journal LTTR; project MOBILIVRE BOOKMOBILE project; the touring musical act MEN; and General Sisters. She has presented work at the Oakland Museum of California, 2019; Jewish Museum, 2016; Tensta Konsthall, 2015; Brooklyn Museum, 2013; Museo Tamayo, 2010; New Museum, 2009; and Serpentine Gallery, 2008. She is currently developing a public art piece with Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and Center for Civic Arts in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. To learn more about Ginger’s work follow her on Instagram @brookstakahashi.
Brooks Takahashi’s Billboard Artwork Locations
– On view now through February 21, 2020: On Route 119, it can be viewed on the right hand side traveling North, between Youngwood and South Greensburg.
– From December 28, 2020 through March 27, 2021 : On Route 30, it can be viewed on the right hand side traveling East, between Idlewild Amusement Park and Ligonier.
— Visit and view 10 of the billboard locations of The Diversity Billboard Art Project, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, by going on the Diversity Billboard Art Project Road Trip!
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.