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Diversity Billboard Art Project Artists’ Talks

Alisha Wormsley & Dorion Barill

 

  • Time: 7–8pm

Join us for a virtual conversation between Alisha Wormsley and Dorion Barill, 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.
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*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
Pittsburgh-based interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer Alisha B. Wormsley creates work that is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color. She has received numerous awards and grants to support her programs: The People Are The Light, afronaut(a) film and performance series, Homewood Artist Residency (recipient of the mayor’s public art award) the Children of NAN video art series, and There Are Black People in the Future. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. To learn more about Alisha’s work, click here or follow her on Instagram: @alishabwormsley @sibylsshrine.


Above: Alisha Wormsley, There are Black People in Our Future: Westmoreland, 2020, Diversity Billboard Art Project

Wormsley’s Billboard Artwork Locations
– On view now through February 21, 2020: On Route 22, it can be viewed on the left hand side traveling West, in the Murrysville area.
– From December 28, 2020 through March 27, 2021: On intersection of Route 119, Route 819 and Arch Street in Greensburg.
– – 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!

Draftsman and filmmaker, Dorion Barill produces site-specific work by mining dream imagery and local history.  Orbiting conditions of fear and irrationality, his artwork presents utopian visions on the threshold of consciousness. He’s been awarded residencies in Rome and Cappadocia, with an exhibition record that includes the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George in Corfu, Greece; the Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Exhibition in Pittsburgh; and the Castello Colonna in Genazzano, Italy. He was a recipient of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s 2013 Investing In Professional Artists Grant. To find out more about Dorion’s work, click here or follow him on Facebook, @dorionbarill.studio, or Instagram, @dorion_barill.


Above: Dorion Barill, Sunrise, 2020, Diversity Billboard Art Project

Barill’s Billboard Artwork Locations
– On view now through February 21, 2021: On Route 30, in Greensburg, it can be viewed on the left hand side traveling West, in the intersection with Route 119.
– On view now through December 27, 2020: On Route 56, it can be viewed on the left hand side traveling North, just outside New Kensington.
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.

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

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  • Time: 7–8pm
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