11
Oct
09

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 99th Annual Exhibition

 

Robert Villamagna and Nancy Tirone.

Robert Villamagna and Nancy Tirone.

    Nancy Tirone my colleague at West Liberty University, and I have work in the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 99th Annual Exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Associate Professor of Art Nancy Tirone has two mixed-media works in the exhibition, Expectations and I Have No Illusions, I I Lost Them In My Travels. I have two works in the exhibition as well, 22nd at Smallman, Looking Up  and Bluesman II., both of which are printed metal on wood composite panel.

    The works were chosen for the 2009 exhibition by curator Doryun Chong. Doryun Chong was raised in Korea and studied art history, anthropology, and comparative literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his B.A. and M.A. and completed doctoral studies in art history. He began his curatorial career at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and has also worked for the Berkeley Art Museum and Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2001). He has been with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis since September 2003, where he holds the title of assistant curator of visual arts. At the Walker, Chong has developed artist residency and exhibition projects with a range of artists, including Puerto Rico-based Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Thailand-based Rikrkit Tiravanija, and Chicago-based Catherine Sullivan. With Philippe Vergne, he curated “House of Oracles: A Huang Yong Ping Retrospective,” the first mid-career survey of the Paris-based Chinese artist and co-edited the first comprehensive monograph. Currently he is co-curating an international group exhibition titled “Brave New Worlds,” scheduled to open in October 2007. He has also organized several group exhibitions in other sites, including “Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment” (2003) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and the Busan Biennale of International Contemporary Art in South Korea in 2006. 


"I Have No Illusions", by Nancy Tirone, mixed media collage on panel.

I Have No Illusions, by Nancy Tirone, mixed media collage on panel.

    Founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1930, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest continuously exhibiting visual arts organizations in the country.  AAP is a non-profit artist-run organization that exists to support regional artists through contemporary visual arts exhibitions and educational outreach programs, contributing to the vitality of the community. AAP past membership has included such well-known artists as Andy Warhol, Samuel Rosenberg, John Kane, Mary Cassatt, Philip Pearlstein and Louise Pershing, just to name a few.

"Expectations", by Nancy Tirone, mixed media collage on panel.

Expectations, by Nancy Tirone, mixed media collage on panel.

    A primary goal of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is to bring its members’ work before the public eye, for purposes of education and recognition. Since 1911, AAP has mounted this major Annual Exhibition in prominent galleries in Pittsburgh, most often at the Carnegie Museum of Art. 

        The AAP Annual is juried by distinguished artists, museum directors, scholars and nationally known art critics. Monetary awards made possible through individual, group and corporate contributions are provided each year. Each year, the organization invites artists living within 150 miles of the city to submit work for this survey exhibition. The 99th Annual will be from August 29 through November 8, 2009 at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

"22nd at Smallman, Looking Up", by Robert Villamagna, printed metal, plastic sheet, nails on MDF.

22nd at Smallman, Looking Up, by Robert Villamagna, printed metal, plastic sheet, nails on MDF.

    My entry, 22nd at Smallman, Looking Up, came about one day this past summer when my wife, Chris, and I were in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Chris was getting some groceries at Right By Nature and so I just killed some time walking up Smallman Street. At one point I looked up at one of the power poles and was intrigued by the near silhouette of the wires and arms of the pole against the blue sky. I rarely go anywhere without a digital camera and so immediately started snapping photos. It was about a week later that I took at look at the photos and realized that this might make a good subject for one of my metal works. The rest, as they say, is history.

"Bluesman II.", by Robert Villamagna, printed metal on MDF.

Bluesman II., by Robert Villamagna, printed metal on MDF.

    Bluesman II. was created as a possible promotion design for the 2009 Heritage Music Bluesfest in Wheeling. It is the third piece I have done based on blues music.

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