Art Department Field Trip

West Liberty University art students and faculty at AIR.

A few weeks back some of the WLU art faculty and students took a field trip to Pittsburgh. Our first stop was Artists Image Resource on Pittsburgh’s North Side. AIR creates learning environments for artists, students and the community primarily through Its Open Studio/Open House/Open Study Initiative. AIR’s educational programs and artists’ projects come together to create a platform for the community to engage in all aspects of the art process. Through various innovative events and exhibitions AIR provides many opportunities for the community to be part of the creative process. By inviting visitors to take part in art making, art viewing and collaborating in the hands-on creation of work, AIR supports the community while engaging and challenging its members.

AIR has a 10,000 square foot facility includes an Intaglio (etching) shop, a Lithography shop, a Screenprinting shop, a Digital Imaging lab, exhibition and archive spaces. AIR provides a resource for work in relief, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, digital imaging, photography, bookbinding, papermaking, letterpress and other related arts.

Examples of work created at AIR.

Another work example at AIR.

WLU students screen printing at AIR.

Wall of prints at AIR.

WLU art crew in front of Shepherd Fairey print outside of AIR.

Detail of Shepherd Fairey print.

Following our tour at AIR we headed to the Andy Warhol Museum to view the exhibition, Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand. Also at the Warhol was the exhibition SuperTrash, which showcases a selection of sensational movie memorabilia, giving viewers the opportunity to explore depths of meaning through an unpredictable fermenting of images, symbols, and designs. It is an art exhibition comprised of more than 200 carefully-chosen posters in varying format and scale from the 1930s through the 1980s, that mills together classic cinema, predatory grindhouse, and X-rated exploitation.

Reflections in a window across from the Warhol Museum.

Fairey print across from the Warhol.

Padgett shows off his souvenir from the field trip.


1 Response to “Art Department Field Trip”

  1. December 22, 2009 at 1:31 am

    You get to go to the coolest places!

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