Shaunda Miles, Director of Public Relations, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.orgDiana Roth, Communications Manager, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
BEST IN SHOW AND JUROR’S AWARD
Astria Suparak, Juror for the 2015 Juried Visual Art Exhibition, has curated exhibitions, screenings, live music events and performances for art spaces, film festivals, and academic venues internationally. She was previously the director and curator of Carnegie Mellon's Miller Gallery, where she curated The Yes Men's first solo exhibition, Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions, and the nationally touring Alien She, among other exhibitions. www.astriasuparak.com
This is the first year in nearly two decades that the exhibition, founded in 1962, opened its applications to artists living outside of the Pittsburgh region. The expanded call resulted in 500 entries from 39 states and from as far as Tehran. This is also the first time in several years the entire festival has an overarching framework: Unseen/Unheard. Under this motif, artists who had never exhibited at TRAF were encouraged to apply, and artworks that explored unheard narratives or brought into greater visibility individuals, cultures and social issues were welcomed. From this great pool of entries, 36 works by 28 artists were selected through a “blind” jury process, with the artists’ identities undisclosed and regardless of resume or career level.
The Juried Visual Art Exhibition provides the public with an opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork on display during this year’s festival. The ‘People’s Choice’ award vote can be done on-site using the convenient tablets and by smartphone or online at TrustArts.org/voteTRAF. The ‘People’s Choice’ award-winning artist will receive a cash prize as well as the opportunity to show new work at the 2016 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.
The multi-disciplinary festival is free to attend and is open to the public. Attracting over 400,000 visitors annually, the Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District.
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Each of its world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions is free to attend and open to the public! The Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.