CSA PGH came to fruition in 2013 from the hard work of Corey Escoto, Kilolo Luckett, Blain Siegel and myself. Community Supported Art Pittsburgh(CSA PGH) created “shares” of local art to feed the public’s cultural appetite. Instead of the boxes of fruit and vegetables that one might get from a local farm as an agricultural CSA, our shares include works by local artists. We've been thrilled by the local and national support we've found and will continue to bring fresh, local art to the community.
The project is now run by Casey Droege. To date CSA PGH has commissioned 23 artists in the creation of 170 shares sold to the public. More details can be found at www.csapgh.com.
CSA PGH logo
Shareholders picked up the first half of their share at the Andy Warhol Museum.
2016 CSA PGH Small Mall
Throughout the years, I've organized conceptual cultural tours as a way to engage my audience. Whether it be a tour of New Orleans in Chicago or a tour of the underbelly of Marshall Field's Department Store, I've found these ephemeral experiences are extremely effective at starting conversation, building relationships and instigating future collaborations. Recently, I organized Climb Abroad as a part of the traveling pop-up shop for gender wage equality, Less than 100.
A school bus of tour-goers travelled the city, picking up 5 of my favorite non-male artists. Each artist spoke for 5-10 minutes on their life in Pittsburgh and their practice before jumping on the bus and joining us in the adventure. Artists included Lenka Clayton, Linda Wallen, Nina Sarnelle of dad pranks, Alisha Wormsley, and Dana Bishop Root of General Sisters.
The Residence is a new program begun in 2016. Curators and Cultural Producers are invited to stay in the Residence while working with Droege to produce an exhibit, lecture, or program showcasing Pittsburgh artists.
For the Spring of 2016, housing is generously provided by Barbara Luderowski, President and Co-Director of the Mattress Factory. Tereneh Mosley was the first in residence with a collaborative pop-up exhibit of her Idia'Dega collections in February and March of 2016.
Elena Harvey Collins was in residence for April 2016, meeting with artists and writing about her interactions with them, their practices, and the changing landscape of Pittsburgh. The series of essays will be released across several online platforms in the summer of 2016. Additional support for EHC was provided by Radiant Hall.
Exhibit photo by Tereneh Mosley
PGH Photo Fair
PGH Photo Fair is Pittsburgh's only commercial art fair focused on photography. In 2016, I joined Evan Mirapaul, the founder, as Co-Director. The fair hosts a number of gallerists and exhibitors from around the world at the Carnegie Museum of Art for one weekend a year. More can be seen here.