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Pittsburgh 10 (+2)

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BoxHeart Gallery

4523 Liberty Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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From November 21st, 2017 through January 12, 2018, BoxHeart Gallery presents the Pittsburgh 10 (+2) on exhibit in our main gallery. The exhibit features twelve Pittsburgh artists with extensive exhibition experience: Zivi Aviraz, Robert Bowden, Eva Damianos, Sylvester Damianos, Kathleen DePasse, Lila Hirsh-Brody, Mark Panza, Phiris Kathryn Sickels, David Sparks, Susan Sparks, Dirk VandenBerg, and Francine VandenBerg. The artwork is contemporary in character and runs the gamut of artistic styles representing unique perspectives in different medias. The artwork presented in the Pittsburgh 10 (+2) not only celebrates the group's artistic diversity but also their friendships through exhibitions and events focusing on creating new artwork.

The Pittsburgh 10 is a group of regional artists brought together by artist Lila-Hirsch-Brody in 2015. The group includes: Zivi Aviraz, Lila Hirsch-Brody, Kathy DePasse, Joel Kranich, Lilli Nieland, Phiris Kathryn Sickels, David Sparks, Susan Sparks, Dirk VandenBerg, and Francine VandenBerg. Many of the Pittsburgh 10 first worked together at the former EastSide Gallery, a co-op gallery in Pittsburgh’s EastEnd. Aviraz, Hirsh-Brody, DePasse, Sickles, and Sparks began exhibiting together there, and often presented exhibits and guest artists for a cause. The original core group consisted of six artists, Aviraz, Hirsch-Brody, Kranich, Neiland, Sickels, and Sparks, who exhibited together at Panza Gallery. Out of this core group and their strong working relationships, exhibition and event opportunities presented themselves and the Pittsburgh 10 evolved. They continue to break the rules by including a few amazing male artists in the group!

The Pittsburgh 10 takes its name from the Philadelphia Ten, a group of women artists from the Philadelphia area that exhibited together between 1927 and 1945. At the time, exhibitions featuring women artists were often described as conservative, but nonetheless, an important vehicle for presenting high quality artwork by women to the general public. This was the first significant step toward integrating women into the art world. The time period in which these women made art was a significant one. From World War I through World War II, women's roles in the workforce changed dramatically. The Pittsburgh 10 borrows from this group by having six women artists at is core, who strive to break the rules in their own artwork, and often do so to support a cause. Past “causes” have included: the The Center for Women in Squirrel Hill, The Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, the Magee-Womens Foundation, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWFRI), and the Zola Hirsch Education Fund of the JCC.

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Pittsburgh 10 (+2) will be on exhibit from November 21st, 2017 through January 12th, 2018 in our main gallery. The exhibition coincides with our 2nd floor exhibition, Kyle Ethan Fischer, Carolyn Pierotti, and Caleb Thimell: Distortion. The reception with the artists will be held Saturday, November 25th from 5-8pm. It is free and open to the public.

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