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Bridge 11: Lia Cook | Mariko Kusumoto | Anne Drew Potter

First presented in 1988, the Bridge Exhibition Series was established to heighten the public’s awareness of the powerful work being produced by contemporary artists. Over the course of the series, Contemporary Craft has presented solo exhibitions by 28 contemporary craft artists, highlighting techniques in a broad range of media including clay, metal, fiber, wood and glass.

Three female artists from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds have been selected for the 2011 Bridge Exhibition Series.

Bridge 12: Melissa Cameron, Kevin Snipes, Betty Vera

Showcasing three solo exhibitions, Bridge 12 will feature the saw-pierced recycled objects of Australian metal smith, Melissa Cameron; Jacquard tapestries by New York textile artist, Betty Vera; and ceramic vessels patterned with quirky, figurative drawings by Kevin Snipes. These concurrent exhibitions reflect the high level of craftsmanship being produced by contemporary artists in the U.S. and abroad today. The series opens with a free public reception on Friday, November 9 from 5:30?8 pm, and continues through March 30, 2012.

BRIDGE 13: Keith Lo Bue, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor & Jason Walker

A trio of solo exhibitions showcasing Keith Lo Bue, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor and Jason Walker investigates the complexities of the urban experience. Through found materials, fiber and ceramics, each artist presents a mash-up of contemporary life by remixing familiar figurative imagery.

The Bridge Exhibition Series is made possible by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Ted Rowland, BNSF Foundation, Ferrin Contemporary, and other generous donors.