The Space Between
November 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Contemporary Craft’s salon-style speaker series – The Space Between – invites an exhibition artist and local thought-leaders representing different viewpoints and backgrounds to discuss the role of creativity within their respective fields. Each event is a fascinating and buzz-worthy local cultural evening of inspiring and revealing conversation.
Our featured speakers will talk briefly about their background and the way they approach the creative process. Topics may include the concepts and themes in their work, personal connections to craft, the use of language, color, and/or movement, and individual processes and techniques. The speakers and audience will then engage in an informal discussion inspired by the presenters’ creative journeys and CC’s current innovative exhibition – Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials.
Plan to arrive early to experience the exhibition before the program begins!
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP for your free seat.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 6 PM
Featured Speaker: Robert Villamagna and Chris McGinnis.
Moderator: NEXTpittsburgh staff
Robert Villamagna is one of the exhibiting artists in CC’s current exhibition – Transformation 10. He is a mixed-media artist based in Wheeling, WV. He is passionate about working with found materials, especially those items that show use, wear and even some rust. Robert often wonder about the person who made these materials, who used them, who held them. Upon close inspection of his work, the viewer can discover the history of the material and some insight into it’s former life. Robert is currently the Assistant Professor of Art at West Liberty University.
Chris McGinnis is an artist, curator and educator working in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with over ten solo exhibitions and over 40 group exhibitions in recent years. Chris has created projects for the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and The Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation. He is co-founder of Alloy Pittsburgh a site-based art project and research laboratory developed for the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark. His work has been published in the National Studio Visit Magazine, European Art Magazine, Manifest’s International Painting Annual as well as numerous local and university publications including Pittsburgh’s Post Gazette and The Tribune Review. Chris has worked for institutions across the country including Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Arizona and Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he served as Director of the University’s Kipp Gallery from 2011 – 2016. He is currently Founding Director and Chief Curator for Rivers of Steel Arts, a division of the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area.