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The Space Between
December 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Inspired by Pittsburgh ceramic artist Edward Eberle’s black and white motifs, Contemporary Craft’s new salon-style speaker series – The Space Between – invites two local thought-leaders representing different viewpoints and backgrounds to discuss the role of creativity within their respective fields. Loosely organized around themes of language, the body, and food, each of the three events joins together fascinating and buzz-worthy local cultural producers in an 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 SCC’s current exhibition, the Edward Eberle Retrospective.
Plan to arrive early to experience the Edward Eberle Retrospective before the program begins!
The Space Between is free and open to the public with a $5 donation appreciated at the door.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 – 6pm
Alexandra Oliver, art critic + Anqwenique Wingfield, vocalist
Alexandra Oliver completed her PhD in art history at the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. She is an art critic and avid Wikipedian. In her day job, Alexandra serves as Research and Development Manager at Radiant Hall Studios, a nonprofit with a mission to create and preserve affordable studios for Pittsburgh artists.
Anqwenique Wingfield is an extremely versatile vocalist and educator specializing in opera, classical music, jazz and soul. She is the founder and director of Pittsburgh based artist collective Groove Aesthetic and studio manager of BOOM Concepts: BOOM Studios//Hilltop. In 2014 contemporary jazz band KINETIC (lead by Dr. Joe Sheehan) released debut album “World of Wonder,” Anqwenique is the lead vocalist. She was named as one of Whirl Magazine’s 13 Under 30 in 2015 and one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab 40 under 40 in 2013. As a teaching artist, Anqwenique has shared her talents and experience with many young singers and musicians in the Pittsburgh area, she was recently hired as the education director of Opera Theater Pittsburgh.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 – 6pm
Hannah Aitchison, tattoo artist + Maria Caruso, dancer and choreographer
Theme: The Body
Hannah Aitchison is an internationally-recognized, multi-award-winning tattoo artist. She has lived and worked in Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and now Pittsburgh. Her background includes 20 years of tattooing adventures, and a style that embraces both classical and modern day illustration, inspired by her background in commercial and graphic arts.
Maria Caruso, Founder and Director of Bodiography and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at La Roche College, is well known for her leadership as well as her choreographic strength in focusing on humanity in dance. Nominated in 2012 by Examiner.com as one of 25 finalists in the “America Inspired” contest, she continues to utilize dance as a means of expression capable of raising awareness about significant subject matter. Acknowledged at the 2016 Future Health Technology Summit at MIT as a genius of choreography and selected as a 2016 Pittsburgh Business Times Fast Tracker, she has been a force in the cultural landscape. A native to the city, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in performing arts and dance from Florida State University at age nineteen and shortly after earned a Master of Science Degree in Professional Leadership with an emphasis on management for non-profit organizations from Carlow University.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 6pm
Adam Milliron, food photographer + Bethany Zozula, chef
Adam Milliron is a Pittsburgh based food, beverage, and product photographer. His studio specializes in photographing food, products, visions, ideas, lifestyles, and concepts – helping some of the world’s largest brands tell their stories.
Bethany Zozula is Executive Chef at Whitfield at Ace Hotel in East Liberty, one of only a handful of local restaurants run by women. Previously, she was executive sous chef at Eleven in the Strip District.