Prepping Pittsburgh: Art Sustaining Community showcases the collaboration between Contemporary Craft, artist George Bowes, 10 nationally recognized ceramicists, and Community Kitchen Pittsburgh (CKP). The exhibition features 327 handmade prep bowls – one to represent and honor each of CKP’s graduates.
The Prepping Pittsburgh project began with George Bowes, a Galveston, TX based ceramic artist, who sees an analogy between the concept of making small prep bowls for cooking and how organizations prepare individuals to be active members of the community. By partnering with CKP, an organization that uses food to strengthen communities by turning it into a life-changing career, Bowes and 10 participating artists created 327 unique prep bowls with diverse styles and forms. Each bowl represents and honors a graduate of the CKP program. With the project, Bowes intends to amplify CKP’s mission and programming in the region. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the prep bowls will be donated to CKP.
Prepping Pittsburgh: Art Sustaining Community participating artists includes, George Bowes, Eleanor Anderson, Carole Ann Fer, Terry Gess, Louise Rosenfield, Jerry Solomon Jr., Judith Salomon, Yoko Sekino-Bove, Lynn Smiser Bowers, Jerilyn Virden, and Holly Walker. This exhibition is dedicated in loving memory to Rodrick Desmond Hawkins. Hawkins taught Bowes about, among other things, the transformational work of Catalyst Kitchens like Community Kitchen Pittsburgh.
CC’s BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery is located at 500 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (in the Lobby of the Steel Plaza T-Station in downtown Pittsburgh). This exhibition is open daily through midnight and is also free to the public.
General operating support for Contemporary Craft is provided by Allegheny Regional Asset District, Windgate Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Henry L. Hillman Foundation, The George G Fund, Cathy Raphael, Opportunity Fund, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Elizabeth R. Raphael Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Jack Buncher Foundation, The Fine Foundation, Giant Eagle Foundation, Anonymous foundation, and by members of the Heart of Craft circle of donors.