Mayor Peduto Announces Public Art Award Winner
Homewood Artist Residency selected for Mayor’s Award for Public Art
Pittsburgh, November 16, 2015…..Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh, selected Homewood Artist Residency as the 2015 winner of the Mayor’s Award for Public Art. Alisha Wormsley, Artistic Director, and Kilolo Luckett, Managing Director, will receive the award from the Mayor today at the August Wilson Center today at 5pm as part of Moving Forward, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s annual meeting and 10th anniversary celebration. Homewood Artist Residency (HAR) is an artist-driven catalyst for change in collaboration with the people of Homewood. HAR celebrates African-American art and culture in the neighborhood to enhance the quality of life by forging relationships with the regional and international art community. HAR aims to advance “art as a social practice” in the city of Pittsburgh and to help ensure that the community is represented and empowered by this work.
The Mayor’s Award for Public Art, established in 2007, acknowledges the power of public art to benefit the city economically, socially, and aesthetically, and to celebrate those who are most committed to supporting this important element of our community. Shares Mayor Peduto, "It is a great honor to recognize the men and women of Pittsburgh that have maintained a commitment to quality public art. I'd like to congratulate the Homewood Artist Residency for their collaborative and creative approach to enhancing the quality of life in Homewood through the art community." Renee Piechocki, Director of Office of Public Art comments, “This award is important because it recognizes public art excellence. Previous awardees have been recognized outstanding works of public art. This year, the Homewood Artist Residency is being recognized for excellence in artists building communities and connections between neighbors. The artists that lead the residency, and the artists that they invite to participate, deserve recognition for the quality of their collaboration in the community and the projects they produce.”
Homewood Artist Residency began as a vision of The Andy Warhol Museum. Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum comments, “I am thrilled to know that the Homewood Artist Residency, a project we started at The Warhol in 2011 with artists Tina Brewer and Vanessa German with the assistance of Ingrid LaFleur, has blossomed into a thriving and much-loved annual program that gives voice to students at Westinghouse High School under the dynamic direction of Alisha Wormsley and Kilolo Luckett.” Alisha Wormsley, HAR Artistic Director and Kilolo Luckett, HAR Managing Director, add: “The Homewood Artist Residency is thrilled to be the recipient of the 2015 Mayor’s Award for Public Art. We look forward to continuing our work in Homewood by learning and growing with the residents in the neighborhood and the Pittsburgh community as a whole.”
Homewood Artist Residency Artists who have participated in residencies, as teaching artists, or in visiting artist workshops are as follows, with all artists from the Pittsburgh area with the exception of those otherwise noted. Residencies: Tina Brewer, Vanessa German, Alisha Wormsley, Staycee Pearl, Robert Hodge (Houston). Teaching artists: Naeem Martinez White and Heather White Visiting artist workshops: Darrell Kinsel, Lisa Harris (Houston), Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson, Brett Wormsley, Jamila Waddell (New York), Ayanah Moor (Chicago). Homewood Artist Residency is generously funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation, PNC Charitable Trust, First NationalBank, Howard and Neil E. Miller Foundation, Jack Buncher Foundation, Peoples Natural Gas, The Grable Foundation, The Kasdan Family, and the Sprout Fund.