Edited by Rachel Jones | Photographs from Rafael Abreu-Canedo
“Do you know where your art comes from?” The question posed by CSA PGH is also answered by its fruitful program. Short for Community Supported Art, the initiative is modeled after Community Supported Agriculture boxes, where individuals purchase shares from local farmers in exchange for a collection of produce and other area-grown goodies. CSA PGH commissions local artists to create pieces, which are harvested as a bountiful box of art for community members to enjoy. Mutually beneficial for both parties, CSA PGH expands artists’ reach in the local art scene and introduces participants to the great works created in Pittsburgh.
This year, CSA PGH teamed up with jurors Sean Beauford and Vicky A. Clark to select local artists to fill the 20 shares: Kevin Clancy, Sarika Goulatia, Mark Franchino with Jeremy Boyle, Seth LeDonne, John Peña, and Imin Yeh. Check out our exclusive look at the pieces that shareholders will pick up this month and learn more about the artists behind the pieces. For more information on this affordable, engaging program, visit csapgh.com.
Artist/musician Jeremy Boyle received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. A founding and current member of the Chicago group Joan of Arc, he recently toured Europe, Japan, and the U.S. in support of their new record, He’s Got the Whole This Land is Your Land in His Hands, produced by Joyful Noise Recordings. His artwork, most of which is sound and technology-based, has been exhibited in major cities across the U.S., including Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Miami, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. He is collaborating with Mark Franchino for a forthcoming exhibition at Hallwalls in Buffalo, N.Y. jeremyboyle.com.
Long Island, N.Y., native Mark Franchino earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware. Over the last 13 years, his work has been shown in more than 70 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany; the International Print Center in New York City; and the Carnegie Museum of Art. He’s received numerous awards for his work, like the H. Douglas Pickering Memorial Award, and purchase prizes from Lessedra Gallery in Sophia, Bulgaria, and the Amity Art Foundation in Connecticut. The designer has shared his experiences in visiting artist lectures at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and worked as an assistant curator and the print studio coordinator at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, N.D., where he organized an international artist residency program. Currently, Franchino is an associate professor of art at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. markfranchinodesigns.com.
Both artists worked in collaboration to create this functional wooden nightlight!
Contemporary sculptor/installation Sarika Goulatia earned bachelors and masters degrees in textiles at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in India, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. The Gorakhpur, India, native moved to Pittsburgh in 2002. Her work has been displayed in solo and group exhibitions at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery for the India in Focus Festival, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, The Mine Factory, and Double Consciousness at Mattress Factory, as well as the Emerging Artist of the Year show, among others. Goulatia has received the Sally Gehl, Samuel Rosenberg, and Elizabeth Jones Award in Humanities and Art at Carnegie Mellon University, and has been awarded residency/exhibition opportunities at Neu Kirche and the Alloy at Carrie Furnace. Her artistry is as much a reflection of her own keen intellect and insatiable curiosity as it is a reflection of human experience. sarika-goulatia.com.
Sarika Goulatia created this letterpress print with a QR code connecting the audience to the public portion of the project.
Pittsburgh native Kevin Clancy earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors and distinction from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The interdisciplinary artist creates accumulative process-based installations, nomadic social spaces, and prismatic light environments that provide momentary glimpses into utopic possibilities. His work has been exhibited at Keleketla! Library in Johannesburg, South Africa; VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia; Flux Factory in Queens, N.Y.; Mattress Factory; The Andy Warhol Museum; and ILLUMINUS, Samsøn, and Mobius in Boston. anenvyclick.com.
Kevin Clancy created this lasercut dichroic window film package.
Pittsburgh resident John Peña attended a number of residencies, including The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in New York City, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Neb., and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. The multidisciplinary artist makes art as a way of exploring the natural world and his daily interactions. A few of his projects include: racing with clouds, sending a letter to the Pacific Ocean every day for 12 years, and creating a pirate radio station that played extinct bird sounds. For the last seven years, he has been making a drawing every day that records a memorable moment from his life. Recently, he’s been making life-size word balloons out of plaster that are precariously balanced on two-by-fours. johnpena.net.
John Peña built this small sculpture set as a replica of his life-size word balloons.
Seth LeDonne is a multidisciplinary artist with an interest in the intersections of community, spirituality, and wellness. His work examines and amplifies perceptions and reflections of the everyday by exploring the use of vulnerability and sentimentality as tools for reflection, connection, and each-otherness. LeDonne creates paintings, prints, writing, photos, and performances. He has been collecting and curating his work into self-published art books for over a decade, and he currently creates at Radiant Hall in Lawrenceville. sethledonne.com.
Seth LeDonne’s art book package includes a photograph, a screen-printed poster, and a pin.
Imin Yeh is an interdisciplinary and project-based artist working in sculpture, installation, and participatory events. Her projects use print media as a technical tool for realizing the ambition of large-scale work and print as a conceptual strategy for exploring free, exchange, and craft-based economies. The projects utilize repetitive handcraft and mimicry as a strategy for examining the issues around the unseen labor and production that lies behind our many unconsidered everyday objects. Yeh received her Master of Fine Arts from California College for the Arts and is currently an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has been exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She has been an Artist in Residency at Montalvo Art Center in Saratoga, Cali., Blue Mountain Center in New York, Sandarbh Artist Workshop in Partapur, India, and Recology San Francisco. Yeh is the recipient of a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation and an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. iminyeh.info.
Imin Yeh assembled this paper sculpture set.
CSA PGH is supported by PNC Charitable Trusts and its umbrella organization, CDCP, is supported by The Lois Tack Thompson Fund, Katharine C. McCormick Fund No. 2, Walter and Merriam Modell Memorial Fund, Alice G. and D. Halsey Donaldson Fund, and Arthur Ebert Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.