Spring is here and fresh, local art is ripe and ready to be picked. But do you know where your art comes from?
In the same way that community- supported agriculture works, where locally-grown produce is delivered to our home or a drop-off location, community supported art (CSA PGH) sells ‘shares’ of local artist’s work to feed the public’s cultural appetite, says CSA PGH Project Manager Casey Droege.
After a very successful first year—nearly selling out within a few hours of launching—CSA PGH is expanding their second season with nine new artists and a bigger bounty of fresh, limited-edition visual art.
CSA PGH is offering 50 ‘full shares’ at $450 featuring the work of local artists Edith Abeyta, Cara Erskine, Alexis Gideon, Jennifer Myers, Lucia Nhamo, and Barbara Weissberger.
This year, share size is also expanding. Fifty ‘half shares’ are being offered at $225 each featuring art by Dave Montano, Alisha Wormsley, and duo Jim Rugg and Jasen Lex.
“We are expanding in hopes of reaching a wide range of folks,” says Droege. “This year one of the artists is a graphic novelist. That’s something really unique and interesting this season for us.”
Jim Rugg and Jasen Lex are collaborating on this piece, but purchasers won’t actually know what the art looks like until they pick it up in a ‘farm box’ this summer.
Interested consumers are introduced to the artists and Droege says they plan on hosting studio tours and talks with the artists to learn more about their practice.
While last year’s season showcased conceptual art, expect a wide-range of visual art this year ranging from 2-D to 3-D work, some with a video component.
“There’s lots of surprises in terms of the works that will come,” says Droege.
Each artist will produce an edition of 50 works to be divvied up amongst the shares.
CSA PGH curates the season’s artwork by inviting artists based on a request for proposal (RFP) process. The team, consisting of three working artists and one art administrator, Kilolo Luckett, juries the artwork to select the artists for the season. Then, each artist receives a stipend for his or her work.
“The artists that we do select are lesser-known artists in Pittsburgh,” says CSA PGH Project Administrator Kilolo Luckett. “We really want to provide that platform for exposure for them. “It’s really great that these 100 collectors are going to know nine new artists that they probably might not have ever known.”
CSA PGH’s locally-sourced art movement gained national attention last year, including a feature article in the New York Times, and two of its artists are exhibiting right now.
CSA PGH Designer Corey Escoto is showing his first solo NYC exhibition at Taymour Grahne Gallery. ‘Corey Escoto: Surface Tension’ runs until April 13. CSA PGH Liaison, Blane Siegel, debuted new artwork at 709 Penn Gallery. ‘Dream Body’ runs until April 13.
Get your art while it’s still fresh and local here beginning Saturday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. Art collectors can purchase one or both shares while they last. ‘Farm boxes’ of purchases can be picked up this summer during intervals. You can also contact CSA PGH at firstname.lastname@example.org.