The artists selected include:
• Ali Ruffner & Ruby Perkins (Emerald View Park in Mt. Washington). A Pennsylvania native, Ali Ruffner strives to uphold, expose and respond with joy to the culture of a place by spending time collecting stories in the community. She’s traditionally trained in sculpture, large-scale installations, public art, film and painting. Ruffner’s collaborator, Ruby Perkins, is a student at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia, and has a background in painting. As a community-minded artist, Perkins uses her artwork to push for community action. Together, they plan to create an installation that will safely connect neighbors across the space.
• OOA Designs (Emerald View Park in Mt. Washington). OOA Designs is a Pittsburgh-based, woman-owned artist collaboration established by Oreen Cohen and Alison Zapata in 2018. They create aesthetic and functional public art that embraces color, form and nature. Their art strives to tell the stories of the community and hold meaning for people who interact with it every day.
• Marlana Adele Vassar (Highland Park in Highland Park). Vassar is a Pittsburgh artist with 15 years of experience across a variety of mediums. Her current focus is on creating distinctive public art with a balance of style and substance. Her artistic philosophy is “art is everywhere, and the ordinary has the potential to be extraordinary.”
• The Urban Conga (Highland Park in Highland Park). Based in Brooklyn, New York, The Urban Conga is a multidisciplinary design studio made up of a diverse group of architects, engineers, fabricators and artists. Their work is focused on sparking community activity and social interaction through open-ended play.
• Ginger Brooks Takahashi (Schenley Park in Oakland). With almost 20 years of experience, local artist Ginger Brooks Takahashi is well known for her concept-driven work. She has experience working with a variety of materials across many mediums and strives to create installations that fit into their environment using available resources to communicate the value and concepts of her artwork.
• Suphitsara Buttra-Coleman (Schenley Park in Oakland). Buttra-Coleman is a spontaneous realism artist who specializes in portraiture with acrylic paint. As a mural artist, she creates pieces that reflect on people within their communities and in society. She plans to create a piece that inspires the Pittsburgh community and also provides them with a safe space within the park.
• Hutabut LLC (Frick Park in Squirrel Hill). Matthew Geller of Hutabut LLC uses everyday materials in the outdoor environments to create object-based, site-specific artworks that are integrated with their sites. His works incorporate strong visuals and dynamic elements that can be activated by people as well as by changes to ambient light and weather.
• Sans façon and Steve Gurysh (Riverview Park on the North Side). Sans façon (Tristan Surtees and Charles Blanc), based in Calgary, Canada, and their collaborator Steve Gurysh, a resident of Pittsburgh, are interested in creating public work that allows people to engage and connect with embedded histories, and also changes how we look at, understand and interact with a landscape.