7 – 10 p.m.
How can art help make our city more sustainable?
A new eco effort co-produced by Ziggy Sawdust (aka artist Brady Kellner) and the Office of State Senator Jim Ferlo is calling on local artists to become community problem solvers. Featuring a student exhibition and public reception with more than 25 works of art, Eco Art PGH: Visions of a Sustainable Pittsburgh aims to raise awareness about environmental issues—and pose creative solutions—facing our region.
At the eco-art party, students from colleges and universities across the region, including Carnegie Mellon, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, California University, IUP and Appalachian State University, will exhibit original artwork they created in response to the theme of envisioning a “futuristic, more sustainable and livable” Pittsburgh.
At Pittsburgh Opera’s Liberty Ave. HQ, attendees will enjoy live music by Tracksploitation, Devin Moses and the Saved and Gene Stovall, as well as complimentary beer, wine and refreshments.
During the event, cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded to the top artists. To help support their budding careers, participating artists will also be selling their work. Benefitting green infrastructure projects, Eco Art PGH will also include educational displays from area organizations working on sustainable projects in Pittsburgh.
Part of Project 15206, an initiative spearheaded by Sen. Ferlo’s office which works to bring green infrastructure to the East End, the exhibit represents a wide range of media, and explores themes such as sustainability, the environment, well-being, social justice and equity and the economy.
The contest, which culled submissions of art in all media from current college and university students, received more than 35 submissions. After meeting at a Green Drinks networking event hosted by Ferlo’s office, Ziggy Sawdust approached the Senator’s staff with ideas for a project that could connect local sustainability and green initiatives with art. A professional woodographer based in Slate Lick, PA, Ziggy Sawdust’s work has been featured in exhibitions and publications across the US.
Proceeds will benefit Pittsburgh Green Innovators and the Larimer Green Team.