Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
On view through February 11, 2018
Various times

The work of a veteran local artist and a rising star will be showcased side-by-side when Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PF/PCA) unveils its latest exhibitions.

Be the first to see new work by the PF/PCA’s 2017 Artist of the Year, Jo-Anne Bates, and Emerging Artist of the Year, Haylee Ebersole, and meet the honorary artists, who will receive their awards during Friday’s free opening reception.

The annual Artist of the Year Award recognizes an established professional artist who has “displayed significant and enduring artistic contributions to the region.” In her new exhibition, “Exploration of Color,” printmaker and installation artist Jo-Anne Bates presents mixed-media, abstract monotype prints incorporating textual statements, bold color combinations, textured surfaces, and more.

Bates’ thought-provoking works explore social, political and personal themes, including injustices faced by African-American men and women, the landscape of South Africa and her experiences as a “woman, mother, grandmother and educator.” A member of Women of Visions, Bates has worked an educator at Pittsburgh’s CAPA High School.

PF/PCA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award recognizes an individual “forecasted to make a significant impact in the arts as their career progresses.” With “New Works,” Wilkinsburg-based awardee Haylee Ebersole uses unconventional materials like gelatin, Kool-Aid, laundry detergent and cement to create abstract sculptures exploring the Anthropocene, imaginary landscapes and human existence.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.