Exhibition: August 15th – October 10th
600 Forbes Ave, 4th Floor
Visit the Gift to America 2.0 exhibit at the Gumberg Library and enjoy discounted admission to a Vanka Murals Tour on Saturdays at 11AM or 12:30PM.
Gift to America 2.0 is made possible through the generosity of the Opportunity Fund with additional support from The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Special thanks to Paint the Town Maxo sponsors: Julia Bubanovich & Alecia McKee and Marya & John Halderman on behalf of the Vanka Family
Artist, storyteller, objectmaker, soundscaper, and cultural provocateur
She is the founding member of the #notwhite collective. She has an Artist residency at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Collaboration with BOOM Concepts. Born in France to an African-American father and German mother, later making Pittsburgh home, Christiane reflects: “I know what it is to leave a home you love, to weep for what is familiar, to do what it takes to make this new and unfamiliar place a home and to keep your family safe amongst those who would tear your family apart.”
Muralist, printmaker, curator, educator and social activist, 4th generation Mexican American
Recently moving to a full-time career as an artist, he creates and collaborates with organizations like BOOM Concepts, Assemble, Hemispheric Conversations Urban Art Project, and Rivers of Steel. Max’s envisions his artistic outcome to be a collaboration: “I wish to use this project as a way to highlight the voices of the underrepresented while creating a community for those who share common experiences.”
Artist, illustrator, designer, award-winning educator and currently the Art Director of Women in Sound
She is a 2nd generation Mexican American, a member of the #NotWhite Collective and the first artist in the Boom Concepts Boom Universe residency. Maggie uses, “…text and illustration to address issues around community and identity, often focusing on feminist issues.” Through Gift to America 2.0: “My goal is that all people with liminal cultural identities can see my work alongside the Maxo Vanka murals and find an anchor in this uniquely American experience.”
Northside Pittsburgher, spontaneous creator, Pittsburgh 40 under 40
Cue responded to Gift to America 2.0 Call for Artists to help create and send an uplifting and informative statement. Through solo exhibitions, performance art, and installations, he has advocated, inspired creativity, and enhanced learning, living, and working environments throughout the city. Installations have appeared and remain in locations like Urban Academy, Blend Lounge, and the University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center in Homewood. Cue’s inspiration for this project: “These themes specifically speak very closely to my community, and I would love the opportunity to use my visual voice to share and keep the conversations going.”
Corey Carrington of Deeper Than Grits Studios is the inaugural curator of Gift to America 2.0.
An accomplished poet, collagist, and curator from Pittsburgh’s Northside, Carrington’s work in performance and visual art have been seen at the August Wilson Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Wood Street Galleries, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, BOOM Concepts, and The University Gallery/Frick Fine Arts Building.