Have you ever wanted to commission a unique element for your home or office, like a stained glass window, bike rack, railing, or piece of furniture? This workshop will focus on how to commission artists to create building parts for the home or business. The Office of Public Art will present examples and talk about the process of hiring an artist, such as contracts, budgets, and reviewing design ideas. Two artists and a homeowner who has commissioned an artist will be present to talk about their experiences. This workshop will be useful for artists and people seeking to commission artists.
10 – 10:30 Office of Public Art Resources and Examples
OPA will show examples of artist designed building parts and share resources for how to locate an artist, develop a contract, budget, and work schedule.
10:30 – 10:40 Q&A
10:40 – 11:00 Keny Marshal, Artist Talk
Artist Keny Marshal will talk about a commissioned work for a local church and his experience working with private clients.
11:00 – 11:20 Artist and Homeowner Case Study
Chuck Alcorn, homeowner, and Daviea Davis, artist, will describe the process of creating a unique window in Chuck’s Lawrenceville home.
11:30 – 12:00 Q&A
OPA and the artists and homeowner will be able to answer questions from the audience.
Keny Marshall, Artist
Keny Marshall is an artist and fabricator living in Wilkinsburg who works with museums around the country. In addition to design, engineering, and museum fabrication work, he creates interactive sculpture and kinetic art that plays with technology and how people relate to the world around them.
Daviea Davis, Artist
I am a community artist, a public artist, a scavenger who uses salvaged material to do my work and to invite groups together to create something we could not have created individually. I have workable ideas for fundraising for nonprofits through art. I guess I am still formulating my questions. but I know the answers and they are YES and HERE, and NOW.
Chuck Alcorn, Homeowner
Chuck works for the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation as the organization’s Economic Development Program Coordinator. Chuck’s most recent position was with Riverlife where he worked as an Urban Planner. Prior to that, Chuck worked for the Office of Public Art, Charleroi Main Street Program, and as a consultant for the Charleroi Elm Street planning process. Chuck earned his MPA from the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on Urban & Regional Affairs. In addition to his work, Chuck participates in a variety of volunteer activities, including PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh, Jane’s Walk Pittsburgh, and the Lawrenceville Garden Tour. He was honored in 2012 as “Pittsburgh 40 under 40″ by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP.