Meet the artists of RawDraw 2016

This year at RawDraw we have over 40 artists participating in this fast paced fundraiser. Don't miss the action and the opportunity to go home with an original piece of work on November 5th! Below are just ten of the outstanding artists who you will have the chance to meet.

Maria Mangano is an artist whose work focuses on the intersection of nature, museums, and science to address issues of wildness, conservation, memory, and humanness. A native of Syracuse, NY, Mangano moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned her BFA in Printmaking/Drawing/Painting. She has exhibited in Pittsburgh, and regionally in several cities, including Chautauqua, NY; Cincinnati, OH; and Williamsburg, NY. In 2014 her work was included in Errol Fuller’s book The Passenger Pigeon, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon. Mangano maintains a studio in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood.


David Bernabo is an active filmmaker, musician, dancer, visual artist, and writer. David currently performs and composes for the band Host Skull, dances and composes for Maree ReMalia | merrygogo and his own variable dance company, MODULES, and acts as the Arts and Culture Editor of The Glassblock. He curates and produces work for the Ongoing Box imprint and co-curates the Lightlab Performance Series with choreographer Taylor Knight. David's recent projects include a four-film documentary series called Food Systems, an art exhibit at SPACE Gallery with Blaine Siegel, and a recent evening-length dance work at New Hazlett Theater for seven movers and one musician called The Reduction.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Nicholas Sardo attempts to make singularities. He works large, painting huge murals with spray paint, and making mixed media sculptures and installations. He lives for the moment when a piece moves beyond its physical form into something intangible, an inviting experience instead of an object. His work is an attempt to come to terms with his peculiar, confused observations about humanity. As a result, his oddly figurative beings are never totally comfortable in their forced environments. He has shown at the Hermann and Audrey Gallery in Chicago, the Frame, Future Tenant, Ellis, and Miller galleries in Pittsburgh, and recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University (BFA 16’).

Amy Masters, a fiber artist, was born and raised in Southeast Kansas, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles Design from the University of Kansas in 2009.  Currently, she resides in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Arizona State University, with a concentration in fibers. Masters is an introductory design, color theory, and beginning fibers instructor, has exhibited her work in local and national group exhibitions, and will be presenting a solo thesis exhibition November 26th, 2013.

Hannah Altman is an internationally published photographer living and working in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a fine artist whose work explores femininity and relationships through portraiture. By blending fine art and social commentary, Altman creates a visual dialogue about societal structure relating to the perception of the human body.

John Peña is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator and educator from the desert of Washington State. He makes art as a way of exploring the natural world and his daily interactions. A few of John's projects include: racing with clouds, sending a letter to the Pacific Ocean every day for the last twelve years, making daily drawings about his life and constructing large-scale plaster word balloons that are precariously balanced on two by fours. John has attended a number of residencies including The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art & The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Through her work, Becky Slemmons searches for truths that are common throughout multiple cultures. While her background in drawing and painting holds a constant place in her practice, she has also followed her ideas into the disciplines of video, performance, fibers, glass and sound. She has shown work in Berlin, Germany; Seoul, Korea; Portland, OR; Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA. Becky was awarded a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Collaborative Fellowship Residency and a Heinz endowment to attend Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). She has served two artist residencies in Germany and one in Estonia, among others.

Crystal Latimer is a multi-disciplinary artist primarily working in the two dimensional mediums of painting, drawing & collage, but has also extended her recent practice to include ceramic tile. Heavily influenced by her Latina heritage and a lifetime of travel to her mother’s native Costa Rica, her studio practice explores the hybridity and dilution of the Latin American culture. Crystal’s academic studies have been based out of Western Pennsylvania, obtaining her BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2010, a MA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2013, and she will be graduating with her MFA from IUP in Spring 2016. Crystal’s work has recently been published in the December 2015 Issue of Fresh Paint Magazine. Regionally, her work has been shown at Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, UnSmoke Systems, and 937 Gallery in Pittsburgh. Her international experience includes a group show in Hong Kong, China, as well as an Artist Residency at the Joaquín Chaverri Fábrica de Carretas in Sarchí, Costa Rica, both in the year 2014.

Alex Lukas was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1981 and raised in nearby Cambridge. With a wide range of artistic influences, Lukas creates both highly detailed drawings and intricate ‘zines. His drawings have been exhibited in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco,London, Lima, Stockholm and Copenhagen as well as in the pages of Megawords, Swindle Quarterly, Proximity Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Juxtapoz, Art New England and The New York Times Book Review amongst others. Lukas’ imprint, Cantab Publishing, has released over 40 small books and ‘zines since its inception in 2001. He has lectured at The Rhode Island School of Design, The Maryland Institute College of Art, University of the Arts in Philadelphia and The University of Kansas and has been awarded residencies at the Jentel Foundation, AS220 and The Bemis Center. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and recently moved to Chicago, IL after many years in Philadelphia, PA.

Kevin Clancy is an interdisciplinary artist who holds a BFA with distinguished honors from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Clancy has exhibited work internationally, notably at Keleketla! Library (Johannesburg), VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver), The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Samson Projects (Boston), and AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media (Boston). Clancy has received the Morton R. Godine Travel Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts John Renna Scholarship, the Stephen D. Paine Scholarship, and the MassArt Presidential Scholarship.