RawDraw is coming up fast! Make sure you're familiar with all the artists before you bid on their work. Below are bios and images of several featured artists who will be appearing at this year's fundraiser. Make sure to get your tickets at http://neukirche.org/rawdraw#
Constance Merriman is an artist and educator. She creates art worksthat are made in response to formal issues of art, and, more recently, to the social and environmental impact caused by the world wide extraction of fuel for energy. Merriman uses a wide variety of media to create works that have been exhibited in galleries, museums and in public settings.
Merriman is an adjunct professor in the School of Architecture , Carnegie Mellon University where she was a Fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry from 2004 until 2009.She currently engages in residencies with communities and schools through the Mattress Factory Museum and The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Merriman is also an instructor at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Transformazium is the collaborative practice of Dana Bishop-Root, Ruthie Stringer and Leslie Stem. Our projects examine local systems of communication, exchange and resource distribution; redirect resources from an arts economy to a local economy; and participate in an active local arts discourse that includes voices currently underrepresented in more dominant arts discourses: young people, the elderly, communities of color, people from poor and working class backgrounds and those outside of the University education system. We use our position between our neighborhood and the larger art world to expand and connect both discourses.
Chris Sexauer explains his work and practice: "In the past 100 years, American visual art has diverged into two distinct camps: Expressionist and Conceptual. While the former emphasizes the experience of both the artist and the viewer as a means of conveying emotion, the latter uses art as a means of demonstrating a distinct idea or belief. I like to believe that these notions are not mutually exclusive - that by using the inherently subjective experience of viewing art that we are able to convey these ideas and come to a stronger understanding of the art itself. My work asks you, as the viewer, to confront the painting for what it is and how you view the art."
Jessica Heberle is an artist, illustrator, and designer living in Pittsburgh, PA.
She runs the Artists Meetup (an ongoing workshop for a diverse collective of artists).
Through my work I explore the natural world and how it relates to our own internal experience. I’m interested in communicating the unseen and creating a visual representation of it through drawing, painting, book making, poetry, photography, and video. The underlying themes in my work include personal introspection, intimacy, explorations of nature, fragility, and trauma.
Nathan Lorenzo was born and raised in Gettysburg, PA. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2007. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.
Christine Ugbomah's work explores multi-culturalism, as she is originally from England having Jamaican and Nigerian parentsand a strong heritage which stems from Israel, Cuba, the Caribbean and Africa. Rich colors reflect her childhood beliefs, culture, and love for multi mediums. She has a wide range of influences including Sandy Diogo,and Kara Walker. Ever since she became an artist, she has been fascinated by the unrelenting divergence of relationships. This vision has grown and has become a continuous theme of unity, communication, Feminism, life, and family.
Carin Mincemoyer is a sculptor and installation artist who currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In much of her recent work, she has utilized recycled materials such as Styrofoam and plastic packaging to create works that examine the often contradictory needs and desires that we look to the natural world to fulfill.
Mincemoyer received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon and an MFA from the University at Buffalo. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Rochester Contemporary in Rochester, NY, d.u.m.b.o. arts center in Brooklyn, NY, and Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2007 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, a 2007 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and a 2005 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center.