2012 Artist of the Year

Charlee Brodsky
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Opening Reception: 
August 10, 2012 5:30pm to 9:00pm
August 10, 2012 to October 28, 2012

Artist of the Year Charlee Brodsky, is recognized as a significant artist with a body of work which has had an impact on the region. A fine art photographer, she came to Pittsburgh more than 30 years ago to teach photography at Carnegie Mellon University. Often partnering with writers, Brodsky has explored social issues and beauty/body image issues in much of her work. Among her photographic publications are I Thought I Could Fly...Portraits of Anguish, Compulsion, and Despair, a collection of photos with personal narratives; Street, a collection of photos with Jim Daniels’ poems; and Knowing Stephanie, a book about a friend with breast cancer featuring Brodsky’s photographs. In addition, Brodsky received a regional Emmy for her work on Stephanie, a documentary video.

For the Artist of the Year exhibit, Brodsky will present all new work that explores a new subject: her dog Max, a West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as a “westie.”  She explains that in this series she is still partnering with famous writers, “to get at the human condition,” she says. “There is seriousness at its core, but there's a lot of humor, too.” The hand-made books and photographic prints use words from Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Mary Shelley, Samuel Beckett, and John Muir.  One book, entitled Monster, juxtaposes Shelley's words from Frankenstein, with images of Max.

Among her other projects, Brodsky has curated exhibitions about the history of photography in Western PA. This work culminated in “Pittsburgh Revealed,” a major exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art, co-curated with Linda Benedict-Jones.  She has extensively photographed the former steel town of Homestead, which resulted in two books and numerous exhibitions.  Currently a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Brodsky exhibits her work nationally and regionally. She received her MFA from Yale University School of Art, and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

The Artist of the Year award, originating in 1949, is one of the oldest and most celebrated tradition at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. This annual award recognizes those making significant creative contributions to Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. After a successful retrospective of all previous honorees in 2001, an Emerging Artist of the Year award was also implemented honoring the work of an artist at an earlier stage in his or her career. The awards provide support to develop new work leading to major solo exhibitions at the Center, confirming the dynamic role of artists in the region’s past, present and future.

Artist talk and exhibit tour with Charlee Brodsky on Thursday, October 4, 6:00 pm

Sneak Peek #2: 2012 Artist of the Year, Charlee Brodsky on Words from PFPCA

Sneak Peek #4: Artist of the Year, Charlee Brodsky on Process from PFPCA