Summer 2004 Exhibitions / Lectures

June 19 - August 15, 2004

Fiberart International 2004
Fiberart International 2004, the 18th juried biennial produced by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh will feature the work of 48 artists. On display at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the Society for Contemporary Craft through August 15, 2004, this exhibition will showcase the trends and innovations of all facets of the fiber medium.
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Common Threads
Fiber work by PCA Resident Artists

This group exhibition features the following PCA Resident Artists who work in fiber: Cathleen Richardson Bailey, Tina Brewer, Connie Merriman, Saihou Njie, Ruth Ward, and Karen Page.

Painted by Fire
Ceramic works by Dale Huffman

This collection of vessels from Huffman's wood-fired kiln are the physical evidence of his collaboration with clay and fire. Since traveling to Japan for the International Workshop for Ceramics At Tokoname in 1996, Huffman found himself starting to gain a more intuitive understanding of wabi-sabi, a philosophy that has had a strong influence on the traditional Japanese arts and the aesthetic of many potters. The most characteristic visual manifestations of this art form are irregularity, a rough or worn quality, and craftsmanship that is often not initially obvious.

New Stitched Work by Camilla Brent Pearce

Pearce recently relocated to Pittsburgh from Brooklyn, New York. While living in a very diverse neighborhood of predominantly Caribbean and African immigrants in Brooklyn, Pearce was influenced by African textiles, particularly the raffia velvets known as Kuba cloth, sold by street vendors whose impromptu sidewalk bazaars she passed on her daily walk to work. Made up of two or three different layers of fabric and stitching, Pearce's intimate pieces combine the ornate geometric patterns and the complicated process involved in making the Kuba with more "traditional" American quilt patterns.

Hosted by Group A

Enclose, cover, wrap, encase, package, shield, overlay, shroud. Juried by Sarah Nichols, Chief Curator of Decorative Arts at the Carnegie Museum of Art, this group exhibition invites artists and visitors to explore what is placed out of sight, prevented from being disclosed or recognized as well as the mechanism, method and psychology for doing so.


Artists' Talk with Camilla Brent Pearce
Saturday, August 14, 1:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Join artist Camilla Brent Pearce for a discussion on stitching and African textiles, in particular her work combining African art forms with "traditional" American quilt patterns. The challenge in this series of work for Pearce was to combine African Kuba patterns with more "traditional" American quilt patterns that she was already incorporating in her work.

Docent Tours
Most Saturdays 1 3 p.m. through August 15, 2004

A Docent will be available to answer questions of provide a casual tour of Fiberarts International 2004 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts throughout the run of the exhibit

*All taking place at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the big yellow mansion on the hill located at 6300 Fifth Avenue at the corner of Shady and Fifth Avenues in Shadyside. For more information call 412.361.0873 or visit

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