Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

Filmmakers Galleries
October 11 to January 6

Work by: Noah Addis - Nina Berman - Brian Cohen - Scott Goldsmith - Lynn Johnson - Martha Rial. Featuring more than 50 photographic images which tell the personal stories of Pennsylvanians affected by the Marcellus Shale gas industry. By creating a visual document of the environmental, social and economic impact of the drilling, the compelling images not only provide historical artifacts, but can be a catalyst for discussion.

"Our intention is to inject some thoughtful observations to help facilitate a community dialogue," says Laura Domencic, PCA Director. "Arguments can be made on both sides of this debate and this project is not about taking one of them. Our only agenda is to open up a conversation. This happens when we observe, ask questions, listen and seek to understand."

Organized by Pittsburgh-based photographer Brian Cohen and Ms. Domencic, the project will include a traveling exhibition with accompanying lectures, a 220-page book, and an online archive.

The 220-page book, designed by Brett Yasko, is available at the Shop at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. To order your copy, call 412.361.0873, ext. 303.

Visit the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project online at

Generous support provided by The Sprout Fund, The Pittsburgh Foundation and Heinz Endowments.

A public forum and artist talk has been scheduled for October 25 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Melwood Screening Room, adjacent to the galleries where the photos are exhibited.

The panel includes:

Eric Beckman, Professor of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Carrie Hahn, activist
Doug Shields, former Pittsburgh City Councilman
Terry Collins, Teresa Heinz Professor for Green Chemistry, recipient of the 2010 Heinz Award, and a senior member of CMU’s Institute for Green Science

Moderated by Steve Sokol, President and CEO of World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

It is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday November 7 at 6:00pm, Noah Addis & Scott Goldsmith will give an artist talk in the gallery.
On Wednesday November 14 at 6:00pm, Brian Cohen Martha Rial will give an artist talk in the gallery.

Gallery Hours: Monday–Thursday, 12–7pm; Friday, 12–6pm; and when films are shown in the Melwood Screening Room.