Visual Arts

Leslie Ansley


As a painter, muralist, and educator, Leslie Ansley has practiced her passion for art nearly 20 years. She interprets the emotional significance of human stories through painting, sculpture and mixed media.

Melissa Davenport


She has been a life long self- taught artist working with many mediums.  While teaching many diverse groups she became a PA Council Rostered artist in 2002. Her primary medium, metal, incorporates vocabulary, history, science, physics as well as life skills and critical thinking.

Katy Dement

Interdisciplinary Artist

She is a working studio artist, organic gardener, and beekeeper who creates her art from plants and recycled treasures. Each piece is a vignette that tells a story with layers of vintage ephemera, photos, and bits of cloth interacting with etched images, small toys, natural objects, and beads.

Adrienne Heinrich

Interdisciplinary Artist

Adrienne Heinrich is a working studio artist who is primarily a sculptor, but is also a painter who believes in using whatever media will best express her message.  Having created major installations in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, and New York City, she has demonstrated this ability to convey ideas through the use of sculpture and painting. She was Pittsburgh Center for the Art’s Artist of the Year in 2002.

Becky Keck

My first independent firing was simple. I dug clay from the creek bed on my family farm, pinched pots, put them in a cast iron pot in a hole in the ground. Added sawdust, wood, manure, and lit it on fire. That was 1999. I'm still at it.

LaVerne Kemp

Fiber Artist

As an African American artist I draw inspiration from the world around me and weave in pieces of my culture such as the colors, patterns, textures and symbolism. I connect with my African culture through my fiber art and communicate its strength in my finished work.

Jan Loney


My work is often informed by science, technology, nature, and ecological practices, and I love exploring and expressing our response to social and environmental issues. 

Matt Marino

Interdisciplinary Artist

Play and discovery, Self-analysis, self-expression, scientific curiosity

Connie Merriman

Interdisciplinary Artist

Constance is a visual artist who works in painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Much of her art work considers the impact to communities caused by environmental issues.

Laura Jean McLaughlin

Mosaic Artist

I am a ceramic sculptor, printmaker and mosaic artist who is extremely active in my studio as well as teaching in schools and communities. 

Pittsburgh Glass Center

Glass Artists

Glass Art: We teach it. We create it. We promote it. We support those who make it.

Jessica Rutherford

Interdisciplinary Artist

Art has offered me so many benefits for my emotional and mental well-being.  It is a means of expression and source of joy that has changed the way I look at my day to day life.  I want to bring this to others and show them you don’t have to be a professional artist to have art impact your life in a big way.  

Blaine Siegel

Interdisciplinary Artist

My process of art making begins with a spark. I may witness an event, an image, a random thought may enter my mind or I become drawn to a coarse of scientific study. I develop relationships between media, materials and the initial spark...the concept. I begin to explore and create in the studio. This is how I work with my classroom teacher and my students when engaged in a residency.  We begin with a clear influence or direction and together we create and explore until we have a completed artwork.   

Kevin Wenner


Art is as varied and individual an expression as the number of fingerprints on the planet. It is a cry of freedom and of possibility. It is personal and ironically general all at once.   The Artist is the chemical shatter-point that hopes to recover the part of human nature that is spontaneous, frank and possesses wondrous senses...qualities that the rigours of life are likely to inhibit.   

Bernie Wilke


My main priority as an artist has been working with schools and communities on mural projects that bring a lasting, positive impact.

Alison Zapata


Alison Zapata works as a professional artist specializing in paintings, ranging from individual works of art to portraits and murals. She especially loves working with vibrant colors and large spaces to convey the energy and life of her topic through murals.