2011 Artist of the Year & Emerging Artist of the Year

Jon Rubin: 2011 Artist of the Year

Jon Rubin is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the social dynamics of public places and the idiosyncrasies of individual and group behavior. His projects include starting a radio station that only plays the sound of an extinct bird, training a hypnotized human robot army, running an autonomous nomadic art school, operating restaurant that produces a live talk show with its customers, and running an ongoing take-out joint that only sells food from countries the United States is in conflict with. His solo and collaborative projects have been exhibited at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, The Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico; The Rooseum, Sweden; The Mercosul Bienial, Brazil, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany; Nemo Film Festival, Paris; as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners.

He has been included in several books including The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, Rudolf Frieling, SFMOMA, Thames and Hudson; What We Want is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art, Ted Purvis, Suny Press; Design and Landscape for People - New Approaches for Renewal, General Public Agency, Thames and Hudson, and Art and Agenda: Political Art and Activisim, Gestalten Press

John Pena: 2011 Emerging Artist of the Year

John Peña is a multidisicplinary artist who grew up in Washington State. In 2008, he received his M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. He later traveled Colombia on a Fulbright Fellowship, attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Fine Arts Work Center and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. He has exhibited artworks at The Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, Kevin Kavanaugh Gallery in Dublin, Kate Werble Gallery in NYC, and The Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, WA. A few of John's projects include: racing with clouds, sending a letter to the Pacific Ocean every day for the last eight years and creating a pirated radio station that played extinct birds sounds. He lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.