Project Highlights

Late Spring 2014

Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-8

Resident Artist Leslie Ansley worked with Pittsburgh Montessori 8th graders to create a mural inspired by Pittsburgh's Hill District heyday of the 1930's-1950's. Students used photography, role play, paints and more to design and make the mural that is now on display at the Hill House Association.

Read more about their fantastic work here!

PPS Beechwood K-5

Every year, one Resident Artist works at every grade level at PPS Beechwood PreK-5. This allows the Resident Artist and their processes to immerse themselves into the school culture creating a creative energy that permeates the end of the school year.  At the end of the year, the school hosts "Nationality Night",  an event open to the community where artwork is displayed.

At the Kindergarten level, Resident Artist Connie Merriman worked with students to create Eric Carle-inspired collages made with handmade paper. Click here to read more about her Residency.

Resident Artist LaVerne Kemp helped 1st grade students draw and sew their way to finished pillows and soft sculpture self portrait dolls.

Read on to find out more about LaVerne's Residency.

Second graders at Beechwood had recently read about totem poles and were very curious about how they were made and why. Resident Artist Lindsay Woge worked with these students to develop their own totem animal myths and used recycled materials to create 7 foot totem poles for the school!

Read more about the 2nd grade Artist Residency at Beechwood here.

3rd graders at Beechwood were able to explore math, geometry and mixed media collage and sculpture with Resident Artist Jessica Rutherford all while exploring Pittsburgh's Strip District's history.

Check out what Jessica was able to accomplish with her students (hint: it involves all the famous businesses in the Strip!)

Resident Artist Katy Dement worked with 4th graders to learn about and be inspired by the 50 U.S states. Students used papermaking, printmaking and recycled paper and objects (mostly torn from old encyclopedias!) to create works of art that also inform viewers about their state.

Find out more about Katy's Residency by clicking here.


5th graders worked with Resident Artist Maritza Mosquera on an in-depth project that involved maps, GPS, artist Nick Cave and silkscreening. The final fabric is as gorgeous as it is informative about the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

Read on for more information about Maritza's Residency.

Artist Residency Projects can be accomplished in schools and community organizations from preschool age to elderly populations. Matching funds are available for qualifying organizations. Find out more by clicking here.