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Leslie Golomb

Leslie A. Golomb obtained a B.F.A. in printmaking from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1975 and a M.F.A. in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978. She also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She served as founder and director of the American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh from 1996 – 2006. She has since returned to the studio producing prints and works as an independent curator for various organizations. Leslie exhibits her work nationally and internationally and has received many awards including recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts and PA Council on the Arts. In 2008 Leslie along with Barbara Broff Goldman compiled and illustrated, To Speak Her Heart, An illustrated Anthology of Jewish Women’s Prayers and Poems. In 2011 Leslie was the only prize -winner from the United States of the China Guanlan International Biennial. This award afforded her two trips to China including a six -week artist in residency at the Guanlan Printmaking Base. The prints created during the residency have traveled to numerous venues in China including Shenzhen, Shanghai and the First Biennial of Lingshi. Leslie was invited by the Japan Print Association to exhibit works in Prints Tokyo 2012 held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum.  Other recent invitations include Global Print 2013 Douro Portugal, the 7th International Printmaking Biennial Douro, Portugal 2014, Honor,798 Art Zone, Beijing, China, and International Print Triennial Krakow 2015, Poland, Impact 9 International Printmaking Conference, China Academy of Art 2015, Exhibitor, and Framehouse/Jask Gallery, PIttsburgh, PA, Except for the Sound of my Voice, 2015-2016 Solo Exhibition.
 

As They Tuck Me Sweetly Into Bed
30"x40"

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Maritza Mosquera

Hysterectomy
28" x 34"

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Hysterectomy is a text homage piece to the decision, healing and procedure a woman experiences of the removal of the uterus from her body.

Definition:
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It may also involve removal of the cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes and other surrounding structures.
Usually performed by a gynecologist, hysterectomy may be total (removing the body, fundus, and cervix of the uterus; often called "complete") or partial (removal of the uterine body while leaving the cervix intact; also called "supracervical"). It is the most commonly performed gynecological surgical procedure. Purpose: Hysterectomy is the second most common operation in the United States. About 556,000 of these surgeries are done annually. By age 60, approximately one out of every three American women will have had a hysterectomy. Yet it is estimated that 30 percent of hysterectomies are unnecessary.

Note: The history of women, hysteria, hysterectomies and women’s oppression through medicine are deep; this connection is important to underline as we move towards sovereignty of our own bodies.

 

Becky Slemmons

Becky Slemmons entered art school under the guise of becoming a medical illustrator, which she did do for 6 years. But she has been working solely with her very own ideas ever since, allowing them to lead her into the realms of drawing, painting, video, performance, 3-D, fibers and sound. She studied art at the University of Michigan and obtained masters degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and from MICA. She has held adjunct professorships at MICA, Duquesne and she currently teaches at University of Pittsburgh. She currently lives and works in Highland Park, with her husband.

The horse never stopped, the halter never fit
 8"x11 3/4"

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This is the story of Maddie, who lives in her self-built tent city, where the wind holds the ceilings aloft. She teeters between adulthood and youth, that precious moment when her gender know no boundaries. The difference here, is that it never will. Her horse, like her own spirit, is too elusive to be bridled. He appears whenever she thinks of him, and only she has the power to ride him, tightly holding fists of his mane in her fingers.

 

Lizzee Solomon

Lizzee Solomon is a painter and illustrator based in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated with a degree in Studio Art and Hispanic Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. She has traveled to Spain, Mexico, and most recently Colombia to soak in the language, art, and culture. Bright colors, emphasis on the figure, magical realism, and fluid portrayal of anatomy are often found in the folk art of Mexico and Colombia, and are also seen in Catholic religious idols from Spain. These are things that inspire her own aesthetic choices. She explores subjects of gender, sexuality, perception, fetish, and indulgence. Her work is garish,  humorous, and at times obscene. They are not always easy to look at. The saccharine colors and nostalgic cartoon imagery may initially entice the viewer. However, the visceral subject matter and its grotesque portrayal can be challenging. She dares you to look closer.

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This is a portrait of a man and a woman. We do not know what kind of relationship these two people have, but we can see they are posing with intention, facing the viewer directly. They are both shirtless and the woman is squeezing milk out of the man's nipple. There is a bowl of milk and a spoon on the table in front of them. The environment is vaguely domestic, but sparse. The retro laminate table, vinyl chair, and animal print pants on the male figure add some bizarre humor to the scene. Milk is coming out of the man's nipple rather than that of the female figure. This reversal blurs the line between male and female bodies. Milk is a symbol of fertility and motherhood. Nursing mothers feed their children with milk from their breast. This pure and natural act is now considered profane by the sociopolitical powers that be. When a woman exposes her breasts in public, she is seen as committing an indecent act. However, we are surrounded by countless advertisements that showcase and sexualize female breasts, using them as a marketing tool. This is just one example of the hypocrisy and exploitation that women have to deal with. As a female artist, I am driven to make work that asks questions, challenges notions, and sparks conversations.

 

Penny Mateer

Penny Mateer is an award winning artist whose work has been exhibited at The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Society for Contemporary Crafts, the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Woman Made Gallery. Penny’s work was selected for a solo exhibition in the World of Threads Festival Toronto, Ontario.  Locally she has received numerous awards from the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.  Her work is in the permanent collection of the Pittsburgh Public School system. Her public art experience includes co-director of Knit the Bridge a community-made public fiber art installation on the Andy Warhol Bridge.  Currently she is a full-time studio artist and lives in Pittsburgh, Pa. Mateer graduated with a M.S.W. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 after receiving a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Never Wear Your Stress on Your Sleeve
36" x 49"

Penny_Mateer_STRESS_ON_YOUR_SLEEVE.jpgNewspaper photojournalists show us the news, but I am concerned that the visual impact of their work is diminished with the ongoing shift of news delivery from holding the newspaper to viewing a screen. I am compelled to reimagine their work and confront viewers with uncomfortable realities that they might otherwise avoid with just one click. 

 

Casey Droege

Best Dressed
24"x36"

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This print showcases a collection of contemporary and historic thoughts from women about their dress. The images are an assortment of clothing connected to there stories, displayed in paper doll format. 

 

Cara Erskine

Untitled
26"x30"

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Gavin Benjamin

11"x14"

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