Five visual artists from Western Pennsylvania show their work and share stories of the rewards and challenges of being a woman in their field. Featured is the creative, innovative, ground-breaking work of: Gloria Stoll Karn, known for her 1940s pulp fiction art; Alisha B. Wormsley, whose interdisciplinary work examines gender, race, class, and time; Lori Hepner, a digital artistfocused on light painting and photography; JoAnne Bates, an abstract print artist capturing the language of daily life; Dee Briggs a sculptor whose chosen medium of steel traces back to her roots.

JoAnne Bates, Dee Briggs, Lori Hepner, & Gloria Stoll Karn are AAP members.


In Summer 2018, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh partnered with PCTV21 to produce a series of videos featuring AAP artists in the neighborhoods. Using Pittsburgh’s nine districts as a guide, AAP selected artists that either resided or maintained a studio within one of Pittsburgh’s districts; and PCTV21 staff and interns spent time with each of the artists in their spaces. PCTV21 produced the videos, and they are featured on both their television and web presence.


From the suburbs to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Southern France, and, finally, the Brookline neighborhood of Pittsburgh, member Desiree Palermo discusses her passion for her arts practice, and its connection to the locations where’s she lived in the ninth and final video of the series 9Artists9Neighborhood.

New member Natiq Jalil discusses his decision to become a full-time artist, the importance of creating work for yourself, and the potential of the arts in Pittsburgh.

Robert Bowden has been a member for over 50 years. In this video, Robert shares his practice of plein-air painting in his Point Breeze neighborhood and home, as well as practical advice for young artists in this 9Artists9Neighborhoods video.

Member Charlotte Ka discusses her work, education, and her newest project: MOKA Pittsburgh, an art gallery space and cultural home in the Hill District to meet, reflect, learn, and create.

AAP artist and emeritus board member Tina Williams Brewer shares with us how she came to quilting and the importance of the support she received in her career, as well as the importance of Homewood in her work.

Pati Beachley

Artist Pati Beachley discusses her text-based work in steel 16 Yarns at her Braddock studio, as well as Pittsburgh as a home for professional artists.

ben schonberger

Artist Ben Schonberger gives us insight into his practice as an artist, as well as shares his love of the city - in particular the Northside region he calls home.

Dale huffman

A professor at Carlow University, Dale Huffman discusses his education, training, and career, as well as the different challenges faced by ceramic artists.

Brenda stumpf

Brenda is one of the newest members at Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Her video takes us into her Stanton Heights studio where she discusses her work and recent move to Pittsburgh, as well as shares key advice for new and emerging artists.