Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media - 2019 Solo Exhibition Artists

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Shelia Cuellar-Shaffer

"Candyland: The Land of Hope is a compilation of grotesque beings and a sugar-coated veneer that covers reality." "With these imaginary creatures, I explore the connections between power and the vilification of minorities in current US politics, and how those narratives impact underserved portions of the population. I am interested in how basic ideas have played a crucial role in stirring up anger and violence and the distress that this causes to the most vulnerable." ----- Painter and designer Shelia Cuellar-Shaffer, a native of Palmira, Columbia, graduated with an Architectural Design degree from the Fundación Academia de Dibujo Profesional and studied Fine Arts at the Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes in Cali, Columbia. Shelia serves on the board of the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition.

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Ron Copeland

Copeland invites you to explore the dreams of miners, mill workers and mailmen of an imaginary industrial town. There, they once forged steel into battle ship armor that won world wars and sculpted the girders that sent buildings into the sky. Now that those days are long gone, the heat from the blast furnace and the thud of the hydraulic press echo only in their dreams. Using found and reclaimed materials; Copeland constructs works, paints typography and creates signage to pay homage to those who invested sweat equity into building an empire that too soon forgot them. -------- Ron Copeland is a multidisciplinary artist currently living in Pittsburgh.

zach brown

Zach’s paintings combine traditional techniques and materials with formal design. The work juxtaposes the illusion of representational painting against the reality of the material and the painting as an object. This duality is also seen in the mixing of contemporary and ancient subject matter found in the work. The visual themes focus on the subjects of history, myth, and mortality. Zach Brown received his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated from the New York Academy of Art with an MFA in painting and currently runs The School House art space in Pittsburgh.

Adrienne M. Grafton

In 2011 my mother received her first of two stem cell transplants in an attempt to put her multiple myeloma at bay. A preservative used for the cells during the transplant gives off an odor that smells like creamed corn. I was shocked by this particular stench mixed with the sanitizer. Transplant is my version of her hospital room intended to help me understand further exactly what procedures she went through and immerse myself into her situation. --------- Adrienne M. Grafton is a studio artist creating jewelry and sculpture in Sharon, PA. She earned a MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2005. She is currently an organizer for the Allegheny Metals Collective, a Pittsburgh based group dedicated to exhibiting together and sharing knowledge through demonstrations and lectures.



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.