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Free and Open to All: A Performance from Local Artist and Activist Vanessa German

This Friday, April 7th at 7 pm, join us in the Heymann Theatre (4301 Forbes Ave) for a performance piece by visiting artist Vanessa German. You're welcome also to stay for the stage production, "Baltimore," at 8pm!

Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. Homewood is the community that is the driving force behind German’s powerful performance work, and whose cast-off relics form the language of her copiously embellished sculptures. As a citizen artist, German explores the power of art and love as a transformative force in the dynamic cultural ecosystem of communities and neighborhoods. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of her historic Homewood neighborhood. Her work is in private and public collections including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Progressive Art Collection, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, Snite Museum of Art, among others. German’s fine art work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; the Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR.

Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered and in The Huffington Post, O Magazine and Essence Magazine. She is the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. Vanessa German is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York.

Admission for German's performance and "Baltimore" is free, thanks to support from the Provost Year of Diversity, the Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Departments of Cultural Studies, and Art and Architecture.