Blaine Siegel

Artist Statement

I am an artist in residence at what is statistically the most violent high school in Pennsylvania. Rather than get lost in analyzing the statistics, I choose to explore the creative possibilities that are available to students in an underserved community. What beauty are the students capable of creating?  How does the outward perception of a violent school limit a student’s inward ability to tap into artistic expression?  Is there a meaningful connection between these students and other populations who exist in an environment of violence? 


Born: Pittsburgh, PA, 1973

Lives: Pittsburgh, PA



M.F.A., Sculpture, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

B.F.A., Art Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY


Selected Exhibitions


Saint ——, The God of Last Things, Pittsburgh Center For The Arts, Pittsburgh, PA



Progenitor (The Last Humans), Nexus Foundation For Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

1 5 25, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA



Shift, Les Recontres D’Arles, Arles, France



The Ministry of Tiny Catastrophes Presents The Freeman’s Kaiser Panorama, in collaboration with Amy Walsh, Freeman’s Auction House. Philadelphia, PA


Selected Honors and Awards

2011 Grant, in collaboration with Jil Stifel, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Harrisburg, PA

2011 Recipient, Fleisher Wind Challenge, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA.

2010 Resident Artist, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2007 Accessibility Sustainability Residency, Sumter County Cultural Center, Sumter, PA