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? 

Blaine Siegel is one of the exhibiting artists for ENOUGH VIOLENCE: Artists Speak Out.

Lives: Pittsburgh, PA


MFA Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

BFA Art Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Selected Exhibition


Stacks, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA

Saint------, The God Of Last Things, Pittsburgh Center For The Arts, Pittsburgh, PA


Humanization, 38/39 Gallery, New York, NY

In Advance of the Failing Light, 18 Rabbits Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL


1 5 25, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Fireworks, 18 Rabbits Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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


Shift, Les Recontres D’ Arles, Arles, France


Accessibility Sustainability, Sumter County Cultural Center, Sumter, SC

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

Selected Awards/Grants/Residencies


Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, New York, NY


Artist in Residence 2012-2013 school year, Wilkinsburg High School, Wilkinsburg, PA


Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, PA Partners Grant, Pittsburgh, PA


Tough Art Residency, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Fleisher Wind Challenge Recipient, Philadelphia, PA


Accessibility Sustainability Residency, Sumter County Cultural Center, Sumter, SC