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

Education

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

BFA Art Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Selected Exhibition

2012

Stacks, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA

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

2010

Humanization, 38/39 Gallery, New York, NY

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

2009

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

2008

Shift, Les Recontres D’ Arles, Arles, France

2007

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

2013

Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, New York, NY

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

Fleisher Wind Challenge Recipient, Philadelphia, PA

2007

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