2020 Exhibitions

Clearly New

Clearly New: Monmade Designs for 2020   

February 2 – 25, 2020

Clearly New celebrates quality and innovation from Monmade in 2020. This fourth annual Monmade exhibition showcases regionally made and manufactured products. It debuts Monmade’s refreshed catalog featuring standardized designs balancing form, function, and sustainability. As Monmade continues to celebrate innovative and authentic design from Southwest Pennsylvania designers, artists, and craftspeople, it also deepens its commitment to social, economic, and environmental impact. In 2020, Monmade ignites unique and collaborative partnerships that improve the productivity, beauty, and enduring quality of the built environment in Pittsburgh and beyond.


Silica Valley

Silica Valley

March 6 - July 28, 2020

Silica Valley explores the interplay between technology and human creativity in an age when tech is both so integrated into our lives as to go unnoticed, but also threatening in its growing presence. The show’s title is a play on Silicon Valley, the California technology hub that is home to many of the top computing and media companies, and silica, a compound key in the production of glass. This connection demonstrates that the components of technology and art are not so separate and can mesh in interesting new ways, as shown by the various fusions created by the artists in their works. Every robot weeds a human in Silica Valley.

Featured Artists

  • Brandyn Callahan & Phirak Suon
  • Vanessa Cutler
  • Daniel Cutrone
  • Jenn Figg & Mathew McCormack
  • Fred Kahl
  • Joanne Mitchell
  • Norwood Viviano

Curated by John Sharvin.    Listen to more from the curator on 90.5 WESA.


The United exhibition at Pittsburgh Glass Center

The United

October 2, 2020 – January 24, 2021

“The United” examines the incredibly complicated topic of immigration in a time when immigration systems are in crisis — affecting many of us closely, as members of diverse communities, as descendants of immigrants, or as immigrants ourselves. The exhibition with artwork from 12 artists from Belgium, Northern Ireland, Russia and the US explores the possibilities for proactive engagement with immigration issues, reconfiguring the status and function of art from passivity to active agency.

Featured Artists

  • Najah Alboushi (Oakland, CA)
  • Sandra Bacchi (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Ibraheem Basree (Columbus, OH)
  • May Maylisa Cat (Portland, OR)
  • Tali Grinshpan (Walnut Creek, CA)
  • Alan Iwamura (Toledo, OH)
  • Priscilla Kar Yee Lo (Bloomington, IL)
  • Alexander Lozano (Dallas, TX)
  • Alison Lowry (Northern Ireland)
  • John Moran (US living in Temse, Belgium)
  • Kristine Rumman & Lauren Fueyo (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Vera Sadakova (St.Petersburg, Russia)

Curated by Johanna Lasner with additional curation by Karla Lamb and Jaime Guerrero.