Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Arts Center Opens Saturday on North Side

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Arts Center Opens Saturday on North Side

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A new North Side art space that has been operating somewhat under the radar is throwing a free public opening celebration from noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center is at 1000 Madison Ave., at the corner of Tripoli Street in the East Deutschtown neighborhood.

Activities will include musical entertainment, artist performances, a gallery exhibition, hands-on artmaking and a tour of the center. Food trucks will be on site. A highlight will be the latest iteration of Pittsburgh artist Tom Sarver's Art Olympics from 4 to 7 p.m. in the nearby green space at 824-826 Concord St.

During the Olympics, in a send-up of TV programs such as "Iron Chef," three teams of Pittsburgh artists compete to build in two hours the best sculpture using recycled materials. Previous Olympics have been held at the Mattress Factory, the Union Project, the New Hazlett Theater and Market Square.

Team leaders are Craig Freeman. Darrell Kinsel and Hyla Willis.

Mr. Freeman is a visual artist who over the past six years was owner of gallery Fast Forward and a musician with rock band Lost Realms. His team comprises Elizabeth Rudnick, Nathan Curtis and David Zak.

Ms. Willis is an artist and designer, co-founder of the (cyber)feminist art collective subRosa, and was the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 2014 Artist of the Year. She teaches media arts at Robert Morris University. Her team comprises Ryan A. Murray, Felipe Garcia-Huidobro and Hannah G. Thompson.

Mr. Kinsel is a creative entrepreneur and arts administrator who was awarded an Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant by The Pittsburgh Foundation. He co-founded BOOM Concepts, a combination workspace and creative hub in Garfield. His team comprises Daryl Collier, Anqwenique Wingfield and Julie Mallis.

Judges are Erika Johnson, executive director of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse; Christiane Leach, aka Christiana D, award-winning visual artist, poet, writer and musician; Maritza Mosquera, visual artist, educator and curator; and Wayne Younger, pastor at Cityview Church, a Christian congregation centered in the East Deutschtown neighborhood. …

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