Carnegie Mellon's Susanne Slavick Named Artist of the Year
By Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Exhibition Opens Sept. 12
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA) has selected Susanne Slavick, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, as its 2008 Artist of the Year. As part of this honor, the PCA will present an exhibition of Slavick's new work, Sept. 12 – Nov. 2. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Sept. 12.
The annual Artist of the Year award recognizes outstanding artists, honoring those who have made significant contributions to Pittsburgh and beyond. Slavick joined the School of Art faculty in 1984 and served as its head from 2000 to 2006.
Titled "R&R&R," Slavick's exhibit includes several large paintings with mixed media works on paper. She has appropriated photographs of wartime destruction from the Internet, interjecting hand-painted passages that suggest renewal. "I convert the military expression for 'rest and recuperation' to words like 'reveal, regret or restore,'" Slavick said. By digitally and manually transforming images of wreckage, Slavick says she "recognizes, rues or reconstitutes" what has been decimated, using elements from the very cultures under attack. Her paintings extend the healing metaphor to scenes of natural destruction. A catalogue with essays by critics Eleanor Heartney and Paul Krainak will accompany the exhibition.
Slavick has exhibited her work in museums and galleries locally and internationally, including venues in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, Europe and Asia. She has received an artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and four awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
The PCA gallery is located at 6300 Fifth Avenue and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. Both the gallery and the reception are open to the public.
Slavick's paintings extend the healing metaphor to scenes of natural destruction.