In 2012, AIR completed work on a major portfolio project supported by the Heinz Endowments and the Carnegie Museums. The portfolio celebrated the 250th anniversary of the city of Pittsburgh and included work by seven artists working nationally and internationally. We also finished work with six Resident Artist Projects including Tresa Varner, Abby Sheehan, Jerstin Crosby, Michael Hegedus, Michael Budai and Robert Williams, and we completed a project supported by the Heinz Endowments / Pittsburgh Foundation’s Black Arts Initiative with Pittsburgh artist Tina Brewer.
In terms of AIR’s educational and community access programming, in 2012 we continued to expand our support of independent projects with professional artists, including tutorials, shop rentals and other community access projects, supporting work with over 15 community groups, schools and museums.
In 2012 we began a new project with the Andy Warhol Museum, supported by the Benedum Foundation that includes projects and technical support for a number of organizations in semi-rural locations in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia and we continue a successful partnership with the Andy Warhol Museum that includes project work with students at The Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). In 2012, we expanded this programming to include projects with middle school students, with the support of the Grable Foundation.
In 2012, AIR organized its first annual national juried exhibition entitled “Printwork 2012”. This project engaged Nicholas Chambers, the new curator of contemporary art at the Andy Warhol Museum to serve as juror for the exhibition. The project has enabled AIR to reach out to a broad, national population of working artists that might be served by AIR in the future.
In 2011 and 2012, AIR also exhibited work from its archive at venues in Manchester, England (Richard Goodall), Cincinnati, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh’s Concept Gallery and at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust education facility. AIR also had work from the archives purchased and placed in collections at Reed Smith in Pittsburgh and at West Virginia University in West Virginia.