Contemporary Craft Opens


Contemporary Craft, a community arts anchor in Pittsburgh, opened the doors of its new home to the public last week with timed entrances. The transformed space is a physical expression of the community it serves and will enhance both making and engaging with local art and artisans. “Contemporary Craft is a resource for a whole community of contemporary artists,” said artist Christine Bethea, at a preview of the space over Zoom.

“This project is truly a labor of love around craft and the art of making,” says GBBN Principal Anne Chen, who was part of the design team. A permanent, customized installation that defines the entrance animates soundwaves that proclaim, ‘Art is Life,’ and is visible as one moves along the façade of the building as people approach it. “We used a low-tech strategy known as scanimation,” says AnneAdditional customized elements throughout the space—including the stair railing, cabinetry, furniture, and light fixtures made by artists at the Pittsburgh Glass Center—all speak to value of art, dedication to craft, and the unique properties of handmaking.

Contemporary Craft welcomes visitors to their new home with a solo exhibition, “The Heart Speaks Through the Hand” a collection of work by the artist Callie Curry, aka Swoon.

Read more about the opening in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Next Pittsburgh.

Read more about Anne Chen.

Read more about our work with Contemporary Craft.