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On Making: Artists LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sandra Gould Ford and Lynn Nottage Discuss Creativity and Context

  • The August Wilson Center 980 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, 15222 United States (map)
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Silver Eye Presents
A Celebration of Artists in Pittsburgh Keynote Panel
On Making: LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sandra Gould Ford and Lynn Nottage
Monday, December 4th at 6-9PM
August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15222

Following the presentation of the 2017 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards, artists LaToya Ruby Frazier and Sandra Gould Ford will be joined by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Lynn Nottage, for a panel discussion entitled, "On Making: Artists LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sandra Gould Ford and Lynn Nottage Discuss Creativity and Context." This talk, moderated by Silver Eye Center for Photography's Executive Director, David Oresick, will consider issues of labor, creativity and equity in and beyond the arts. Frazier and Ford will discuss their collaborative exhibition, On the Making of Steel Genesis, and its connection to themes from Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sweat.

The exhibition, on view at the August Wilson Center through Dec. 30, explores Ford’s work as an artist and former clerk at the J&L Steel Company, which inspired her to create a stunning archive of photographs and company documents. Frazier, Ford and Nottage are all women artists of color known for elevating the voices and representation of African American women in the arts and beyond. 

Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards: Since 2012, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments have presented the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards, which s one of very few programs in the region that provide direct philanthropic support to individuals. The 2017 Awardees are visual artist Sarika Goulatia and costume designer Susan Tsu. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Tony Norman will emcee the event. The Carol R. Brown award object is designed by sculptor Thaddeus Mosely.  The celebration continues with a reception in the August Wilson Center lobby immediately following the panel discussion.

Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required.



LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER works in photography, video, and performance in order to build visual archives that address industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, environmental justice, health care inequity, family, and communal history. She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows Award in 2015. Her work is exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally, with notable solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (MAC’s); Brooklyn Museum; Seattle Art Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston); and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. In 2015, her first book The Notion of Family (Aperture, 2014) received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award. This fall, Frazier’s new catalogue about coal miners, And From the Coaltips a Tree Will Rise, will be published by MAC’s Grand-Hornu (The Museum of Contemporary Arts Belgium). Frazier is an Associate Professor in the Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

SANDRA GOULD FORD is an award-winning author, artist, and accomplished educator who presents writing and arts experiences that encourage, refresh, enrich creative thinking, and inspire. Her first novel, Faraday's Popcorn Factory, was published by St. Martin's Press. Ford has won several writing awards, including the Nelson Algren and Writer's Digest. Ford has also received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and from The Pittsburgh Foundation, and she has been awarded a Dow Creativity Center Fellowship and residencies from the Ucross Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Ragdale, Millay, and Dorland. Ford founded Shooting Star Productions, and the Shooting Star Review, a quarterly illustrated, literary magazine that was published for ten years. Ford’s photographs have been published in Talk Magazine and the New Pittsburgh Courier, and her writing has accompanied her photography in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Press, and Pittsburgh Magazine. Ford holds a master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.

LYNN NOTTAGE is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and a screenwriter. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. They include Sweat, currently on Broadway, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lily Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award and Audelco), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award), Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Las Meninas, Mud, River, Stone, Por’knockers and POOF!. Nottage is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn prize for SWEAT, Steinberg “Mimi” Distinguished Playwright Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize, Lilly Award, Helen Hayes Award, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award. She was most recently named to Variety's 2017 Women's Impact Report. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she has been a faculty member since 2001. She is also teaching graduate playwriting at Columbia School of the Arts.

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Silver Eye 2017 Annual Fund