This past weekend I was attending a fundraiser at AIR when it hit me, not everyone knows about this amazing place! AIR stands for Artists Image Resource and that is exactly what it is – a resource for artists interested in working in relief, intaglio, lithography, screen printing, digital imaging, photography, bookbinding, paper-making,letterpress and other related arts. The 10,000-square-foot facility is located at 518 Foreland St. on the North Side of Pittsburgh. AIR offers workshops, access to printing equipment, a digital imaging lab, and exhibition and archive spaces. AIR’s mission is to integrate the creation of fine art prints with educational programs that explore the creative process.
While Andy Warhol had the Factory, many local artists rely on AIR to provide the space and the equipment needed to create, especially when they are first starting out. AIR has been supporting artists through projects and exhibitions for over sixteen years. The popularity of poster art, and more specifically gig posters, has launched Pittsburgh artist Mike Budai into the international art market. Budai’s art has been featured in promotional material for the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Zany Umbrella Circus and countless national and local bands including The Decemberists, Minus the Bear, The Walkmen, Zombi and Modey Lemon. Check out this video of Mike slam printing!
By Mike Budai
AIR creates an environment where artists, students and the public interact. The great news is that AIR works in collaboration with organizations and schools. Recently students from Pittsburgh Arsenal participated in a unique silkscreen project designed to promote community among the many cultures that make up that school. Students from Africa, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, India, Salvador, and the United States took part in this project. The twenty students printed their designs onto painted backgrounds and onto shirts at AIR.
Students from Pittsburgh Arsenal @ AIR
AIR will soon be back hosting a Youth Open Studio
that will run for the summer starting June 26th. It starts at 4 PM and goes till 8 PM every Wednesday. Middle and High School students are welcome to attend to learn how to print using a silkscreen. AIR will provide ink and paper and screens. The charge for each screen burned is $5.00.
The Mobile Print Squad minus the artists
AIR is also looking to expand their outreach efforts with the new Mobile Print Squad. The Mobile Print Squad consists of six stations that guide you through the process of making a design, printing the image as a transparency, exposing the image onto a screen, processing the screen using a water bath to reveal the image, organizing your inks and printing supplies and then finally printing your image onto paper or fabric. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 23rd from 4PM -6PM. The Mobile Print Squad will be visiting the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Woods Run!
Keep up on what happens at AIR by checking out their blog, and while you’re at it, like them on Facebook!
~lauren @ CLP Woods Run
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