RAW: Exposure Giveaway
In 2014, RAW: Pittsburgh‘s showcases averaged at over 800 attendees with more than 40 artists per show. Come kick off an even better year ahead with hand selected, up-and-coming artists at the next edition of RAW: Exposure. The April 2 showcase will take over and transform Mr. Smalls Theatre for the first time, taking full advantage of the indispensable venue. The venue will be shape-shifted into a carnival-like smorgasbord of artwork. Performance art, visual art, music, jewelry, makeup, and more will all be showcased here – check out a few of Exposure’s featured artists below! (And make sure to follow the Rafflecopter at the bottom for a chance to win free tickets!)
Andrea Knapp is a student at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh who studies visual effects and motion graphics. Though she specializes in digital 3D design, the young artist doesn’t confine her talents to the computer screen: she is also skilled in visual art made with graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic, and pen-and-ink. Andrea will be showcasing her work, both digital and otherwise, at Exposure. Her extensive portfolio is comprised of commission work from 2010 and onward, and consists of everything from tattoo sketches, to t-shirt designs, to prints, to music videos. Check out her Vimeo profile for some examples. Buy tickets in Andrea’s name.
Colleen Wilde, an international oriental dance and movement artist, is bringing her hip shaking, tassel ruffling movements to the stage. The bellydance performer, teacher, and choreographer offers weekly classes at the Stephen Foster Community Center in Lawrenceville, opening her studio’s doors to dancers of all skill levels. Colleen has performed on her own as well as with Navah, a traveling, 5-person bellydancing troupe that has performed in Seoule, South Korea. Video footage of Colleen’s work can be found here, and make sure to stick around for her performance! Buy tickets in Colleen’s name.
The slimy, gooey visual artwork of Lizzee Solomon will have you reconsidering your definition of beauty. The painter, illustrator, and wood carver likes to challenge conventional ideas of what we see as attractive or perfect. By creating round, precise works like the one to the left, Lizzee expresses her paradoxical obsession with imperfection. The CMU grad recently showcased her works at “RUBBERNECK,” an exhibition featured at REMEDY Bar & Lounge. In addition to prints and framed illustrations, the artist sells wood carved jewelry and housewares. Check out our recent interview with Lizzee about the “RUBBERNECK” showcase! Buy tickets in Lizzee’s name.
Made up of six musicians, plus Devin Moses himself, folk group Devin Moses & the Saved is bringing an eclectic sound to Exposure. The group consists of violin, electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, bass, drums, and vocals, all coming together to produce a nostalgic, easy, and folky sound. Inspired by Lou Reed, Terence McKenna, and many other musicians and family members, Devin Moses believes that writing is what he was created to do. Don’t miss his show at Exposure. Buy tickets in Devin Moses’ name.
Natiq Jalil, an Alabama-born, Colorado-raised, NYC/Pittsburgh resident, creates visual art using mainly watercolor, ink, and acrylic paint. Natiq bases most of his work off of a convergence of the people he sees on a daily basis and the things he sees in his dreams right before waking up. As a past featured artist in both RAW: Pittsburgh and RAW: Manhattan, Natiq’s work has garnered a lot of attention. Make sure you check him out at Exposure! Buy tickets in Natiq Jalil’s name.
Soulstylz is a CMU-based, co-ed dance group, known for their innovative take on hip hop. Using tutting, stepping, and choreography, Soulstylz brings a punch to the stage. They are absolutely fearless, and always sure to make the audience laugh, dance, and groove along with them. Come out to see how Soulstylz turns dance and movement into art. Buy tickets in Soulstylz’s name.
Tate Hudson is a visual artist who creates intense, surrealist collages. He creates his base material for each collage on his own with highly diluted acrylic. By drawing inspiration from photos taken by Tate himself, the artist blurs the lines between collage, painting, and photography. Check out Tate’s vibrant collages at Exposure. Buy tickets in Tate’s name.
As one of only a few jewelers that will be at Exposure, Falkora Jewelry is bringing unique, modernist styles to an ancient aesthetic. Falkora’s pieces are inspired by minimalist architecture, modernism, and nature. If you need a new necklace, a ring, or gauge earrings, Falkora’s booth at Exposure is the place to be. Buy tickets in Falkora Jewelry’s name.
These versatile up-and-coming artists are not the only ones to see at this month’s showcase. Make sure you buy a ticket in advance to save $5. Or you can enter below for a chance to win two free tickets to Exposure – less money spent on tickets means more money to purchase some of the awesome artwork that’ll be featured. See you there!