Radiant Hall Plans for Expansion with 1st Annual Studio Tour/Fundraiser

Published On September 2, 2015 | By Tiffany Johnson | The Arts

Michael Gregory

Since Radiant Hall‘s inception, creating and preserving studio environments for artists has been their main focus. Using an open studio model in all locations, the organization provides artists with affordable, rent-controlled studios so that they’re free to concentrate on their creative practices. It is designed to encourage members to actively engage with one another through artistic collaboration, shared knowledge and communal resources.

Radiant Hall is also structured to help support professional development, financial assistance, and out-of-studio opportunities for artists. This gives the artists opportunities to participate in exhibitions and residency programs, which are constantly growing in our area.

Currently, there are two locations at which artists have had the pleasure of perfecting their craft–Lawrenceville and Mine Factory. These are safe spaces, allowing artists to focus on their creative prowess, and not on the concern of being displaced from their studios.

Radiant Hall creates opportunities that allow artists to engage within their own communities through outreach and education, and organizers are hoping to expand upon this idea. Striving to elevate the standards of education, awareness, and healthy living for members and their communities, they ultimately wish to contribute to areas throughout the city that demonstrate a unique potential for long-term, sustainable growth. In order to do this, Radiant Hall needs your help.

Portraiture by Lisa Considine

Lisa Considine

On Saturday, September 19, the first ever Radiant Hall Studio Tour will kick off from 1:30-5:30PM. This tour serves as their first annual fundraiser while they plan an ambitious expansion to three locations with 50 artist studios by the end of the year. The extensive tour will include three stops with beer and wine being provided at each location, courtesy of Sweetwater Brewing Company and EngineHouse 25 Wines. Food will also be provided by The Vandal, Station, Lithic Granola, and several others.

At 1:30PM, join the Executive Director of Radiant Hall, Ryan Lammie, for brunch inside the Lower Hill District’s Energy Innovation Center. The brunch will give guests the opportunity to hear about and visualize the organization’s future expansion, as well as the collaborating arts organizations planning to move into the space. There will be a live music performance by singer-songwriter Morgan Erina, along with refreshments provided by Tender Bar and Kitchen.

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Andrew W. Allison

A pop-up exhibition from more than 25 past and current Radiant Hall Artists will be held at 3PM at NOVA Place (inside 1 Allegheny Center) on the North Side. Here, you can check out some of the creative pieces made in Radiant Hall’s studios, and view the innovative space where curators plan to house 16 new artist studios, as well as a five-person residency program.

The last stop is in Lawrenceville at Radiant Hall’s origin location. At 4:30PM, you’ll see how they plan to transform the Energy Innovation Center and NOVA Place. During this stop, you’ll also be able to visit with Radiant Hall’s 26 current artists while DJ Desus provides some tunes. They’re currently in the works of organizing a live art auction, as well, so get your wallets ready for that one.

Whether you come for the whole day, or pop in to a spot you’ve been wanting to check out, Radiant Hall organizers hope that you can spend a bit of your Saturday with them to see what they’re cooking up for our city.

For more information on the art spaces and Studio Tour, you can visit Radiant Hall’s website. General Admission for the Studio Tour is $100, and tickets are currently available for purchase. All ticket sales will directly benefit the artists of Radiant Hall through a new financial assistance program, planned to begin in January of 2016.

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