Exposure Artist Fellowship

Guided by the question “How can a community foundation assist in making Pittsburgh more livable for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artists,” The Pittsburgh Foundation — working with artists who identify as BIPOC, Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Carnegie Museum of Art — has named its first Exposure Artist Fellowship awardees.

The Exposure Artist Fellowship is a year-long pilot initiative providing $50,000 grants to artists who identify as BIPOC and work at the intersection of arts, social inquiry and activism. Two awardees will work directly with arts institutions as equal partners and co-fellows addressing systemic racism in the arts and culture ecosystem. 

The awardees are director and filmmaker Chris Ivey, who will work in co-fellowship with Kelly Strayhorn Theater; visual artist Shikeith, co-fellow Carnegie Museum of Art; and illustrator and filmmaker Ana Armengod, who is self-curating her fellowship.

Along with the grant, the Exposure Artist Fellowship provides the artists with access to the resources available at Kelly Strayhorn Theater and Carnegie Museum of Art, such as staff expertise, curatorial, production and marketing, as well as physical space, archives, collections and technical equipment. In the co-fellowship model, both the artists and arts organizations participate and learn together as partners. The goal is to encourage cross-cultural learning and partnership across disciplines and boundaries.

New program selects first grant recipients to address systemic racism in Pittsburgh’s arts scene, WESA, January 24, 2022


Photo Credit:  sarah huny young, Shikeith, Shani Banjeree