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Art Olympics with Tom Sarver

September 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tom Sarver by Larry Rippel

Art Olympics features high-energy live artmaking action in a gameshow inspired event. The brainchild of Pittsburgh artist Tom Sarver, Art Olympics combines the action and spontaneity of sports with the creativity and vision of artmaking. Over the course of two hours, teams of artists compete to make winning sculptural works out of piles of junk. Teams are judged by a panel of community members and arts professionals. Criteria for judging includes “creative use of materials” and “adherence to the team artist statement.” Teams often engage the audience in unexpected ways as the performance element is a key factor in the competition. As teams work in designated zones, audience members can get up close to see the art making action. A halftime show involves selected members of the audience competing in an artmaking challenge.

Judges: Graham Shearing, Gwen Bowman, Travis Mitzel and Diana Shark. Judges rate teams from 1 to 10 in a variety of categories including “creative use of materials” and “performance element.” The past few contests have been very close – within two or three points. This may be the most competitive lineup yet. Don’t miss it!

Team 1:  
Sam Turich, Alisha Wormsley, Derek Reese, Gab Cody 
Team 2:
Ryder Henry, Kate Bechak, Jennifer Bechak, Nick Falwell
Team 3:
Audra Clayton, Ryan Ian McCormick, Chris Wright, Kara ZuZu.

The Art Olympics at the Re:NEW Festival will mark the tenth year of Art Olympics in the Pittsburgh area. Main event shows have happened at The New Hazlett Theater, The Union Project, The Mattress Factory Museum of Art, Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, and Market Square for The Three Rivers Arts Festival. Goodwill Industries will be the official materials sponsor for Art Olympics at Re:NEW.


September 17, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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