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The August Wilson Center for African American Culture presents an ongoing schedule of richly textured, vibrantly focused exhibits.

Located throughout the building, The Center's two main exhibit halls and five named gallery spaces house cultural contributions from local, regional, and national luminaries in various disciplines of visual art.

As a visitor to our innovative REMIX exhibit you, too, can express yourself creatively by designing and sharing a video collage that will capture the artistic spirit of Pittsburgh's African American heritage.

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From the Collection of Samella Lewis
July 12 - September 13, 2013 | Tues. - Sat.11 am - 6pm | Fees Vary

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), a sculptor and printmaker, is widely considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century. Her work blended art and social consciousness and confronted the most disturbing injustices against African Americans. She is best known for her work during the 1960s and 70s, when she created politically charged black expressionistic sculptures and prints. This exhibition features Catlett's work, including 38 sculptures, lithographs, linocuts and paintings, over a span of seven decades.

The exhibition is organized by the August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA, in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. The work comes from the collection of artist, educator and author Samella Lewis, PhD., Professor Emerita, Art History, Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Lewis was a student of Catlett's in the 1940s and Catlett became her mentor. The two were lifetime friends.

The exhibition is co-curated by Samella Lewis, PhD and Cecile Shellman, CMS.

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Call for Artists: Life is a play. What is the Plot?

Call for Artists: Life is a play. What is the Plot?
September 27, 2013 - January 10, 2014 | Tues. - Sat. 11am - 6pm
Free and open to the public

The August Wilson Center for African American Culture seeks artwork from the African American community for the upcoming exhibition Life is a play. What is the plot? Selected artworks will be exhibited at the August Wilson Center at 980 Liberty Ave. in Pittsburgh's Cultural District from September 27, 2013 until January 10, 2014.

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