"A legacy as a cutting edge haven for artists."
Gavin Andrew Benjamin
Harrison Kinnane Smith
Justin Emmanuel Dumas
Gavin Andrew Benjamin is a multi-faceted artist with backgrounds encompassing commercial photography, painting, printmaking, and interior and product design. Born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and was drawn to experiment with many mediums. His current work focuses on his long-time interest in flowers, still-life, landscapes, portraits, and collage mixed with courtly painting traditions; a mash-up of sorts.
Naomi Chambers is a Pittsburgh-based painter and assemblage artist; she also runs The Flower House in Wilkinsburg. The Flower House is a creative space cultivated by group-centered artists who practice cooperative economics to empower women and families.
Njaimeh Njie is a photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Her practice centers everyday people, narratives, and landscapes, with a particular focus on how black people perceive themselves and their experiences in the places they call home.
Harrison Kinnane Smith is an artist whose work explores the interactions between material systems (ecologies, commercial networks) and immaterial structures (policies, ideologies, social culture). His current research is supported by the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Program, a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments. Harrison lives in Pittsburgh, where he works as an art educator and an editor of the Bunker Review.
Justin Emmanuel Dumas’ work understands the surface as narrative, marks, abrasions, wounds, and repairs that become gesture. The combined presence of these gestures manifest as the spectral evidence of human agency. These final painting-shaped objects, which endlessly approach and depart from completion, present a moment for re-collection and the excavation of public memory.