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Tom Sarver

The Tom Museum


- 2008

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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The Tom Museum is supported by the Creative Heights initiative of the Heinz Endowments. The Tom Museum is the recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council's 2007 "Mayor's Award for Public Art." The Tom Museum is both an irreverent commentary on the museum experience and a view into the artist's creative process. Tom blends everyday activities and pastimes, such as cooking, fishing, and gardening, with the arts of puppetry, painting, and sculpture to engage visitors on many levels. His projects within the museum are inspired by everyday observations and experiences, including the weather, current events, and people he meets through visits, phone, and e-mail. Visitors passing through the museum may get to take part in a puppet show, appear on a talk show, enjoy breakfast with the artist, or critique his tomato plants.


The Tom Museum: September 9, 2006 – May 31, 2008
About The Artist

Tom Sarver is a Pittsburgh-based puppeteer, painter, and sculptor. He is a member of the Brew House Association and a founding organizer of The Black Sheep Puppet Festival. His work has been featured regionally at Space Gallery, Digging Pitt Gallery, The Hoyt Museum, and The Three Rivers Arts Festival.

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