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Artist Portfolio Reviews, Spring 2021

March 24 @ 6:00 pm8:30 pm

Artist Portfolio Reviews

The Office of Public Art is hosting Artist Portfolio Reviews to give artists the chance to receive feedback on their work from local artists, curators, and arts administrators. The sessions will be held online, via Zoom. Artists can reserve 25-minute time slots with a reviewer of their choice.

Portfolio reviewers for the evening are: Tara Fay Coleman, an independent curator, producer, and conceptual artist; Rachel Rearick, Arts and Culture Manager for the Allegheny County Airport and manager of the Art in the Airport program; Zena Ruiz, a mixed media artist; and Hannah Turpin, Curatorial Assistant for Modern and Contemporary Art and Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Participants can register for up to TWO review time slots. The deadline to register is March 15, 2021. Registrants will be REQUIRED to submit a portfolio in advance. OPA will contact all registrants on March 16, 2021 with meeting details.

Cancellations and no shows will not be refunded. Please choose your time slot(s) carefully; we cannot accommodate requested schedule changes. Please arrive at your session on time. Reviewers cannot extend your session if you sign in late.

This registration link will redirect you to the ticketing page on the website of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. There you will be able to select a reviewer and time slot.


About the Reviewers

Tara Fay Coleman

Tara Fay is an independent curator, producer, and conceptual artist from Buffalo, NY. She serves as a board member and Associate Curator at Bunker Projects, and is a member of the Carnegie Art Associates, as well as the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. She has curated exhibitions for various institutions, which include the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Phosphor Project Space, Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and Brewhouse Gallery.
Her curatorial process is rooted in creating space for underrepresented Black and Brown artists, and centering the Black experience. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

Rachel Rearick

Rachel Saul Rearick received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking with a Minor in Art History from Edinboro University; and went on to receive a Master of Public Administration from Gannon University with a focus on Organizational Leadership. Professionally, Rachel serves as the Arts and Culture Manager for the Allegheny County Airport Authority where she manages Art in the Airport, the PIT Performing Arts Series, and the Sense of Place program.

Outside of PIT, Rachel is the Co-Founder of KuratedPgh, a retail gallery in Aspinwall that focuses on fine art and functional craft. She serves on the Board of Artists Image Resources, sits on the Advisory Committee for the Office of Public Art, and recently joined the Art Advisory Committee for the Sports and Exhibition Authority. In addition, Rachel is an active artist member the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Print Group. She has extensive experience in grant writing, program evaluation and management, and master planning.

Zena Ruiz

Zena Ruiz is a curious first generation Mexican-American mother, lover and community pollinator from Houston, TX. They moved to Pittsburgh in 2005 and earned their BFA in 2011 from Carnegie Mellon University. Zena has a mixed media studio practice in drawing, printmaking, performance, and sculptural installation to process and communicate what their body holds. Themes such as childhood, joy and grief are continuous conversations in their works expressed by using familial and spiritual Chicane cultural motifs. Outside of Zena’s studio practice is where the magic of BEING and LONGING TO BE manifests in dance, as a mother and in community.

Hannah Turpin

Hannah Turpin has served as the Curatorial Assistant for Modern and Contemporary Art and Photography at Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) since 2015. As a curator, Turpin is particularly interested in 20th and 21st century art practices connected to feminist and queer ideologies and focused on issues of visibility and representation. She is currently planning a solo exhibition with artist Elle Pérez (CMOA, opening April 2021) that will feature new photographs exploring themes of intimacy and relationality. Turpin recently curated the group shows Counterpressures (CMOA, 2020) and The Self, Realized: Queering the Art of Self-Portraiture (Brew House Association, 2019).






March 24
6:00 pm–8:30 pm
Event Category:


Office of Public Art