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Documenting and Creating Work Samples with Rob Long

December 7 @ 4:00 pm6:00 pm

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Documenting and Creating Work Samples event with Rob Long

Learn the art of creating powerful first impressions in public art applications with artist Rob Long. Long will share effective techniques for high-quality documentation and work sample creation, including how to craft narratives within work samples that showcase your artistic range and style, and that can be applicable to various project types.
Long’s presentation will be followed by an interactive workshop engaging session participants.

This session will be held online from 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM ET.

The questions that will serve as the framework for the guest speaker’s presentation are:

  • How can applicants create a narrative with their work samples that best displays their artistic range and style?
  • How do work sample narratives apply to specific project applications?
  • How can applicants improve the image quality of their documented work?
  • How should applicants write work sample descriptions?
  • How can applicants label their work samples and develop a personal archive to easily retrieve documentation?
  • What do selection panel members look for in work samples?

Session Format

  • Introduction
  • Speaker Presentation & Audience Questions
  • Interactive Workshop
  • Conclusion


Participants will be divided into breakout rooms on Zoom. Registrants will be responsible for bringing 1 – 2 questions and/or 1 – 2 items that pertain to their own work samples. Each room will be facilitated by an Office for Public Art staff member. The guest speaker will spend 10 minutes in each breakout room to answer questions and provide feedback before being rotated to the next room.

About Rob Long

Rob Long is a professional artist and Principal of Clear Story, a Pittsburgh-based design and consulting firm he founded in 2007. Rob’s creative practice bridges the disciplines of architecture, theater and fine art—working with light and technology to create dynamic and memorable experiences. Rob and his Clear Story team design illumination for many of Pittsburgh’s iconic public spaces, restaurants and landmarks, including Sally’s Path, Pusadee’s Garden and Highmark’s Fifth Avenue Place.

Rob’s abstract photography practice exists at the intersection of his work as an artist and architectural lighting designer. His photographs are held in private and institutional collections.


Registration is $15. The button below will redirect you to Eventbrite where you will complete the transaction.



December 7
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
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