About Our Gallery
Our gallery opens for every first Friday gallery crawl along the Penn Avenue Arts District. Each first Friday of the month, called Unblurred, Assemble features an artist, maker, technologist, academic department, or student. The work is in the space from the first Friday to the last Friday of the month. For more information on upcoming shows and workshops, visit our calendar.
Opening Night: Friday, June 7 from 6-10pm
Sharrell Rushin’s multimedia art exhibition, Don’t Forget Your Kitchens, is an ode to Black American hair culture. This month-long show will feature mixed media art that presents iconic aspects of Black American hair culture in the form of Pop Art.
Born and raised in the east end of Pittsburgh, before it was the cool place to be– Rell’s youth was spent as a classically trained singer, studying voice from grades 6-12 at both at Rogers and CAPA, a Pittsburgh high school for the creative and performing arts. Long before her dreams of being an opera star, she took interest in fashion design, honing her sewing skills by creating fashions for her extensive collection of Barbie dolls. However, she did not take interest in drawing and painting until her senior year of high school while preparing her portfolio for art and design colleges.
Opening Night: Friday, July 5 from 6-10pm
Receiving his BFA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2005, Forrest also studied at the Poznan Academy of Art in Poland, specializing in offset lithography. In 2008, Forrest received his MFA from West Virginia University with specialized focus in lithography & serigraphy. Forrest has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently including shows at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery (Ellensburg, WA) the Janet Turner Print Museum 11th National Print Competition at CSU, in Chico CA and the Wheaton Biennial: Printmaking Reimagined Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Forrest’s research has also been published recently in both print and digital formats including studio visit magazine, and he has been the recipient of several grants to make printmaking more accessible to students with disabilities and to local community centers in Baldwin & Bibb counties. Forrest lives in Gray, GA and works at Georgia College & State University.
Zena Ruiz, an artist specializing in sculpture and printmaking, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 and has been an advocate for the arts in community. She lives with her family in North Braddock; where she co-founded Gardweeno, a community garden for youth in the neighborhood to design, build, learn, grow, and eat together. Ruiz is currently the Arts in Context Manager at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Museum Lab where she collaborates with artists to create unique experiences for visitors and oversees the F.I.N.E. Art Residency, a residency that invites artists to exhibit their work and lead programs that share their artistic practice with the public.
Opening Night: Friday, August 2 from 6-10pm.