Art on Gist

Art on Gist

The "Art On Gist Street Project" creates a unique art street with paintings and sculpture. The paintings are being created on panels attached to homes and businesses along Gist Street in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh and are elaborately framed to simulate a larger than life street gallery.

Gist Street is a short street located in Uptown, a neighborhood of distinct contrasts: residential households, business establishments, educational institutions, social service organizations, prostitutes, and drug dealers all line this critical corridor that links Downtown to Oakland -- the Southside to the Hill District. Part of the uniqueness of Uptown is that unlike many neighborhoods in Pittsburgh it boasts a truly diverse population. In the short two blocks of the proposed project live a racially diverse collection of long-time residents (some spanning several generations), businesses, students, and artists. With a few new businesses moving in and cultural events happening, uptown and particularly Gist Street is beginning to experience the very first signs of revitalization.

The paintings and sculptureare adding color, style, and narrative to this decayed urban environment by changing the reputation of Gist Street from a place where prostititutes do business, to an "art street" where people slow down to see what's new.

We hope to continually transform the visual atmosphere of this depressed, at-risk neighborhood with a diverse range of accessible high quality public art.

These projects were partially supported with Project Streamgrants by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PA Partners), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.

The state government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania's General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PA Partners is administered in Allegheny County by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

Frida Kahlo and Friends Visit Gist!

Frida Kahlo and Friends Visit Gist!

Frida Kahlo and Friends Visit Gist! Continue reading

Baby Kong

Baby Kong

Art on Gist Street started with Baby Kong: a sculpture of the head and hands of King Kong made by James Simon at his 305 Gist Street Stud... Continue reading

Oaxacan Dinner

Oaxacan Dinner

Our first painting, "Oaxacan Dinner", was created in September/ October of 2005 featured Jean Foss an American painter now living In Oaxa... Continue reading

Portrait of Antoine

Portrait of Antoine

The 2006/2007 painting has been created by local Uptown Artist John Fleenor -Inspired by Renaissance portraiture such as Raphael. John h... Continue reading

Bananas

Bananas

Kate Bechak has painted “Bananas” for Baby Kong. Continue reading

Fire Hydrant

Fire Hydrant

Justin Blair has painted the “Fire Hydrant” for the dogs.  Continue reading

Red Pop Machine

Red Pop Machine

Barbara Richardson painted “The Red Pop Machine".  Continue reading

Two Dogs

Two Dogs

James Simon has sculpted the two dogs.  Continue reading

Luis Castellanos Valui- A Painter from Mexico

Luis Castellanos Valui- A Painter from Mexico

Mexican Painter Luis Castellanos Valui creates a painting on Gist Continue reading

The Bridge

The Bridge

Heather Powell has created “The Bridge”  Continue reading

Bicycle Mural

Bicycle Mural

Laura McLaughlin has created the "Bicycle Mural".  Continue reading

Insects and Pigs

Insects and Pigs

Alyssa Clifford creating insects and pigs on Gist Continue reading