Ends on November 6, 2017

Call for Artists: Request for Submissions

Sift 1: Yona Harvey

Exhibition Opening: Winter, 2017

Application deadline: November 6, 2017

The Office of Public Art seeks visual, performing, and literary artists for the first edition of Sift, a new virtual exhibition space located on the Pittsburgh Artist Registry. The online portal connects artists living in southwestern Pennsylvania with curators, collaborators, theaters, music venues, publishers, and OPA clients.

To sift is to sort through in order to isolate what is useful or valuable. Beginning in Fall 2017, the Office of Public Art will invite notable visual, literary, and performing arts professionals to virtually sift through artist profiles on the Pittsburgh Artist Registry to develop a collection of artworks. The guest curator’s collection and statement will be permanently exhibited on the Sift section of the Pittsburgh Artist Registry website pittsburghartistregistry.org/sift

Sift is a virtual place in which the public can access artists, but just as importantly it is also an open platform for guest curators to explore and highlight artists in southwestern Pennsylvania with the larger world. The goal of Sift is to both increase exposure to its members and enhance the critical dialogue between the art world and our region.   

About the Curator 

Yona Harvey is the author of Hemming the Water, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in poetry and the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Her poems and essays have been anthologized in The Force of What’s Possible: Accessibility and the Avant-Garde and Writing Away the Stigma: Ten Courageous Writers Tell True Stories About Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD & more.  She contributed to Marvel’s World of Wakanda, a companion to the bestselling Black Panther comic, and co-wrote with Ta-Nehisi Coates Marvel’s Black Panther & The Crew.


Sift is open to all visual, performing, and literary artists with an active Pittsburgh Artist Registry profile. The guest curator will select digital works solely from the Pittsburgh Artist Registry and based only on the information provided by the artist on their profile.

If you need assistance, please contact Derek Reese at opa@pittsburghartscouncil.org or by phone at 412-391-2060 x 233.


September 25, 2017                            Call for Artists Released

November 6, 2017, 11:59 PM EST      Application Deadline

December, 2017                                  Artists Notified

Winter, 2017                                        Exhibition Opens

This timeline is subject to change without notice.

How to Apply

  1. Create or update your Pittsburgh Artist Registry profile by November 6, 2017 located at pittsburghartistregistry.org. Only work samples on the artists registry page will be considered. Be sure your profile is complete, your bio and artist statement are current, and your external links are active.

  2. Complete the online registration form below by November 6, 2017.