Our primary focus rests on the security and well being of our Artist Members. By providing Artists with affordable, rent-controlled studios where displacement is a non-concern, artists are free to concentrate on their creative practice. An open studio model, used in all Radiant Hall studio locations, is designed to encourage our members to actively engage with one-another through artistic collaboration, shared knowledge and communal resources. Additional support structures for professional development, financial assistance, and out-of-studio opportunities such as exhibitions and residency programs are continually expanding. Artist members who fully engage with their studios will not only benefit from secure, energized working environments, but will also be provided with opportunities to develop and improve their professional practices.
Radiant Hall Studios traces its origins back to November 2012, when Ryan Lammie returned to Pittsburgh from New York. He was looking for a studio space, an alternative to working out of his home, and soon signed a lease for a makeshift studio in a 1930s former Polish social hall in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Finding himself with more space than he could use, he invited an artist friend to move in. Jonathan Chamberlain himself had recently returned from Chicago, and the two often found themselves in conversation about the ways that shared workspaces contribute to creative communities. Having lived in Brooklyn during a period of rapidly increasing real estate values, Lammie was acutely aware of the socio-economic impact—and the fragility—of local artist-run spaces.
Through Chamberlain’s local network, more artists learned about Radiant Hall and moved in, in sufficient numbers that a public “open studio” event was held in January, 2013. Following the expansion of studio spaces into the building’s second floor, another open studio event was held in June—this time for about 250 guests, who were given a rare peek into the studios of working artists.
Radiant Hall has since become a framework for creative community building, especially around issues of sustainable development. Since its formalization as an organization, Radiant Hall has served as a host for school tours, arts patrons, film/photo location scouts, corporate events, interns, nonprofit leaders, and neighbors. It has developed collaborations to generate professional development, networking and exhibition opportunities for artists with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Thrival Innovation and Music festival, Homewood Artist Residency, Sedona Arts Center, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Yale Club, the Carnegie Museum’s Contemporary Circle, Treading Art, Three Rivers Arts Fest and the Skibo Society, and has proudly sponsored the Mattress Factory’s Urban Garden Party, Alloy Pittsburgh and the Lawrenceville Artist’s Annual Studio Tour. With the support of Radiant Hall’s leadership, the 10th Annual Studio Tour doubled its artist participation, and the 11th Annual Studio Tour recorded its highest ever level of attendance.
In April 2015 Radiant Hall became a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with Ryan Lammie as Executive Director. With the support of the foundation community Radiant Hall embarked on an ambitious expansion plan to meet growing need, increasing its studio space in Fall 2015 by 150% and serving over 60 artists of wide-ranging creative practices.
Radiant Hall founder Ryan Lammie was born in Pittsburgh and educated at the Pratt Institute in New York. In 2011 he was selected for the Yale / Norfolk Summer Residency in Connecticut and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Lammie’s sculptural work, often assembled from found materials (discarded furniture, old radios, and the like), is driven by two tendencies in tension with one another: a skepticism of exchange value and a love of maximalism. As an entrepreneur, Lammie has built Radiant Hall into a nonprofit venture that supports over 50 Pittsburgh artists at four locations city-wide. He is also a creative consultant at the new Energy Innovation Center, overseeing design projects that support the EIC’s social and educational goals.
Stephanie Garrison has held positions at various non-profit arts organizations in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, Orlando, and Dallas since 2007. She earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting and BA in Art History from Southern Methodist University. After some initial museum internships, Garrison recognized that successful arts administrators must nurture their analytical and business-minded capabilities so she moved to Pittsburgh to enroll in Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Arts Management program, graduating in 2013. Garrison also works as the Education Department Coordinator at The Andy Warhol Museum and recently completed a research project with the Arts-Finance Cohort on millennial engagement in the arts. She lives with her partner and cat in beautiful North Point Breeze.
Studio Director, Radiant Hall (Lawrenceville)
Seth Clark grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts and earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. His current work uses drawing and collage to vividly convey the complex tactility of the urban environment. In 2012 Clark participated in the prestigious Flight School Fellowship program. He has received numerous honors, including being named Pittsburgh’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and three Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Pittsburgh. Clark is also the founder of Studio Direct, an innovative arts funding model that connects artists directly to their patrons.
Studio Director, Nova Place (North Side)
A native of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Ramon Riley completed a Master of Art Degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013, with a concentration in abstract painting. His distinctive paintings draw on diverse sources (including industrial plants, American revival architecture, and classical sculpture) to create quasi-abstract urban scenes and landscapes with layered washes of rich color. In 2015, Riley was the featured artist on WQED’s Pittsburgh 360, which spotlighted his solo exhibition, BRADDOCK Coming Home. A career art teacher at Pine-Richland High School for over 17 years, Riley has a strong commitment to arts education in public schools, even as he maintains his an active art making and exhibition practice.
Studio Director, Susquehanna (Homewood)
Blaine Siegel is a multi-disciplinary artist, working with screen-based media, dance, installation and sculpture. His work explores a wide range of themes, from topical issues such as contemporary terrorism, to the kinetic potential of discarded materials. Siegel completed his MFA in sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and has an extensive exhibition record, which includes commissions, collaborations, and public art. He also has a distinguished track record as an arts manager, curator and education/outreach coordinator working with diverse and international audiences.
Originally from Philadelphia, Zack Lee earned a BA in Studio Arts from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, with a minor in film studies. His best-known work is made using improvised movements, drawing on a modernist legacy of spontaneity, chance and automatism. Lee has exhibited in Pittsburgh and nationally, and was awarded the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Studies Award and the Betty Blockstein Levine Memorial Award. Upon graduating, Lee joined Radiant Hall as a studio assistant, building on previous experience in arts education, museum installation and preparation, and consulting. Lee maintains a professional creative practice, and has lately begun exploring ephemeral and non-object based approaches to art-making.
Executive Director of the Lawrenceville Corporation, which acts as a catalyst and conduit for responsible growth and reinvestment in the Lawrenceville community. In addition to facilitating nearly $100 million in public and private investment in the neighborhood over past 3.5 years, Matt has served as the organizational lead for several catalytic neighborhood planning processes including the Upper Lawrenceville Plan, Lawrenceville Pivot, and the Allegheny Green Boulevard Plan. Since he arrived in Pittsburgh a dozen years ago, Matt has worked as a community development professional in numerous areas of the city, including the Penn Avenue Arts District, Hazelwood, and the Northside. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School for Community Organization and Social Administration. Matt has served on several boards and committees, including the URA Real Estate Loan Review Committee, the URA’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board, Green Boulevard Working Group, Sprout Fund Public Art Advisory Committee, Friends of Arsenal Park Steering Committee, Leslie Park Pool Advisory Panel, and the Carnegie Mellon Artist Incubation Advisory Committee.
Paulo Nzambi is currently an attorney at Law. His previous experience includes Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and its subsidiaries Bidwell Training Center, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and the National Center for Arts and Technology. Prior to his tenure with MBC, Mr. Nzambi worked as a trial lawyer for the City of Pittsburgh and the law firm of Robb Leonard Mulvihill. An entrepreneur, Mr. Nzambi has managed the acquisition, renovation and rental of residential real estate, a project he started in 2003 and continues to the present day. In addition to his civic activism, Mr. Nzambi is a member of Pittsburgh Playback Theatre. As a playwright and actor, Mr. Nzambi’s most recent plays “Unintended Consequences” (2008) and “To Suffer the Silence” (2007) were performed as part of the Three Rivers Arts festival. Mr. Nzambi joined Manchester Bidwell Corporation in August of 2009. Working for a non-profit conglomerate that provides arts education, adult career training, and operates social enterprises has provided Mr. Nzambi a unique opportunity to integrate his diverse skill sets--as an artist, entrepreneur, and lawyer.
Rick Belloli has more than twenty years of experience in real estate and nonprofit management. Currently, he is a partner in Q Development LLC which engages in community sensitive real estate development. Prior to Q, he was a principal of Civic Square, which he co-founded. Civic Square is a multidisciplinary economic development practice with specialties in Real Estate & Development, Business District Strategies, and Nonprofit Management & Governance. Prior to Civic Square, Rick was the Executive Director of South Side Local Development Company from 2003 to 2011. South Side LDC was a community development corporation founded in 1982 with the purpose of promoting the economic revitalization and historic preservation of Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Taris Vrcek is a third-generation McKees Rocks resident and a graduate of Sto-Rox High School. After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Vrcek pursued a career in information technology before spearheading a re-visioning of his community that would ultimately result in formation of a Strategic Revitalization Plan and the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation (MRCDC). During his tenure as Executive Director, Vrcek has helped facilitate nearly $100M in economic development. With an initial focus on brownfield development, MRCDC has grown into a comprehensive community development agency, leveraging strategic partnerships toward a vision of a 'complete' Sto-Rox, with strategic initiatives in Main Street / Arts development, Workforce Readiness, Youth Engagement, and recreational/green space development. In his non-work time, Vrcek enjoys playing and writing music, as well as outdoor activities.
Jessica Beck is the Associate Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum. Since starting at the museum in early 2014, Jessica has co-curated Chuck Connelly: My America, the Warhol’s submission to the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial and Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York. Jessica has also organized the Exposures Series: temporary installations by emerging, student artists in the Museum’s street-facing windows. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Jessica worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC where she helped organized the lecture series Talking About Andy, which coincided with the Andy Warhol: Shadows exhibition and featured special guests Hal Foster and Kara Walker. She also invited Douglas Crimp to debut his 2012 publication Our Kind of Movie: The Films of Andy Warhol. Jessica has written for The Burlington Magazine and the Curator’s Office and focused both her undergraduate and graduate research on Warhol. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Chicago and completed her MA with Distinction at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Hayley Haldeman, a Pittsburgh native, is a litigation associate in the Pittsburgh office of Jones Day, an international law firm. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and the George Washington University. Currently, she focuses her practice on civil litigation in federal and state courts, with an emphasis on product liability and complex commercial disputes.
Hayley maintains an active pro bono practice, counseling nonprofit organizations regarding tax-exempt status and corporate governance issues. Within the community, Hayley serves on the Mattress Factory’s Board of Directors and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Millennial Steering Committee, among other roles. In the Allegheny County Bar Association, she is chair of the Arts & the Law Committee. She founded and chairs a regional program that promotes childhood literacy and interest in local history.
Michael is a director with Major, Lindsey & Africa (MLA) in its Washington, D.C. office. He obtained a BS in Economics from John Carroll University and received his law degree from Duquesne University. Michael's law practice was devoted primarily to employment/labor law, law enforcement/public entity liability, and commercial litigation. He is admitted to practice law in all Pennsylvania state courts, the USDC Western District, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Michael is active in Pittsburgh’s non-profit community and serves on the Board of Directors for Wesley Spectrum Services, and he formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. In addition, he is the Vice Chair of the Phipps Conservator and Botanical Gardens Board of Trustees.
WILLIAM EARL KOFMEHL, III
William Earl Kofmehl, III, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native and sculptor, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts preceding a Fifth Year Scholarship to study Civil Engineering. Kofmehl then attended Yale University, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts Degree.
Immediately following graduation from Yale's MFA program studying sculpture, Kofmehl was represented by Lombard-Freid Gallery in New York City. He received admittance into the exclusive 250 member Artist Pension Trust in New York City in 2007. Kofmehl participated in Contemporary Visual Art talks and exhibitions in Hong Kong, Brittany, France, Winterthur, Switzerland, Miami, New York, Chicago, Monteverde, Costa Rica and London. Over the past decade, Kofmehl has held adjunct Professorial appointments at Carnegie Mellon University, the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France, University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University.
Photo credit Ben Filio, benfilio.com
Nicole Rupersburg, Radiant Hall creates co-working spaces for artists in need of studio space, Creative Exchange, January 05, 2016.
Michael Machosky, Lawrenceville's Radiant Hall provides inexpensive studio space to artists, TribLive, December 5, 2015.
Jennifer Baron, Radiant Hall swings open its many studio doors to host first annual fundraiser, NEXTPittsburgh, September 14, 2015.
Jennifer Baron, NEXT Up: Ryan Lammie, NEXTPittsburgh, July 12, 2015.
Laura Byko, Ryan Lammie aims to make studio space affordable with Radiant Hall in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 5, 2015.
Matthew Wein, Radiant Hall looking for more locations, Pittsburgh NEXTPittsburgh, March 19, 2014.