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Pittsburgh nonprofit studio network aims to become the largest creative services provider in the region
PITTSBURGH — Following a successful expansion into two new locations last fall, Radiant Hall Studios is now poised to launch a new creative services enterprise. “Radiant Hall Work” has a mission to connect clients to Pittsburgh’s best emerging creatives, artists, and craftspeople while broadening the Radiant Hall network.
The business structure is highly efficient: Radiant Hall Work operates as a third party agency that facilitates bids for creative projects. It provides project management service and bills the client based on a predetermined commission structure. Fees are calculated based on the value of the contract and profits are split between the artist who completed the work and Radiant Hall, a nonprofit which uses the funds to support its programs.
Radiant Hall Work also provides job placement for creatives, operating as a “matchmaking” service for clients seeking specialized artistic or technical skills.
Although still in its “pilot” phase, this program has already executed two murals for Alloy 26, Pittsburgh’s largest coworking space, commissioning artists Ron Copeland and Jonathan Chamberlain. Mike Woycheck, Operations Director at Alloy 26, said, “We were amazed at not only how fast both artists worked but how well they were able to integrate their artwork into our space. They created unique and attractive installations that our members have really enjoyed. I would recommend both of them and really hope we can work with them again.”
Laurie Trok, Radiant Hall Work’s Project Manager, said the program will fill a gap among existing agencies and service networks, which tend to overlook artists in favor of techies, designers and contractors. “If we can do anything to attract creative talent our way, that's great. As we grow and foster connections, we’ll see a benefit to the arts community,” she said.
For the individual artists, Radiant Hall Work offers several benefits. Jonathan Chamberlain, who designed one of the Alloy 26 murals, believes the new program will connect artists to a wider and more diverse client base than they could access alone. “What if a corporate client reached out to a musician? What if a designer at PNC connected with a furniture maker? A wider network can generate more interesting projects.” Also, Chamberlain noted that, unlike services such as Angie’s List, artists aren't charged fees for memberships or to list their profiles, so the barriers to entry are low, even for younger or emerging artists.
Trok is currently seeking new projects and talent. Interested clients or artists working in any medium can find more information online at radianthallwork.com.
Above: Ron Copeland's dynamic mural for Alloy 26. The mural exhibits Copeland's signature style, composed painted signs and found elements. The overlapping surfaces and variety of shapes, colors and sizes creates a visual cacophony, suggesting a busy main street, jazz music, and urban energy. Below: Jonathan Chamberlain's mural for Alloy 26. Inspired by retro typography, Chamberlain's work deploys a pop idiom, evoking the comforting earth-toned palettes of the 1970s.
About Ron Copeland
For the past several years, Ron Copeland has lived by the philosophy that one man’s trash is another man’s art. He uses recycled signs and Plexiglas to create bright, colorful lamps and lightbox sculptures. Copeland, who previously worked in the printing and sign making industry, adds to the lamps with handcrafted graphics and details.
“This work usually revolves around found signage,” Copeland explains, “and once I used up all of the found signage that I had, I began creating signs that looked like they were vintage and from different eras such as the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, and the lamps have spun off of that.”
Working with salvaged materials was at first a purely economical decision. “I started out working with found materials, originally, when I was younger, because it was more cost effective to get things that were free, cheap disregarded or given to me,” Copeland said. Now, however, Copeland has found a higher purpose in working with disposed of goods. “The fact that I am actually saving materials from being discarded has now become an important part of what I do,” Copeland admits, “I am actually salvaging these materials from being thrown into a landfill. A lot of them are interesting and I can find some use for them where they don’t have to be destroyed. A big portion of my work has become reusing and recycling.”
About Jonathan Chamberlain
Jonathan Chamberlain is a Pittsburgh-based artist and freelance painting contractor, with projects that range from painting murals, domestic interiors, and business spaces.
As an artist, he works within the Pop idiom. Chamberlain’s artworks maintain a genuine charm, yet retain a playful detachment. He riffs on retro design motifs and appropriates cultural ephemera, while developing fresh approaches to visual convention. His compositions are meant to slow the eye and hold the viewer's attention.
Chamberlain has exhibited nationally, most recently at SPACE and Concept Galleries in Pittsburgh. He holds an MA and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and completed his undergraduate work at The Pennsylvania State University. He performs with the band Delicious Pastries.
About Radiant Hall
Radiant Hall Studios is dedicated to the creation and preservation of artists’ studio space. It provides communal and private artist studios, professional development opportunities, and affiliate membership benefits. Founded in 2014 in the vibrant neighborhood of Lawrenceville, Radiant Hall how operates four locations throughout Pittsburgh. Radiant Hall is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Learn more: www.radianthall.com.
About Radiant Hall Work
Radiant Hall Work is a third party agency that facilitates bids for creative projects and provides project management services while supporting Radiant Hall’s nonprofit programs. Radiant Hall Work is managed by Laurie Trok. Learn more online: http://radianthallwork.com
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