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 60 Pittsburgh artists at three locations city-wide.
Oreen Cohen explores the potentiality of material, self, and space in site-specific sculpture, public art, interventions and video performance. Originally from Rochester, NY, Cohen received a Masters in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014 and has participated in exhibitions, residencies, and public commissions nationally and internationally. As programming coordinator, Cohen books Studio 1:1 critiques with curators and cultural producers, and brings together Radiant Hall members for happy hours and events throughout the year.
Sean Beauford is an independent producer using art to tell stories, present different perspectives, and promote diversity. As a producer, Sean finds strength in collaboration, often connecting artist and institution to create first-time art experiences for underserved communities. Sean has produced exhibitions at the Pittsburgh International Airport, the August Wilson Center, Wood Street Galleries, and several other institutions throughout the region.
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 Floor 2 (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.
Studio Director, Susquehanna Floor 4 (Homewood)
Nisha Blackwell is the Founder and CEO of Knotzland Bowties, a social enterprise that sources, rescues, and repurposes discarded textiles into stylish bow ties intentionally made through providing contract work to local and underrepresented populations. Nisha also works as an outreach consultant with the MONMADE Trade group to help build a more inclusive Maker Entrepreneur ecosystem. Her commitment to community is largely influence by her upbringing and her grandmother, but has been further shaped through experiences in AmeriCorps, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, GTECH, and Strong Women Strong Girls. Nisha passionately combines her engagement skills with her role in Monmade and now as Studio Director on the 4th Floor of Radiant Hall's Susquehanna building.
Photos by Ben Filio, Christopher Sprowls, and Julie Kahlbaugh.