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.
Shanae Phillips has a background in the visual arts and nonprofit administration. She holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Management. Since moving from Austin, TX in 2010, Shanae has worked in Pittsburgh's nonprofit arts sector for organizations including the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU, The Andy Warhol Museum, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, The Denis Theatre Foundation, and City of Asylum. She also currently serves as a board member for the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka.
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.
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)
Heavily influenced by her Latin heritage and a lifetime of travel to her mother’s native Costa Rica, Crystal Latimer’s studio practice explores the hybridity of the Latin American culture through mixed-media painting. Crystal obtained her BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2010, followed by an MA and MFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and 2016, respectively. Crystal’s work has been extensively exhibited in the regional area, including shows at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Institute, & Mine Factory to name a few. Her international experience includes a group show in Hong Kong, China, as well as an Artist Residency at the Joaquín Chaverri Fábrica de Carretas in Sarchí, Costa Rica. Her work is included in private collections in addition to the public collections of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, PNC Corporate, and the Benter Foundation.
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.