It’s going to be an interdisciplinary arts showdown on Saturday September 17th in Downtown Pittsburgh as three teams of Pittsburgh artists representing a wide range of creative practices face off in a two-hour art-making challenge. Art Olympics begins with an opening ceremony at 6 PM at the Re:NEW Festival’s 623 Smithfield Street location. The teams will begin building at 6:30 PM and work for two hours. The winning team will be announced just before 9 PM. The event is free and open to the public.
Team leader Sam Turich has a background in film and theater. He will be joined by teammates Alisha Wormsley, Derek Reese and Gab Cody. Team leader Ryder Henry is a painter and visionary model builder. His team includes Kate Bechak, Jen Bechak and Nick Falwell. Team leader Audra Clayton is a clay artist / educator. Her team will include Ryan McCormick, Christopher Wright and Kara Zuzu.
Judges will include art critic Graham Shearing, Gwen Bowman of Pittsburgh Puppet Works, artist Travis Mitzel and Diana Shark of Goodwill Industries.
Emcees for the event are Tom Sarver and Mike Cuccaro, with deejay Dave Zak spinning the tunes.