community + cultural info

2 weeks to opening of show!!!  Just a quick reminder of the Charlee
Brodsky show that opens on November 1st. from 7 to 9PM Please call or e
mail with any questions.  Steel Valley arts Council thanks you for your
support.  This is an important show for the Steel Valley, Nationally
know CMU photographer displaying her work of Homestead in Homestead.

September 29, 2003
Contact:   Brian K. Britza, Steel Valley Arts Council
w:  412.552.7021   h: 412.476.0755  Gallery 412.326.0100

RE:          Carnegie Mellon University Professor Charlee Brodsky
displays her photographs of Homestead in Steel Valley Arts Council Gallery
at 303 East 8th Avenue, Homestead

Homestead, PA - Starting November 1st Steel Valley Arts Council will
have the honor of hosting a gallery show to exhibit Charlee Brodsky’s
work for the book she co-authored entitled “Envisioning Homestead, A Town
Without Steel”.  These powerful images of the faces and places of the
former “Steel Capital of the World” speak volumes about the trials,
tribulations and the somehow undying sense of optimism that is Homestead. 
The show titled “Homestead Re-Viewed” consists of a series of
photographs that were taken very shortly after the mill closed.  The people of
Homestead will get an opportunity to view themselves from the eye of a
nationally known photographer that captures the historical perspective
of their times. Visitors will experience a compelling exhibition and
witness Homestead’s people and the community they share.

art space 303
303 E. Eighth Avenue
Homestead, PA 15120

Opening reception
November 1, 2003 7:00 p.m.
Show runs from November 1st till November 23rd during times and days
Hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays noon-7:00 p.m.
Photographer’s gallery talk Saturday, November 22nd at 2:00 p.m.

Charlee Brodsky is a photography professor at Carnegie Mellon
University in the School of Design. Brodsky describes her work as dealing with
social issues and beauty. She received two prestigious Pennsylvania
Council on the Arts Individual Fellowships:  one in 1992 to document the
former steel mill town of Homestead, PA and one in 1995 to photograph
Stephanie Byram, a breast cancer survivor. She exhibits her work both
locally and nationally. In addition, Brodsky has curated numerous
photography exhibitions at Carnegie Museum of Art dealing with the history of
photography in Western Pennsylvania. In 1997, she co-curated with Linda
Benedict-Jones the Carnegie Museum of Art’s major exhibition, Pittsburgh
Revealed, a collection of  photographs from 1850 to the present
accompanied by a book of the same name.

In 1998, University of Pittsburgh Press published Envisioning
Homestead: A Town Without Steel, a collaborative book of text by Carnegie Mellon
anthropology faculty member Dr. Judith Modell and photographs by
Brodsky. Her work with writer Jennifer Matesa resulted in Navel-Gazing, the
Days and Nights of a Mother in the Making, published in September 2001
by Crown, a division of Random House. In addition, her work with
Stephanie Byram documenting Ms. Byram’s experience with breast cancer was
published as a fine art book, Knowing Stephanie, by University of
Pittsburgh Press in Spring 2003. She received an Emmy with three others for her
work on Stephanie, a video about her friend who had breast cancer. She
holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. from Yale

Steel Valley Arts Council (SVAC) is a community arts organization
represented by a 65-member volunteer organization, and membership continues
to grow. SVAC is dedicated to preservation, community interaction and
dialogue, and emerging artistic thought through rich creative endeavors.
Serving the greater Steel Valley area which is comprised of Homestead,
West Homestead, and Munhall, Steel Valley Arts Council's impact affects
the Western Pennsylvania region and hosts national exhibits with
universal appeal. The gallery, art space 303, is located in the historic
district of Homestead at 303 East Eighth Avenue. The Steel Valley region,
once home to the largest steel producing mill in the world, is now an
opulent, ethnically diverse community peppered with some of the most
talented artists, craft makers, and creative thinkers today.

Take the Homestead Grays Bridge (formerly the Homestead High Level
Bridge) and make a left onto East Eighth Ave. Go two blocks to Ann and
Eighth; the Gallery is in the second building on the left in the 300 block.