Interning at AIR was a fantastic experience. From day one they exuded a welcoming vibe and an awesome learning/working atmosphere. I wouldn't have traveled multiple hours a week all summer long if it wasn't totally worth it. I full heartedly recommend this experience to anyone who is contemplating it. I met awesome people, made great connections, and was able to further explore myself as a post college working artist. I walked away with some very fond memories and additional skill sets to add to my artist tool belt. As an intern we were able to experience the professional side of a print shop with helping artists on editions as well as printing shirts etc for local organizations. We were able to work along side incredibly talented and knowledgeable staff as well as internationally known artists. AIR did a wonderful job at supporting each of us as artists as well, encouraging us to work on our own pieces and allowing us to use their space for an exhibition at the end of the summer. My favorite part about the internship was the nonprofit side. AIR provides wonderful and much needed services for the community such as but not limited to providing space, materials, and mentors to students and artists. Being a social worker myself, the parts I most enjoyed were the community outreach events such as working with the youth in libraries and shelters as well as providing activities and demonstrations at various community events. The environment and services that AIR provides is hard to find anywhere else. You can tell how much they are truly appreciated by the vast amounts of people who are willing to travel any amount of distance to work with them. Overall AIR rocks my socks and you're missing out if you're not utilizing their great services.
Artists Image Resource has given me (and countless other young printmakers) an opportunity that would not have otherwise been possible. Thanks to the good relationship that AIR maintains with West Virginia University, we are able to send interns once a week to work for the shop, where they simultaneously learn new techniques, gain networking opportunities, and see viable options for life after art school. At the risk of outing a place I have grown to love, Morgantown is absolutely not an art-driven city—the internship at AIR is likely the only real taste of seeing and working in the art world that WVU printmaking students may have for the entirety of their four-year education.
I look back on my semester commuting to Pittsburgh with both joy and envy. In a single semester alone, I accomplished the following in my time at AIR: I demonstrated t-shirt printing to interested students at the University of Pittsburgh; I worked in conjunction with well-known printmakers from across the US; I experienced the city of Pittsburgh and explored new neighborhoods, galleries, restaurants, and favorite local haunts; I gained multiple exhibition opportunities; and I created work using techniques, equipment, and materials that I would not have had access to elsewhere. I have never had an opportunity like this internship again, and I have never been more proud of a single line on my CV. It is an experience I want every driven WVU printmaker to have before his or her graduation, and I hope that it is able to continue long into the future.
Review from Guidestar
To be given the opportunity to be involved with A.I.R. has been life changing. I know to some that may sound extreme but A.I.R. gives artists the chance to submerse themselves in an environment that fosters creative minds and meaningful projects. As an intern for A.I.R. this summer, I got to experience how art can permeate a community and bring together individuals from all walks of life for a common purpose. For me, one of the biggest struggles of pursuing a career in the arts has been finding value in what I create, and finding others who value the act of creating art. There are too many occasions where I have met someone who once wanted a career in art, but gave up on the pursuit of it because they didn’t know where to go, how artist realize their work, or simply because no one they knew shared in their ideas. A.I.R. is a space that generates a community that combats these problems. It inspires artist old and young; established and unseasoned to keep in pursuit of their passions and reinforces the fact that, while the journey alone is yours to follow, you are not alone.
Review from Guidestar
My name is Kelly Garrett. I spent the summer working at AIR as an intern. Right off the bat I felt completely comfortable there. It’s such a welcoming and inspiring environment to work in. The team of people there is a loving, helpful, and extremely varied bunch that I am so glad to have had a chance to spend time with. There was never a day when I felt like a mere, sub-human intern; everyone there plays an equal part in maintaining the studio and getting the work done. It’s all a group effort, which is a dynamic I think a lot of organizations lack nowadays.
I went into the summer with basic knowledge of screen-printing, and when I left to go back to school I felt like a printmaking extraordinaire. I learned so much while I was there. So much more than the numerous forms of printmaking; working and collaborating with other artists is so important and having a chance to be in an environment where that was so encouraged really benefitted me as an artist. I always went home from there really excited to draw. And that is something that no other job has ever offered me.
Review from Guidestar
Making a project with A.I.R. over the past year has been a dream come true. During this time, I have grown to admire their fierce committment to creative risk taking, which underwrites the success of all those who grace their doorstep. The professionalism & knowledge of their staff is exceptional, and I feel blessed to have spent time witnessing this dedicated team of artisans turn my creative vision into a reality. In short, I can't say enough good things about A.I.R., they are a wonderful organization & I am thrilled to see how they contribute to the excellence & vibrancy of our region!
Review from Guidestar
I am a founding member of Hatch Arts Collective, a new performing arts crew in Pittsburgh, and this summer A.I.R. welcomed us into their space for Walldogs, an original play. The A.I.R. team was pivotal in making out project feasible and they went above and beyond to set us up for success. They were flexible, knowledgeable, kind, and prompt. I couldn’t ask for more in a partner. Being a theater group, we knew we would be bringing new and odd challenges to the space A.I.R. team always had an awesome solution. I just can’t say enough about how wonderful A.I.R. was to work with and how important they are to Pittsburgh and the arts community here and elsewhere.
A.I.R is an incredible asset to Pittsburgh’s art scene. They offer the public a chance to participate in the collaborative and communal spirit of a professional print studio while elevating the whole experience with top of the line equipment and outstanding expertize. During open studio, I am always amazed by the range of people printing an equally wide the range of projects. Since relocating to Pittsburgh, I have considered myself a painter in a print town. A.I.R. has enabled me to explore on my own the overlap between the mediums. Their guidance and encouragement has always ensure the highest quality of experience and results..
In August I had the opportunity to work on Walldogs: a play and art-making event (a collaboration between Hatch Arts Collective and AIR). I was in charge of creating and facilitating the art-making component--I primarily used silk screening. Every aspect of working at AIR was incredible. From the friendly, easygoing staff to all the materials I needed, AIR was accommodating and efficient. I also loved interacting with other artists; it's a great space to be in if you like an inspired and creative atmosphere. I will definitely be going to open studio more often!
This past summer I interned at AIR after a teacher and friend of mine went down for an open studio visit. AIR has been and will be an extremely useful resource for myself and other artists who need a place to print, gain insight from artists, and make some friends as well. It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by and talk to so many talented artists and help them in their creating process as they've helped with mine.
Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation
My experience with AIR was initially as the Chair of the Art Department for North Allegheny Schools. AIR proved to be an invaluable and generous partner in an extensive educational collaboration. AIR is unique as a resource for students and educators.
From an education point of view AIR is a perpetual artist in residence program in which students are immersed in the creative working environment and processes of the highest level of practice.
They work in collaboration with master artists and craftsmen rather than merely shadow or observe.
They pose, explore, and solve questions and problems that have meaning to them and to human culture.
They are able to respond to the work of artists as well to works of art.
They are engaged in an authentic process where creative thought, critical reflection and design, are thoroughly integrated with making and doing.
They are utilizing tools and techniques that draw on a seamless blending of centuries of tradition and craftsmanship with the latest of technologies.
In short this is the site of some of the best practices in arts education. It is for these reasons that I have joined the board and am an enthusiastic supporter.
Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation
I'm pleased to say I had the opportunity to work closely with staff and other volunteers at AIR. I worked as an intern through a program offered at West Virginia University. Director Robert Beckman generously let me use studio materials like silkscreens and other equipment during the semester and gave me industry advice. AIR is a great place for to learn about art and printmaking, and it's available to anyone that's interested. Outreach programs and events are always happening and you can learn first-hand how to work among a team of artists. All of the volunteers working at AIR are eager to help out, and the environment was inspiring (posters and prints literally line the walls). There are many ways to become involved, but even if volunteering is not your thing, it's still well worth a studio visit. I highly recommend checking it out.
Artist Image resource is Pittsburgh's best kept secret for working visual artists and educators alike! I discovered AIR in 2000 when I relocated from San Francisco and was looking for an organization that could help me produce a large silk screened fine art print for an upcoming exhibition in California. Since that time I have experienced nothing but positive interaction with the people and the working process at AIR. My practice as an artist has GREATLY been enhanced by my involvement with AIR.
We learned about AIR the first year of our brewery's operation, when we wanted some special, hand-made printing for one of our special hand-made beers. What an amazing set of resources AIR represents for our city - both in the services offered, and in the staff that offers them!
Printmaking resources are just part of the services offered, and they do it for a wide range of ages, backgrounds and means... get to an Open Studio some time soon if you are at all interested. You won't regret the time spent!
Since that first experience years ago, we've continued our relationship in a few different forms over the years, and are happy to offer some modest support to the organization that supports this city. Help them grow as they help Pittsburgh grow!
AIR is an unsung GEM in the Pittsburgh art scene. A full service printmaking facility, Aritists Image Resource, Inc. (AIR) holds open studio every week for artists (from professionals to beginners) to utilize this fine facility. There is always an exhibit in their large gallery space. Knowledgeable staff members are ready willing and able to talk, teach, and assist the artist and the public in all facets of fine art printmaking.