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Research and Ideation: In the Field with John Peña

May 10, 2023 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm


In the Field is a new series from the Office for Public Art which takes participants on an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at an artist’s process, collaboration, and final results of creating a public artwork.

For this inaugural season, artist John Peña will share his work on the pedestrian enhancement project for the reconstructed Fern Hollow Bridge over the course of three in-person sessions. Each session will be on-site at a different location and will highlight a different step in Peña’s process of creating the artwork.

Session Description

The first session of In the Field is Research and Ideation. During this session, artist John Peña will share insights into the development of his design for the Fern Hollow Bridge enhancements and discuss his initial research for the project.

About John Peña

John PeñaJohn Peña is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator and educator from the desert of Washington State. He makes art as a way of exploring the natural world and his daily interactions. A few of John’s projects include: racing with clouds, sending a letter to the Pacific Ocean every day for the last twelve years, making daily drawings about his life and constructing large-scale plaster word balloons that are precariously balanced on two by fours. John has attended a number of residencies including The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art & The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Location and Address

The Office for Public Art is located in the Detective Building in East Liberty, 224 North Euclid Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. The office is on the second floor; attendees will be greeted in the first floor lobby by an OPA staff person. Please plan to arrive 5 – 10 minutes ahead of the start of the session.

Directions and Parking

For Public Transit: Public transit is available via bus lines 71C, 77, 88 (Penn Avenue) and 71B (North Highland). For more information on public transportation and to plan your trip, please visit the Pittsburgh Regional Transit website.

Public Parking: There is free on-site parking as well as metered parking in the surrounding area.


The building is fully accessible. Please contact the Office for Public Art directly at with requests for additional accommodations.

COVID-19 Policy

All guests are required to wear a mask while inside the office space, unless eating or drinking.


Tickets for this event are $15 each. This registration link will redirect you to Eventbrite where you will complete your registration.



May 10, 2023
5:30 pm–7:00 pm
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