John Peña

Adjunct Professor of Art




John Peña is a multidisciplinary artist 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 exhibited artworks at The Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, Kevin Kavanaugh Gallery in Dublin, Kate Werble Gallery in New York City, and The Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, WA. He has attended a number of residencies and fellowships including The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Peña also received a Fulbright Fellowship to work and teach in Cali, Colombia for eleven months. In 2012, he was awarded the Carol R. Brown Emerging Artist of the Year Award from the Pittsburgh Foundation. He also received a Creative Development Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowment in 2014. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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