Ed Parrish Jr. was born North Carolina. He attended East Carolina University where he earned a BFA in sculpture. Soon after college Parrish relocated to Pittsburgh where he began working as an artist blacksmith and fabricator. He was part owner of Red Star Ironworks, a custom metal shop focusing on decorative metal work. Moving forward he worked as an independent artist and taught foundry classes out of his private studio. Parish has also worked in the film industry as a special effects technician and specialty prop maker. He has lead Hot Metal Happening, a series of public iron casting events at various locations around Pittsburgh.
His work has been exhibited at the Mattress Factory, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Space Gallery, and most recently, a solo exhibit at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Parrish was recently featured in Sculpture Magazine and has been covered by many Cultural periodicals throughout his Career.
Currently he is working with the Rivers of Steel Arts as the Metal Arts Director developing foundry and metal arts programming. Parrish has over twenty years experience and a life long dedication to the exploration of metal arts.
Carlos Rodriguez (aka Mare139)
An accomplished and renowned artist of his generation, ‘Mare’ is a respected and celebrated artist and scholar of ‘New York’s Golden Age of Graffiti Art’. He was among the vanguard artists of his time and continues to be recognized as one of the culture’s most prolific, articulate, and most forward-thinking artists, whose works have always pushed the boundaries of Contemporary Urban and Modern Art. Considered a pioneer of Graffiti Sculpture, his work and theories are among the most influential in the genre. Bridging both high and low art, his works are a direct conversation with art history whereby he extrapolates or remixes modern movements into the culture of his youth.
He often lectures and writes about the artistic and social correlations that are discovered.
Mare has exhibited in galleries globally and museums such as LACMA, Pera Museum, El Museo, and Sarjah Foundation.
As a U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassador, he has continued exploring the connections between style writing and global culture. His sculpture work from the 2014 Pera Museum exhibition ‘Language of the Wall’ explored calligraphy, Islamic architecture, and Islamic motifs – subsequent works made in Morocco, Dubai, Sharjah, and Saudi Arabia continued this exploration.
Mia Tarducci was raised in Newport, RI and currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She studied Art History at the University of Siena, Italy and minored in an art concentration at Georgetown University where she received her BSL in 1997. A decade later she began pursuing a career as an oil painter.
Since showing her work publicly in 2009, Tarducci has had solo exhibitions each year and has been in group exhibitions. Her work has been selected by jurors from the MoMA, Guggenheim, Brooklyn Museum, MoCA Cleveland, Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museums and Mattress Factory for exhibitions, which include both museum and gallery settings in Pittsburgh, Dallas, and New York City.
Recent notable achievements include being named the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014, and winning the Leon A. Arkus Award as part of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh’s 2016 Annual Exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Michael Walsh was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has lived and worked throughout North America, most notably Toronto ON, Miami FL, and Oakland CA. He presently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA where he has founded and artist run sculpture studio.
He is a catalyst, igniting a continual discourse about the history of metal sculpture and modern industrial and digital processes. As a Pioneer of the Graffiti Sculpture movement Michael has worked tirelessly over the past two decades to develop both his work and the movement’s forward trajectory.
He has exhibited his works throughout North America and Europe, Including The Carnegie Museum Pittsburgh PA, The National Archaeological Museum in Florence Italy, Burning Man in Black Rock City Nevada, and The Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto Ontario. In 2014 he attended the Digital Stone Residency in Tuscany, Italy.
His work is included in private collections, and in permanent public displays. Recently he has received a grant from the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation, and is the 2017 recipient of the Kiski Award.
Walsh’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, MakeZine, and in The History of American Graffiti By: Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon.