Art of Diversity Showcase attracts nearly 200 submissions

Winners of the Art of Diversity Showcase and Competition were announced July 29 during the “Turn the World Inside Out: Art as Activism” discussion during the 2020 Diversity Forum.

The competition was hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Creativity.

Flag made from names of slain Black peopleFaculty, staff and students across Pitt and members of the Pittsburgh community and beyond submitted nearly 200 performance art, visual art and written works.

Winners in three categories — cultural identity, sociocultural topics and social justice — were awarded $500 each. The same amount was awarded to the Reviewer's Award and People’s Choice winners. Each honorable mention in the three categories received $250.

There were more than 1,200 votes registered for the People’s Choice Award, which went to René LaPointe Jameson's "We have been enslaved in this country far longer than We have been Free. We have not seen Liberation... yet." (at right)

Winners for the other categories include:

Social Justice: “Chant,” by Bria Walker, head of the masters of fine arts program in performance pedagogy in the Department of Theatre Arts


Cultural Identity: “End of Winter,” by Yanchen Ge, Pitt student



Painting of woman in mask with fingers pointing at herSociocultural Topics: “Viral Blame” by Lori Huang, Pitt student (at left)

Reviewers award: “Queen,” by INEZ (audio file that can be heard here), Pittsburgh community member

You can view the winning pieces and each submission for Performance ArtVisual Art and Written Works on the Office of Diversity Diversity and Inclusion website.