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PITTSBURGH, PA (August 8, 2014) – Five Pittsburgh-based artists have been chosen to present their work in Artists in Residence, an exhibition opening September 13, 2014 at the Mattress Factory. The show, housed in the museum’s galleries at 500 Sampsonia Way and 1414 Monterey Street, will be on view through Spring 2015 and is presented in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Biennial.
Participating in Artists in Residence are Danny Bracken, John Peña, Ryder Henry, Kathleen Montgomery and Benjamin Sota. Each artist will create a new room-sized installation that will demonstrate their uniquely different approach to the creative process.
ArtLab programs with exhibition artists will take place the first and third Saturday of every month and will feature hands-on, interactive activities for all ages. Please see for the most current schedule. Starting September 20, 2014, the museum will offer drop-in exhibition tours at noon on the first and third Saturday of every month with museum admission. “Art + Conversation with John Pena and Danny Bracken,” an event for those ages 21 and over, will take place Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6-9 pm.
An exhibition opening reception will be held Friday, September 12, from 6-8 pm at the museum. General Admission is $15, and admission is free for Mattress Factory Members, and students with a valid ID from Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Generous support for Artists in Residence is provided by the AG Foundation, Allegheny Regional Asset District, an Anonymous Donor, The Heinz Endowments, National Endowment for the Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. With special thanks to the Mattress Factory Board of Directors and museum members.

The Pittsburgh Biennial, the largest survey of regional contemporary art in the history of Western Pennsylvania. The Biennial aims to amplify compelling artists in distinct venues by partnering The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Mattress Factory, The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Filmmakers and SPACE gallery.
Support for the Pittsburgh Biennial has been provided by The Fine Foundation; Hillman Foundation; the James L. Baker Memorial Fund, the Hollen Bolmgren Fund, and the W. Alfred Turner Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation; Richard King Mellon Foundation; Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; and an Anonymous Donor.

Danny Bracken is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice explores experiential interactions between video, sound, and physical space, ranging from immersive, multi-sensory installations to small-scale sculptures. Music often plays a central role in his visual works, creating an entry point to engage with the physical and conceptual components of a piece.

Ryder Henry creates models of cities that replicate real places in his neighborhood (true to actual scale), combining fantasy sci-fi motifs like space ships and futuristic “Jetson-style” buildings with contemporary architecture. Henry’s preferred medium is recycled cardboard—often collecting boxes right off of the street.

John Peña is a multi-disciplinary artist who engages with the natural world to reveal the subtle relationships between humans and nature. Through his art, Peña tries to communicate with the environment around him, often documenting a memorable moment or encounter. Those experiences are then pieced together to create a larger story that evokes appreciation for the ordinary moments in daily life.

Benjamin Sota is founder and artistic director of Zany Umbrella Circus, a socially conscious street theatre/circus company that exists to strengthen communities through education and folk artistry.  Focusing on puppetry, music, acrobatics, live performance, and storytelling, Zany Umbrella Circus uses the art of circus to encourage creativity and cooperation.

Kathleen Montgomery explores the dialogue between an object and the space that surrounds it through a variety of media such as drawing, print, sculpture and site-specific installations. Montgomery’s residency at the Mattress Factory will allow her to utilize the entire 2,000 square foot space available at the museum’s 1414 Monterey Street Gallery. This early-twentieth-century building with first-floor storefront and domestically-scaled rooms on two additional floors will provide Montgomery with a physical “sketchbook” to focus on the tangible activity of creation through the exploration of the materials within an enclosed studio environment. This will be the first time in more than 20 years that Montgomery’s body of work will be shown as part of a cohesive exhibition.

The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212. Parking is located at 505 Jacksonia Street. Museum hours are: Tuesday-Saturday from
10 am - 5 pm, Closed Sunday. General admission: $15. Full-time students and visitors ages 62+: $10. Children 6 and under and Mattress Factory members: FREE. Students with a valid ID from Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University and University of Pittsburgh: FREE. For general information, please call 412.231.3169 or visit
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About the Mattress Factory
The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents “art you can get in to” – room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists. Located in the historic Mexican War Streets neighborhood of Pittsburgh’s North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is hailed as the best facility for installation art in the United States.