Reception for artist Vince Ornato set for Sept. 15 at New Kensington campus

'They Were Not Anonymous' showcases Pittsburgh’s industrial past
OIl painting

“The Beauty of Labor,” 72 x 29 oil, by Vince Ornato.

Credit: Penn State New Kensington

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — A reception for artist Vince Ornato is set for 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Art Gallery at Penn State New Kensington.

Ornato’s exhibit, "They Were Not Anonymous,"[KNH4] provides an ironworker’s perspective on Pittsburgh’s industrial past. The show features more than 40 paintings, including his industrial series works, such as pouring steel, ending a shift at the U.S. Steel plant, and working high in the air.

In addition to chronicling Pittsburgh’s heritage, the exhibit features works inspired by Ornato’s trips to Italy. The artist uses his brush to honor the roots of all immigrants who came here looking for a better life for their families.

As a part of the reception, Ornato will talk about his art at 7 p.m. The slide-show presentation will last about 10 minutes and a question-and-answer session will follow.

The reception and exhibit are free to the public. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. weekends.

“Vince is an artist living out loud,” said Tina Sluss, director of the art gallery. “His experience and art have connected people historically using mediums other than just paint.”

For more about the artist, visit Vince Ornato online.


Bill Woodard

Alumni and Public Relations Specialist

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