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Chris McGinnis

Chris McGinnis grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania during the waning years of America’s post-war industrial paradigm. Shortly after his birth, the steel mills closed and the coal industry consolidated. This region braced for an economic winter from which many communities have yet to emerge. As both artist and curator, McGinnis' research continually returns to notions of growth and decline relating to technology and the human experience. Projects inspired by this research chronicle the pursuit of progress and its effect on all facets of society, ranging from industry and community to science and entertainment. Iconography representing the abundance and promise of industrial modernism is reminiscent of a time when American optimism was specifically manifested in large-scale construction and the built environment.


McGinnis is an artist, curator, and educator working in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with over ten solo exhibitions and over 40 group exhibitions in recent years. He has created projects for the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and The Rivers of Steel Heritage Area. He is co-founder of the Pittsburgh-based Alloy Arts Organization and regularly attends national and international artist-in-residence programs. His work has been published in the National Studio Visit Magazine, European Art Magazine, The MFA Now catalog, Manifest’s International Painting Annual, as well as numerous local and university publications including Pittsburgh’s Post Gazette and The Tribune Review. He has worked for institutions across the country including Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Arizona. McGinnis is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Director of the University’s Kipp Gallery.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday 11 - 6

Wednesday - Saturday 10 - 6

Sunday 1 - 5

 BoxHeart Expressions 4523 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224