The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Mary Thomas recently sat down with Ruthie Stringer of Transformazium, one of the groups that presented the Braddock Carnegie Library’s Art Lending Collection on Sunday, to discuss the project’s grand opening the same day. Stringer recounts her first experience with an art lending library and the inspiration that brought her cohorts in Transformazium to be part of this Seed Award-funded project.
She and her sister first encountered an art lending library in her hometown of Schenectady, N.Y., where their mother was the public library’s circulation manager. She was 5 or 6 years old.
“It was kind of magical to see these artworks all together. It became a really important formative way for me to think about art,” said Ms. Stringer, who is now circulation manager at the Braddock Carnegie Library.
Transformazium’s founders hope their project clicks with patrons of all ages. Ms. Stem is a native of Richmond, Ind., and Ms. Bishop-Root hails from Houston. The three, all in their 30s, met in New York City, where Ms. Bishop-Root was a student at the School of Visual Arts and the others at Pratt Institute. They were affiliated with the edgy large collective Toyshop from 2001-05, doing mostly street art and graffiti. In 2007, they moved to Pittsburgh and founded Transformazium in North Braddock.
Transformazium earlier established the Neighborhood Screen Printing Shop at the library, which Ms. Stem manages. Ms. Bishop-Root is the library arts program coordinator. When the 2013 International curators invited them to submit a proposal, their association with the library and community and their idea to form an art lending service came together.
Read the whole story on the Post-Gazette‘s website and visit the Art Lending Collection at the Braddock Carnegie Library any time the library is open!