Alison Zapata

Alison Zapata
Collage, Jewelry Design, Mixed Media, Painting, Media Arts
After School Program, Assisted Living, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Hospital, K-12 Schools, Library
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Gateway to the Arts

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival The Sprout Fund: Public Mural Program Boxheart Gallery: Women of the Brewhouse Ethnic Artz Gallery: One Woman Show Bella Arte Gallery: Mariposa Penn Hills Music and Arts Festival: Honorable Mention Artist Image Resources: Photo Voices Boyd Community Center: Art for Autism

Arts Path, Professional Development Workshop Instructor, 2014 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Teaching Artist, PD Workshop Instructor, 2005- Present Gateway to the Arts, Teaching Artist, PD Workshop Instructor, 2004- Present Familylinks, Teaching Artist, PD Workshop Instructor, 2008- Present Citiparks, Teaching Artist, Installation Artist, 2006- 2013 Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Artist in Residence for Arts in Eduction program, 2009-2014
Alison is a visual artist specializing in paintings, portraits, collage, and murals. In creating collages, she incorporates multimedia such as photography and textured papers to give the works multi-layered depth and a visual richness. Often, she works with students to create work based on personal memories. Experienced with sixteen years in teaching, Alison believes it is important to create a warm environment in which students thrive in their creativity and love for learning through gentle guidance and support of their ideas. Having obtained a BA in Art Education at Carlow University, Alison has developed engaging, student-centered arts programming throughout Pittsburgh. She worked with Seniors at Juniper Village in Forest Hills, PA, to create a series of paintings, collages and jewelry. Each class was based on student interest and adapted to accommodate mobility, sight, hearing, or cognitive impairment. She also worked with ACLA ad the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on a multi-generational arts initiative pairing seniors with elementary students to create memory based altered-books. Alison has experience with students with severe developmental or behavioral disorders, and autism teaching at Familylinks. Alison has received training through Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Lincoln Center’s Aesthetic Education, and Wolf Trap Institute. She is a resident artist in the Artists-in-Education program through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She was awarded a grant through the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Art and Society: Brazil/U.S. Educational Partnership.