Shane Pilster is an artist, muralist, curator, graphic designer and web developer. Bridging his expertise in graffiti and urban arts with community involvement, he prides himself in also being an educator, advocate, mentor and well-rounded creative individual. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Shane has called Pittsburgh his home since 2004 and is a pioneer in bringing awareness and shining a spotlight on urban art and its artistry in ways never done before in the region.
Working with Rivers of Steel since 2012, he created its Urban Art Tour and interactive workshop curriculum to showcase the post-industrial history of Carrie Furnaces, alongside its unique canvas for experienced and emerging artists and muralists from around the world. In addition to organizing and curating the legal painting areas of this National Historic Landmark, he has increased the scope and reach of his art programming in schools and communities, as well as organized art components and live demonstrations at events such as Homestead First Fridays, Thrival Festival and the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Embedded inside the word “community” is UNITY; due to the unfortunate circumstances of polarization and division within our society, we need to strengthen the bond we have with our neighbors. Selfless acts of compassion in our communities not only bring us closer together, but improve our personal wellbeing, ignite sense of purpose, and humble our egos. Humans are social creatures. We thrive when working together in unity. Together, we will build stronger communities.
Bridging the gap between the public’s perception of graffiti and public art, this piece lives in the heart of downtown New Kensington at 400 9th Street. The piece continues to be met with a positive reception by the community.