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2017 Tough Art Exhibit Opens at Children's Museum Pittsburgh

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lacey Murray

412.322.5058, ext. 226

Pittsburgh, PA  (August 30, 2017) – Build a nest for a mysterious creature, hear and feel the ocean depths, form intriguing designs from shifting pellets, and etch a massive sketch at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s 11th annual Tough Art exhibition opening September 14.

The 2017 Tough Art artists creating original, interactive artwork tough enough to flourish in a hands-on environment are:

Megan Flod Johnson: The Nest

Visitors can imagine and build a nesting home alongside facilitator-performers who help to reveal the story of a mythical creature that resides within the museum.

Arvid Tomayko and H. Gene Thompson: Urchin Searchin Sound

This large-scale coral reef emphasizes the importance of the ocean and its connection to human life as the “lungs of the earth.” The experiential geodesic dome creates a playful environment where people can connect through exploration of tactile, soft sculptures that translate touch into sound.

Shohei Katayama: Nimbus Drum

The amplified sound generated by clashing metal beads aims to call attention to the smaller things in life that are oftentimes overlooked. Nimbus Drum reveals how implicit microstructures in nature inevitably affect outcomes of explicit macrostructures – in this case, the clouds.

Robert Zacharias: Drawn Together

This digital collaborative drawing encourages healthy social interaction as visitors explore and design something interesting with a friend they haven’t met yet.

Created in 2007, the Tough Art artist residency program seeks to connect artists from across the spectrum of all the arts to the resources and visitors at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Selected artists generate and implement interactive, immersive and/or collaborative projects and connect the art-making process to the larger museum context and the museum visitor. Artists are tasked to make a direct impact on the visitor experience by creating an entirely new piece to be displayed in the Museum. Throughout the residency, artists prototype and evaluate their process to achieve the desired outcome.

Children’s Museum Pittsburgh is located at 10 Children’s Way on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side. For general information, call (412) 322-5058 and visit


About Children’s Museum Pittsburgh  

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. With 80,000 square feet of space the Museum welcomes more than 306,000 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. Permanent hands-on, interactive exhibit areas at the Museum include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Attic, Nursery, Backyard and MAKESHOP®. The Museum’s award-winning, three-story, center building is screened by a shimmering wind Sculpture and connects two historic structures (Allegheny Post Office Building & the Buhl Building). In 2006 the Museum became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute for Architects and the National Historic Preservation Trust. In 2015 Parents Magazine named the Museum one of the nation’s 15 top children’s museums .and in 2017 the Children’s Museum was Voted One of the Nation’s Ten Best Museums for Families in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Contest for Best Museum for Families in America.