Nine local artists have been chosen to represent Pittsburgh at the nationals of the RAW network of showcases for up-and-coming artists.
The Nov. 22 local semifinals show was a bustling affair, with 450 attendees filling the dozens of nooks, crannies and side rooms of sprawling Strip District nightclub Cavo. People lined the floors, and art lined the walls, behind tables staffed largely by the artists themselves.
And because RAW spotlights performers, fashion designers and hair and makeup artists as well as visual art, some of the art was people, or on them — musicians and dancers on the Cavo stage, and fantastically made-up and coiffed models, some of whom roamed the floor.
Here are Friday’s winners, as chosen by judges and announced by local RAW organizer Leigh Yock:
Filmmaker of the Year: Jake Mulliken
Visual Artist of the Year: Ashley J. Hickey
Photographer of the Year: Daniel K. Haas
Fashion Designer of the Year: Knewwd
Musician of the Year: Ricardo Iamuuri
Hair Stylist of the Year: Jameson Leigh
Make Up Artist of the Year: Maggy Pawlesh
Performance Artist of the Year: PLAY Parlour
Accessories Artist of the Year: Melissa Ciccocioppo
The People’s Choice Award (chosen by attendee ballot) went to hair stylist Stephanie Truchan.
Here’s more about RAW, as related by Kate Magoc in the Nov. 20 CP.
Portfolios of the semi-final winners from each of 50-plus RAW cities head on to judges in Los Angeles, who pick national finalists and final winners. Those winners will be announced Dec. 16 and honored Jan. 19 at a ceremony in L.A.