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AWAACC to Open the Jo-Anne Bates Reading Room


Photo by Joey Kennedy

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) recently announced the opening of The Jo-Anne Bates Reading Room in the Victoria Gallery. AWAACC is proud to present original works by the Pittsburgh artist and philanthropist, and additionally, the Victoria Gallery will feature over 100 books and publications from her personal archive for visitors to view and explore.


Bates is a prolific artist and arts educator from Pittsburgh. As a prize-winning printmaker, she has exhibited at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, and numerous regional and national galleries. Named the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts 2017 Artist of the Year, Bates continues to influence her community of artists and students with her work.


“My interest in printmaking developed as a result of a class with artist and printmaker George Nama. My work as a student, art teacher, print instructor, and printmaker turned into a passion. Over time, my prints have evolved from the traditional printm