“Capezzuti’s sculptures are full of life — most likely because they are full of the lives of the people who have donated bits and pieces of themselves ….they couple accessibility with intelligence.”
-Leslie Hoffman, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Cheryl Capezzuti has been creating sculptural work and participatory arts experiences in Pittsburgh since 1996. Her experimental work with dryer lint began in graduate school at Penn State in the mid-1990’s and has been a continuous through-line in her artistic practice ever since. Her independent residency at Duds ‘N Suds Laundromat (2000-2004) featured weekly art-making experiences with launderers, changing installations and an annual “Party in the Laundromat” attended by hundreds of Pittsburghers from all walks of life. This interactive work was highlighted nationally and even landed her on The Ellen Show in 2005. Since then, the work has ebbed and flowed as her other passions, creating interactive experiences with giant puppets and being a mother, have engaged much of her time. In 2020, prompted by the global pandemic, Capezzuti re-imagined her studio practice and returned to her sculptural work with dryer lint, this time on a much larger scale. Capezzuti shows her work in galleries and laundromats and welcomes collaborative and exhibition opportunities. Her work has been funded by The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Sprout Fund, Awesome Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA.
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