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Shaun Slifer

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Shaun Slifer is an artist, nonfiction writer, self-taught historian, scrimshander, and museum professional based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His practice is a legible hybrid of research, activism, and alternative exhibition strategies: his projects act to identify and reverse oppressive and unquestioned historical narratives. He’s excited when he’s digging up untold histories, illuminating the stories held within objects, exploring tiny upstart museums, printing on his refurbished antique platen press, celebrating urban-adaptive flora and fauna, and documenting (and sometimes making) DIY municipal signage. Shaun regularly works in collaboration with other artists, non-artists, and in collectively structured groups including the now-disbanded Street Art Workers and the Howling Mob Society, and currently Justseeds Artists' Cooperative (of which he is a founding member) and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum (where he is the Creative Director). Shaun has exhibited internationally in a variety of museums, galleries, and nonprofit spaces, as well as non-authorized public settings. He has presented on history, creative practice, and grassroots media at numerous universities and conferences in the United States and Europe. He received a BFA with a concentration in sculpture from Watkins College of Art in Nashville in 2003. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with roots in Nebraska and Tennessee. He has run the Justseeds online store with member/owner Bec Young since 2010.

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DIYDPW #59

DIYDPW #59

November 28, 2019

Arlington Avenue, near Allentown, Pittsburgh, PA

DIYDPW #55

DIYDPW #55

February 12, 2019

parking space saver, Bloomfield neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA

DIYDPW #54

DIYDPW #54

February 5, 2019

Pittsburgh: who cleans the 40th Street Bridge’s sidewalks? Most DIYDPW posts focus on signage, but every once in awhile we find a human filling in a vacant municipal role… Dani…

DIYDPW #44

DIYDPW #44

June 15, 2018

from the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, NYC (thanks Josh!) Looking back over the thumbnails on the DIYDPW blog channel page of all of these posts over the last few…

DIYDPW #40

DIYDPW #40

May 12, 2017

Today I received an anonymous DIYDPW tip-off in my email, the day after the removal of the Jefferson Davis memorial statue in New Orleans, Louisiana: Jefferson Davis Parkway was just…