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Social Practice, Temporary

The Tom Museum


Tom Sarver


Commissioning Entity Mattress Factory

Commissioned by the Mattress Factory in 2006, The Tom Museum was a constantly changing performance and installation venue where the artist lived and worked. Visitors were able to interact with Sarver, participate in performances, and explore changing installations. The Tom Museum won the Mayor's Award for Public Art in 2007. The award is given by Pittsburgh's mayor to recognize high-quality public artwork. Today all that remains of the museum is the mural on the facade.

Tom Sarver is a Pittsburgh based artist who "combines humor, social commentary and a low-tech aesthetic to explore relationships between the art world and the everyday." Also known for projects like Art Olympic Theatre, and The Black Sheep Puppet Festival, Sarver's work utilizes a variety of disciplines. Sarver received a B.F.A. from Tyler School oar Art and an M.F.A. from Purchase College.