IAMB takes its name from a poetic meter consisting of one unaccented and one accented syllable. Noted for its similarity to a beating heart, the tiny iamb is often considered the primary building block of Western storytelling. When repeated five times, iambic pentameter stretches to ten syllables—the average length of time a lung can last without inhaling. Though they use different media, all artists use their hearts and lungs to express universal truths, yet many do so without voicing a word. Consequently, iamb is a gallery space that centers human experience and the unspoken stories that investigate when and where and how we live.
Spotlighting emerging, marginalized, and under-represented artists from the Pittsburgh/tri-state/ neighboring Appalachian region, the gallery’s purpose is to promote artistic expression in relation to experience and narrative; to foster dialogue between artists and audiences across race, gender, sexual orientation, geographic, and socio-economic boundaries; and to reinforce the vital bond between literature and art as part of the region’s cultural heritage.
The gallery is a curated-only space. Curators will be either invited to direct shows or may apply by written proposal.
How to apply, rent, or engage
See City Books website for gallery specifications and how to apply to curate an upcoming show.