Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Oreen Cohen

Oreen Cohen

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With Collaboration, Commissions, For-hire services, Leading workshops, Lectures, Performances, Speaking engagements, Teaching engagements

Texture, movement, material and process are key elements of my artwork. I attempt to bring viewers closer to the visceral or essential qualities of objects. I labor using my body and its presence as a tool to unlock the potential of material and self. I extend myself in the mediums of large-scale sculpture, painting, drawing, site specific installation, public art, intervention, video and performance. Often the public is invited to join in the process magnify the theatres of action, engrossing participants in a spectacle of a mythic, often post-industrial narratives.

Examples of projects include: baking 5,000 bread bricks to reconstructing buildings on the to be demolished list, directing parades with golden caskets filled with 200 lbs. of sunflower seeds in the middle of winter, and creating a quilt of aluminum rubbings taken from 400 buildings around Pittsburgh only to be destroyed in a one night dance performance.  For me, the process of making is more important than final object. My approach thrives on resourcefulness and the discovery of intention while building that initiates the creative exchange between myself and the context. In the studio, classroom or with communities I advocate there are no mistakes in art, only opportunity in the moment.

 Oreen Cohen (b.1985 Rochester, NY) explores the potentiality of the collective and space in site-specific sculpture, public art, interventions and video performance. In 2014, Cohen received a Masters in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University and has participated and organized exhibitions, residencies and public commissions nationally and internationally, including; Alloy Pittsburgh at the Historic Carrie Furnace, FIGMENT Sculpture Project on Governors Island, NYC and the Chevy Commons, Flint Public Art Project (Flint, MI). Solo and Group exhibitions include, “Nearly Captured” at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (2015), “Lossless” Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University (2014). Cohen has been honored to receive grants from the Pittsburgh Foundation Investing in Professional Artists (2016), New York Foundation for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship (2011), Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council grant (2013, 2012). Oreen has also participated in residencies such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013), CerCCa Casamarles in Catalonia, Spain (2012). Currently, Oreen is an independent cultural producer, curating and programming Artist lecture and Maker series at Techshop Pittsburgh and Assemble. She is the Co-organizer of Hemispheric Conversations: Urban Art Project in Partnership with Rivers of Steel and University of Pittsburgh as an artist manager and education coordinator. She continues to have a robust public art practice while providing her skills in navigating public contexts through community arts education and programming.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15209

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  • Set design
  • Printmaking
  • Painting
  • Other
  • Functional
  • Film
  • Drawing
  • Video
  • Social Practice / Civic Engagement
  • Sculpture
  • Public Art
  • Photography
  • Performance
  • Mixed-media
  • Light
  • Installation
  • Found object
  • Cut paper


  • Collage
  • Experimental
  • Land/earth
  • Landscape
  • Light
  • Metal
  • Narrative
  • Site specific
  • Conceptual
  • Time-based