Puppet show at Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Art Olympics at Re:New Festival, 2017
Musical Chairs - Collaborative Residency Project
Leg of Lamb
Puppet Performance: An adaptation of Peace by Aristophanes
Good & Plenty
Digestion - Performance at Future Tenant Gallery, Pittsburgh
Sarver's Bait & Tackle
The Tom Museum
Pittsburgh in the Year 2050
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I'm a Pittsburgh artist, curator and puppeteer exploring social, political and environmental issues through a variety of mediums. Many of my interactive projects happen in non-traditional spaces including storefronts, sidewalks and green spaces.
Combining humor, social commentary and a low-tech aesthetic, Tom Sarver explores relationships between the art world and the everyday. His projects span a variety of disciplines including performance, installation, puppetry and events. Sarver’s concepts are often realized in storefronts, houses, and public spaces. These include building an evolving museum in a city row house (The Tom Museum at The Mattress Factory), opening a “bait & tackle” shop installation in Downtown Pittsburgh, and coordinating a series of Olympic-inspired performance events. Sarver also practices traditional art making methods including drawing, painting and sculpture. From 1999 through 2008, Sarver was a core organizer of The Black Sheep Puppet Festival, a national festival of activist and experimental puppetry. He holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from SUNY Purchase College. Sarver continues to perform and promote puppetry in Pittsburgh under a project called Puppet Happening. A selection of his work (28 puppets from shows developed from 1997 through 2013) was featured in an installation at the 2013 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.