John Riegert

 

I asked 252 Pittsburgh artists to each make a portrait of the same person: John Riegert. John has been my friend for almost 20 years. He’s an artist who began struggling with mental illness several years ago. He lost his job and his marriage. A suicide attempt put him in a coma for four days. I chose him as the subject to give him something to look forward to and because I knew he would relate well to the participating artists. Plus, I thought it would reintroduce him to the art community that he was once a part of. More than half met with him in person—in coffee shops, parks, museums, universities, riverbanks, cemeteries, their studios and homes, and John’s own home. The rest worked off a photo I sent with the invitation to participate. During the run of the exhibition at SPACE gallery, John acted as a docent—so when a visitor walked in, they saw hundreds of portraits of the same person and then got to meet the subject himself. John told stories of each artist and their work, as well as stories of his own.

 

A Tumblr of the project with hundreds of images: johnriegert.tumblr.com

 

The project received some nice press. Among my favorites are this, this and this.

 

A 704-page book is on the way and Julie Sokolow made a short documentary which will release this spring.

 

Very special thanks to Eric LidjiDonna PenoyerRyan Loew, Murray Horne and John Riegert.

 

The Artists:
Edith Abeyta
Andrew Allison
John Altdorfer
Scott Andrew
Stephanie Armbruster
David Aschkenas
Genevieve Barbee
Pat Barefront
Jennifer Baron
Mark Baskinger
Mary Bates
Kim Beck
Robert Beckman
Terri Perpich Beer
Pat Bellan-Gillen
Gavin Benjamin
David Bernabo
Kelly Blevins
Aaron Blum
Cory Bonnet
Brandon Boan
Paul Bowden
Robert Bowden
Terry Boyd
Jeremy Boyle
Danny Bracken
Lauren Braun
Dee Briggs
Jeff Brunner
Edgar Um Bucholtz
David Burke
M. Callen
Connie Cantor
John Carson
Nick Caruso
Tony Cavalline
Ashley Cecil
Kim Chestney
Zhiwan Cheung
Angelo Ciotti
Kevin Clancy
Richard Claraval
Seth Clark
Lenka Clayton
Brian Cohen
Matthew Conboy
Sandra Conley
Lisa Considine
Lex Covato
Chris Craychee
Dadpranks
Doug Dean
Sean Derry
Dave D’Incau Jr.
Amy DiPlacido
Laura Domencic
Ron Donoughe
Tracey Donoughe
James Duesing
Jim Dugas
Cecilia Ebitz
Ian Finch
Matt Forrest
Kim Fox
Toby Atticus Fraley
Mark Franchino
Abby Franzen-Sheehan
Craig Freeman
April Friges
Jon Funari
Katherine Brown Galbraith
Paul LeRoy Gehres
Fabrizio Gerbino
Bonnie Gloris
Scott Goldsmith
Jenn Gooch
Sarika Goulatia
Jay A. Grassel
Elizabeth Raymer Griffin
Steve Gurysh
Peggi Habets
David Hahn
Kate Hansen
Adrienne Heinrich
Aaron Henderson
Rob Henningn
Mia Tarducci Henry
Ryder Henry
Lori Hepner
Ben Hernstrom
Cara Hertneky
Al Hoff
Deborah Holtschlag
Christine Holtz
Mundania Horvath
Deborah Hosking
Jennifer Howison
Leo Hsu
Tate Hudson
Renee Ickes
Andi Irwin
Lisa Marie Jakab
Natiq Jalil
Delanie Jenkins
Tom M. Johnson
Rob Katkowski
Jasdeep Khaira
Darrell Kinsel
Paula Garrick Klein
Michael Koehler
Kristen Letts Kovak
Ryan Lammie
Yelena Lamm
Rick Landesberg
Jill Larson
Judith Lauso
Christiane Leach
Zack John Lee
Eric Lidji
Tom Little
Cara Livorio
Michael Lotenero
Carolina Loyola-Garcia
Daniel Luchman
Duncan MacDiarmid
Julie Malice
Peter Mandradjieff
Maria Mangano
Ross Mantle
Penny Mateer
Anni Matsick
Christopher McGinnis
Jeannie McGuire
Dale McNutt
Clayton Merrell
Constance Merriman
Kyle Milne
Travis Mitzel
David Montano
Heather Mull
Julie Mull
Jennifer Nagle Myers
Risë Nagin
Stephanie Neary
James Nesbitt
Celeste Neuhaus
Matthew Newton
Leslie Nutting
Meghan Olson
Annie O’Neill
Chris Pacione
Gianna Paniagua
Mark Panza
Leah Patgorski
Donna Penoyer
Kurt Pfaff
Greg Pierce
Daniel Pillis
Debra C. Platt
Lisa Platt
David Pohl
Susan Laansma Pollins
Linda Price-Sneddon
Dylan Priest
Deborah Priore
Jack Puglisi
Heather Joy Puskarich
Robert Qualters
Shawn Quinlan
Robert Raczka
Catherine Rassman
Caroline Record & Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson
Jake Reinhart
Martha Ressler
Fiona Riegert
Larry Rippel
John Ritter
Rachel Rodkey
Steve Root
Elizabeth Claire Rose
Paul Rosenblatt
Renee Rosensteel
Ann Rosenthal
Philip Rostek
Christopher Ruane
Jon Rubin
Liz Rudnick
Jim Rugg
Katie Russell
Benjamin Saks
Diane Samuels
Tom Sarver
Jason Sauer
Paul Schifino
Elana Schlenker
Janice Schuler
Travis K. Schwab
David Seman
Kurt Shaw
Phiris Kathryn Sickels
Blaine Siegel
Rabecca Signoriello
Shaun Silfer
Louise & Sarah Silk
Carol Skinger
Kara Skylling
Susanne Slavick
Becky Slemmons
Sarah Smith
Richard R. Snyder
Jason Snyder
Julie Sokolow
Lizzee Solomon
Joshua Space
Ivette Spradlin
Emilie Stark-Menneg
Mark Stramaglia
Julie Stunden
Andy Sujdak
Benjamin Thomas
Lenore Thomas
Sam Thorp
Mark Threefortyseven
Anne Trimble
Laurie Trok
John Tronsor
Judy Tulley
Kristin Turcsanyi
Scott Turri
Jude Vachon
Laura Vinchesi
Justin Visnesky
Dylan Vitone
Andy Vogt
Lorraine Vullo
Susan Wagner
David Wallace
Kent Wallisch
Norene Walworth
Wayno
Carolyn Wenning
Mary Weidner
Barbara Weissberger
Susanna Weyandt & Ian Brill
Diane White
Lauren Wilcox
Sharon Wilcox
Debra Williams
Sarah Wojdylak
Teresa D. Wood
Pat Wooten
Alisha B. Wormsley
Bec Young
Paul Zelevansky
Bob Ziller
Kathleen Zimbicki