Frances Venardos Gialamas


Archival photography is the starting point and reference for my work in which I comment on themes such as identity, sense of place, time, and primarily the American worker. The American worker is a metaphor for change and self-definition in contemporary life. Women steel workers often star in the worker series questioning traditional gender roles. The photos are enlarged to the scale of a substantial painting which often alters the balance of its contents. I incorporate text, appropriated and found images, drawing, hand coloring, shards of color and gold—a variety of media which transform and recycle the original photo to a personal aesthetic. My grounding in painting and printmaking disciplines give way to the use of photography, xerography, drawing and assembling disparate images.
They are my tools for communication and commemoration of the past and present.

Frances V. Gialamas


2011Steel Life, Ceres Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
2007After Work, Ceres Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
2004She Worked in a Mill, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Bost Building, Homestead, PA
2003She Worked in a Mill, Ceres Gallery, Chelsea, New York City
2000Chronicles of American Workers II, Ceres Gallery, SOHO, New York City
1997Chronicles of American Workers, Ceres Gallery, SOHO, New York City
1995Chronicles, Ceres Gallery, Soho, New York City
1991Jewish Community Center, Perlow and Weis Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA
1985West Liberty State College, WV
Blue Sky Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1982Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Gallery, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts


Bread and Roses Cultural Project, Inc. NYCDavid L. Lawrence Convention Center
Children’s Hospital of PittsburghPittsburgh Board of Education
The Grable FoundationMarsh McClennan, Inc.
Algemene Bank Nederland, N. V.Smith Kline, Beecham
Dravo CorporationNemacolin Woodlands
ALCOA CorporationBlount, Inc., Montgomery, AL
Westinghouse CorporationThree Rivers Aluminum Company
Deloitte, Haskins, SellsBlue Cross of Western Pennsylvania
Oxford DevelopmentManchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Pittsburgh National BankNumerous Private Collections


2010Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Kurt Shaw
2010Edward Munch, Art Blog
2010Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Mary Thomas
2010Fanfare Magazine, Harry Schwalb
2010Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Harry Schwalb
2006-2003Pittsburgh Magazine, Mike May
2004Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Leslie Hoffman
2004-2003Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Kurt Shaw
2003Valley Mirror, Jack Ruskin
2000-1997Gallery Guide, New York City
2000Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Graham Shearing
2010-1998Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Mary Thomas
1998-1997The Woman’s Voice, Pittsburgh, PA, Wrote Seven articles on Women in Art under the pseudonym: Frannie Bernarde
1997The Villager, Robert Hicks, New York City
1997“Chromocome,” Catalog Essay, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
1993-1980Pittsburgh Magazine, Harry Schwalb
1991Color in Contemporary Art, Charles LeClair, Illustration of Work Included
1987WQED FM Arts Radio
1986Greensburg Tribune, James Winocour
1986Youngstown Vindicator, Clyde Singer
1985-1974Pittsburgh Post‑Gazette, Donald Miller
1985Pittsburgh Press, Patricia Lowry
1985Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Publications
1985WQED‑FM Fine Arts Radio
1983WQED‑Television, Lyceum
1982WDUQ‑FM Radio, Duquesne University


2010Honorable Mention, “Small Works,” Joy Borelli Edwards Gallery
2006-2007Juror Award, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Ligonier, PA, 11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition
2006,2001Women in Art, Seton Hill University
1998Friends of Art for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Purchase Award, The Carnegie Museum of Art
1998Designated as MASTER ARTIST, Pittsburgh, PA
1997Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Juried Art Exhibition Award of Excellence, Greensburg, PA
1995Commission, Children’s Hospital, nine works for permanent installation
1994Work Selected for Albright‑Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1994Juror Award, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, The Carnegie Museum of Art
1994Friends of Art for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Purchase Award, The Carnegie Museum of Art
1993Two Juror Awards, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
1991Juror Award, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, The Carnegie Museum of Art
1988Juror Award, Sam Gilliam, Butler Institute of American Art
1987Vita Award, WQED‑FM Radio, Fine Arts Radio
1985Pittsburgh Print Group Award, Wintergarden, PPG Building
1985Pittsburgh Print Group Award, Campbell Gallery, Sewickley Academy, PA
1983Project Director, Co‑Writer, The Fine Art Print, An Introduction, published
1980Pittsburgh Print Group Award, Allegheny County Courthouse Exhibit


2010“100 for 100,” President’s Choice, 907 Penn Gallery
2010“18 Past Presidents,” Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Gallery SIM
2010“Past/Present,” Seton Hill university, Greensburg, PA,
Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA,
Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
2009International Images, Sewickley PA
2010-2006Fein Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2006Ceres Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2006Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
2003“Teaching Artists,” Shady Side Academy
2000Masters Exhibitions IV, Westmoreland Museum of American Art
1999-1998“Pittsburgh at Work, 20th Century images of labor and industry,” Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1998Kunstler Forum Gallery, Bonn, Germany
1996Restructuring Nature–Women Artists interpret the Environment, Chatham University
1996The Mariage Project–A regional View, Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
1995Image concept and design for billboard: “Iron and Steel,” Aliquippa Embraces Art, Aliquippa, PA
Perlman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Wenniger Graphics Gallery, Boston, MA
West Liberty State College, WV, One‑Person Exhibit
Dunfermline, Scotland, The Pittsburgh Connection
Les Idees Gallery, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Congressional Office, Print Invitational, Washington, DC
Pittsburgh Convention Center
Greek Island Limited, New York, NY
LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, PA
Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
Blue Sky Gallery, Print Invitational
Allen Rubiner Gallery, Royal Oak, MI


2007-1958Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibitions, The Carnegie Museum of Art
2007Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Ligonier, PA
2006,2001Women in Art, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
2004Westmorland Museum of American Art, Juried Biennial, Greensburg, PA
2002Westmorland Arts Nationals, Greensburg, PA
1998Masters Exhibition IV, Jewish Community Center, Pittsburgh, PA
1998“Art of the State: Pennsylvania 98,” The State museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
1997Southwestern Pennsylvania Juried Exhibition, Greensburg, PA
1997“Chromosome,” Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1995“Morality”, national juried exhibition, E.I.O. Gallery, Art at the Powerhouse, Cleveland, Ohio
National Mid‑year Exhibitions, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibitions, The Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Three Rivers Art Festivals
Silver Eye Center for Photography
“Point to Port,” Artists’ Equity, Frick Fine Arts
Pittsburgh Print Group Annual Exhibitions
Westmoreland County Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA


2004-2006Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Board of Directors
1997-PresentNational Society of Arts and Letters
1996-2002The Society of Contemporary Crafts, Board of Directors
1995-1998Three Rivers Community Fund, Board of Director
1994-1995Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, President, 1994‑1995
1992Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Interim Executive Administrator, 1992
1991-1994Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Board of Directors
1985-1995Citizen for the Arts in Pennsylvania, Board of Directors
1984-1985Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, President
1982-1984Artists’ Equity, Pittsburgh Chapter, Founding President
Pittsburgh Print Group


BA Degree, Chatham College


1991International School, Le Pouldu, Brittany, France, Summer
1987-1982Jewish Community Center, Faculty, Drawing
1974-1992Studio G, Adult Education, Painting and Drawing
1978-1992Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Faculty, Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking


Carol Siegel Art Services, Pittsburgh, PA
Ceres Gallery, New York