MASTER VISUAL ARTIST
ASSOCIATED ARTISTS OF PITTSBURGH, andGROUP A
Additional studies: New York University, The Cooper Union, The New School, Carnegie Mellon University.
Review of 2018 exhibition at
Penn State New Kensington
Review of 50-Year Retrospective at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in 2019
City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, MFA Painting;
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, M.Ed Art Education;
Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA, BS Art Education.
Gary Jurysta graduated from Butler Area High School in 1955. After serving four years in the US Navy he earned a degree in Art Education from Edinboro State University. Additional degrees were earned at the University of Pittsburgh and at Brooklyn College in New York City. Over the years Mr. Jurysta worked in several galleries and was a professor at universities in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island. He and his wife June Edwards, also an artist, lived in New York City for twenty years and moved to Pittsburgh, PA in 2000.
During his long career as a fine artist and educator Mr. Jurysta’s work was exhibited widely. In 2013 he received the Master Visual Artist Award, with an exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (view the MVA video). The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona, PA exhibited a 50-year retrospective of his paintings in 2019.
VISUAL ARTIST 1937—2020