Pittsburgh Personality of the Year 2021: Visual Arts | Pittsburgh People of the Year | Pittsburgh

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Janel Young

Even if you’ve never heard of Janel Young, there’s a good chance you’ve seen her work. Anyone who uses Yahoo has likely seen the logo the Pittsburgh artist designed for the web service’s 2021 Black History Month campaign. But while Young has gained recognition in the digital world, her work is better known in the real world, including a number of public murals she painted all over Pittsburgh last year. Her work “Pathway to Joy” on Fort Duquesne Boulevard became the centerpiece of the Three Rivers Festival of the Arts, and she painted her first two 3D murals as the inaugural artist of the community public art program of Walnut Capital of Bakery Square. She has also used her art to solve important problems – “Respect the space,” a mural she painted at a downtown bus stop, encourages transit users to socially distance themselves from others. passengers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Plus, she encourages people to read. Young was one of four artists tasked with creating a special edition library card for the 125th anniversary of the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh.


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