Tess Senay Raynovich Art & Earth Fund

Supporting artists and Eco-art 

Two upcoming projects for TSR Eco Art Fund in 2019

We have two big projects happening this spring! The first is the Tess Senay Eco Art Prize & Exhibit in partnership with Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. In January a call for submissions will go out. We will post links to the guidelines as soon as they go up. Six finalists will receive a gift certificate from PCCR and the winner will also receive $500.00 prize. All finalist will have their final entry exhibited at PCCR from April 17th 2019 through June. The winner will present a workshop at PCCR that will be free and open to the public. UPDATES to come!



2018 Tess Senay Raynovich Scholarship

We are very happy to announce this year's scholarship winner, Franzi Nace. She is a writer, a visual artist and an athlete. Her submission included digitally altered landscapes and a strong essay on eco art. We were very happy to meet Franzi and wish her all the best as she begins studies at Columbia University in the fall. Pictured here, L to R, Nancy Kirkwood (Tess's mother,) Franzi Nace, Lacey Hall (scholarship judge and Tess's friend.)

2017 Tess Raynovich Art Scholarship

Zoe Wills was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for her work in photography. She will be attending the University of Dayton in the fall. Her photography and essay on eco art carried Tess's spirit. Thank you to all of our donors for helping us support and encourage young artists. Pictured from left to right are Nancy Kirkwood, Zoe Wills, Lacey Hall and Marc Kennedy.  You can see samples of all the scholarship winners on our gallery page.

ReNew Festival: TSR Art & Earth Awards Artist Jennifer Meridian Regional Prize

Pittsburgh's month long Re:New Festival brings a celebration of Creative Recycling, Transformation and Sustainability.   It features Drap-Art, based in Barcelona, which showcases accomplished international artists who create provocative and compelling art from reused materials. Drap-Art, having exhibited across multiple continents for 15 years, Drap-Art chose to host its North American premiere at the Re:NEW festival here in Pittsburgh. 

    This festival was  a perfect opportunity for us to support eco art and artists. We were very happy when we were approached about sponsoring a prize. Our wonderful friends at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse suggested  a two pronged prize that would benefit both the artist and community.  Jennifer Meridian was awarded a $500.00 prize for her work "Waterfall Vision" (a portion of the work is shown here) and was invited to be the featured artist at a community workshop at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. We are very grateful for this opportunity to support the Eco Art community and to keep Tess's spirit in this world. 

2016 Tess Raynovich Art Scholarship Winner Lareina Shu 

Lareina is attending Cleveland Institute of Art. She is pictured here with artist & judge, Lacey Hall and TSR Board member, Marc Kennedy.

Lift a Glass to Tess! 2016

We had a great time seeing old and new friends. Thank you all for your support!

2015 Tess Raynovich Scholarship!

Tieg Harte -  Art 
Attending School of the Art Institute of Chicago

"Lift a Glass to Tess" on May 14th was fun and successful for the fund and for our spirits! Many thanks to Anna Raynovich and Lou Kroeck of Pittsburgh Happy Hour for hosting!
More photos on our Gallery page.

Dia de los Muertos 2014

Dia de los Muertos 2014

For a second year the TSR Art Fund has supported activities around the traditional holiday of Dia de los Muertos. This holiday is a time to remember and honor loved ones that are no longer with us, which is reason enough to love it. We have the added incentive of the fact that Tess was deeply interested in Mexican art and especially the art associated with this holiday.

The activities this year included an ofrenda workshop at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, FIESTA! at the Kaufman Center with almost 400 kids and their families joining in the art and celebration, and a papel picado (paper craft) workshop at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. All of these activities were led by the great instructors from Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

Artist Interrupted: The Art of Tess Senay 
Sweetwater Center for the Art Exhibit June 28, 2014 - August 2, 2014

2014 TSR Art and Poetry Scholarships Awarded 

On June 5th Tess's friend, Rachael Diemert, presented the TSR Art and Earth Fund's Art Scholarship to Mazher Udaipurwala and the Poetry Scholarship to Clara Murray. Surprisingly, both recipients had known Tess. Mazher (who will be attending Cleveland Institute of Art in the fall) had been mentored by Tess in the after school art club when he was in middle school and Clara (attending UNC Ashville in the fall) is the younger sister of Tess's friend Jake, and had met her many times. It was very special to meet these young artists and to know that Tess is a part of their journey in a new way. A very big thank you to Rachael, Marc Kennedy (TSR board member) and Elizabeth Kennedy for never-ending support.


Tess Senay Eco-Arts Projects with Youth Place, inc. presents "Our World; Our View" Photography Project.  

Learning editing tools while experiencing their own neighborhood environments in a new way. 

A great show! Thank you to all

 the youth leaders, Iesha, Lori 

and all the people at Youth Places

 that helped to make our pilot

photography program a success! 

Dia de los Muertos Pittsburgh

We were very happy to be a part of the Dia de los Muertos Pittsburgh. We are one of serveral organizations to support this traditionally Mexican holiday. Check out our Links page for an essay about the holiday by Marion Winik. 

The activities in Pittsburgh have been going on since September with community workshops to create the traditional and personal art of Dia de los Muertos. We have created a storefront Ofrenda in the Penn Avenue Arts District where the November 1st celebration will happening.

Thank you to Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse for bringing this opportunity to support the arts and our community.


OFRENDA para Tess Senay

Tess Senay Raynovich Eco-Art Camp at Sewickley YMCA June 2013

One of the goals of the TSR Art and Earth Fund’s is to bring access to art to people of all ages that have artistic interest and talent but find barriers to growth as artists.  We are happy to be partnering with the Sewickley Valley YMCA to present the Tess Senay Raynovich Eco-Art Camp during the week of June 17th. The camp will consist of four afternoon sessions, each one with a different focus but with all having an eco-art component. 

We are very pleased to have several artists lead the sessions, giving the participants (middle school students for this session) a range of artistic view points.  Our artist are; Sara Beck Sweeney, a mixed media artist, Martin Thomas, who will be doing wire work and video work for the camp and Erika Johnson, Director of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, and artist who works with alternative photographic processes along with found, rescued, and natural materials.

We hope this camp will serve as a template for many more to come. 

Link here to an article on the fund and the camp.