Eric C. Shiner


How long have you worked in your current job?

I’ve been here since October, 2008.

What do you like most about your job?
I love working closely with artists on the development of exhibitions, followed closely by the travel that I get to do and the discovery of amazing things in our permanent collection and archives.

What would you change about the art world?
Luckily, the economy is addressing all of the changes that I would want to make!  I’m very excited that we might return to a time when the art matters more than the money.

What do you do when you’re not working?
I’m always working!  But I do try to get away to Miami every now and again for some sunshine and complete relaxation.

What is the most inspiring part about living and working in your city?

Pittsburgh is completely alive with dynamic energy, and so many young entrepreneurs and artists are moving here and doing some amazing things.  It’s great to see so much positive activity going on here right now.  And it is cheap as anything!

How is the art world changing right now?
Again, due to the economic meltdown, I think it is readjusting itself back to a place where process and meaning far overshadow the price attached to a given work of art.

If you could own any piece of art, what would it be?
I already own way too much, but if given the opportunity, I would love to own an early Kusama Yayoi accumulation object.

What current cultural phenomenon interests you most? 
I’m completely addicted to bad reality tv programs on Bravo, but I’m not sure that’s a cultural phenomenon.  Trash TV-a-go-go!