Interview #25: Curt Gettman

Painted mural by Gabe Felice "Open Heaven, Open Sky" 2010 (Uptown)

Curt Gettman makes Pittsburgh colorful through murals, art, and writing.

As public art program manager for the Sprout Fund, Curt has helped to bring 26 murals to the city since 2007 (the program has overseen 55 murals total since 2003). Now that deserves a standing ovation, don't you think?! Seriously. Stand up. Start clapping!

It was apparent at our meeting at Espresso A Mano, that Curt is certainly influencial in the arts community (several artists stopped by our table and said hello). He mentioned that sometimes he can get more work done at Brillobox (where many of the artists he works with hang out) than he can in his office. Love it!

As the founder of Unicorn Mountain (best name ever!) Curt has worked with oodles of local artists and folks from other cities to bring together a collections of drawings, comics, poetry and writing.

This Friday Curt and his collaborators are celebrating the release of Unicorn Mountain's 3rd book, The Black Forest: A Collection of Art, Comics and Folk Tales from Western Pennsylvania and Beyond.

Go ahead, take a peak:

Magical, I tell you.

Join the party this Friday and you will be able to see what is on every single, delicious page. Here are the deets:

Black Forest Book Release Party
6-10 p.m., Fri., June 3, 2011
Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Admission: Free
DJs: Phil Boyd, Matt McDermott and Dave Wheeler
Refreshments/Cash Bar

Enjoy Curt's Q&A! And be sure to share your favorite Pittsburgh murals in the comments below...

Name: Curt Gettman

Job title:
- Sprout Public Art Program Manager
- Unicorn Mountain Editor/Publisher/Founder
- Father

Twitter: Don't use it all that much

Blog:  (a visual blog of things I find funny and/or interesting)  (Unicorn Mountain's newly redesigned website)

Neighborhood you live in: Lawrenceville!

Coffee shop drink of choice:  I do a coffee version of "beer and a shot" pretty much every morning. Double macchiato with a regular drip coffee on the side. Espresso a Mano. Pow.

Current shampoo preference: Troy's brand (Head and Shoulders)

Why do you choose Pittsburgh as your home?
I moved to Pittsburgh after college and fell in love with it. I love the sports teams, hills, trees, rivers and people.

Who do you spend your time with?
Since both my jobs involve art, I spend a lot of time with amazingly talented visual artists. I also spend as much time as I can with my daughter.

What are your favorite aspects of your job?
At Sprout, I get to make Pittsburgh a better place every day though art. With Unicorn Mountain, I have the privilege of promoting the creative work of some amazingly talented Pittsburghers.

Do you have a soul food?
Dippy eggs with rosemary and parmigiano reggiano.

What are some of your recent personal goals?
Last year I made the decision to start eating better and taking care of myself. I feel better and healthier than I ever have. Also, the new Unicorn Mountain book took five years to put together. There were times when it didn't look like it was ever going to come out but we stuck with it through blood, sweat and tears.

What are your favorite Pittsburgh restaurants?
Wow, this is hard. Lawrenceville has some good ones: Piccolo Forno, the tacos at Round Corner girlfriend is an amazing cook so I've been going out a lot less lately.

Describe your ideal day.
Lately, I've really enjoyed taking day trips to Seven Springs, Ohiopyle, etc. Went to Fallingwater for the first time a few months ago. So I guess my ideal day would be taking in nature with family and friends. And eating good food. And the Pirates winning the World Series.

What is the most memorable live show you have seen in Pittsburgh?
Undoubtedly, 400 Blows/My Niece Denise/Dirty Faces and Baby Bird at a now defunct Garfield showspace called On. The night was equal parts ridiculous and incredible...a real trainwreck of a show.

What do you think Pittsburgh will be like in ten years? What do you love most about the city?
I think Pittsburgh is going to have a lot younger feel to it in 10 years. There's a lot of youthful energy and exciting things starting to happen here. I love Pittsburgh because people look out for each other here and are proud of where they're from. As well they should be—it's a great place!