Photo by Jason CohnNaomi Chambers
Class of 2004
Naomi Chambers graduated from Pittsburgh Perry Traditional Academy in 2004. During her senior year, she had her first art class and realized art would be a part of her life. Her teacher told her she could be a great artist because she had great ideas, “and great art is 80% great ideas and 20% technical skill.” Taking these words to heart, having career as an artist became an actual consideration for Mrs. Chambers.
Chambers graduated with a dual degree from the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Studio Arts and Marketing in 2009. In 2012, she took the leap to be a full time artist, and had her first solo show, The Heist, in January 2013. In 2017, she and her husband worked with a collective of artists to open FlowerHouse, a community art studio and creative space in Wilkinsburg where they offer workshops and classes. The community of people she has come in contact with in the short time FlowerHouse has been open has changed her life. In 2017, she was also awarded the Investing In Professional Artist grant from the Heinz Endowment and Pittsburgh Foundation.
“I want my work to fill people up with love, hope, and wonder like my favorite artists do for me. It’s about the creation of possibilities; new worlds we create for ourselves not solely the one we were born to.”