Shane Pilster



Shane Pilster is an artist, muralist, curator, graphic designer and web devel­oper. Bridging his exper­tise in graf­fiti and urban arts with commu­nity involve­ment, he prides himself in also being an educator, advo­cate, mentor and well-rounded creative indi­vidual. Orig­i­nally from the San Fran­cisco Bay area, Shane has called Pitts­burgh his home since 2004 and is a pioneer in bringing aware­ness and shining a spot­light on urban art and its artistry in ways never done before in the region.


Working with Rivers of Steel since 2012, he created its Urban Art Tour and inter­ac­tive work­shop curriculum to show­case the post-indus­trial history of Carrie Furnaces, along­side its unique canvas for expe­ri­enced and emerging artists and mural­ists from around the world. In addi­tion to orga­nizing and curating the legal painting areas of this National Historic Land­mark, he has increased the scope and reach of his art program­ming in schools and commu­ni­ties, as well as orga­nized art compo­nents and live demon­stra­tions at events such as Home­stead First Fridays, Thrival Festival and the Three Rivers Arts Festival.


Always looking to expand his passion for giving back, he is also a co-founder of Hemi­spheric Conver­sa­tions: Urban Art Project (HCUAP), which brings visiting artists of Latin heritage from Chicago and Mexico to paint murals, lead work­shops, give lectures and interact with commu­ni­ties. Most recently, he curated a pop-up urban art show in Home­stead with 10 other artists from Pitts­burgh, Chicago, and León, Mexico.


Shane is the founder of 82Concepts, his graphic, web and art design firm, where he works with busi­nesses and orga­ni­za­tions of all sizes including Marriott Hotels, Vitamin Water, Whirl Maga­zine, Pitts­burgh Brewing Company, the ACLU, Rivers of Steel, and Commu­nity Forge, among others.


Named one of Pittsburgh’s “Who’s Next: Art” by The Incline, Shane is constantly honing his craft and artistic expres­sion by finding the human compo­nent of creating to connect with others and fullfil his desire for self-better­ment. He hopes to develop and curate more loca­tions for aerosol and mural artists to paint throughout the Western PA region and abroad, as well as continue to strengthen programs with Rivers of Steel and other orga­ni­za­tions and find new ways to connect art with mean­ingful experiences.