Tina Dillman is an arts leader, cultural organizer, artist and curator that is currently based in Pittsburgh.  She arrived to the “Steel City”  in late 2018,  on a fully funded arts writing residency that was sponsored by Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and Bunker Projects.  Later in the following year, she was appointed the Director of Exhibitions and Programming at the Pittsburgh Center of Arts & Media, but then found herself laid off at Thanksgiving time, as she was a part of a massive layoff (40 employees in total) that were let go, when their departments were cut from the budget.  During the pandemic Tina founded The Bloomfield Garden Club, a monthly roaming arts salon that features artists that identify as “vulnerable” (queer, not-white, female, and other), and that work in dance, music, writing, comedy, visual & performance art.  She is currently available for consulting services working with artists, arts businesses, non-profits, or fellow entrepreneurs, on a sliding scale.  For more information, please visit the AGENCY .

Before arriving to Pittsburgh, Tina relocated to Buffalo, New York,  in 2014, in order to be closer to her family during a time of distress.  Upon arriving she launched a socially engaged artist residency program out of her home, called Project Grant that collaborated with visiting artists and community partners to create free and accessible programming in disenfranchised neighborhoods around the city.  In December 2016, Dillman moved into 500 Seneca as the Artist/Curator In-Residence and launched The Cass Project, an arts and cultural initiative whose mission was to create culturally diverse artistic programming and events that engage, empower, and spark dialogue and action in creating community and rehabilitating neighborhoods.  During the four years Dillman lived in Buffalo, she became an active member of the arts advocacy group the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance, was an arts writer for Buffalo Rising and The Public, and was also a faculty member of the Arts Management Department at the University of Buffalo.

From 2009-11, Dillman co-founded, directed, and curated an alternative arts space out of her home called, WE Artspace (Oakland CA).  During those years, the space worked with over 100 visual artists, chefs, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, performers, poets and writers.  Also at this time, she was directing the Oakland Art Murmur, the monthly citywide art walk, as their first ED.  She has dedicated her life to the arts, through Board involvement at the San Francisco Art Institute, Intersection for the Arts (SF) and Rock Paper Scissors (Oakland), holding paid positions at: AS220 (Providence), ArtSpan (SF), the Oakland Art Murmur, Rock Paper Scissors (Oakland), Sculpture Space (Utica, NY), Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center (Buffalo), and the Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media (PA), while also volunteering with Southern Exposure (SF), The Lab (SF), New Langton Arts (SF), Contemporary Craft (Pittsburgh) and the Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh).

Dillman has received residencies from AS220 (RI), Bunker Projects (Pittsburgh), Guapamacataro Center for Art & Ecology (Mexico), and Lichtenberg Studios (Germany), Mauser EcoHouse (Costa Rica), and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Scotland).  She’s been a visiting artist/curator at Carnegie Mellon University (PA), Syracuse University (NY), Alfred University (NY), Visual Studies Workshop (NY), and École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (France).  Dillman has performed at the Berkeley Art Museum (CA), Echo Art Fair (Buffalo), Infringement Festival (Buffalo),  and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (CA), while her object based work has been exhibited in Berlin, Los Angeles, Providence (RI), North Adams & Boston (MA), the Bay Area, and throughout Western & Central NY.  She has also curated exhibitions throughout the Bay Area, Western New York, and most recently in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dillman received a Masters of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 2003.

To learn more about Tina

Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit: South + Appalachia, Artful Engagement, Winter 2021 (Her talk begins around minute marker 20:00.)

Interview w/ PGH Museums, Summer 2020

Artist Talk @ SFAI, 2016

Curator Talk @ Hallwalls, 2015


To read more about Tina

Pittsburgh City Paper, Bloomfield Garden Club brings drag, music, comedy, and more to various Pittsburgh venues, June 8, 2021

Post Gazette, Bloomfield Garden Club cultivates artists with backyard performances, August 4, 2020

City Paper, Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media staff out in mass firing and termination of film programs, November 25, 2019

City Paper, What Have We Done, tackles environmental concern with art and workshop series, November 15, 2019

City Paper, Rolling Coal, a two-man show exploring masculinity in rural America, July 10, 2019

Noumenoise, Boiled Over: Celebrating the Life of the Cass Project, December 18, 2018

Buffalo Rising, Patrick Foran’s State of Exception…, November 5, 2018

Buffalo Rising, City’s Art Scene Featured in UK’s Art Monthly, March 20, 2018

Art Monthly, Letter from Buffalo, March 2018

Yeah! Buffalo, #55. Tina Dillman, Cass Project, July 13, 2017

Buffalo Rising, Cass Clufffaloes, June 2, 2017

Buffalo Rising, Ian de Beer at Cass Project, February 17, 2017

Buffalo Rising, Arts Initiative Coming to 500 Seneca, January 10, 2017

Buffalo News, 500 Seneca to launch new gallery and arts initiative, January 9, 2017

Buffalo Rising, Project Grant Morphs into an Experiential Outfit, May 9, 2016

Buffalo Rising, 48 Hours with Project Grant, October 24, 2015

Buffalo Rising, West Side: Open-Source Biography, August 14, 2015

The Public, Tina Dillman’s Project Grant, June 30, 2015

Buffalo Rising, Announcing Artists in Residence at Project Grant, April 22, 2015

Buffalo Rising, Project Grant Hits the Home Stretch, January 21, 2015

Buffalo News, Artist Tina Dillman Bursts onto Buffalo Art Scene, January 8, 2015

The Public, San Fran Buff Non Stop, January 5, 2015

The Public, Artist Residency Looking to Hatch on the West Side, December 27, 2014

Buffalo Rising, Project Grant, December 3, 2014

To connect w/ Tina




Email: tinadillmanprojects at gmail dot com