Tresa Varner

Tresa Varner is an artist and educator in Pittsburgh, PA with a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in printmaking. Varner is also the Curator of Education and Interpretation at The Andy Warhol Museum with over 18 years experience in museums. Recent projects at the Warhol Museum include curating About Face, an exhibition of portraits by the photographer Arne Svenson and co-curating the exhibition series The Word of God, which examined major religious texts through the lens of contemporary art. In addition to her work in Pittsburgh, Varner has lead numerous community arts projects in the region and abroad.  She has received a Royal College of Art Graduate Studies Fellowship, England and an American Association of Museums/IPAM Project Grant with Museu de Contemporanea de Niteroi, Brazil.


1994 MFA - University of Houston, Houston, Texas

1993 Royal College of Art, London, England - Fellowship

1989 BFA - Kansas City Art Institute

1987 Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy


2006-present The Andy Warhol Museum, Curator of Education and 


1995-2006 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Assistant Curator of Education

2003-2006 Pittsburgh’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Adjunt Faculty Printmaking


2012 About Face exhibition, curator

The Andy Warhol Museum

2011 The Word of God exhibition series, co-curator

The Andy Warhol Museum

2011 National Art Educators Association panelist

“Art and Autism”

2010 National Art Educators Association and AAM panelist “Contemporary

Approaches to Youth Exhibitions on Museums”

2003 American Association of Museums’ Conference

Panelist, “Learning from Successes and Failures in Teen Programs”

2000 American Association of Museums’ Conference

Panelist, “Museums of Tolerance: Using Exhibitions to Teach Tolerance”

1999 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA

“Andy Warhol: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Art Education”, Distance Learning Course 

1999 Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA

Lecture, “Andy Warhol and Commercial Art in the 1950s”

1998 Whitfield Lovell: Collection Inspiration, curator

The Andy Warhol Museum


2012 Artist Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA

2006 Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA

2005  Three Rivers Art Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

2003  “Continuing the Dialogue” Pittsburgh, PA

2003  Pittsburgh’s Center for the Arts Biennial, PA

2003  Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

2002  Foreland Street Studio, Pittsburgh, PA

2001  The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

2001  Lafayette College, Easton PA

2001  911 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


2011 Pittsburgh Foundation, Artist Project with Artist Image Resource

1999 American Association of Museums/IPAM

Partnership with Museu de Contemporanea, Brazil

de Niteroi, Brazil

1993 The Royal College of Art, London, England