Tresa Varner

Tresa Varner is an artist and educator living in Pittsburgh and is the Managing Director of Artists Image Resource (AIR). In her previous position as Curator of Education and Interpretation at The Andy Warhol Museum, she directed the museum’s numerous education programs, created in-gallery interpretative materials, and curated numerous community driven artist residencies and exhibitions. Varner curated Andy’s Toy Box, an interactive exhibition for children of Warhol’s paintings and prints. She also curated About Face, a residency and exhibition with the New York photographer Arne Svenson and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Varner has exhibited her work locally, nationally, and most recently in Chile. In addition to her work in Pittsburgh, Varner has attended numerous artist residencies and lead community arts projects Chile, Brazil, Russia, Hong Kong, and China.



2016 Taller 99, Santiago, Chile

2016 Clarion University, Clarion, PA

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  911 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2000 The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

2000 Layette College, Easton PA

2000 Three Rivers Art Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

2000 The College of Saint Rose Art Gallery, Albany, NY

1999 Banana Factory, Bethlehem, PA

1999 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA

1997 Lawndale Art and Performance Center, Houston, Texas

1998 ArtScan Gallery, Houston, Texas

1998  Foreland Street Studios, Pittsburgh, PA        

1998  Garfield Art Works, Pittsburgh, PA

1997   East End Event, Pittsburgh, PA

1995  The Blaffer Gallery, Houston, Texas

1995  McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas

1995  College Art Association, San Antonio, Texas

1995  Texas Art Celebration, Houston, Texas

1994  Contemporary Arts Center, Dallas, Texas

1994  Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

1990  Vermont Artist's Colony, Johnson, Vermont


2015 Andy’s Toy Box, curator, The Andy Warhol Museum

2015 Glycerine and Rose Water, curator of site-specific work by Stefan

Hoffmann, The Andy Warhol Museum

2012-13 Co-teach Art in Education courses, West Liberty University

2013 American Alliance of Museums’ Conference Panelist

 “Embracing Access For All”

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


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


2016 Arts Midwest and PA Council on the Arts Chile Cultural Exchange

2011 Pittsburgh Foundation, Artist Project with Artist Image Resource

1999 American Association of Museums/IPAM Partnership with Museu de Contemporanea, Brazil

1993 The Royal College of Art, London, England

1990 Vermont Artist Colony, Johnson, Vermont

1987  Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy