OOA (pronounced ooo- ahh) is woman owned and operated partnership formed in 2018 comprising of two Pittsburgh based artists, Oreen Cohen and Alison Zapata. Together we design and fabricate steel structures that aesthetically accent site-specific locations. Our designs will make you say ooo-ahh as they weave together functional and aesthetic art forms that embrace organic shapes with brilliance in color. OOA is building a track record of urban-sited and integrated public artworks in the city of Pittsburgh with municipal, non-profit, and private clients. OOA’s approach spans disciplines of art, design and education to build connections with the immediate environment, communities and functions of place.


ALISON MARIA ZAPATA http://www.zapatastudios.com/

Alison is a visual artist who specializes in painting, murals, and  mixed media collage.  Having obtained a BA in Fine Art/Art Education at Carlow University, Alison has developed engaging, child-centered arts programming in classrooms throughout Pittsburgh’s urban and rural populations over the past eighteen years. She is co-founder of Light Bright Beautiful Puppetry, which creates arts-based learning experiences and interdisciplinary performances. Alison has received art education training through Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Penn State, Lincoln Center’s Aesthetic Education, and Wolf Trap Institute.  She is a resident artist in the Artists in Education program through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  She was awarded participation in the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Art and Society: Brazil/U.S. Educational Partnership.  She is the owner/ lead artist of Zapata Studios and co-owner of OOA Designs LLC.

OREEN COHEN - www.oreencohen.com

Oreen Cohen grew up between Rochester, NY and Afula, Israel and earned her BFA in Fine Arts at the University at Buffalo. Oreen is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the potentiality of material, body and community in site-specific sculpture, public art, intervention and video performance. Oreen received a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Carnegie Mellon University (2012-2014). She has participated in exhibitions, residencies and public commissions nationally and internationally creating site-specific installations including; Alloy Pittsburgh, FIGMENT Sculpture Project on Governors Island NYC, Flint Public Art Project (Flint, MI), CerCCa Casamarles in Catalonia, Spain (2012) and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013).