Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Scott Alan Fertig

Scott Alan Fertig
April 24, 1967 – May 2, 2008

Many of the residents of Pittsburgh are familiar with Scott Fertig's Chevy mural, located on Penn Avenue in the Strip District. Scott Alan Fertig, 41, an artist best known for his commissioned work as a caricaturist, muralist and illustrator, died peacefully at home on Friday, May 2, 2008 in Arlington, VA surrounded by his wife and family.
Scott was born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 24, 1967

The Washington Post has a lovely article about Scott Fertig that you can read here.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints' Church at 3577 McClure Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, May 10 at 2PM. A wake will follow. Scott wished to thank everyone who gave him their love and support during his battle with cancer.
Donations can be sent in his name to the American Cancer Society or your local community
children’s arts program.

To Scott Fertig's family and friends, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies for your loss. Scott's mural on Penn Avenue and 16th Street is a long-time favorite of mine. I appreciate what his life, love and art brought to my world on an almost daily basis.


Todd Fertig said...

Thank you for your kind words, Susan. Scott made a great impact on so many people.

As far as my brother's mural goes, I've always bragged about it to my friends. Scott told me a few months ago that he heard it might be coming down. It would be nice if it could be preserved.

Sus said...

Hello Todd,
I am so sorry for your loss. And I am pained to hear that this mural may be removed.

Are there plans for its preservation or installation in another location?

Amy Gerette Kerlin said...

Hi, Sus and Todd.
This must be such a sad time for all who loved Scott, myself included. I'm interested in preserving his work, though, for sure.

While I don't know of plans for preservation personally, I can tell you that Andrew Watson of Your Inner Vagabond suggested seeing if the Sprout Fund could "adopt" the mural. Alternatively, or in addition to preservation efforts, I was hoping that a high-quality digital image/images could be taken, and mounted on blocks (ie, a miniature version of mural, and sold via the local Carnegie museum shops, particularly the Heinz History museum. Scott and I discussed this idea in vague terms. He said he believed there were multiple untapped marketing ideas for the mural, but we never discussed further.

If either of you would like more info on these suggestions please email me directly. I have Andrew's contact info, as well as a contact at the History museum who is involved with Community Outreach.

Take care,