Most Wanted Fine Art is a for profit art gallery and general contracting business that partners with non profit groups to perform acts of community service. Often called a community service organization disguised as an art gallery, MWFA has been open since 2007. Located at 5015 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15224, this gallery, studio, and performance space has exhibited over 40,000 works of art and represented around 150+ artists a year. In conjunction with Goodwill of Southwestern PA MWFA provides general contracting training to young men recently released from prison. They earn a wage while learning a trade. MWFA builds homes and community everyday.
With the support of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, MWFA is able to host 25 resident artists. It is through this community engagement that we act as an arts incubator. Each residency’s primary goal is to expose and educate neighborhood residents by broadening their understanding of the arts through interactive art projects created by the resident artists who come from various cultural and artistic backgrounds. The residency series results in not only art exhibitions but also the creation of programs that deepen the community.
Jason and Nina Sauer are the co-owners of Most Wanted Fine Art, a community service organization disguised as an art gallery in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Since opening in 2007, this gallery and performance space has received the “Community Development Award” from Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, “Power of Work Award” from Goodwill of Southwestern PA, “The Pioneer Award” from Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, and “Best Art Gallery for Local Artists” two years in a row by Pittsburgh City Paper readers.
Jason is a 6-year army vet who received 2 medals during his service and was honored as a 40 under 40 by Pittsburgh magazine. Jason has a Master of Fine Arts from Marywood University as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Edinboro University and was a professor at CCAC for 5 years. In addition Jason is an accomplished artist in his own right, with a special emphasis on telling stories that reflect the universal connection of longing for home.
Nina has been an arts activist in Pittsburgh since 1998. She is a gallery owner, photographer, event planner, and film producer. In 2014 Nina launched the MWFA Resident Artist program, which she manages full time as well as all the PR and curatorial duties of the gallery. Her work with the Artists in Residence project, has her managing the community art projects of the 24 artists as well as providing the supports to develop their professional skills. Through this capacity MWFA becomes an arts incubator with each residency resulting in a community centered engagement. In 2015, Pittsburgh Magazine recognized Nina Sauer as someone committed to shaping our region and honored her as a 40 under 40.
Awards Received by MWFA:
Army Achievement Medal
Somalia Service Award
Chair of 18th and 19th Annual Juried Art Show, Monroeville PA
Judge for Three River Arts Festival 2011
Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40, 2011
Cultural District Gallery Crawl 5-Year Artist Retrospective, 2011
Community Development Award, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, 2012
Power of Work Award, Goodwill of Southwestern PA, 2012
Pioneer Award, Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, 2013
Best Gallery in Pittsburgh, #3 Pittsburgh City Paper Reader’s Poll 2013
Best Gallery in Pittsburgh, #1, Pittsburgh City Paper Reader’s Poll 2014
Best Gallery in Pittsburgh, #1, Pittsburgh City Paper Reader’s Poll 2015
We are open by appointment and during scheduled events.
We are available for rentals.