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 and is located at 5015 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15224. 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 provide art opportunities and community engagement for Garfield and beyond!
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.
MWFA believes in the artists we represent and in their abilities to put forth art that impacts community. Through a partnership with Goodwill of Southwestern PA, MWFA provides on the job training in arts management, screen-printing, and general contracting to young men recently released from residential facilities.
Nina Sauer is co-owner of Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery MWFA. She is an arts activist, a photographer, an event planner and film producer.
In 2012 Nina took over artist booking for the gallery and launched MWFA Resident Artist program in 2014, as a way to launch diverse voices and artists by providing them with a platform and the support system to succeed. As an arts incubator, MWFA has nurtured 24+ community-centered artists, several of which have spun off to their own separate initiatives impacting community.
Nina Sauer’s efforts have been featured in Next Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh Arts Council, NakYouOut and more. Nina is an honoree of the 40 under 40 awards by Pittsburgh magazine.
Jason is co-owner of Most Wanted Fine Art, an artist himself, is inspired by sustainable art and creates works from locally sourced objects. Jason’s art seeks to show the power of rebirth with an emphasis on story telling that reflects our universal connection and longing for home.
Jason Sauer uses the distinctly American, demolition derby, as a high art form in which the reclaiming of a discarded automobile is transformed into an abstract conceptual piece of performance art, where fate and happenstance create a sculpture. This sculpture in all its furious glory is set in a calm/ sterile museum environment, as a record of the brutality of human emotional release. Each piece will evoke excitement and a sense of memory of the crash.
Jason has a Master of Fine Arts from Marywood University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Edinboro University. MWFA was voted “Best Art Gallery” by City Paper readers for four years in a row. Jason Sauer’s efforts have been featured in Huffington Post, Next Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Paper, Post Gazette, 90.5 WESA and more. Jason is a decorated army veteran and is an honoree of the 40 under 40 awards by Pittsburgh magazine
or you can mail check donations to our NonProfit Sponsor The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation.
5149 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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.