American Steel Studios is a self-described "community of art, innovation, and industry." The space is host to artist studios as well as gallery spaces where groups shows and events are often held. Founded in 2006 and located at 1960 Mandela Parkway in West Oakland, this creative space fills two warehouses for a combined total of six acres of working space. One of the warehouses is a former American Steel warehouse. Part of the space includes a sculpture park, with giant metal statues that are created by Karen Cusolito, who co-founded the Studios and now runs them 1.
Free tours are available on the second Saturday of each month from 2-4pm.
Links and References
- American Steel Studios website
- Karen Cusolito website
- Karen Cusolito interview on The Eastern Shore March 26, 2015
- Energy to Burn: Oakland's American Steel Studios Examiner.com August 17, 2012