Insight Forum presents a talk on Andy Warhol

A talk on the early life of Andy Warhol by the nephew of the late American icon highlights the final spring presentation of Insight Forum, a community lecture and discussion series at Penn State New Kensington.

Marty Warhola shares memories of his famous uncle at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the campus' Forum Theatre. Warhola's recollections are interspersed with stories of Warhol's childhood and early career as a painter, printmaker and filmmaker.

A Penn State graduate, Warhola runs the family's scrap metal business that he took over from his father in 1984. The Paul Warhola Scrap Metals company is located on Pennsylvania Avenue on Pittsburgh's North Side.

In addition to running the family business, Warhola is an accomplished artist in his own right. He and fellow artist Bill Mogush developed the destruction of art by fire genre. The collaborators paint on the same canvas together and react to each other's creativity. Then they burn their work. According to the Warhola Mogush Web site, destroying the art draws attention to the idea and not the financial worth of the piece.

The family surname is Warhola, and it is of Slavic (Carpatho-Rusyns) descent. Andy's parents immigrated to Pittsburgh from Eastern Slovakia, formerly a part of Czechoslovakia, in the 1920s. Andy, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, dropped the 'a' in the 1950s during his college days.

Tickets for each talk are $10. Students with college or high school identification are admitted for free. The series is open to the public. General admission seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 724-334-6057 or contact

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Last Updated March 25, 2010