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PCA Guild Exhibition Opportunities
The Guild Exhibition Committee is accepting applications for guild sponsored exhibitions taking place during the 2007-08 season.
Exhibitions are eight to twelve weeks long. Work in all media is eligible. Click here to download application
Interior-Exterior Call for Entries
Pittsburgh Print Group exhibit opens Nov 16, 2006 at PCA. Jurying to occur Sept 17. Click here to download prospectus (0.9 Mb).
MEMBER ARTIST GUILDS of THE PITTSBURGH CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh was formed in 1944
and has been a member guild of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
in Shadyside for over 50 years. Its mission is to promote fine crafts
in the western Pennsylvania region. The Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh
sponsors exhibitions, workshops, social events, scholarships, and
the nationally recognized crafts fair, "A Fair in the Park," held
every September in Mellon Park. The Guild is comprised of about
150 members. Many artists on the faculty of the PCA School are Guild
members. The Guild provides networking opportunities for artists.
The Guild fosters the development of young artists by its annual
contributions to various artist programs in the city. In addition,
the Guild supports the Crafts Emergency Relief Foundation. The Guild
also sponsors workshops for its members and sometimes gives financial
support to other arts organizations for their exhibitions and workshops.
Guild members often reach out to one another in a consultation or
There are two levels of membership in the Craftsmen’s Guild: Artist
and Associate. All three-dimensional artists who live within 100
miles of Pittsburgh are invited to apply to become Artist members
of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. Screenings are held in April
and October each year. The purpose of screening is to assure high
caliber work at Guild exhibitions and at "A Fair in the Park." Associate
membership is designed for those who support the arts and wish to
be connected to the crafts community through the Guild. Associate
members need not be producing artists and receive all mailings and
are invited to attend Guild events. To find out more about becoming
a member or any additional information, visit the Craftsmen’s Guild
web site at www.craftsmensguild.org.
Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh has been affiliated
with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts since 1963. Over the years,
the Guild has evolved with the contemporary craft movement into
an organization seeking to build an audience for contemporary fiber
art. The Fiberarts Guild provides a support community for artists
and others interested in the medium. This community encourages individual
artistic growth and brings together a group of people who seek to
enrich the culture of the region through their activities.
The Guild offers a yearly program of workshops and lectures given
by respected artists, collectors, and curators. Topics include current
trends, slide presentations by individual artists, textile history,
design, and technique. The Guild is currently developing educational
outreach programs for adults and children.
Guild-sponsored exhibitions create opportunities for established
and emerging artists to exhibit side by side, introduce new works
to curators, galleries and critics and promote the medium to the
general public. In recent years, the Guild's outreach has extended
beyond the region to national and international artists, curators,
collectors, and enthusiasts through sponsorship of the triennial
Fiberart International exhibition. Support for artists and development
and continuance of the medium are at the core of guild values and
activities. For more information, visit www.fiberartspgh.org.
Group A is a small group of visual artists that
has a long history of involvement with the Pittsburgh Center for
the Arts. Originally formed in 1944 as The Abstract Group, Group
A was one of the original guilds to combine their efforts and start
the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Group A is committed to staging
selective, quality art exhibitions in the Pittsburgh area.
As an association of artists, Group A provides exhibition opportunities
for its members in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, and fosters
an active dialogue on the continuation of abstract concepts and
Artists become members of Group A by either: 1) Screening into the
Group by submitting slides and resume. When screenings are held
they are advertised in local periodicals such as the City Paper.
2) Invitation by an existing Group A member, who approaches an artist
to submit work to exhibitions for jurying. If an artist is subsequently
juried in two exhibits, they become a member.
Pittsburgh Print Group's purpose is to support
artists who are printmakers through exhibitions, educational projects,
and other promotional activities, as well as a commitment to the
advancement and promotion of the printmaking art. It has approximately
40 artist members who work in Southwestern Pennsylvania and exhibit
The Print Group seeks to advance the art of printmaking by providing
vehicles for local printmakers to exhibit and sell their work through
an open exchange of ideas and technical information. Members regularly
conduct demonstrations, give lectures, and produce literature explaining
printmaking and its place in contemporary art. The Group also joins
with museums, art centers, schools and universities and galleries
throughout the Pittsburgh region to produce educational programs
covering the art and craft of printmaking. For further information,
Pittsburgh Society of Artists consists of more
than 250 Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania artists whose
work represents all two and three-dimensional media. Since 1967,
as a member guild of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh
Society of Artists has been dedicated to the vitality and growth
of the visual arts in the Pittsburgh area. For more than 30 years
the organization has been dedicated to encouraging and supporting
art in all its forms. PSA's aim is to foster both public awareness
and artistic excellence by providing its members with opportunities
to exhibit their work throughout the region. The basic goals have
always remained the same: to nurture artistic growth through friendly
competition and to stimulate creative thinking through ongoing public
To become a member of PSA, individuals must be 18 years of age and
live within 150 miles of Pittsburgh, and submit three original artworks
for screening by the Board of Directors. Screenings are held in
the spring and fall of each year. For additional information, please
call 412-734-1120 or visit www.pittsburghsocietyofartists.org.
Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators was founded
in 1997. PSI is a future-oriented professional group that sees no
limits to the possibilities of the narrative art form of illustration
serving not only all print markets but the web/interactive, animation,
interior design, outdoor exhibit, and collectors’ market.
PSI has 120 members with every technique and process eclectically
represented. PSA exists to fill the specific needs for an organization
with which all Pittsburgh area illustrators and other persons interested
in the aims of the society (buyers, gallery directors, educators)
can affiliate. In order to achieve its general aims, PSI undertakes
activities such as social gatherings, receptions and entertainment
of visitors, lectures and discussions, fundraisers, exhibitions,
meetings of professional and related groups, and similar activities.
PSI organizes workshops, field trips, and instruction materials
to raise professional, student and patron awareness of the illustration
PSI members meet on the third Tuesday of the month for business
and programs and the last Friday of the month for informal discussion
and project presentations as well as screening and interviewing
prospective new members. In order to apply for membership, interested
individuals need to have two sponsors from PSI’s current membership.
For more information, contact 412-856-0982, or visit www.pittsburghillustrators.org.
Pittsburgh Watercolor Society was founded in 1945
to celebrate the vitality and vision of this distinctive medium.
The original membership of twenty was one of the first groups to
be affiliated with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Membership
has grown to approximately 240 artists who explore a broad range
of technique and expression in their work.
Through workshops, demonstrations and discussion groups, members
are encouraged to grow personally and professionally. New member
screenings and general membership meetings are held in spring and
The Society sponsors two yearly exhibits. "Waterworks" is a members-only
exhibit. Members are invited to exhibit a single work of their own
choosing; awards are selected by a noted local juror. "Aqueous Open"
is an international juried exhibition. Entries are submitted by
artists throughout the United States and beyond. The show is selected
by a nationally known artist and juror who then travels to Pittsburgh
to select the award winners and teach a week-long workshop.
For more information, visit www.pittsburghwatercolors.org.
Click on "Artist Galleries" to see the work of many talented members.
Society of Sculptors was founded in 1935 to "bring
together sculptors, promote high standards of sculpture, and endeavor
to uphold and foster all that shall be deemed worthy in the development
of sculpture in the Pittsburgh area." For the past 70 years SOS
has done that by helping to form the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts,
hosting an annual open sculpture exhibition, creating numerous public
works in the region, and several permanent works in the city. With
an active membership and patron support, the Society continues to
broaden public awareness and increase opportunities for established
and emerging artists. For more information, visit www.online-sos.org.
Women of Visions, Inc. was co-founded in 1981 by
Emma Slaughter and the late Juanita Miller. They recognized a need
for a visual arts organization of African American women. There
were few venues for African American women artists to exhibit professionally
in Pittsburgh One of the objectives of creating a group was to provide
professional and mentoring support to such artists. Miller and Slaughter,
along with a core group of other women artists founded Visions.
In 1990, Visions was incorporated under the name Women of Visions
and attained non-profit status in 1995.
The mission of Women of Visions, Inc. is to promote the art of African
American women through self-promotion and education. To that end,
the organization mounts collaborative exhibits with other arts groups
and individuals artists, and builds relationships in the arts and
lay community both in and outside of Pittsburgh. These experiences
offer members resources and opportunities that allow them to grow
personally and professionally.
The members of Women of Visions, Inc. represent a diverse sampling
of artistic styles and media including ceramics, collage, digital
arts, fiber arts, installation art, jewelry, mixed-media, painting,
photography, printmaking and sculpture. A rich and varied expression
of the personal, social and political experience of African American
women is voiced. Today, with an ever-increasing membership, Women
of Visions, Inc. continues to nurture and support professional and
emerging women artist of color, and to bring to the African American
community and the general public the richness of our culture and
heritage. For more information, contact Women of Visions, Inc. at
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.womenofvisions.org.