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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 form.

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 mentoring service.

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 practices.

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 nationwide.

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, visit www.pittsburghprintgroup.com.

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 dialogue.

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 art form.

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 autumn.

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 womenofvisions@hotmail.com or www.womenofvisions.org.