American Eagle Outfitters Corporate Headquarters

September 26
6 – 11 p.m.

Pittsburgh’s premiere glass bash and art auction is setting up shop—and turning up the temps on fall—this Friday.

Bringing together the hot and the haute, Art on Fire takes the Pittsburgh Glass Center on the road to the South Side for its eighth annual fundraiser at American Eagle Outfitters’ HQ.

Celebrating and cultivating the region’s growing glass community, this year’s edition of Art of Fire will feature honorary glass artist Jay Macdonell. The recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant, Macdonell creates botanically inspired sculptural vessels, mixed media sculpture and time-based video/glass installations. Macdonell created the event’s signature live auction artwork, a towering, bright yellow and blue three-foot-tall piece, which he describes as “stretching, fluttering and seeking to capture a sense of movement and energy.”

Flame throwers and fashionistas will converge at the one-of-a-kind gathering, where 100 pieces of distinctive glass art will be sold during exciting silent and live auctions. Made by renowned local, national and international artists, the dazzling objects range from delicate jewelry and playful housewares, to large-scale sculptures and mixed-media artworks. Auction pieces this year, which typically sell for between $50 and $15,000, have come from as far away as Italy and Japan.

The live auction will begin at 8 p.m. Absentee bids will be accepted by telephone at 412-365-2145. For a sneak peek of the wares, check out all of the auction items online.

Based in Victoria, BC, Canadian glass artist Jay Macdonell has worked in numerous Pacific Northwest studios since 1992 as a project manager, design consultant and gaffer. He co-taught at Pilchuck Glass School with Swedish designer Ann Wahlstrom, and has worked for artists such as Laura and Alessandro De Santillana, Xu Bing, Bruce Mau and Catherine Chalmers. Currently visitor services and volunteer coordinator for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Macdonell has been a visiting artist at the Museum Of Glass, Bay Area Glass Institute, Royal Danish School of Design and Architecture and Berengo Studio in Murano. His work is featured in the private and public collections of Elton John, the Museum of Montreal, the Boston Museum of Fine Art and many more.

When selecting the honorary Art on Fire artist, the Glass Center looks for a figure in the field who is making exceptional artwork, who is a mid-career artist and someone who could benefit from both the exposure that the opportunity provides and the week-long residency that is offered in conjunction with the award.

Co-chaired by Cynthia Pierce Liefeld and Paul Liefeld, proceeds from Art on Fire will support educational programs and exhibitions at the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s Penn Avenue-based state-of-the-art facilities. Each year, the event raises more than $150,000 to support the Center. American Eagle Outfitters’ corporate headquarters is located at 77 Hot Metal Street in the SouthSide Works.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...