Gregory Smith, Double Arch.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Through August 15
Various times

Did you know that the largest and oldest artist-run visual arts group in the United States is based right here in Pittsburgh?

Katie Murken's Continua, made from phone books and dye.
Katie Murken’s Continua, made from phone books and dye.
Katie Murken’s Continua, made from phone books and dye.

You’re invited to celebrate the organization’s role and accomplishments throughout the region, when the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) unveils its esteemed annual exhibition during Saturday’s free public opening.

Making the 105th anniversary of what is the country’s longest-running survey exhibition of regional art, the
auspicious exhibition features 63 artworks created by 56 different artists ranging in age from 30 to 80.

Erik Kost, Breathe.
Erik Kost, Breathe.

Representing a wide range of artistic practices and styles, the expansive show includes painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and drawing by many of the region’s top artists. On view until August 15th, the selection explores diverse approaches to composition, subject matter, creative processes, palettes, themes and more.

Serving as juror for this year’s exhibition is Los Angeles-based writer and curator, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer. The featured works were selected from 650 submissions by 324 artists.

During Saturday’s reception, the AAP will present 14 artist awards, including the Carnegie Museum of Art Purchase Award, the In Memory of Elsie Hillman Award, the UPMC Healthcare award and the In Memory of Aaronel de Roy Gruber Award.

The works on view will be available for sale, with prices ranging from $600 to $50,000. The group exhibition will be accompanied by a series of Artist Talks taking place on Thursday nights at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Want a first look at all of the artwork? The AAP is hosting an exclusive preview event on May 13th from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from Friday’s party, where attendees can preview and purchase artwork, will support AAP‘s artist members and programming. Buy tickets to the preview.

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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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.