Scott Turri, Orange Grass, 2014.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

January 14 & 16
6 – 9 p.m. & Noon – 3 p.m.

Missed the opening reception for the triple-header exhibition at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts featuring Pittsburgh Society of Artists, the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors and Group A?

Patricia Chiacu Apuzzo, The Inner Secret.
Patricia Chiacu Apuzzo, The Inner Secret.

Two events taking place this week at the Shadyside-based arts venue offer the perfect chance to get one last look the three group exhibitions and celebrate at a festive closing parties with local artists and jurors.

A closing celebration on Thursday night will feature behind-the-scenes talks by several exhibiting artists, including Susan Constanse, Kristen Kovak and Scott Turri of Group A and Alison Helm, Priscilla Pfanstiel-Robinson, Patti Menick and Laurie Barnes of the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors. Thursday’s event will also feature a presentation by Todd Keyser, who served as juror for Group A’s Works exhibition.

The free closing event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include refreshments and a cash bar.

Attendees will have the chance to get one last look at the three dynamic and diverse group shows before they close on January 17th. Anchoring the triumvirate is Pittsburgh Society of Artists’ auspicious 50th anniversary exhibition which features 55 works created by 47 local and regional artists. The juried selection features a wide range of media, including ceramics, pastel, oil, acrylic and digital paintings.

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Society of Artists
Courtesy of Pittsburgh Society of Artists

Jurors for this year’s PSA selection—who reviewed 200 works submitted by 106 different artists—were independent curator Petra Fallaux and visual artist and Carnegie Mellon professor Patricia Maurides. Winners of this year’s PSA Juror Awards were Joel Kranich, Carolyn Pierotti and Patricia Chiacu Apuzzo. The Joan Swanson Macy Award, which honors the contributions of one of the PSA’s founding members, went to Karen Kaighin.

Attendees can also check out the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors‘ 80th annual exhibition—featuring 21 new works juried by renowned Pittsburgh-based artist Thaddeus Mosley—along with a display of new work by the contemporary art collective Group A.

Head back to the PCA on Saturday, January 16th, when the Pittsburgh Society of Artists wraps up its closing festivities with a culminating writing-based celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Open to the public of all ages, the afternoon will feature readings by seasoned writers and non-writers alike, who all participated in a recent “Writing to Art” workshop at the PCA led by writer and facilitator Laurie McMillan.

During the unique program, aspiring 10-year-old writer Amelia Staresinic—who is headed to CAPA’s Literary Arts Program—will read her written response to Carolyn Pierotti’s monumental painting titled Conversation, while artist Carol Skinger will share her poetic composition, Not Gray, which is based on Lisa Bergant Koi’s large abstract painting called Departure.

Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in January feature.

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.