Courtesy of Pittsburgh Glass Center.

American Eagle Outfitters Corporate Headquarters

September 25
6 – 11 p.m.

The temps might be starting to drop, but come Friday night the atmosphere will be on fire at Pittsburgh’s only contemporary glass art auction.

Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Find out why it’s always 2,000-degrees in the creative cauldrons at Pittsburgh Glass Center when the Garfield-based facility takes its hot aura off-site for its signature fundraiser. Dubbed “Art on Fire,” the glass bash will showcase 100-plus handmade objects in live and silent auctions—from glass pumpkins to table decor.

Artist Toots Zynsky.

The festivities will include a live auction featuring approximately 20 glass objects, along with a silent auction with nearly 100 items. And at Art on Fire, there truly is a piece for every glass enthusiast—and every empty shelf—because price points at the event are expected to range from $25 to $10,000. Event co-chairs this year are Mary Louise and Doug Fowkes.

This year, the buzz worthy bash will honor internationally acclaimed glass artist Toots Zynsky, who created the auction’s one-of-a-kind signature item. The recipient of two NEA grants and a Smithsonian Institute Visionary Award, Zynsky’s work is represented in museums and private collections around the world. Part of a group of pioneering artists who studied with glass phenom Dale Chihuly at RISD in the 1970s, Zynsky co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School and the New York Experimental Glass Workshop. Merging traditions of painting, sculpture and decorative arts, her highly distinctive heat-formed filet de verre (glass thread) vessels have gained worldwide attention for their extraordinary use of color.

Proceeds from Art on Fire—which raised more than $100,000 last year—will support the Center’s educational programming, operating costs and art exhibitions. American Eagle Outfitters Corporate Headquarters is located at 77 Hot Metal Street in SouthSide Works.

Purchase tickets now. Register for the auction here. To bid online, go here.

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...