New gallery attracting Downtown Pittsburgh art lovers
The Associated Artists show at Point Park includes the work "High Tea" by Alexis Dillon and, below, the work "Green Birds" by Kathleen Zimbicki. | Images courtesy of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
People who work and live in Downtown Pittsburgh are discovering one of the city’s best-kept secrets — Point Park University’s Lawrence Hall Gallery. Thanks to students’ enthusiastic advice to families and friends and a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, a steady stream of art lovers now visit during lunch hours and early evenings.
This spring, the gallery hosts an exhibition of contemporary art by Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. The nationally recognized group is celebrating its centennial this year with multiple exhibitions, including a juried show in the Lawrence Hall Gallery, March 10 - April 30, 2010.
Point Park University Celebrates AAP’s 100 Years of Art features paintings, drawings, sculptures and works in other mediums by regional artists as selected by juror Sarah Hall. Hall is director of curatorial affairs at the Frick Art & Historical Center and oversees care of the Frick permanent collection.
Along with works by AAP artists, visitors will also be able to view “Freedom Bound,” a sculpture by artist Paige Bradley on permanent display in the gallery at the entrance to the dance building.
Jack Tomayko, the Point Park Board of Trustees member and Conservatory of Performing Arts Advisory Board member, donated “Freedom Bound” to the University and its students. Tomayko also worked to develop the Lawrence Hall Gallery and launch its inaugural show, which featured works of the late New York artist and educator Frank Mason.
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is one of the country’s oldest and largest organizations of visual artists. In its 100-year history, AAP has exhibited works by Mary Cassatt, Henry Koerner, Philip Pearlstein, Andy Warhol and other noted artists from the region. Ironically, the group was once headquartered at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, now the University’s performing arts center.
“Associated Artists has helped to nurture the careers of many world-renowned artists,” says Pittsburgh-based artist Kathleen Zimbicki, president of AAP. “If you want to see works by future stars of the visual arts world, visit an AAP exhibition this year.”
With the Lawrence Hall Gallery adjacent to rehearsal spaces for the Conservatory, the show of works by up-and-coming artists is a must-see for students and University visitors.
For more information about the Point Park exhibition and other ARTrageous year of art events, visit aapgh.org.
In addition to the Associated Artists artworks, the Lawrence Hall Gallery has an exhibit by renowned Pittsburgh artist Daniel Bolick titled "Resurrected After Exoneration," presented by the Innocence Institute of Point Park University. The exhibit runs from March 2 to April 2, 2010.
The Lawrence Hall Gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can enter the building on Wood Street, at the corner of the Boulevard of the Allies.