Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Newsletter June July 2008

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Newsletter:

Biennial Family Fun Day – Free! Sun, June 29 Join us noon to 5:00pm at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts this Sunday. This event will be a time for music and dancing and sing-along songs, happy painted faces, goodie bags with healthy treats, t-shirts, and lots of family fun! Produced in collaboration with Music Together First Notes and the Ellis School. The day's schedule is available online, just click the faces at left.

Biennial Patrons' Evening and Biennial Cocktail Reception Thursday June 26th 2008, 6:00-9:00pm. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers would like to invite you to meet and mingle with the Biennial 2008 Artists at an intimate cocktail reception. Tour the Galleries at your own pace, listen to insights into the Biennial Exhibition from our Curator and Director, share thoughts and experiences with the Biennial Artists as an insider at this exclusive, inaugural patron event.RSVP or direct questions to the PCA Shop at 412-361-0873, or email

Don't miss Summer Art Camps and Classes Just click to register online. A great place for adults or for your kids this summer, with our highly qualified instructors at a beautiful campus in Mellon Park.Sign kids up for just the weeks of Art Camps that you want! There are seats left in most camps, though a few are full. All the camps are described online and full camps are marked. Filmmakers at the Center is dedicated to Media Literacy. Our Annie Seamans Lab is a state-of-the-art media production facility, located in the Scaife Building at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Get your 8- to 17-year-old started making their own creative movie productions and pictures using kid-friendly technology. Check out all our summer classes, described in full online. Our summer adult class schedule is online too, including several classes starting soon like Bronze and Aluminum Casting with Carley Hill and Ed Parrish, and Ceramics Boot Camp with Angela Juliussen.

Biennial 2008: July Events July 10 -- 7:00pm at PCA: Artist Talk with Vanessa German and Inside Look, an interactive performance. German is an award-winning actress, performance poet, photographer, and mixed-media sculptor. She performed Testify at the Harris Theater on June 20+21, in conjunction with the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Admission is free.July 12 -- 5:30-8:00pm at Filmmakers Galleries:Opening reception for Mashings, a showcase of robotic and mechatronic artwork by a group of Carnegie Mellon University's undergraduate students (in collaboration with the Robot 250 project). Admission is free.July 18 -- 7:00-9:00pm at PCA:Reception for Golan Levin's Double-Taker (Snout), an interactive outdoor sculpture. Levin is an internationally known artist, currently based in Pittsburgh, who works on the design of cybernetic systems for manipulation and performance. Through digital artifacts and virtual environments, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines. (in collaboration with CMU's Robot 250 project). Admission is free. July 18 -- 7:00-9:00pm at PCA: Performance by Nicole Czapinski and Bryan Kyckelhahn, featuring sculptural costumes made of spandex. Admission is free.July 18 -- 9:00pm at PCA:AV Lodge Presents: Fruit Machine, a performance by Suzie Silver + Hilary Harp. This evening length media performance transports the audience into a magical world of rich illusions and mutable genders. Combining live and pre-recorded sound and video, the performance creates a bridge between the physical world and the unbounded universe of the screen. Working together since 2003, this duo has created a series of projects including installations, single channel videos and performance. Admission: $5 or BI-PASS; at PCA.July 19 -- 2:00pm at PCA: Artist Talk with Golan Levin (in collaboration with CMU's Robot 250 project). Admission is free.

Artist Residencies in Action During the months of April and May, 3rd grade students from the Martin Luther King Accelerated Learning Academy designed and constructed a mosaic mural with instruction by local ceramic artist Laura Jean McLaughlin. Collaborating with art teacher Christina Muzzie, and with matching funding from The Mattress Factory, the mosaic was designed and built by the students out of tile and glass to celebrate the North Side Community and the life of Martin Luther King Jr. The creative process began with discussion of the architecture of the North Side and the symbolism of various buildings in the neighborhood, included sketches for the final piece, and culminated in its prominent installation in the school. The Mattress Factory ( brought the school and the Resident Artist together through an application process designed to place practicing artists in schools to better educate the community about contemporary installation art.Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' Artist Residency Projects, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, place practicing professional artists in schools, nonprofit service agencies, and community organizations throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. They are designed to have lasting benefits for all participants: students are fully immersed in an art form and see how it connects to life and learning, teachers are exposed to alternative ways of experiencing and sharing the creative process and what it brings to their classrooms, and administrators recognize the ways in which the arts fully engage students and impact their learning across the curriculum. Check out our website for more information on this wonderful program!

Calliope: announcing the Pittsburgh Folk Music Society's Free Summer Festival! July 12, 2008 ... Rootz: The Green City Music Festival (click image at left for more details)Help support Calliope by attending the July 9 Fundraising Kick-Off Event: Mike Seeger in Concert with a reception featuring drinks, hors d'oeuvres and music by local artists. Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6:00pm – Reception, 7:30pm – Music; tickets are $75 (reception and concert), $30 (concert only). Purchase tickets online or contact the Calliope office for tickets to this special performance at (412) 361-1915 or


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