Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ninety Eighth Annual AAP Exhibition @ Warhol August 1-Sept 14, 2008

Ninety Eighth Annual Exhibition

Some of the finest work of Pittsburgh regional artists will be on display at The Andy Warhol Museum beginning August 1, 2008 and running through September 14, 2008, as the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) presents its 98th Annual Exhibition. An introductory reception, free and open to the public, will be on view at the museum from 7:00-10:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31st.

The 98th AAP Annual Exhibition was juried by John Carson, the Regina and Marlin Miller Head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He noted that, "Selecting this show represented an enormous challenge with so many high-quality pieces to choose from. The strength and depth in the overall submission made my job both enjoyable and extremely difficult."

AAP 98th Annual Exhibition co-chairs Penny Mateer and Kitty Spangler said that 481 pieces of art were submitted for this year's show representing the work of 261 artists. Carson selected 77 works by 74 artists for the exhibition.

The art submitted represented a wide range of mediums including oil, watercolor, sculpture, mixed media, photography, video and quilting, among others. The work selected represents a cross-section of those media.
" I was greatly impressed by the evidence of such a vibrant artistic community in the Pittsburgh area and how that speaks of the creative impulse which drives the making of art and how important that is for all of us," noted Carson.

The AAP Annual, which has been presented every year since 1910, is the second-longest running annual exhibition in the United States. The first Annual was affectionately titled, "The Popular Salon of the People" because of the support and encouragement the member artists received from the Pittsburgh community. Exhibiting artists have included Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, John Kane, Philip Pearlstein and Malcolm Parcell, among many others.

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is the oldest and largest nonprofit, visual arts organization in the Pittsburgh region, and its membership includes more than 500 artists who live within a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh. Creators of all media of the visual arts, its members include sculptors, painters, graphic designers, illustrators, ceramic and installation and new media artists.

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol's birth, The Warhol is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Located at 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, The Warhol is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday nights until 10 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and legal holidays. Entry is free for Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh members, $15 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students and children.

SPECIAL NOTE: At 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 3rd juror John Carson will host a "walk and talk" session to tour the exhibition, discuss his selections and answer questions. There will be no cost for participation, but attendees will be required to pay entrance to the museum.

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