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The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Turns 99

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February 6, 2009
For Immediate Release
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh


Associated Artists of Pittsburgh

Phone 412-361-1370 Fax 412-361-1371

Pittsburgh, PA: February 6, 2009

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Turns 99,

New President Kitty Spangler Takes The Helm

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, founded in 1910, is pleased to announce its new President, Kitty Spangler. She gave the following quote in response to goals and challenges which face AAP as it grows while continuing to pay respect to its roots.

Going into our one-hundredth year, we are a strong organization of professional artists who believe in what we do to enrich the world in which we live. We keep up AAP's long-standing tradition of excellence our founders began in 1910, and strive to move into new artistic territory. Despite current economic issues we make our art and encourage others to be creative as well, and everyone benefits.

Kitty Spangler began her career in painting and drawing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BA, Fine Art, ’77). She earned her MFA at Syracuse University and now teaches drawing, 3-D, and foundation design courses at La Roche College. She also teaches adult education classes privately at other venues in visual books and paste paper.

Spangler, now the President of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, one of the largest and oldest, continuously exhibiting professional artist groups in the country, has been a member, actively showing and selling her work, for over thirty years. Being part of that fine art organization is a big part of her life, adding to the experience of making art and getting to know others with similar visions.

Many private and public collections throughout the country own Spangler’s paintings including ALCOA, Dickey McCamey and Chilcote, Eat-n-Park, Mobay, Krome Communications, UPMC, and Westinghouse.

AAP today consists of almost 450 artist members who live within a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh and are creators who use all varieties of visual arts media. The purpose of the Association has remained throughout the years, “to foster a love of the fine arts and to inculcate a true appreciation of what Pittsburgh artists do for the advancement of art.”

AAP is an independent professional arts organization. For more information about the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, please visit the AAP Web site at http://www.aapgh.org/.
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