Art Lovers Love Pittsburgh

Travelers take note: “Pittsburgh is big enough to offer world-class museums and cultural venues, small enough to make navigating simple, and hip enough to offer some great food,” so says The Orange County Register. No question that the art scene in the City of Bridges rivals major cities 10 times its size.

Pittsburgh is the birthplace of the world’s most famous
Pop artist. Spend more than 15 minutes at The Andy Warhol Museum on the North Shore. This “art that dares” museum celebrates the life and work of Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol and is considered the most comprehensive single-artist museum in the world.Carnegie Museum of Art is home to an amazing art collection – from Van Gogh to street artist Banksy. The Carnegie’s collection features American and European Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, furniture, architecture, international contemporary art and more..

Around town, there are numerous, always-interesting exhibitions by the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, a 500-member, well-respected Pittsburgh artist organization. Throughout its 101-year-old history, thousands of artists have had the opportunity to exhibit through AAP. Previous annual exhibitions have featured works by Edward Hopper, Jonathan Borofsky, Aaronel deRoy Gruber and Philip Pearlstein, to name a few.

This year, the 2011 Pittsburgh Biennial – a contemporary art exhibition – showcases Pittsburgh-area artists and is bigger than ever. The founding organization, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, is expanding the program by partnering with The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Pittsburgh’s art history dates back 200 years when Pittsburgh was known as America’s “Glass City.” The “Glass: Shattering Notions” exhibit at the Heinz History Center highlights the beauty, science, utility and technology of western Pennsylvania glass over two centuries.

As one of the top glass art centers in the world, the Pittsburgh Glass Center is a public access school, gallery and state-of-the-art glass studio. Here, visitors interested in learning more about glass making may come to take a class, explore the contemporary glass gallery and watch live hot glass demonstrations.

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is an art oasis in the Pittsburgh countryside, showcasing a national and regional collection of 18th to 20th Century American art. With works by such celebrated artists as Winslow Homer, Louis Comfort Tiffany and Pittsburgh native Mary Cassatt, the Westmoreland captures the American spirit in a way few museums do.

A visit to Pittsburgh will show why the city is consistently named one of the best arts destinations in the country. Go to for more info.