PGH Society of Artists Gears Up for 50th Anniversary Exhibition

Published On November 10, 2015 | By Shayna Mendez | The Arts
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Autumn Motif by Yelena Kukharenko

This fall, the Pittsburgh Society of Artists (PSA) is gearing up to celebrate its 50th Anniversary and Annual Exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA).

Throughout its 50-year history, PSA has remained committed to diversity. Its 300-member, all-volunteer organization supports a broad range of contemporary, traditional and mixed medium artists. PSA’s mission is to support and encourage these members by promoting their exhibitions of original artworks, as well as developing their talents by presenting educational and art-related programs.

Last Nerve by Phiris Kathryn Sickels

Last Nerve by Phiris Kathryn Sickels

This year’s showcase will feature over 40 artists displaying various works ranging from paintings, to photography, to sculptures. Attendees will be able to view works from artists like Karen Kaighin, a Pittsburgh-based photographer with a wide body of pinhole and digital photography works among her collection; and Yelena Kukarenko, a Russian designer and oil painter who specializes in still lifes and portraits. Other notable artists include Dafna Rehavia, an Israeli-born mixed media artist and Art Psychotherapist; and Phiris Sickels, a critically acclaimed veteran painter who’s participated in, and won awards for, various group exhibits and solo showcases all over the city.

With over 150 artworks submitted, jurors Petra Fallaux and Patricia Maurides have selected 55 pieces for the upcoming exhibition. Fallaux has held the Chief Director position at Carnegie Mellon University’s Art Galleries for over a decade; her tenure at CMU includes the founding and building of the new 10,000-square-foot Regina Gouger Miller Gallery. During her lifetime, Fallaux has curated over one hundred exhibitions in 2D- and 3D-media, ranging from paintings, to photography, to architecture and theatrical design. Patricia Maurides is currently a visual artist and adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University, designing and teaching courses that bridge the fine arts to natural and social sciences. From 1999-2006, she served as the first director of Carnegie Mellon’s Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) and Bachelor of Science and Arts exhibition(s).

Bed by Karen Kaighin

Bed by Karen Kaighin

PSA’s 50th opening reception will be held Friday, November 13 from 5:30-9PM at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. It is open to guests 18+ and food and beverages will be served throughout the evening. Donations at the door are appreciated.

Can’t make the opening reception? Not to worry; the exhibition will be open until January 17, 2016. Don’t miss your chance to check out an immaculate collection of artist works and familiarize yourself with the history of one of Pittsburgh’s most esteemed and supportive artist organizations.

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