Pittsburgh Art Car Festival

Published On September 17, 2013 | By Emily Laubham | Music, The Arts

Art CarIf you’re looking for something different to do next weekend, then check out the The Pittsburgh Art Car Festival. The event goes from 12PM to 4PM on September 28th. There’ll be live music, a pin-up contest, dance performances, face painting, food vendors and most importantly a car exhibit and contest. The contest compares street legal cars that artists have made some pretty crazy alterations to. They’ll be parked all along Winebiddle Street off of Penn Avenue.

Award-winning car artist, Clarke Bedford will be traveling from Ohio for the exhibit. Bedford’s art car was dubbed “Vanadu”. It’s a 1988 Ford Ecoline Van that he completely transformed.  It has moose horns, a mini statue of poet John Milton as a hood ornament, and more. Judging the contest this year are Nicholas Chambers, the curator of art for The Andy Warhol Museum, Bill O’Driscoll the Arts and Entertainment Editor at Pittsburgh City Paper, and George Patterson, a two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Grand Prix.


Owner of Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery, Jason Sauer, along with his wife Nina Sauer, started the first Pittsburgh Art Car Festival. Since 1995 Jason has been painting cars and taking them to the demolition derby in Mercer, PA. What remains of the wreckage is equipped with audio visuals and taken on tour with the theme “Most Wanted”. During the tour, mugshots are added of people met along the road. The sculpture grows with travel as more “outlaws” are added. The “Most Wanted” car will be back in the city for the Pittsburgh Art Car Festival.


Jason Sauer


Even if you aren’t a car fanatic,you should still stop by. There will be music, dance and a Princess Pin-up competition. If you want to be crowned Princess of Penn Avenue then dress to impress. The competition is free and open to anyone wearing heels. Singer, Phat Man Dee opens up the day. She’s won Pittsburgh City Paper’s best local jazz act the past three years with a combo of zaniness and killer pipes. Continuum Dance Theater, who perform at alternative venues, and Evolve Dance will both be there too.


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