PGH Tech Council Creates Opportunities in 2016

Published On February 10, 2016 | By Mackenzie Sugrue | The Arts

Photo Creds: CREATE Pittsburgh

Andy Warhol once said: “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”–a statement which holds true in every sense. This year, we’ll be shown a bit more of the hidden beauty created by artists right here in our city.

On Thursday, June 9, Create Pittsburgh–a subsidiary of Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Creative Industries Network–will host their upcoming art exhibition with its location and full details to be announced in March.

CREATE Festival is an extensive art and technology gathering set up to help innovative individuals network and collaborate in Pittsburgh.

Its annual appearance includes many surprises each year, and celebrates the city’s top creators  with a selection of mixed media projects in fine art, design, communications, software and hardware, entertainment, DATA science and creative industry support services.

The+2015+PTC+CREATE+Festival-1500896Last year, creators submitted pieces for contest categories including: Design and Maker, Art and Technology, Mobile Applications, Data and Communications, Entertainment, Film and Digital Media, and Education Technology.

A few winners included OXO and Bally Design’s “The Simple Mandoline,Astrid Toha’s “Painting With Light,” and Schell Games’ “The World of Lexica.” In addition, the winner of Create PGH’s esteemed People’s Choice Award was Sandra Cadavid, whose project–“Handbags Handmade by Unlikely People from an Unlikely Place”– received the largest number of votes.

Organizers are currently on the hunt for the next top creators with a few new concepts on this year’s lineup.

“CREATE 2016 will host a full day of workshops, talks and interactive activities, featuring the Innovation Salon art exhibition and capped off by the CREATEFest party in the evening,” stated Kim Chestney, the Senior Director of Creative Industries Acceleration at PGH Tech Council.

“This year, CREATE will feature a new kind of awards at the CREATEFest Party–CREATOR of the Year Awards. Starting in March, the community will have the opportunity to nominate our region’s Creatives, from each of the Creative Industry Clusters, to be celebrated as the year’s best and brightest.”

Astrid-Toha-Windshield-Wipers-Installation-ViewThe organization is now accepting submissions to be featured at CREATEFest 2016. Interested artists may submit resumes, portfolios and a short concept description for their art pieces to Kim ( by Monday, February 15. (Final artworks must be completed by May 15.)

The top artist will receive a $1500 stipend used to create eight original art pieces, and gifted the prestigious title of “Creator of the Year,” along with special exhibition opportunities, an interview with TechVibe Radio, coverage in TEQ Magazine, and all media promotion of the event.

tim+k2“We are thrilled to provide an artist who embodies the cross-cluster connectivity of CREATE Festival [with] the opportunity to share their work and collaborate with the innovative and creative participants and attendees at the festival,” Chestney shared.

Additionally, the Council is accepting submissions for their 2016 Creative Clash video, premiering later this year and shining a light on creative Pittsburgh companies gaining national recognition.

To apply for a chance to have your company featured: Send a short company description, URL, national customer list and graphics (see specifications online) to by March 1.

Interested parties are encouraged to apply for further upcoming contests and opportunities curated by Create PGH in 2016. You can check out what’s on the calendar and stay up with what’s to come on Create Pittsburgh’s website.

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