The grand lobby of the City-County Building becomes the setting of an impressive collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery, and other unique pieces of artwork.  These created by over 100 City employees and their relatives.   

This exhibit allows artists of all skill levels the opportunity to display their work. The juried exhibition will be on display in Spring 2016.   

An awards ceremony and reception will take place. Some winners may be rewarded cash prizes or art education scholarships. 

ARTWorks Guidelines


Participants must be an employee, a family member, or household member of an employee of the City of Pittsburgh. 

All entries submitted must be the original work of the applicant completed within the last three years. 

Not accepted: copies, kits, paint-by-number pieces, photocopies or photographs of artwork, magazine or book illustrations, random snapshots. 

The National Arts Program® and the City of Pittsburgh reserve the right to disqualify entries that they consider to be unacceptable or inappropriate for a public exhibit. 

No entries from previous exhibits of The National Arts Program® in Pittsburgh will be accepted.

ARTWorks Registration

The ARTWorks Exhibit is open to current and retired City of  Pittsburgh Employees and the members of their family, or members of their households. We have extended the program to include the Housing Authority, Parking Authority, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority. 

Please note that to be eligible for prizes, artwork must have been created in the last 3 years, and must be the original creative work of the participant. 

Please complete all fields. If the artist is over 18, please type N/A  or Adult in the age field. If the artwork is not for sale, please type "NFS." If you wish to negotiate your price with a potential buyer, type "NEG." 

Thank you for your submission! 


ARTWorks Reception


RSVP Information

ARTWorks Photos

Link to Flickr Account

ARTWorks Prizes

ARTWorks Best of Show

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010

Prizes Awarded by Classification: 

Adult (Amateur, Intermediate and Professional)

  • 3 – First Place Awards of $300
  • 3 – Second Play of Awards of $200
  • 3 – Third Place Awards of $100

Youth/Teen (Youth 12 and Under, Teen 13 – 18)

  • 2 – First Place Awards of $75
  • 2 – Second Place Award of $50
  • 2 – Third Place Awards of $25

A Best of Show Award of $300 is presented. 

Additionally, scholarships are awarded for art education at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. 

The National Arts Program

The National Arts Program's mission is to provide a chance for employees and their family members to take part in a professional visual arts exhibition. 

For 33 years, The National Arts Program® has held annual exhibitions featuring the artwork of employees.  Exhibition sites include:

  • the workplaces of cities and counties
  • airports
  • hospitals

With 82 exhibitions held within 38 states, the program produces around 15,000 pieces of visual art each year. This demonstrates to the general public a human dimension of employees that is often hidden. This makes the event a vital part of the local cultural community.