The Louvre in Paris? The MET in New York? The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh? No, it's ARTWorks in Pittsburgh. This year's exhibit takes place April 8-21, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the City-County Building.
The grand lobby of the City-County Building is the setting of an impressive collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery and other unique pieces of artwork created by over 100 City employees and their relatives (professional, intermediate, amateur, and youth artists).
The free exhibit - titled "ARTWorks: The National Arts Program In Pittsburgh" - allows artists of all skill levels the rare opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to compete for cash prizes and art education scholarships.
2013 Best of Show: "A Childhood in Hats"
by Stephanie Neary of Lawrenceville (Parks & Recreation employee)
The National Arts Program's mission is to provide an uninhibited opportunity for employees and their family members to participate in a professional visual arts exhibition.
For 31 years, The National Arts Program® has held annual exhibits featuring the artwork of employees in a variety of venues including the workplaces of cities, counties, airports, hospitals transit authorities and other large organizations.
With 82 exhibitions held within 38 states, the program produces around 15,000 pieces of visual art each year, demonstrating to the general public a human dimension of employees previously hidden, making it a vital part of the local cultural community.