A Tuesday evening reception featured an awards ceremony honoring winners of the 13th annual “ARTWorks” competition that showcases the creative talents of City of Pittsburgh employees, their families and members of their households.
The City-County Building’s grand lobby currently serves as the setting of an impressive collection of paintings, photographs, drawings, pottery and other unique pieces of artwork. More than 115 City employees and their relatives (professional, nonprofessional and youth artists) submitted the 175 pieces on display.
“The ARTWorks competition provides an amazing opportunity for individuals to express their creativity, and this year’s participants represent more than a dozen City of Pittsburgh departments including Pittsburgh Police, the Fire Bureau, Emergency Medical Services and the Law Department,” according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
The free exhibit – titled “ARTWorks: The National Arts Program In Pittsburgh” – allows artist of all skill levels the rare opportunity to exhibit their work as well as to compete for cash prizes and art education scholarships.
Serving as 2012 judges were Joe Appel of Joe Appel Photography; Michael Dean, art educator, Pittsburgh Carrick High School; Kate Hansen of Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council/Office of Public Art; Susan Loskoch, art educator, Pittsburgh Carrick High School; Breen Masciotra of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse; Ed Rieker of Ed Rieker Photography; Lynn Smith of Interior Artistry; and Adam Welch of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
The 34 individuals honored with awards included:
Best of Show (Adult): Noel Mullen of Mt. Oliver, daughter of Michael Mullen, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. Title of Artwork: Avi, painting (Adult Intermediate division)
Judges’ Choice (Teen/Youth): Zachary Imbrogno of Lincoln Place, son of Gary Imbrogno, EMS Bureau. Title of Artwork: Waiting, intaglio print (Teen 13 – 18 division)
The exhibit will remain on display weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through Thursday, April 12, at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.
The 13th annual “ARTWorks: The National Arts Program in Pittsburgh” is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation.
For more information, call Citiparks at 412-665-3665 or visit www.citiparks.net.