A Tuesday evening reception featured an awards ceremony honoring winners of the 11th 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. The City employees and their relatives (professional, nonprofessional and youth artists) submitted the 179 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, Fire Bureau, Emergency Medical Services and Law Department," according to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. "We were excited to expand the competition to include entries from retired City employees in 2010."
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 judges were Keith Cochran, Ron Donoughe, Bill Godfrey, Jim Judkis, Mary Maziotti, Ed Rieker and Lynn Smith.
At the opening reception, ARTWorks awards were presented by Michael T. Radley, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The 31 individuals honored with awards include:
Best of Show - Adult: Linda Hite of East Liberty (employee of Finance Department) for "Mountain Stream"
The exhibit will remain on display weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through Thursday, April 22, at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.
The 11th 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.