Talent of Pittsburgh Police, Fire, EMS and other City employees - & family members - showcased in art exhibit
A Tuesday evening reception featured an awards ceremony honoring winners of the 12th 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 100 City employees and their relatives (professional, nonprofessional and youth artists) submitted the 192 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.
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 2011 judges were Keith Cochran of Cochran Architectural Associates, Michael Dean of Pittsburgh Carrick High School, Bill Godfrey of BillBanner.com, Susan Loscotch of Pittsburgh Carrick High School and Lynn Smith of Interior Artistry.
At the opening reception, ARTWorks awards were presented by Michael T. Radley, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The 39 individuals honored with awards included:
Best of Show (Teen)
Michelle Nalene Underwood of Brookline (daughter of Citiparks employee) for "Self"
The exhibit will remain on display weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through Thursday, April 14, at the City-County Building, 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.
The 12th 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.