Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pittsburgh Illustrators Take Center Stage for PICT


Media Contact: Melissa Hill Grande


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Pittsburgh Illustrators Take Center Stage

Local visual artists create stunning, original images for Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre’s 2011 productions

Pittsburgh, PA – February 7, 2011. Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre is featuring the works of five Pittsburgh-based illustrators in its 2011 season. The featured artists are: Sarah Miller, Mark Brewer, LeRoy “King of Art”, Michael McParlane, and Mario Zucca. Their creations can be seen in the newly-published PICT 2011 brochure, and on the PICT website, www.picttheatre.org.

Sarah Miller created the artwork for PICT’s Antony and Cleopatra. Miller has been working in graphic design and illustration since 2005, and is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Her work includes campaigns for Sandcastle Water Park, Purity Mineral Makeup, and Right By Nature. Miller is also an accomplished tattoo artist, and has won awards for her illustrations as well as her tattoos.

The artwork for The Importance of Being Earnest was created by LeRoy “King of Art”. Mister LeRoy’s works have been published in The New Yorker, Andy Warhol’s Interview, and PLAYGUY, and he has been exhibited in international venues such as Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, and Panza Gallery in Pittsburgh. He has earned degrees from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, The Cooper Union, and Indiana University.

2007 PICT illustrator Mark Brewer (Private Lives) returns for the 2011 season to create the artwork for House & Garden. Brewer’s publication credits include The Wall Street Journal, Wine & Spirits, Barrons, The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as on the covers of such magazines as Newsweek, The American Conservative, Weekly Reader, Politics, and Golfstyles.

Scottish-born artist Michael McParlane created the artwork for Race. He started his career in the newspaper industry in Great Britain, eventually becoming an art director in Canada and a project manager for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary before moving to Pittsburgh. McParlane works primarily as an editorial illustrator, and is working on a children’s book.

Artwork for The Mask of Moriarity was created by Mario Zucca. Zucca’s clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN: The Magazine, Tennis Magazine, Crayola, Klutz, Quirk Books and the Pittsburgh City Paper. His work has appeared locally at C-Space Gallery, Future Tenant, and Panza Gallery, and honors include selections into American Illustration 28 and 29.

Copies of the 2011 PICT brochure are available in many locations around Pittsburgh, or by emailing mgrande@picttheatre.org.

The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre was founded in 1996 to diversify the region’s theatrical offerings by providing Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania audiences with high-quality, text-driven, affordable productions of classical theatre and the works of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights and to significantly improve employment opportunities for local talent in all facets of theatrical presentation and production. PICT is a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, and a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. PICT is the Professional Theatre in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh and PICT productions at the Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres are presented in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh – Department of Theatre Arts.

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