Thursday, December 12, 2013

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2014 Event Schedule


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Jessica Warchall, Visual Art Publicist, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
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Cultural District | December 31, 2013 | 6 – 11 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the visual art exhibitions and events that are part of the twentieth anniversary celebration of Highmark First Night Pittsburgh in the heart of downtown’s Cultural District. Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2014 is produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust with generous support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the event’s long time supporter and returning presenting sponsor. Highmark First Night Pittsburgh provides the city with a chance to ring in the new year while celebrating the arts: dance, music, theater, comedy, magic, visual art, and film, plus hands-on activities for children and adults.

“Highmark First Night Pittsburgh is the region’s largest showcase of family-friendly visual art,” says Sonja Sweterlitsch Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Manager of Community Art. “Visitors will enjoy a wide range of visual media and expression, from film, to installation art, to painting and sculpture, to inspire and delight.”

PGH Zombie Apocalypse (Courtesy of Artist)
Among the fourteen visual art venues participating in Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2014 is the Trust Arts Education Center (805/807 Liberty Avenue), which transforms into an exhibition space for the event. The Center’s third floor features the exhibition Memory Terrains, which includes artwork by artists working in a range of media. Don Jones presents Cycle Sam, a child-size, energetic animated robot. Alternate Histories by Matthew Bucholtz features old prints of the Pittsburgh area, seemingly familiar, yet utterly surprising, as UFOs hover in the skyline and sea monsters rise from the Monongahela River. Also presented is a selection of artist Mia Tarducci Henry’s vibrant and colorful abstract paintings recalling her experiences in Grenada 30 years ago.

A screening of the 1959 animated film “Rhapsody in Steel” by former Disney staffer John Sutherland rounds out the third floor exhibition space. Commissioned by U.S. Steel, this 23-minute industrial cartoon (with full orchestration by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) tells the story of the history of steel, from the first meteor hitting the earth, to ancient Egypt, to space flight. Other notable contributors to the film include Academy Award-winning composer Dimitri Tiomkin, art director and former Disney illustrator Eyvind Earle, director Carl Urbano, and narrator Gary Merrill.

The Center’s fourth floor features the Second Saturday Workshops: Instructors’ Showcase, highlighting outstanding work by thirteen local artists, who are also instructors of the Second Saturday Art Workshop Series at the Trust Arts Education Center. Among the artists included are internationally honored fiber artist Tina Brewer and Tom Scioli, comic book artist and illustrator of the epic sci-fi comic book Gødland.

The following is a complete schedule of the visual art exhibitions and events that are part of the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2014 New Year’s Eve celebration.


Mia Tarducci Henry (Courtesy of the Artist)

Trust Arts Education Center, 805/807 Liberty Avenue
Third Floor: Memory Terrains
Presenting paintings by Mia Tarducci Henry; Alternate Histories by Matthew Bucholtz; Cycle Sam by Don Jones; and Rhapsody in Steel, a 1959 animation by John Sutherland, re-mastered by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.
Fourth Floor: Second Saturday Workshops: Instructors’ Showcase
Artist-instructors include Rick Antolic, Alison Babusci, Michael Bestwick, Tina Brewer, Cheryl Capezzuti, Erin Carlson, Joshua Hogan, Laverne Kemp, Emily McMahon, Olga Mihaylova, Thomas Scioli, Sonja Sweterlitsch, and Linda Wallen.

Highmark Direct Truck, 9th Street
Steel Making: A Symphony of Industry
This 1936 film re-mastered by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area illuminates the steel-making process from start to finish with cinematic flourish rarely seen in films of this genre.

Fraley’s Robot Repair Shop, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, 107 6th Street
The Lonely Robot Returns
Artist Toby Atticus Fraley brings back the Lonely Robot from his previous Cultural District installation. The robot and his friends appear in a swanky room window display at street level.

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, 937 Liberty Avenue, 2nd floor
Welcoming the Future, Honoring the Present: New and Established AAP Member Works
This exhibition features a salon-style hanging of works by current AAP artists alongside a showcase of 21 new AAP members, who became part of the organization in 2013.

Toonseum, 945 Liberty Avenue
The year 2014 is the 100th anniversary of Gertie the Dinosaur, the first animated cartoon character. To celebrate, ToonSeum is showing animated cartoons inside and outside of the building. Special live performances by cartoonist and ToonSeum Director Joe Wos are also featured.

PNC Legacy Project, 600 Liberty Avenue
A multimedia exhibition highlights the story of Pittsburgh’s transformation into one of the country’s most livable cities.

Edinboro University, 820 Liberty Avenue
Curated by Edinboro University’s Bruce Gallery, this pop-up project is part of the larger gallery project titled Transpose. Acting as a conduit of art between Pittsburgh, Erie, and Edinboro, the installation features student artwork.

Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh Filmmakers presents a series of short films.

Future Tenant, 819 Penn Avenue
Shame of the City: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Comic Narratives
Twenty-three artists each present a deconstruction of a different page from the 1984 comic book The Invincible Iron Man, (volume 01, issue 178), effectively creating a new work inspired by the original comic.

Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood Street
Kurt Hentschläger created this 3D-animated audiovisual installation in which visitors encounter swirling amorphous human figures appearing as a mass, or hive, rather than as individual beings.

SPACE, 812 Liberty Avenue
Behind Our Scenes
Guest curated by Jen Saffron, this exhibition features works by five photographic artists exploring the relationship between the two-dimensional form and physical space. The artists include Nancy Andrews, Leo Hsu, Dennis Marsico, Annie O’Neill, and Barbara Weissberger.

707 Penn Gallery, 707 Penn Gallery
threaded color // drawing lines
Nicole Czapinski constructs wooden frames enclosed by sheer fabric, creating semi-transparent, two-sided screens. Varicolored thread is woven between the two fabric panels, effectively creating three-dimensional drawings of polygons that appear to float in space.

709 Penn Gallery, 709 Penn Gallery
Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh Holiday Artist Market
This juried show and artist market features works of art handcrafted by members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh in a diverse range of media, including jewelry, clay, glass, wood, textiles, paper, among others.

August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, BNY Mellon Gallery, first floor
Pittsburgh: Reclaim, Renew, Remix
This multimedia exhibition is designed to herald the contributions of artists, musicians, dancers, sports figures, and literary figures to Western Pennsylvania’s rich African America heritage. An interactive tool allows visitors to create unique video collages.

Please note that all exhibitions open at 6 p.m., and close at 11 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.

The Highmark First Night Pittsburgh website provides event details and allows users to sort through the schedule of events and customize plans. is mobile-friendly and allows smartphone users to plan on-the-go during New Year’s Eve.

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2014 sponsors as of release date include: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield as the presenting sponsor, Equitable Gas Company, Dollar Bank, First National Bank, Giant Eagle, PNC, and Bobby Rahal Motor Company. New this year, FedEx Ground serves as the sponsor for the annual parade with special puppets designed by Studio Capezzuti.
First Night Pittsburgh 2013 Parade (Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2014 community supporters include The Buhl Foundation, The Fine Foundation, and The Grable Foundation.
Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2014 media partners include KDKA TV, Trib Total Media, and WYEP 91.3 FM/WESA 90.5FM.

Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is an arts-focused and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. It is the largest single-day celebration in the region offering around 150 events at nearly 50 indoor and outdoor locations within the 14-block Cultural District. The celebration offers something for everyone.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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