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Associated Artists of Butler County. Annual Spring Art Show, through Fri., May 20.

Future Tenant. Creative Byproducts: Dual Exhibition by Anna Brewer & Sam Berner, through Sat., May 21.

North Hills Art Center. Open Studio Gallery Show, through Sat., May 21.

Mattress Factory. Chiharu Shiota: Trace of Memory (house-sized installation), through Sun., May 22. Factory Installed Part II (room-sized installations by Rob Voerman, Bill Smith, Lisa Sigal and Marnie Weber), through July 3. Plus permanent installations.

Assemble Artspace. Control Freak (installation by electronic-music artist Echo Lightwave Unspeakable), through May 28 (May 27 closing party).

Jewish Community Center. Pittsburgh 10 + Friends (group show of contemporary work in various media), through May 26.

BOOM Concepts. More Than Media: Mute The Stereo(type) (photographic portraits by Curtis Reaves), through May 27.

Neue Kirche Contemporary Art Center. The Seen and Unseen: Three Artists Visualizing the Boundary of Space and Place (Matthew Conboy, Lori Hepner and Jimmy Riordan), through May 27.

Gallery 4. Salon Show 2016 (annual group show with some two dozen artists), through May 28.

Panza Gallery. James P. Nelson (paintings and works on paper), through May 28.

Mendelson Gallery. Portals (an exhibition by Izzie Carpenter), through May 28.

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. Teapots! (10th annual teapot-inspired art by some 75 artists), through May 28.

The Rum Room. Swoon’s Braddock Tiles (community ceramics project founded by the famed street artist), through May 28.

Artists Image Resource. Don’t Say That Shit Out Loud (new work by Vanessa German), through May 29.

Spinning Plate Gallery. Best of Shows (retrospective of etchings, drawings and sculpture by Richard Claraval), through May 29.

UnSmoke Artspace. You Are Warming Weather (mixed-media drawing and textiles by Katie Ford), through May 29.

Galerie Werner. Donald Deskey (paintings by the influential American artist and designer), through May 30.

Most Wanted Fine Art. Café Con Leche (art by Latino artists): Jason Mendez, Hoesy Corona and Grey Gary, through May (with May 20 and 22 artist talks).

Southern Alleghenies Museum of American Art at Johnstown. The Art of Healing Exhibition: Reflections 2016, through June 3.

be Galleries. Weather (work by Robert Qualters), through June 4.

SPACE Gallery. Degrees of Separation (group show about distance, juried by Kristen Letts Kovak), through June 5.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Making the Westmoreland Museum of American Art (about the design process for the original building and its recent renovation), through June 5. Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art (highlights from the New York Historical Society’s collection), through June 19.

Christine Frechard Gallery. Paintings by Byelorussian artist Artur Vasilevich, through June 10.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Interwoven States Exhibition (juried group show for regional fiber artists), through June 10.

Gallery on 43rd Street. Domestic Detritus (paintings by Joseph Shepler), through June 18.

707 Penn Gallery. Inside Out (paintings by Scott Turri), through June 19.

Wood Street Galleries. All Around Us: Installations and Experiences Inspired by Bugs (group show), through June 19.

Boxheart Gallery. Floodgates for Hydra (paintings by Jennipher Satterly) and That was the River, This is the Sea (work by Joshua Hogan, James Shipman and Daria Sandburg), both through June 24.

Gallerie Chiz. Narratives: Reveries of Reality (porcelain by Lindsay Feuer, cast glass by Elizabeth Fortunato, black-and-white photography by Brian Sesack), through June 25.

American Jewish Museum. Sanctuary & Sustenance: The Story of Many Journeys (multimedia presentation about refugees around the world, featuring images by photojournalist Julia Rendleman), through June 30.

Filmmakers Galleries. The Photography Intensive Student Show, through June 30.

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Great Expectations (works from the collection about plant development), through June 30.

Photo Antiquities. Glass Lantern Slides (hand-painting photographic slides from 1890-1920), through June 30. Historic Pittsburgh (30 previously undisplayed 19th-century photos of the city), through March.

click to enlarge Art by Valerie Goodwin, through July 4 at the Society for Contemporary Craft BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery
Art by Valerie Goodwin, through July 4 at the Society for Contemporary Craft BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery

Society for Contemporary Craft BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery. Pattern and Place: Art Quilts by Valerie Goodwin, through July 4.

August Wilson Center. I Wish I Knew How It Felt to Be Free (first Pittsburgh show for the internationally exhibited, Chicago-based artist Hebru Brantley), through July 8.

Hoyt Center for the Arts. His Stories & Her Stories (children’s-book illustrators John Manders and Stacey Hogue) and Watercolors by Kathleen Zimbicki, both through July 30. Hoyt Exhibitions at the Confluence: Photography by Rachel Solomon, through July 3; Watercolors by Tammy Bauder, through July 1.

Southern Alleghenies Museum of American Art at Ligonier Valley. Linda Arnold: Visions of the Natural World, through Aug. 7.

The Andy Warhol Museum. Exposures: Zhiwan Cheung: Hanging Fruit (window installation), through Aug. 14. Also: permanent exhibits.

Carnegie Museum of Art. Teenie Harris Photographs: Great Performances Offstage (photographs of local African-American life from the Carnegie’s collection), through July. Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 105th Annual Exhibition (group show with 56 artists), through Aug. 15. Hot Metal Modern: Design in Pittsburgh and Beyond (design objects from Pittsburgh), through Oct. 2.

ToonSeum. Captain America: 75 Years of the Sentinel of Liberty (original comic art and ephemera about the Marvel superhero), through Aug. 14.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Arts in Education (artists-in-residence projects in area high schools), through July 31. Marcellus Shale Documentary Project: An Expanded View (new photography and video on the impacts of gas drilling), through July 31. Fiberart International 22nd Triennial (work by 79 artists from around the world), through Aug. 21.

Society for Contemporary Craft. Fiberart International 22nd Triennial (work by 79 artists from around the world), through Aug. 21.

James Gallery. The gallery will host “an evoling, curated display of works by regional and national artists throughout the summer.”

click to enlarge Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei opens June 4 at The Andy Warhol Museum. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE COLLECTION OF AI WEIWEI
Photo courtesy of the collection of Ai Weiwei
Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei opens June 4 at The Andy Warhol Museum.


ToonSeum. This Campaign Is Yuuuge! Cartoonists Tackle the 2016 Presidential Race, Fri., May 20-Aug. 28.

Carnegie Museum of Art. Alison Knowles (first museum survey of the performance and multimedia artist’s career), Fri., May 20-Oct. 24. Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (dissident Chinese artists’ iconic installation takes over the Hall of Architecture), May 28-Aug. 29.

Mattress Factory. Factory Installed (new installations by David Bown, Kevin Clancy, Wendy Judge and Lauren Kalman, in the museum’s Monterey Street annex), Fri., May 20-Feb. 12.

Shadyside Art & Craft Festival. Sat., May 21, and Sun., May 22.

Associated Artists of Butler County. Art & Geology in Badlands National Park (work inspired by research in South Dakota), May 27-June 24 (May 27 reception).

Silver Eye Center for Photography. The Hereditary Estate: Daniel Coburn + Homo bulla: Megan Ledbetter (two solo exhibitions), May 27-July 30.

Gallery on 43rd Street. Inside and Outside Sale, May 29 and June 26.


First Friday Artwalk. Monthly gallery crawl on Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside, June 3. Also July 1, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2.

Unblurred. Monthly gallery crawl on Penn Avenue in Bloomfield, Friendship and Garfield, June 3. Also July 1, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2.

Mine Factory. Art by Deborah Hosking, June 3-18.

BOOM Concepts. The Perpetual Propaganda Collection (new and unreleased art from FKBGNM), June 3-26 (June 3 reception, with pop-up shops June 11 and 17).

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. With performances, public art, a juried visual-art exhibition and more, June 3-12.

Most Wanted Fine Art. Café Con Leche (art by Latino artists): Elizabeth Barreto Ortiz and Justin Waltenbaugh, June 3-30.

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Recent Works by Tom Mosser & Sarah Zeffiro (paintings and drawings), June 3-July 1.

Future Tenant. New Order: Collage Now (group exhibition curated by Sonja Sweterlitsch and Mundania Horvath), June 3-July 3.

Pittsburgh Glass Center. Turned On: Lighting Hooks Up With Sculpture (group show), June 3-Sept. 11.

Spinning Plate Gallery. Photography by Lonnie Graham and Jennifer Weihmann (landscape photography), June 4-24 (June 4 reception).

North Hills Art Center. Regional Juried Art Exhibit (Dianne Bauman, judge), June 4-July 1.

The Andy Warhol Museum. Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei (major international touring exhibit comparing the two iconic artists), June 4-Aug. 28.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art. John Schlimm: The Smile That Changed the World (is yours) (interactive installation), June 7-July 3.

Southern Alleghenies Museum of American Art at Johnstown. Susan Severson: City of Dreams, June 10-Aug. 5.

Frick Art Museum. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe (exhibit of historic and contemporary footwear organized by the Brooklyn Museum), June 10-Sept. 4.

Christine Frechard Gallery. Collective exhibition and Off the Wall Show (includes gallery collection), June 11-July 29 (June 10 reception).

Gallery 4. Full Spectrum Ahead! (traditional painting and 3-D rendering, featuring Marion DiQuinzio and Carolyn Frischling), June 11-July 30.

Mattress Factory. “Acupuncture” (Hans Peter Kurh’s new permanent public art installation), opens June 17. Also: Annual Garden Party, June 17, and Community Garden Party, June 19.

South Side Art Crawl. More than 30 venues and 25 bands are scheduled along East Carson Street, June 18.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Summer Solo Exhibition (regional artist TBA), June 18-Aug. 5.

SPACE. John Reigert (250 portraits of the local resident in a variety of media by 250 artists), June 24-Sept. 4.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. yArt (annual outdoor yard sale, with work by some 80 local artists), June 26.


BOOM Concepts. Tim Powell: Paizley Mind, July 1-29 (receptions July 16 and 29).

Most Wanted Fine Art. Café Con Leche (art by Latino artists): Maggie Negrete and Alison Zapata, July 1-31 (July 15 and 17 artist talks).

Photo Antiquities. Pictorialist Photography: Photography as Fine Art (images from the 19th and early 20th centuries), July 1-Aug. 30.

BoxHeart Gallery. Love Songs: Symphonic Painting (paintings by Susan Constance) and Childhood Feedback (mixed-media paintings by Shawn Watrous), both July 5-Aug. 12 (reception July 16).

Gallery Crawl. Quarterly Pittsburgh Cultural Trust event; includes Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh party. Downtown. July 8.

Mine Factory. Art by Dan Reidy, July 8-24.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts. 3rd Annual Art Brew Event, July 9.

Spinning Plate Gallery. Collective Independence — Slippery Rock University (juried exhibition for Slippery Rock faculty, staff, alumni and students), July 9-31 (July 9 reception).

Hoyt Center for the Arts. Arts on the Riverwalk Competition, July 9-Aug. 26.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art. A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America (self-taught and minimally trained artists from 1800-1925), July 9-Oct. 16.

click to enlarge Art by LaToya Ruby Frazier in Strength in Numbers, at the Carnegie Museum of Art, July 16-Feb. 17
Art by LaToya Ruby Frazier in Strength in Numbers, at the Carnegie Museum of Art, July 16-Feb. 17

Carnegie Museum of Art. Strength in Numbers: Photography in Groups (photographs from the Carnegie museums, exhibited in groups), July 16-Feb. 17.

Christine Frechard Gallery. African art exhibition (includes ancient and recent sculptures), July 29-Sept. 2 (July 30 reception).


Spinning Plate Gallery. IUP Alumni Show (curated by Richard Claraval, Cathy Berard and Ron Donoughe), through Aug. 31.

Hoyt Center for the Arts. Shaping Ceramics: Daniel Rhodes, Aug. 2-Oct. 22 (Aug. 5 reception). 4th Annual Expressions of Courage, Aug. 30-Oct. 28.

BOOM Concepts. Art by Roopa Singh, Aug. 5-14 (Aug. 5 reception).

Most Wanted Fine Art. Café Con Leche (art by Latino artists): Boris Balsindes-Urquiola and Marcel Lamont Walker, Aug. 5-31 (Aug. 19 artist talk).

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Robert W. Knauer Family Exhibit (work by the late Knauer and his children Brynn Gminder and Evan Knauer), Aug. 5-Sept. 2.

Associated Artists of Butler County. Annual Invitational Show, Aug. 10-26 (Aug. 12 reception).

Mine Factory. Art by Elizabeth Rudnick, Lindsay Scherloum, Zena Ruiz, Sarah Laponte and Natalia Gomez, Aug. 12-Sept. 2.

Southern Alleghenies Museum of American Art at Johnstown. Allied Artists of Johnstown 84th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Aug. 12-Dec. 18 (Aug. 12 reception).

Mattress Factory. New installation by Dennis Maher, opens Aug. 12.

Southern Alleghenies Museum of American Art at Ligonier Valley. Places and People: Nora and Stuart Thompson, Aug. 19-Nov. 6.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts. ReMix: The Art of Reuse (juried show with upcycled materials), Aug. 20-Sept. 16.

ToonSeum. Draw Me! The Art of the Cartooning Schools (surveying a century of cartooning schools and instruction courses), Aug. 20-Oct. 23.

BoxHeart Gallery. Recent Work (paintings and sculpture by Thomas Bigatel) and Recent Work (print media and multimedia installation by Keith Garubba), both Aug. 23-Sept. 30 (reception Aug. 27).


Associated Artists of Butler County. Nature & Wildlife Show, Sept. 2-30 (Sept. 2 reception).

Photo Antiquities. Women in Photographs 1839-1939, Sept. 1-Nov. 30.

Most Wanted Fine Art. Café Con Leche (art by Latino artists): Genevieve Barbee and Marcel Lamont Walker, Sept. 2-30.


707 Penn Gallery. Downtown, 412-325-7017

American Jewish Museum. Squirrel Hill, 412-521-8010

The Andy Warhol Museum. North Side, 412-237-8300

Assemble Artspace. Garfield,

Associated Artists of Butler County. Butler, 724-283-6922

be Galleries. Lawrenceville, 412-687-2606

BOOM Concepts. Garfield,

BoxHeart Gallery. Bloomfield, 412-687-8858

Carnegie Museum of Art. Oakland, 412-622-3131

Filmmakers Galleries. North Oakland, 412-681-5449

Frick Art & Historical Center. Point Breeze, 412-371-0600

Future Tenant. Downtown, 412-325-7037

Galerie Werner. Shadyside, 412-716-1390

Gallerie Chiz. Shadyside, 412-441-6005

The Gallery 4. Shadyside, 412-363-5050

Gallery on 43rd Street. Lawrenceville, 412-683-6488

Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts. New Castle, 724-652-2882

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Oakland, 412-268-2434

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Bloomfield, 412-924-0634

James Gallery. West End, 412-922-9800

Mattress Factory. North Side, 412-231-3169

Mendelson Gallery. Shadyside, 412-361-8664

The Mine Factory. Point Breeze,

Morgan Contemporary Glass. Shadyside, 412-441-5200

Most Wanted Fine Art. Garfield, 412-328-4737

North Hills Art Center. Ross Township, 412-364-3622

Panza Gallery. Millvale, 412-821-0959

Photo Antiquities. North Side, 412-231-7881

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Shadyside, 412-361-0873

Pittsburgh Glass Center. Friendship, 412-365-2145

Silver Eye Center for Photography. South Side, 412-431-1810

Society for Contemporary Craft. Strip District, 412-261-7003

Society for Contemporary Craft Satellite Gallery. Downtown, 412-261-7003

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown. 814-269-7234

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley. 724-238-6015

Space Gallery. Downtown, 412-325-7723

Spinning Plate Gallery. Friendship,

Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Sewickley, 412-741-4405

Three Rivers Arts Festival. Downtown,

Toonseum. Downtown, 412-232-0199

UnSmoke Artspace. Braddock,

Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Greensburg, 724-837-1500

Wood Street Galleries. Downtown, 412-471-5605


Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, through May 22. 50 Greatest Photographs (exhibit of iconic National Geographic photos), June 18-Sept. 11. Plus Dinosaurs in Their Time and other permanent exhibits. Museum After Dark (21-and-over event): Indiana Jones … After Dark (with costume contest, whip artist, scavenger hunt, movie screenings and more), June 10.

Carnegie Science Center. Permanent exhibits including Highmark SportsWorks, roboworld and Rangos Omnimax Theater. Also: H2Oh! Why Our Rivers Matter, Spaceplace, Exploration Station and more.

Center for Postnatural History. Exhibits about genetic engineering and the like, ongoing.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Permanent exhibits plus attractions and activities including: TapeScape 2.0, through Sun., May 22, and Tough Art (original interactive artworks), ongoing. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit, opens June 11.

Fort Pitt Museum. Captured by Indians: Warfare & Assimilation on the 18th-Century Frontier, through Oct. 2. Plus permanent exhibits on the French and Indian War and more. Living History programs include: 18th Century Recreation (a game of cricket), Sat., May 21; Artillery and Artificers, June 4 and 5, and June 18; Fife and Drum, June 11; Fourth of July celebration, July 4; Artillery and Artificers, July 9, 23; Fife and Drum, Aug. 6; Artillery and Artificers, Aug. 13 and 20.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village. Permanent exhibits include archaeological site with 16,000 years of human habitation and recreations of a Native American village and 19th-century settlers’ village. Also: Walk Through Prehistory (guided nature hike), June 11; 19th Annual Atlatl Competition (stone-age spear-throwing implement), June 18; Insider Tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter, June 25 and Aug. 27; Vintage 1860s baseball game, Aug. 13.

National Aviary. Nature’s Voice (free-flight live bird show), ongoing. Plus Penguin Point, Tropical Rainforest, Wetland and other permanent exhibits.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden. Butterfly Forest, through Sept. 7. Summer Flower Show, through Oct. 2. Tropical Forest Congo, ongoing.

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Saturday and Sunday tours of historical Carrie Blast Furnace continue weekly through October. Friday tours of Carrie start June 3 and continue weekly through August. See website for other tours and events.

Sen. John Heinz Regional History Center. Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, through May 31. Golf Learning Lab, through June 19. Visible Storage (artifacts from the museum’s collection), ongoing. Also: From Slavery to Freedom (African-American history) and other ongoing exhibits. Also houses the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

Other Venues Index

Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Oakland, 412-622-3131

Carnegie Science Center. North Side, 412-237-3400

Center for Postnatural History. Garfield,

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. North Side, 412-322-5058

Fort Pitt Museum. Downtown, 412-281-9284

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village. Avella, Pa., 724-587-3412

National Aviary. North Side, 412-323-7235

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Oakland, 412-622-6914

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Swissvale, 412-464-4020

Sen. John Heinz History Center. Strip District, 412-454-6000

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