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The Andy Warhol Museum. Firelei Baéz: Bloodlines (paintings and drawings on themes of race and colonialism), through Sun., May 21. Jace Clayton: Silver Clouds, through June 11. Activist Print: Alicia B. Wormsley: We Live, through June 18. Also: permanent exhibits.

Lantern Building. Remembering Pittsburgh (David Aschkenas’ photos of neighborhoods circa 1980), through Sun., May 21.

ToonSeum. Hermetically Sealed: The Art of Ed Piskor (work by local artist best known for The Hip Hop Family Tree graphic-history series), through Sun., May 21.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art. When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection (tracing the development of modern art in the U.S.), through Sun., May 21.

Carnegie Museum of Art. Action, Ideas, Architecture: Arthur Lubetz/Front Studio (50 years of the iconic Pittsburgh-based architect), through Mon., May 22. Teenie Harris Photographs: Erroll Garner and Jazz from the Hill, through July 23. Michael Williams (new canvases and more from the pioneering artist who combines painting, airbrushing and ink-jet printing), through Aug. 27. Styles and Customs of the 2020s (virtual-reality experience), through Sept. 4. Shaping a Modern Legacy: Karl and Jennifer Salatka Collect (works by de Kooning, Johns, Warhol and more), through Oct. 15. Plus permanent exhibitions.

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

click to enlarge May 30-June 30 at BoxHeart Gallery - ART BY THEODORE BOLHA
Art by Theodore Bolha
May 30-June 30 at BoxHeart Gallery

Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Thrown & Altered (juried group ceramics show), through May 26.

Contemporary Craft BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery. /Kyoob/, a multimedia group show for 17 international artists exploring the geometric form of the cube, through May 27.

FrameHouse & Jask Gallery. Talismans + Transformations (100-plus works on paper, paintings and more by Connie Merriman and Michel Demetria Tsouris), through May 27. 

Gallerie Chiz. In The Afterglow (porcelain and stoneware by Nicholas Bernard, oil on paper by Susan Middleman), through May 27.

The Mine Factory. Work by Associated Artists of Pittsburgh members, curated by Christine Smith, through May 27.

Percolate Artspace. 98 Reasons (paintings by Johnstown resident Mildred Sidorow, age 98), thorugh June 1.

Artists Image Resource. The Digs — Sexism in the Arts (group show by women artists), through June 2.

Southern Alleghenies Museum of American Art at Johnstown. The Art of Healing Exhibition: Reflections 2017, through June 2.

Lawrence Hall. Paintings by Lisa Bergant Koi, an Associated Artists of Pittsburgh show, through June 3.

be Galleries. Respite (painting and textiles by Sharon McCartney), through June 7.

North Hills Art Center. Regional Show (juror: Ron Donoughe), through June 9.

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. Teapots! (11th annual invitational), through June 10. 

Gallery on 43rd Street. Pinched Clay Pots: A Tribute to the Work of Marlene Boyle, 1949-2013, through June 17.

707 and 709 Penn Galleries. Communal Resurrection: The Soul of a Community (works by Steve Prince reflecting the history of black music in America), through June 18. Gallery talk and printmaking party: May 26

Future Tenant. Cross-Eyed and Painless: Exploring Myth in the Digital Color Field (paintings by Patrick Schmidt), through June 18.

click to enlarge Through May 27 at Framehouse & Jask Gallery - ART BY MICHEL DEMETRIA TSOURIS
Art by Michel Demetria Tsouris
Through May 27 at Framehouse & Jask Gallery

SPACE Gallery. Non-Punk Pittsburgh (compilation of photos, video and more from the late-’70s/early-’80s underground music scene), through June 18.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Cursed by Night (photos by Hannah Price about “the world of darkness to which black males are unfortunately tied”), through June 23. 

Gallery 4. Salon Show 2016 (annual group show with some two dozen artists), through June 24.

Hoyt Center for the Arts. Hoyt at the Confluence. Don Gold & Students (paintings), through June 29.

August Wilson Center. Instill & Inspire: The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art (58 paintings and drawings by 20th-century artists), through June 30.

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Exquisite Patterns in Nature, through June 30. 

Jewish Community Center. Pittsburgh 10+ Again — Art for a Cause (multimedia group show), through June 30.

Spinning Plate Gallery. Shakespeare Drawings by Richard Claraval, through June 30.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Solo & Collaborative Exhibits (nine gallery shows in a variety of media), through July 23.

American Jewish Museum. Rochelle Blumenfeld: Hill District Paintings, through July 30. 

Pittsburgh Glass Center. States of Flux (experimental work by Leana Quade), through July 30. Summer Lecture Series continues weekly through Aug. 9 (except for May 31 and July 12). 

Mattress Factory. Factory Installed (group show of installations), through Aug. 6. so it is (artists from Northern Ireland), through Aug. 6. A Second Home (house-sized installation by Dennis Maher), ongoing. Plus permanent installations.

Southern Alleghenies Museum of American Art at Ligonier Valley. Dennis Sheehan: Atmopsheres an American Tonalist (paintings), through Aug. 6.

Contemporary Craft. #PinballLand (Jhenny Adams explores weaving and engineering), through Aug. 11. Oaths and Epithets: Work by Sonya Clark (“an investigation of the inherent histories embedded in familiar materials” including human hair, thread and gold), through Aug. 19.

Wood Street Galleries. Bios and The Big Picture (Robotlab creations drawing landscapes and transcribing the Bible), through Sept. 3.

Frick Art Museum. Elise Adibe: Respiration Paintings (unusual exhibition in the Frick’s greenhouse), through Oct. 15.

Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History. Some 260 photos and artifacts, some getting their first-ever public display, make up this show centering on Abraham Lincoln, through December.

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


Hoyt Center for the Arts. Christopher Clamp (oil paintings) and Raul Diaz (paintings and sculptures), Tue., May 23-July 27.

Butler Art Center. Annual Spring Show, May 26-June 17. Small Works Art Show, May 26-June 17. Dual opening reception: May 26.

Artists’ Gallery. A Fine Art Exhibition (work by Pittsburgh Area Fine Arts Photography members), May 26 and 27.

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Reminiscence Art Pop-Up Show, May 26-28.

click to enlarge Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty opens June 17 at the Frick Art Museum - Photo of Salvador Dali - IMAGE COURTESY OF SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM, GIFT OF THE ARTIST. COPYRIGHT © THE IRVING PENN FOUNDATION
Image courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of the artist. Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty opens June 17 at the Frick Art MuseumPhoto of Salvador Dali

BoxHeart Gallery. Carolyn Reed Barritt: Black & Blue (paintings, drawings and sculpture), May 30-June 30; Theodore Bolha: Before We Were Born (cut-paper art), May 30-June 30. Dual reception: June 3.


Unblurred Gallery Crawl. Penn Avenue, Bloomfield/Friendship/Garfield, June 2. 

BOOM Concepts. Yes And, the conversation continues (Anna Failla on sexual-assault awareness) opens June 2.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. With performances, public art, a juried visual-art exhibition and more, June 2-11.

click to enlarge Overgrown in Pittsburgh opens June 1 at the Irma Freeman Center - ART BY JOAN BRINDLE
Art by Joan Brindle
Overgrown in Pittsburgh opens June 1 at the Irma Freeman Center

First Friday Pop-Up Gallery. Work by local artists and local student artists, June 2-17 (reception June 2), 659 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon. 412-215-6687

Gallerie Chiz. A New Season (pastels by Don Gardi, clay by Margaret Haden), June 2-July 1 (reception: June 2).

Lantern Building. Cosmic Design: Work by Shanthi Chandrasekar, June 2-July 2.

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Overgrown in Pittsburgh (paintings by Pittsburgh-native artist Joan Brindle, Roshida Abira Ali, Jim Brindle and Irma Freeman) June 2-July 15 (reception June 2).

Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Handle With Care (touchable art from the Society of Sculptors), June 6-July 30. The Art of Movement: Alexander Calder, Georege Rickey & Tim Prentice (20th-century kinetic art), June 10-Sept. 17 (reception: June 10). 

UnSmoke Artspace. Nice Painting (new works by Ryan Lammie), June 9-28 (reception June 9).

Framehouse & Jask Gallery. Da Burgh: Images of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Society of Artists group show), June 9-30 (reception: June 9). 

Southern Alleghenies Museum of American Art at Johnstown. Truth in Animals: Linda Mitchell (mixed-media paintings), June 9-Aug. 18.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Turning Red (Pennsylvania artists respond to the 2016 Pennsylvania election), June 10-July 29 (reception June 10). 

be Galleries. Art by Cynthia Cooley starts June 10.

click to enlarge Communal Resurrection: The Soul of a Community, through June 18 at 707 and 709 Penn - ART BY STEVE PRINCE
Art by Steve Prince
Communal Resurrection: The Soul of a Community, through June 18 at 707 and 709 Penn

The Andy Warhol Museum. Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen (archival exhibition exploring Warhol’s fascination with celebrity), June 16-Sept. 24. Activist Prints: Bekezela Mguni opens June 19.

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery. Glassweekend ’17, June 16-Sept. 30. 

Frick Art Museum. Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty (140-plus images from the famed photographer, from social-realist works to portraits and fashion photos), June 17-Sept. 10.

Mattress Factory. Urban Garden Party, June 18

Concept Art Gallery. Signs (photographs by Chuck Biddle and Mark Perrott), opening reception June 22.

Silver Eye Center for Photography. (re)Opening Celebration at new location, June 24. Past Present Future: Western Pennsylvania’s People and Places (salon-style survey spanning a century and featuring images from icons like W. Eugene Smith and Duane Michals, plus contemporary student work), June 27-Aug. 19 (reception: July 7). 


The Gallery 4. Vivid Visions: The Vibrant Colors of Marion Di Quinzio, July 1-Aug. 12. 

Hoyt Center for the Arts. Hoyt at the Confluence: Random Acts of Artists (juried group exhibition), July 6-Aug. 31.

Cultural District Gallery Crawl. Downtown, July 7 (Pittsburgh Cultural Trust).

SPACE Gallery. Wall Paintings: Storytellers (live art event with 12 artists painting on the gallery walls), July 7; exhibit continues through Aug. 20. 

Unblurred Gallery Crawl. Penn Avenue, Bloomfield/Friendship/Garfield, July 7.

click to enlarge Deep Delirium: Fever Dream Beings by Seth Storck, Aug. 19-Sept. 30 at The Gallery 4 - ART BY SETH STORCK
Art by Seth Storck
Deep Delirium: Fever Dream Beings by Seth Storck, Aug. 19-Sept. 30 at The Gallery 4

BOOM Concepts. Live from the City (three-day music festival with visual art created live), July 7-9.

Future Tenant. Night Fever (multimedia group show about disco’s asthetic legacy), July 7-Aug. 13.

707 Penn. Body in the Landscape of the Mind (ceramic and mixed-media sculptures by Angela Biederman), July 7-Aug. 27. 

Panza Gallery. PSA People’s Choice (Pittsburgh Society of Artists group show), opens July 8.

BoxHeart Gallery. Heather Kanazawa: Investigations of Life (paintings), July 11-Aug. 11; Group A: NOW (group show of contemporary abstract art), July 11-Aug. 11. Dual reception, July 15. 

Butler Art Center. World War II/1940s-Era Photo Show, July 12-22 (opening reception: July 15).

Filmmakers Galleries. I solo (photography by S. Rick Armstrong), July 14-Sept. 3 (reception July 14).

Carnegie Museum of Art. 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, with the Carnegie and the museum that promotes the work of artists of African descent presenting works in dialogue, July 15-Dec. 31.

Spinning Plate Gallery. Slippery Rock University Professors Show, July.


Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Fashion in Art (fashion-themed works from the collection) opens Aug. 1.

Hoyt Center for the Arts. The Four Seasons and Selected Works: James Stewart, Susan Frakes and Philip Terman (paintings, bookbinding and poetry); Robin Gibson (printmaking); and Jack Carlton (printmaking), Aug. 1-Oct. 5.

Unblurred Gallery Crawl. Penn Avenue, Bloomfield/Friendship/Garfield, Aug. 4. 

BOOM Concepts. Photography by Kenneth Neely opens Aug. 4.

Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. Curated by ModernFormations (with artists including Ron Copeland, Jesse Best, Ryder Henry and more), Aug. 4-Sept. 1.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Aug. 11-Oct. 29. Work by Christine Lorenz, Desiree Palmer, Amy Shissel and others, Aug. 11-Oct. 29. Dual reception Aug. 11. 

Southern Alleghenies Museum of American Art at Ligonier Valley. Two Decades’ Delights: Highlights from 20 Years of Exhibitions at SAMA-Ligonier Valley, Aug. 18-Nov. 5. Art from the Heart: A Celebration of SAMA Ligonier Valley’s Founders, Aug. 18-Nov. 5.

The Gallery 4. Deep Delirium: Fever Dream Beings by Seth Storck, Aug. 19-Sept. 30.

BoxHeart Gallery. William DeBarnardi and Dale Huffman: New Works (painting and ceramics), Aug. 22-Sept. 22. Andrew Ooi: IOI OOI (art with cut, painted and folded paper), Aug. 22-Sept. 22. Dual reception: Aug. 26.

Southern Alleghenies Museum of American Art at Johnstown. Allied Artists of Johnstown 85th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Aug. 25-Dec. 15.

Spinning Plate Gallery. Paula Weiner, Spinning Plate resident, August.


Unblurred Gallery Crawl. Penn Avenue, Bloomfield/Friendship/Garfield, Sept. 1. 

BOOM Concepts. Asia Bey Illustration Exhibition & Birthing Rights Performance opens Sept. 1.

Spinning Plate Gallery. Donnie Pomeroy, Connie Cantor and Adrienne Heinrich, September.

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