Friday, February 5, 2010
The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is celebrating 100 years of recognizing and promoting southwestern Pennsylvania's leading artists. President Kathleen Zimbicki says they've had their ups and downs and are thrilled to be celebrating their enduring organization with a year long celebration. Artrageous will display 70 exhibits at museums, art venues and cultural sites, like Falling Water, around the region. The group includes 450 artists who live or have lived in the Pittsburgh region and many have gone on to successful careers in the art world. Andy Warhol was once a member; one of his pieces sold for $200 in 1948. Zimbicki encourages people to buy the art and try and find the next "Andy Warhol." She says it's the longest running multimedia artist group in the country that shows in a major museum--the Carnegie Museum of Art.