Welcome to our post about art in Pittsburgh. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be thoroughly covered here for you today.
This intro will be short and sweet because we know your time is valuable. Jumping directly into the best art galleries and museums in your area seems like the best way for us to proceed.
We will also share a list of the best local art stores for when you need to pick up some new materials or supplies. And of course the best shows and events can’t be forgotten.
If you get a sunny day enjoy it by going on an art walking tour or by seeing some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer art schools in Pittsburgh would be wise for those who want to improve their skills.
Renting out an art studio when the time is right could make it more likely that your next project is a success. Dealers, appraisers, and framing services will also get their own sections.
The Northeast is an area that we have written about often on our site.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Pittsburgh
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Pittsburgh you can go to:
- The Frick at 7227 Reynolds St
- Carnegie Museum of Art at 4400 Forbes Ave
- The Andy Warhol Museum at 117 Sandusky St
- Mattress Factory at 500 Sampsonia Way
- Gallerie Chiz at 5831 Ellsworth Ave
- James Gallery at 413 S Main St
- Wood Street Galleries at 601 Wood St
- Space at 812 Liberty Ave
- Maser Galleries at 5427 Walnut St
The permanent collection at The Frick Pittsburgh has paintings by Rubens, Boucher, Giovanni di Paolo, and Sassetta which are available from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday. It is also a great place to find classes for all ages or for kids to take a summer camp.
Back in 1895 The Carnegie Museum of Art became one of the first contemporary art museums in the country and since then their collection has grown to well over thirty thousand pieces that you can check out at their popular Third Thursday events or during their regular open hours from 10am to 5pm on most days but they are closed on Tuesday and stay open until 8pm on Thursday.
Expect to find find the largest collection of Warhol’s anywhere in the world at The Andy Warhol Museum which is open from 10am to 5pm on most days but stays open until 10pm on Friday. Their free Youth Open Studio Program is a can’t miss for kids or young adults who want to improve their skills and knowledge.
Consultation services, asset management, and custom framing in your area are provided at the James Gallery from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday.
Materials & Supplies Near You
There are quite a few local stores to buy art supplies and materials like:
- Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse at 214 N Lexington St
- Carnegie Mellon Art Store at 5032 Forbes Ave
- Brutus Monroe at 1000 Greentree Rd
- Joann at 7375 McKnight Rd
- Artist & Craftsman Supply at 5603 Hobart St
- Blick Art Materials at 5534 Walnut St
The inventory at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is based on business and individual donations of used art and craft supplies. It is also a good place to pick up some cheaper second hand products or to donate any materials you no longer need.
Shows & Events
Our favorite shows and events in your area are:
- A Fair in the Park
- Pittsburgh Fringe Festival
- Art All Night
- Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
- The Art Festival on Walnut Street
- Third Thursdays at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Every September the three day A Fair in the Park Event features around a hundred local and national artists displaying their new works in a variety of mediums.
Each Spring the East End along Penn Avenue hosts the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival where you will see a variety of visual and performing arts.
In April you can try out the free 22 hour Art All Night event.
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival lasts for 10 days at Point State Park in June.
In August we suggest you head to Shadyside for The Art Festival on Walnut Street.
Third Thursdays at Carnegie Museum feature live music, a cash bar, and late-night museum access.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Sometimes you might want to add a new piece to your collection or learn the true value of something and if so you can go to one of these art dealers and appraisers in your area:
- Box Heart Expressions at 4523 Liberty Ave
- Sojourner Art Gallery at 829 E Warrington Ave
- Concept Art Gallery at 1031 S Braddock Ave
You can get advice, curatorial services, custom framing, or rent art from Box Heart Expressions.
If you need help with the brokering of a sale of high priced art, want to check out an auction, or need in-home framing services visit Concept Art Gallery.
Art walking tours can be a lot of fun when the weather is nice:
- Public Art Walking Tours at 810 Penn Ave #600
- Walk The Burgh Tours at 1049 Penn Ave
- Randyland at 1501 Arch St
- Penn Avenue Arts at 5149 Penn Ave
Walk The Burgh Tours will take you through the Cultural District and show you some of the best public art near you.
Penn Avenue Arts focuses on Penn Avenue between the 4800 and 5500 blocks where local artists and business owners gather on the First Friday of the month.
Sculptures & Statues
Taking selfies with these sculptures and statues could also be enjoyable on a sunny day:
- Manchester Bridge Sculpture at N Shore Dr
- Pittsburgh By John Henry at Bigelow Blvd
- Mr. Rogers’ Memorial Statue at N Shore Dr
- Bill Mazeroski Statue at 1 Mazeroski Way
- Point of View Park at 1435 Grandview Ave
Back in 1917 Charles Keck designed the Manchester Bridge Sculpture that can be found near Heinz Field.
Pittsburgh By John Henry has been in Frank Curto Park since the late 1970’s and it was originally created due in part to the Three Rivers Arts Festival Sculpturescape Program.
The Mr. Rogers’ Memorial Statue was dedicated back in 2009 after being created by Robert Berks.
PNC Park is the home of the Pirates and it’s where you can find the Bill Mazeroski Statue.
Pittsburgh Art Classes
You might be searching for private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults and either way the best Pittsburgh art schools are:
- Pittsburgh Center For the Arts & Media at 1047 Shady Ave
- Little House Big Art at 938 Haslage Ave
- Pittsburgh Glass Center at 5472 Penn Ave
- 905 Studio by Yelena Lamm at 905 N St Clair St
- Painting with a Twist at 2603 E Carson St
There are year round classes for all ages and skill levels plus summer art camps near you available at the Pittsburgh Center For the Arts and Media.
You can try more classes or throw a private party at Little House Big Art.
Anyone that wants to improve their glass blowing skills can certainly do so at the Glass Center where they have quick workshops or 8 week long classes available.
There are free introductory lessons at 905 Studio to see whether you want to sign up for a longer course.
Painting with a Twist has night classes and hosts girls’ nights as well as other private parties.
The Frick is another good place to go for local art classes and they have a variety of scholarships available as well.
Studios For Rent Near You
Some of the best places to find art studios for rent in your area are:
Some of the top Pittsburgh art framing services would be:
- Framezilla at 2724 Penn Ave
- Miller Frame at 6020 Centre Ave
- The Framesmith at 5730 Ellsworth Ave
- Frame Gallery at 1001 Main St
- Lee Heckman Custom Framing & Gallery at 301 Beverly Rd
Miller Frame specializes in repairs and on-site installations.
The Framesmith will do consultation and pick-up, delivery, or installation services.
There are over 2,500 varieties of frames and over 1,000 matboards available at Frame Gallery Inc who is also really good if you need digital printing.
If you are searching for art or frame restoration in your area Lee Heckman Custom Framing & Gallery can definitely help you out.
Some other places we have mentioned throughout the post that can help with local framing are James Gallery, Maser Galleries, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and Blick Art Materials.
You might also be interested in our other pages on:
- Philadelphia Art Galleries & Museums
- Cleveland Art Galleries & Museums
- Columbus Art Galleries & Museums
- Washington DC Art Galleries & Museums
Have Fun Enjoying The Pittsburgh Art Scene
You just read about all of the best art galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers near you.
If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. It would be great if you could share your own tips, or let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies or doing anything that has to do with art in Pittsburgh!