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What's on View at the Carnegie Museum of Art?

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Hall of Architecture is one of the highlights of the Carnegie Museum of Art, which is located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh.  Photo by Tom Little

The Carnegie Museum of Art is one of four museums in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded by 19th-century industrialist Andrew Carnegie. According to Ellen James, the museum's assistant director of marketing and communications, "Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first American museum dedicated to the collection and exhibition of contemporary artworks. We have more than 1,800 art works on display in the museum including works of American art from the late 19th century, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and European and American decorative arts from the late 17th century to the present, as well as a strong collection contemporary art that has been the hallmark of the museum's collection. since it was first founded in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie."

"Sad Smile" by Joan Brechin Sonnenberg is one of the works featured in Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 100th Annual Exhibition. Image courtesy of the artist.

In addition to its permanent collection, the Carnegie also hosts temporary exhibits such as the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 100th Annual Exhibition, which is on view through September 19, 2010. The juried exhibit features 98 works in a range of mediums---including oil, sculpture, ceramics, and quilting---selected from 617 submissions by 335 regional artists. James said, "The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is hosting its centennial  year and we are pleased to host such a momentous event for a historic and important organization. The exhibition features some amazing regional artists working in a variety of mediums. This show is not to be missed!"

Also on view in the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh exhibtion is "Wired" by Lori Hornell, a mixed media piece of wire, found objects, and paint. Image courtesy of the artist

There's also a full calendar of community activities at the Carnegie, including regular Drop-In Family Art Making Days, a monthly book club (T.C. Boyle's The Women: A Novel is the topic for August 12), and exhibit-inspired games and other activities for kids. Visit the Carnegie Museum of Art website to learn more.

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