The P I T T S B U R G H Society of Artists was founded in May 1965. With more than 300 members, whose work represents all visual-arts media. In 2015 PSA marked its 50th year dedicated to providing its members with opportunities to exhibit their art, both in the Pittsburgh area and beyond southwestern Pennsylvania.
In addition to providing exhibition opportunities, the Society since its inception has been dedicated to encouraging creative thinking about the arts through public dialogue. At our general membership meetings, held twice a year, the guild engages speakers to explore some aspect of the arts. The general public has always been invited to these stimulating programs.
Any individual eighteen years old or older who lives within 150 miles of Pittsburgh may apply for membership by submitting three original pieces of art to a screening by the Board of Directors. Screenings are held in the spring and fall of each year.
CALL FOR ARTISTS: NEW MEMBER SCREENING
Sunday, September 11, 2022 • drop off 1:30-2:30 PM • pickup 3:30-4:30 PM.
This is your year to become a member of the the P I T T S B U R G H Society of Artists, one of the largest artist guilds in western Pennsylvania with more than 300 artist members in all media. We offer artists the chance to join with peers in a lifelong pursuit of artistic expression.
Since 1965, the P I T T S B U R G H Society of Artists remains dedicated to providing our members with exhibition opportunities and encouraging creative thinking through meetings, workshops, critiques, field trips to museums, artist studios and much more. Become a P I T T S B U R G H Society of Artists member and take advantage of our valuable resources for personal and artisitic growth such as the fellowship of your peers and interesting programs.Applicants for P I T T S B U R G H Society of Artists membership are asked to submit three (3) original works completed within the last two years and not under direct instruction. Each applicant is assigned a number which is attached to each piece for the screening. Work is considered by members of the board of directors. Applicants are accepted by a two-thirds vote of board members present. Work must be finished and gallery-ready. Appropriate hangers and stands must be provided for three-dimensional work.
Following are rough guidelines board members follow in evaluating submissions. These are based on generally accepted guidelines for judging art.
CONSISTENCY: The most decisive factor in judging a candidate for membership is the artist’s ability to speak with a recognizable voice through their work. Consistency in style and medium allows an artist to showcase their talents in the particular area in which they are most accomplished.
VISUAL INTEREST: Visual interest is evaluated by looking at the strength of the work based on the elements and principles of art and design.
CONTENT: The work is examined with an eye towards originality, expression and meaning.
CRAFTSMANSHIP: Craftsmanship is rated according to the skill and degree of quality in the work and presentation.
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