2731 Mosside Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146
Phone: (412) 373-0911
Fax: (412) 373-0411
Arts & Museums
Operated by the Friends of the Monroeville Public Library, Gallery Space features frequently changing exhibits of the work of local and regional artists. Gallery Space is open during Library hours.
Trundle Manor is a must-visit when in Swissvale. This unique place stands out from the neighborhood homes because of the coffins donning the entrance. Step inside for an intriguing exhibition of oddities with macabre leanings. Peruse the eclectic collection for gas masks, medical instruments, animal skulls, weapons, antiques, art and sculptures. Their assortment of vintage taxidermy deserves a special mention.
Concept Art Gallery is one of Pittsburgh's oldest galleries. The classical space houses American art, antique prints and regional paintings with an emphasis on images of Pittsburgh industrial past, as well as "Contemporary Realist" paintings. The walls mix classic paintings with contemporary artwork by regional and national artists.
An exquisite collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, tapestries and Chinese porcelains are part of the collection of artworks assembled by Henry Clay Frick, the Pittsburgh industrialist and lieutenant of Andrew Carnegie. The Italian Renaissance-style structure is situated in a quiet neighborhood setting, adjacent to Frick Park. Occasionally, free Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts are held in the museum auditorium. The museum is part of the Frick Art and Historical Center, which includes Clayton, the Frick Family mansion and the Frick Carriage Museum.
Over five acres (2.02 hectares) of lawns, gardens and historic buildings make up the Frick Art and Historical Center, which is adjacent to part of the sprawling Frick Park. Landmarks in the center include the Frick Art Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum, Clayton House, a greenhouse, an education center, a museum shop, and a cafe.
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts offers a variety of resources for local artists. The gallery exhibits works by well-known and emerging artists in a variety of mediums. More than 600 classes are offered in everything from drawing to music to yoga. The center is considered one of the largest art schools in the country. And the shops sell original work in jewelry, ceramics, paintings and more. Call the center for information on classes.
The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh hosts a variety of exhibits that reflect local and regional culture. Not only is the artwork displayed, but the association is careful to promote the artists, who are frequently available to discuss their craft. The constantly changing exhibits vary from ceramics to experimental and visual work, such as one project that explores the concepts of figurative language. In the interest of exploring multimedia presentations, the gallery has commissioned an opera.
The Gallery in the Square offers an eclectic mix of contemporary art. The space is mostly dedicated to local artists who fill the space with exhibits in a variety of media. Exhibits change every six weeks. Owner and artist Liz Reed also provides custom framing. Patrons can order posters and prints from catalogs. Visitors to the Gallery in the Square should note, although the address is Ellsworth Avenue, the entrance is actually on College Avenue. See website for schedule, online galleries, and custom framing info.
Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery devotes its space solely to work made of glass. The work by various artists ranges from functional pieces such as goblets to jewelry to sculpture. The exhibits rotate every eight to 10 weeks and feature local and national artists such as Kathleen Mulcahy and Jeff Goodman.
Located approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Pittsburgh, in O'Hara Township, the Bayernhof Music Museum features many popular as well as rare musical instruments from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Apart from this, it also displays various ephemera and artifacts related to music. The museum is housed within an old German mansion that overlooks the Allegheny River. Open all week, the Bayernhof Museum makes for an interesting visit.
A part of the Penn Avenue Arts District, the Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery is located on Penn Avenue. Established by Jason Sauer, an artist and art enthusiast from Pittsburgh, the gallery regularly features exhibitions and art shows. Apart from this, the place also doubles up as a performance facility and hosts events like poetry readings, concerts and other social events. Please check the website for more information.
Since 2001 Modernformations has played an important role in the dissemination of art in Pittsburgh. It effectively doubles up as a performing space as well as an art gallery that showcases some interesting art specimens. Comfortable couches to sink into amid deep purple walls make for a pleasant setting for like-minded artists to meet and exchange ideas. Organizers can rent the space for poetry readings, recitals, musical nights, dramas, banquets, birthday parties and much more. Check the website for a comprehensive list of events coming up.