What better location to display the artwork of regional artists than the Mayor's Office in the City County Building?
The importance and legacy of the arts in Pittsburgh is an undeniable truth. From 2014 to 2022, city citizens to world leaders visited the mayors’ offices and saw our region's strong diversity shared through the local artist's art on the walls of the highest public office. The proud exhibition team of GPAC and Associated Artists of Pittsburgh continued to provide the art choices and exhibits on display.
The exhibition depicted the people, places, and feelings that make Pittsburgh special, interpreting Pittsburgh's past 200 years through diverse artistic lenses.
Header Image by Yelena Lamm
Ron Donoughe, a native of Loretto, PA, now living in Pittsburgh has been painting the Western Pennsylvania landscape for nearly 30 years. His work features the many textures of the region.
Ramon Riley, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned a Master of Art Degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013, with a concentration in painting. While Riley’s work draws from realistic study, he utilizes his poured paint foundations to integrate the representational with abstract expression.
Dylan Vitone is a photographer based in Pittsburgh. He holds a BA from St. Edward's University and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. He is Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. His photographs have been exhibited widely and collected by museums including; The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, George Eastman House, Portland Art Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Brooks Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, Polaroid Collection, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
Since graduation from Carnegie Tech (CMU) I have had a career as a professional artist, both in fine art and graphic design. Four books of my watercolors have been published and in the design field I had my own design office servicing many Pittsburgh corporations, foundations and institutions. My paintings are in four museum permanent collections, with the Carnegie having three.
Art for me has been a journey—an interesting and creative adventure which has taken me through the worlds of theatre and education, computers and fine art. I initially worked as a scenic designer in College and Community Theatre. My experience with computers and teaching graphic design has allowed me to become proficient with the Adobe programs, specifically Photoshop and Illustrator.
Archival photography is the starting point and reference for my work in which I comment on themes such as identity, sense of place, time, and primarily the American worker. The American worker is a metaphor for change and self-definition in contemporary life. Women steelworkers often star in the worker series questioning traditional gender roles.
Photography is an active and engaging process that provides me an opportunity to capture the perfect moment and tell a story through my camera. Whether that story echoes the soul of a city, captures an occasion in someone’s life, or documents a unique experience, I bring that story to focus.
Yelena Lamm was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she received her formal art training from the N. K. Roerich Fine Arts School. After moving to the U.S.A. with her family in 1995, Yelena pursued a career as graphic artist. She furthered her education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where she received her degree in Graphic Design.
I am a social realist painter. My aim is to capture the spirit of the age and create contemporary portraiture that tells stories about my subjects through a strong visual narrative. The portraits that I paint allow for me to relate ideas that are a product of my observation and experience.
William D. Pfahl
In addition to painting plein air, I regularly paint both figure and portrait and still life. I am a current and active member of AAP and PSA art groups. I have always enjoyed painting and drawing what is in front of me, the light and color I see and feelings that I have while engaged standing in front of a model, city scene or forest stream are what excites me to work.
It is in the rebellion of the new social norm of living in a "plugged in" culture that I create my artwork. Using an impressionistic application of oil and acrylic paint I celebrate figures, landscapes and objects in the simplicity of a single moment. I dream of creating a peaceful presence for the viewer and selfishly enjoy the beauty of this state of mind as I create each work.
William D. Wade
William D. Wade is an artist, photo-journalist and a long time Associated Artists of Pittsburgh member. He has been published and exhibited internationally and is a former staff photographer and photo editor for The Pittsburgh Press and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Terri Wolfe Izzo
Painter Terri Wolfe Izzo seeks to express the unique energy of each place and subject she paints. Through color, shape, and texture, both urban and rural landscapes are reduced to the essential elements—real, exaggerated, or invented. Atmospheric conditions and time of day form the basis of this exploration.