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(Visual) Art Organizations

See also: Crafts Organizations

Pittsburgh Region

  • Pittsburgh Artist Registry
    The Pittsburgh Artist Registry is a resource for promoting visual, literary, performing and multi-disciplinary artists living in southwestern Pennsylvania and is the only free on-line artist database in the region.
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Pittsburgh
    The Pittsburgh chapter of the national organization committed to the promotion of excellence in graphic design.
  • Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS), Ohio Valley Chapter
    Representing art libraries in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
  • Artists Image Resource (AIR)
    AIR is an artist-run organization that integrates the production of fine art printwork with innovative educational programs that explore the creative process. AIR provides print and imaging services to professional artists and educators.
  • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
    Founded in 1910, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh is an artistsí group comprised of about 500 artists - creators of all media of the visual arts. Any resident of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, or Ohio who lives within a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh and who is over 18 years of age is eligible to apply for membership. The AAP holds an Annual Exhibition of local artists' work each year, copies of which are online.
  • Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh
    promotes the study and critical practice of calligraphy as a craft and as an art form fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of calligraphy by the free exchange of ideas and techniques
  • Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh
    Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization with about 150 members, promotes fine crafts in the western Pennsylvania region by sponsoring exhibitions, workshops, social events and scholarships. The Guild also sponsors A Fair in the Park, held annually the weekend after Labor Day.
  • Father Ryan Arts Center
    Offers classes in the visual arts (as well as in music and dance) in McKees Rocks.
  • Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh
    The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh is a nonprofit, member-supported organization that promotes the appreciation of fiber art and fosters its creative development and continuation. Every other year it sponsors the Fiberart Interational, a juried exhibition of fiber arts.
  • Gateway to the Arts
    encourage student interest and participation in the arts and to enhance the learning climate in the schools and communites of Western Pennsylvania through school performances of high quality, arts-infused curriculums, teacher and artist training, and arts advocacy.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
    The Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance and Pro-Arts Pittsburgh have merged to for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, an advocacy group for artists and art groups with management education courses.
  • Greensburg Art Center
    Offers classes and exhibits at the Alex Fletcher Memorial (Greensburg) Art Center in Greensburg (east of Pittsburgh)
  • Handmade Arcade
    An annual unusual craft fair for unusual times at Construction Junction, created to give grassroots, independent crafters an opportunity to show and sell their wares.
  • Industrial Arts Co-Op
    An organization that transforms Pittsburgh-area industrial discards into public sculptures.
  • Kente Arts Alliance
    Kente Arts Alliance is an African American arts organization whose mission is to present high-quality art of the African Diaspora.
  • MCG Youth and Arts (Manchester Craftsmen's Guild)
    a multi-cultural arts education and presenting organization which has been providing cultural activities to residents of Western Pennsylvania for the past twenty-seven years. Programming is currently conducted in visual arts, with a focus on ceramic art and photography, and the performing arts with an emphasis on jazz. The Apprenticeship Training Program at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild teaches inner city, public school students the technical and aesthetic elements of ceramic art, computer imaging, drawing and photography while providing guidance and support for students to pursue their long term goals
  • North Hills Arts Center
    Located at 3432 Babcock Blvd. in the suburbs north of Pittsburgh, the North Hills Arts Center was established by the Artist's and Craftsmen's Guild, Inc. and has 200 members, a majority of which are artists and craftsmen. Other members are students and area residents who believe in the importance of continuing and expanding the Center for future artisans. The Center offers classes, workshops and weeklong summer art camps, as well has exhibits.
  • Pitt Arts
    Present your University of Pittsburgh student ID for free admission to the Carnegie, Warhol, and other amazing museums.
  • Pittsburgh Area Artist-Blacksmiths Association
    Their website includes lists of blacksmithing classes, galleries, events, projects and links.
  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
    Located at Fifth and Shady Avenues. Presents art exhibits and offers many art and craft classes.
  • Pittsburgh Glass Center
    An open and comprehensive studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art.
  • Pittsburgh is Art
    Pittsburgh is ART is a collaboration of local arts organizations to showcase the superior cultural activity in Western Pennsylvania.
  • Pittsburgh Photo Section, Academy of Science and Art
    The purpose of the Photographic Section of the Academy of Science and Art is to provide an environment for individual study and advancement in the knowledge, practice and appreciation of the art of photography. To fulfill this purpose the Section supports lectures, competitions, field trips and information interchange. They meet 3 times each month from September to May.
  • Pittsburgh Polymer Clay Guild
    The Pittsburgh Polymer Clay Guild is a non-profit organization formed of polymer clay artists of various levels of expertise that meets monthly to share ideas, tips and techniques with an interest in polymer work.
  • Pittsburgh Print Group
    an artist guild affiliated with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, whose purpose is to support artists who are printmakers through exhibits, educational projects and other promotional activities. The Group is also committed to the advancement and promotion of the printmaking art throughout various educational and community-oriented activities. It has approximately 70 artist members who work in Southwestern Pennsylvania and exhibit nationwide.
  • Pittsburgh Society of Artists
    A non-profit organization of Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania artists whose work represents all two and three dimensional media.
  • Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators
    A social and a professional organization for free-lance illustrators, working to support each other and to raise the profile of illustration as an art form.
  • Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors
    In 2005, the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors of Pennsylvania celebrated seventy years of existence, making it one of the oldest sculpture guilds in the country. The mission of the society remains to promote sculpture in the Pittsburgh area by way of exhibitions, educational workshops, social events, lectures, and collaborations with other art-related groups.
  • Society for Contemporary Craft
    The Society provides a unique opportunity to view works by nationally known artists, learn about the creative process in their gallery and resource center, attend workshops on various arts and crafts, or to purchase quality contemporary craftworks in their store.
  • South Arts Pittsburgh
    An arts center formed in 1984 to serve the South Hills Community.
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, Inc.
    The Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts is the sponsor of an annual regional juried art exhibition, covering nineteen counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Their purpose is to enhance and encourage the cultural education of the public through the exhibition and promotion of the work of area artists.
  • Spark: The Kids+Creativity Network
    Spark is a network of people, projects, and organizations in the greater Pittsburgh region that are empowering children and youth by creating relevant learning opportunities through the compelling use of technology, media, and the arts.
  • Steamrolled Pittsburgh
    The Steamrolled Pittsburgh project is a collaboration between Construction Junction and the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh thanks to funding from the Sprout fund. Steamrolled Pittsburgh will use a construction grade steamroller to print large 2'x2'wood-cut prints of 8 Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
  • Steel Valley Arts Council
    Steel Valley Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in the communities of Homestead, Munhall, and West Homestead.
  • Technology in the Arts
    Formerly ArtsNet, this is a Carnegie Mellon University initiative to bring arts organizations together online.
  • The Three Rivers Arts Festival
    presents an annual 17-day festival of the visual and performing arts in downtown Pittsburgh each June as well as special performing arts projects and exhibitions throughout the year.
  • Three Rivers Quilters
    Dedicated to sharing information and developing skills in quilting and textile arts, and to encouraging interest in these arts throughout the community.
  • Turners Anonymous
    Turners Anonymous is the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American Association of Woodturners with about 75 members who enjoy woodturning and the products of woodturning.
  • Washington Community Arts and Cultural Center
    An organization in Washington PA whose mission is to bring the arts to everyone, including all children and underserved adults.
  • Western Pennsylvania Craftsmen's Guild
    The Western Pennsylvania Craftsmen's Guild is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve historic crafts and landmarks by showcasing master artisans with years of experience.


  • Art Libraries Society of North America, Delaware Valley Chapter
    Serving the Philadelphia region and eastern Pennsylvania
  • Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania (CAP)
    Pennsylvania's arts advocacy organization which works to advance public support for the Arts in Pennsylvania, by monitoring legislative and appropriations activity affecting the Arts in Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
    The PCA, founded in 1966, is a state agency in the Office of the Governor, whose mission is to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state.
  • Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
    The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen is an educational 501(c)-(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1944, that promotes quality contemporary and heritage crafts by providing educational opportunities, marketing assistance, cultural programs, workshops, and information services to its members. Their website includes a database of members and their websites.
  • Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance
    The Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance is a non-profit organization committed to the development and promotion of the arts throughout rural areas of Pennsylvania.

United States

  • The American Institute of Architects
    Includes the AIA's mission statement, a brief history of the Institute; an overview of member services; directories for Chapter Offices and Allied Organizations, plus announcements and other information.
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts
    The American Institute of Graphic Arts is the oldest and largest national organization committed to the promotion of excellence in graphic design. The AIGA consists of a network of 40 chapters nationwide with over 10,000 member graphic designers and related professionals. Founded in 1914, the AIGA national office is located in New York City.
  • College Art Association
    Promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art. Its website includes news and information about the organization, their publications, annual conference, job and career information.
  • Graphic Artists Guild
    The Graphic Artists Guild is a national union of illustrators, designers, web creators, production artists, surface designers and other creatives who have come together to pursue common goals, share their experience, raise industry standards, and improve the ability of visual creators to achieve satisfying and rewarding careers. Their website contains information about the organization, excerpts from their newsletter, job and career information, and other useful links
  • National Cartoonists Society
    "The National Cartoonists Society is the world's largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists." It now includes over 600 members and offers a very entertaining website.
  • National Watercolor Society
    Formerly the California Water Color Society (founded in 1920), the National Watercolor Society holds an annual exhibition and sponsors travel shows that visit collegiate and public galleries and museums throughout the United States and Canada. Selections from their annual exhibitions are online.
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
    The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. There are currently more than 10,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regions, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world. On their website you will find links to the regional chapters.
  • Society of Illustrators
    "The Society of Illustrators is the only national institution devoted solely to the art of illustration. Its membership of over 900 is comprised of professional artists in the fields of illustration, cartooning, animation, and graphic design."
  • Visual Resources Association
    The Visual Resources Association is a multi-disciplinary community of image management professionals working in educational and cultural heritage environments. Their international membership includes: information specialists, digital image specialists; art, architecture, film and video librarians, museum curators; slide, photograph, microfilm and digital archivists, architectural firms, galleries, publishers, image system vendors, rights and reproductions officials, photographers, art historians, artists, and scientists.