Silver Eye Center for Photography: 
Fellowship 14 Keystone Award winner Aaron MacLachlan set his Fellowship application apart by submitting a project that utilizes Google's "Search by Image" feature and showcases fascinating diptychs created from his own images and his Google search results. Join us for an informal conversation with Aaron as he discusses his process and inspiration behind the project. Jen Saffron, Director of Communications at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, curator, and artist, joins us to moderate and share her feedback on the innovative work. 

What: In Conversation with Aaron MacLachlan & Jen Saffron
When: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 2:00 pm
Location: Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Cost: Free but space is limited! RSVP requested to

Don't forget! Fellowship 14: Projects by Donna J. Wan & Aaron MacLachlan is on view through March 22, 2014. For more information about the exhibition and winners, please visit  Silver Eye's website


707 Penn GalleryLocal photographer David Aschkenas's exhibition presents a visual record of Pittsburgh's Civic Arena's last months in operation and during its yearlong demolition process. The only photographer licensed by the Sports and Exhibition Authority to have total access to the Civic Arena during its demolition, Aschkenas shot more than 10,000 photographs of the project. From wide-angle shots showing the pre-demolition Civic Arena among its surroundings, to close-up images of the seemingly mundane objects within, the photographs on display fully portray the iconic building during it demise.

What: Arena: Remembering the Igloo, by David Aschkenas
When: Open now through March 2, 2014
Location: 707 Penn Gallery, 707 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Cost: Free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Wednesday, Thursday 11 am - 6 pm; Friday, Saturday 11 am - 8 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

The Heinz Endowments / Spinning Plate Gallery: The Heinz Endowments presents Memories from Monticello, a collection of photographs by Sean Means, Heinz Fellow Emeritus, which reflect the two-and-a-half years Sean and eight other men spent mentoring students at Westinghouse High School through the Endowments' Heinz Fellows program. The exhibit also features images taken by students from Westinghouse.

What: Memories from Monticello
When: Open now through March 14, 2014
Location: Spinning Plate Gallery, 5821 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Cost: Free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Fridays, 1 - 4 pm; Saturday, Sunday 1 - 6 pm

Opportunities for Photographers

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens' photo contest, Phipps Through Your Lens, is now open to entries! Enter to win on Facebook by submitting your best Phipps photo - one that showcases your favorite room or plant, or just represents what the Conservatory means to you. Ten finalists chosen by fan votes will have their images featured on the Phipps Facebook fan page, and one lucky winner will receive a free one-year membership!
Contest Link:
Deadline to Submit: Sunday, February 16, 2014, 10:00 pm EST
Limit one entry per Facebook user.

Voting on submitted images continues through Wednesday, February 19, 2014 until 10:00 pm EST.

Crusade for Art: Crusade for Art aims to educate, inspire, and support artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to art and allow them to engage with art in a meaningful way. By inspiring, mentoring, teaching, and funding, Crusade for Art will empower artists to focus on creating demand for art and thereby encourage systemic changes to create a new crop of art lovers, patrons, and collectors.

The centerpiece of Crusade for Art is a $10,000 grant that will be awarded to an individual photographer or group of photographers with the most innovative plan for increasing their audience and collector base. The unrestricted grant is created both to generate and highlight these innovations, and to underwrite the execution of the best idea.

Crusade for Art's goal in offering a grant of this size is to motivate a large volume of photographers to think about their work, their target audience, and how to best engage them.

In the initial application, photographers/project organizers must submit a description (500 words or less) of their project idea and a $20 application fee. Five to ten finalists will be invited to submit a full application. The full application will require applicants to include a detailed project description, timeline, budget, projected audience reach, and expected impact of the program. There is no additional application fee for finalist applications.

A three-member selection committee will select the grant award recipient based on the proposed project's creativity, originality, and probability for success as well as the applicant's credibility and references. The three members of the selection committee are:

 * Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker
 * Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director at Museum of Contemporary Photography
 * Rupert Jenkins, Executive Director at Colorado Photographic Arts Center 

For Grant Guidelines and to submit your application today, visit Crusade for Art's website

Deadline for Applications: Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Do you know of an upcoming photography event or opportunity? (Bonus points if it's in the Pittsburgh area.) Send along any info, plus an image or two, to to be included in the next upcoming events newsletter!

Photo Credits (left to right, top to bottom): Solipsism Postulate photo courtesy of Aaron MacLahlan. Remembering the Igloo photos courtesy of David AschkenasMemories from Monticello photo courtesy of Sean Means. Phipps Conservatory photo courtesy of Paul G. Wiegman.
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