Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) started the jury process of their 105th Annual exhibition. Hundreds of artists flooded the abandoned Wholey building in the Strip District on Saturday, April 10th, to begin the selection process and earn a chance to exhibit their work at The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) from May 14th- August 15th.
The AAP exhibit will once again be held at CMOA, giving artists the chance to be seen in the same space as Renoir, Monet, and Van Gogh have been for decades. In addition to the storied history of CMOA, the alumni of the museum’s wide spanning art programs include the one-and-only, Andy Warhol.
The feverish pace in how the artists were delivering their work to be seen is comparable to a Grand Prix; everyone jockeying for position, in and out like the night, hoping for a chance to display on one of the largest stages in the US.
Mia Henry, a local artist, and founder of The Mine Factory, one of Pittsburgh’s well-recognized art spaces, lent to the significance of the exhibition, and what it means for artists.
“To have your work at The Carnegie is a huge resume builder, and it can translate into sales with thousands of people seeing your work during the show, but the exposure is what benefits the artists most. It just really depends on what they do with it,” said Henry.
Jurying this year’s exhibition is Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, a Los Angeles-based art writer, and curator. We captured some of the artist’s works from Saturday’s submission in this exclusive behind-the-scenes photoshoot.
For more information on AAP and the exhibition, visit them online.