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Best Art Exhibits Coming To Pittsburgh In 2016

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This city presents some of the best permanent exhibits in Pittsburgh for art, but the area's museums and galleries also welcome a diverse range of limited time exhibits as well. Some of its most exciting are making their way to Pittsburgh for spring and summer 2016. From student-created masterpieces to unique glass sculptures and bug-inspired beauty, you'll find it all at these upcoming art exhibits. Here are five worth checking out in 2016.

The Art Connection 87th Annual Student Exhibition
Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15123
(412) 622-3131

Through May 2

Some of the most stunning artwork doesn't come from the most famous artists and the upcoming creatives behind the 87th annual student exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art are proof. This 17-day long exhibition highlights brilliant, reflective art created by fifth- through ninth grade students involved in the museum's Art Connection program. By showcasing their ideas artistically, these students are refining their artistic skills through opportunities that culminate with the opportunity to put their work on display for the public in the very ways that former student alumni like Andy Warhol and Duane Michals once did.

Factory Installed
The Mattress Factory
1414 Monterey St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 231-3169

May 20 - Feb. 12, 2017

Beginning on May 20, The Mattress Factory will present the Factory Installed exhibition at its Monterey Street galleries. Four artists, including Pittsburgh's own Kevin Clancy, will have installations on display in the form of a room-sized exhibit showcasing each individual artist's creative approach. This is the first of the two-part exhibition; the second half, exhibiting in late September at The Mattress Factory's Sampsonia Way galleries, will feature four additional artists. General admission to The Mattress Factory is $20.

All Around Us: Installations, Experiences And Explorations Inspired By Bugs
Wood Street Galleries
655 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-5605

April 22, 2016

A free gallery crawl on April 22 welcomes Pittsburgh art connoisseurs to the Wood Street Galleries exhibit called All Around Us: Installations, Experiences and Explorations Inspired By Bugs. Spend the evening taking in the breathtaking beauty of bugs in a remarkable collection highlighting everything from bees to cockroaches to beetles and learn what makes these species so unique. Participating artists for this exhibit include Garnet Hertz, Ivana Adaime Makac, Matthjis Munnnik, Robin Meier and Stephanie Ross. Admission to the Wood Street Galleries and all of its exhibits is free to the public.

Related: Pittsburgh's Best Local Art Galleries

Turned On: Lighting Hooks Up With Sculpture
Pittsburgh Glass Center
5472 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 365-2140

June 3 - Sept. 11, 2016

Mark your calendars for the June arrival of Turned On: Lighting Hooks Up With Sculpture. This exhibition opens with a free reception on Friday, June 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fourteen artists will be featured, including Pittsburgh's Julian Maturino. The Pittsburgh Glass Center is located in the city's Friendship neighborhood.

Telling Tales: Stories And Legends In 19th –Century American Art
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
221 N. Main St.
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 837-1500

Through June 19

If you haven't seen the lovely American 19th-century art exhibition at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art that opened in March, you have through June 19 to check it out. The exhibition, called Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-century American Art, features beautiful pieces from 1825 to 1870 that depict narrative subject matter from 53 various artists, including William Sidney Mount, Daniel Huntingdon and T.H. Matteson. Modern visitors will appreciate the artistic look back on this influential period in American history. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is located on North Main Street in Greensburg.

Related: Best Upcoming Exhibitions For Kids In Pittsburgh

Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for Her work can be found at

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