Visual Arts Career Orientation Program

The Visual Arts Career Orientation Program, presented by the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, is a pre-professional experience that provides high school students with an opportunity to work with practicing Pittsburgh-based artists. Students will tour studio spaces, learn new techniques from teaching artists, and hear about different career paths in the arts. Experiences may include tours of local universities, community art spaces, and cultural institutions. Students will experiment with a wide range of processes and media that artists are exploring today.

Past Sessions


Samuel Rosenberg,  Rest,  1941, Gift of Art (Collection of Pittsburgh Public Schools)

Samuel Rosenberg, Rest, 1941, Gift of Art (Collection of Pittsburgh Public Schools)

Friends of Art

In 1916, John L. Porter asked ninety-nine friends for donate $10 a year for the next five years to purchase art for Pittsburgh Public Schools from AAP's Annual Exhibition.  This collection, known colloquially as the Gift of Art, spans 100 years of art by artists from the Pittsburgh region. The collection remains in the custody and care of Pittsburgh Public Schools and most recently was on view at the Heinz History Center. Learn more about the collection and its connection to AAP below.

Taking a closer look

Taking a Closer Look (TACL) was developed by Associated Artists of Pittsburgh artist educators in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Public Schools to leverage the extraordinary collection of original art that is installed in the schools. In 2009, artist educators worked with students to document, analyze, and preserve the impressive collection. 


In summer 2018, the AAP launched our Emerging Curator Program. At the core of AAP's mission is to provide thought-provoking exhibitions featuring the work of local artists. In order to do that, we need some great curators and jurors, and we hope this program will provide another great voice into the mix. This new annual project in curatorial development seeks to provide emerging curators the support they need to further develop their vision and voice. AAP will arrange various hands-on training experience and avenues of networking for the emerging curator. The program will culminate in an exhibition organized and curated the curator and funded by AAP.

2019 Emerging Curator: Vania Evangelique