AAP Board of Directors, 1915.

AAP Board of Directors, 1915.

The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) is the oldest, continuously-exhibiting, visual arts organization in the country. Founded in 1910, AAP has spent over 100 years as a driving force in Pittsburgh’s dynamic cultural life. Its mission today, as then, is to provide a vital and challenging environment for artists to exhibit new work in the widest possible range of media. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a staff of three, AAP serves over 530 members in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.

The highlight of AAP’s calendar is the Annual Exhibition. Held at visual arts institutions across the region, such as the Carnegie Museum of Art and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, this exhibition is open to all. The only continuous annual juried show in the region, the AAP Annual has been host to many renowned artists including Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Philip Pearlstein, Balcomb Green and Andy Warhol. The 107th Annual Exhibition will open November 9, 2019 at The Westmoreland.

In 1945, AAP became one of the original founding guilds to establish the Arts and Crafts Center, where it maintained a gallery and office. In 1988, it moved to its own building at 937 Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. After selling that building in 2003, AAP established an endowment and returned to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.  The offices are now located at Ice House Studios in Lawrenceville, where AAP also has an exhibition space.

Photograph of installation piece by Nathan Hufford for the 106th Annual Exhibition. 14 September 2018. ©2018 William D. Wade.

Photograph of installation piece by Nathan Hufford for the 106th Annual Exhibition. 14 September 2018. ©2018 William D. Wade.

In addition to providing exhibition and mentoring opportunity for its artists, AAP is proud to offer a special educational outreach program, the Visual Arts Career Orientation Program (VACOP), for Allegheny County children. Now in its 28th year, the hands-on program allows students to work with professional artists in their studios, to learn new methods of producing art while sharing ideas with their AAP instructors. The program is overseen by our Education Coordinator, Laurie Barnes.

For further reading on AAP’s history, please see: “The First 75 years,” 1910-1985, by Mary Brignano, “Seventy-Five Years of Pittsburgh Art: Its Influence, ”curated by Anita F. Morganstern, and “Popular Salon of the People,” written by Dr. Vicky A. Clark and made possible through the National Endowments for the Arts. Artist records are now available at the library of the John Heinz History Center.


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Horatio S. Stevenson
James Bonar
Charles J. Taylor
James Bonar
Ralph Holmes
James Bonar
Christian J. Walter
Frederic C. Clayter
Thomas Ralph Lias
Joseph Bailey Ellis
Norwood MacGilvary
C. Kermit Ewing
Claude Jensen
Joseph C. Fitzpatrick
Raymond S. Simboli
Carl M. Cochran
Joseph C. Fitzpatrick
William C. Libby
Orval Kipp
Daniel Lee Kuruna
Charles LeClair
Virgil Cantini
Richard B. Beaman
H. Douglas Pickering
Joseph H. Calley
Jerry L. Caplan
Sylvester Damianos
Robert Gabriel
Thomas A. Herr
Joe Nicolson
Barbara J. Ford
John Y. Winberg
Eugene Kravitz
Donna Bolmgren
Majorie Firsching Shipe
Robert L. Bowden
Robert Qualters
Anna Marie Sninsky
Barbara J. Ford
Adrienne Heinrich
Frances V. Gialamas
Frank Flynn
Vaughn Clay
Irene Pasinski
Kathleen Zimbicki
Frances V. Gialamas
Lockwood Hoehl
Barry Shields
Richard Brown
Alice Lieb
Tim Fabian
Ken Beer
Pati Beachley
John Lewis
Christopher J. King

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