Art in Pittsburgh

Or, "Come to Pittsburgh for a Reading and Stay Awhile for the Art"

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Art on the North Side

For an art tour of Pittsburgh, the North Side is a great place to start. The amazing seven-story Warhol Museum is just across the Andy Warhol Bridge from downtown. The Mattress Factory is one of Pittsburgh's most renowned and unique art locales. Not only is it a small museum dedicated to contemporary artists and installation art, but they also have co-commissioned the "House Publications" on their narrow street, Sampsonia Way: House Poem, several poems in Chinese calligraphy painted onto a small row house (by Huang Xiang), is not to be missed. See more about the House Publications on the City of Asylum Pittsburgh page. The Mattress Factory and City of Asylum houses are located among the historic Mexican War Streets in the North Side.

The Children's Museum is also on the North Side.

Art in the Cultural District Downtown

Recommended galleries in the downtown Cultural District include Wood Street Galleries; Future Tenant; SPACE Gallery; 707 & 709 Penn Galleries; and the Toonseum, dedicated to cartoon art.

Art in Oakland

The Carnegie Museum of Art at Forbes and South Craig Street is the biggest attraction here. Second to that is the Nationality Rooms in the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. Get a virtual tour of these architectural oddities here.

The Romanian Room, Nationality Rooms, Oakland

The Frick Fine Arts Building, around the corner from the Carnegie Museum, home of University of Pittsburgh's Art History and Studio Art departments, was commissioned by the daughter of Henry Clay Frick, and designed after Pope Julius III's "Villa Giulia" in Rome. Its central room houses several beautiful fakes of famous paintings and surrounds a small courtyard. A brief walk across the Junction Hollow Bridge (near Michael Chabon's "Cloud Factory") takes you to the striking Phipps Conservatory, for botany lovers.

Go back to the Carnegie Museum and take a short walk in the other direction, up Forbes to Carnegie Mellon University to reach CMU's Miller Gallery.

In North Oakland, the gallery space at Pittsburgh Filmmakers features photography, video, and new media, and is located on Melwood north of Baum Boulevard.

Art in Lawrenceville

Butler Street in Lawrenceville is so full of design stores, art studios, and boutiques, it calls itself the 16:62 Design Zone.

Penn Avenue Arts District

Find contemporary art at ModernFormations Gallery, Garfield Artworks, and Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery. For more galleries and happenings in the Penn Avenue Arts District, including details on Unblurred First Friday events, see:

Art in the East End

In Point Breeze, the Frick Art & Historical Center includes a museum, a greenhouse, and the tour-able home of Henry Clay Frick. In Squirrel Hill, don't miss the wonderful folk art store and gallery, Mexico Lindo. In Shadyside, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts features several simultaneous exhibits in the 1912 Marshall mansion (legacy of Bethlehem Steel). 6300 Fifth Avenue at Shady Avenue.


Braddock, Pennsylvania is an adjacent suburb to Pittsburgh's East End. Once a densely-populated mill town, it now holds a little over 2,000 residents. The mayor is determined to rebuild it as a haven for the arts and a town of creative and industrial innovation. Visit the gallery Unsmoke Systems at 1137 Braddock Avenue.

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