ShareThis Page

Hot Pick: Exhibit showcases 'The Gift of Art'

| Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
“A Busy Corner,” by Rachel McClelland Sutton
“A Busy Corner,” by Rachel McClelland Sutton

Featuring nearly 80 paintings from some of the most accomplished Southwestern PA artists over the past century, “The Gift of Art,” currently on display at Heinz History Center, is a sight to behold.

The works come from the Pittsburgh Public Schools' collection, and include some of the first pieces purchased for the collection by Friends of Art, which was founded in 1916 by Pittsburgh businessman John L. Porter, president of the Union Cold Storage Co., who was interested in making Pittsburgh an art center as well as a steel center.

Many of these pieces have hung in the halls and common areas of the schools for decades, in the hopes that they will inspire an appreciation for art and a “love of the beautiful” among school students.

Now through mid-June 2017, visitors will get to see this magnificent selection from the 340-plus piece Public School's collection displayed in the new Barensfeld Gallery on the History Center's fifth floor.

The History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, except for Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission: $16; $14 seniors, $6.50 students, and free to children age 5 and under.

Details: 412-454-6000 or

— Kurt Shaw

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me