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2015 MCG Invitational Reception Photos

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Photos from the 2015 MCG Invitational public reception.

2015 MCG Invitational Awards Ceremony Photos

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Photos from the May 6, 2015 MCG Invitational awards ceremony.

2015 MCG Invitational Photo Booth

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Check out these fun photos from the 2015 MCG Invitational photo booth.

2015 MCGI Reception May 6th

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Click here to download the 2015 MCGI Exhibition Catalog (32 pages, PDF format).

The Fourth Annual MCG Invitational Will Award Nearly $200,000 In Prizes To Area Youth

PITTSBURGH, PA – April 20, 2015 — The fourth annual MCG Invitational continues celebrating the artistic achievements of Pittsburgh area high-school students. With over 80 students from 14 schools participating, there will be more than 200 pieces of art on display.

This year’s awards total nearly $200,000 thanks in large part to a generous full four-year scholarship from West Virginia University. Other scholarships include Robert Morris University, Chatham University, Carlow University and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Winners of these prizes will need to attend the ceremony as the awards will be announced live on stage at the reception on Thursday May 6, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This catered event featuring live jazz music is free and open to the public.

Other sponsors of the MCG Invitational include UPMC Health Plan, Hunter Associates in Partnership with Clark Hunter Foundation, NOVA Chemicals, Schneider Downs Wealth Management, Eckert Seamans, and Dorothy L. Raizman, Esquire.

The exhibition runs from April 27 to May 8. Reception will be held at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

Please visit for more information.


Accomplishment 33

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Accomplishment_2015_600x600We at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Accomplishment 33 reception, which coincides with our Spring 2015 Family Night on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

By attending you’ll have the chance to see the works of art created by MCG’s dedicated afterschool students and to meet the staff that works with and inspires them daily.  Refreshments will be served and our four art making studios will host tours, demonstrations, artist talks, and more. This is an excellent opportunity for you to celebrate your child’s accomplishments with us during the afterschool hours this spring.

Process Masters

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ProcessMasters2015_600x600Exemplary high school students, dubbed Process Masters, from the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Youth & Arts program will exhibit visual art from various mediums and several will give artist talks.

The exhibit opens Friday, April 24th at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, from 5:30-9:00 pm in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.

Spring 2015 Enrollment

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CourseguideCoverThe dates for Spring 2015 after-school enrollment are March 18 and 19.

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Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild will hold two enrollment sessions for our upcoming after-school courses (ATP) from 3:00–5:30 p.m. Students will be introduced to MCG Youth & Arts, its teachers and the facilities. You must attend one of these sessions to be eligible for admission. Click here for more info.

Non-PPS students may register online for a fee. Please click here for online registration.

Rhodes Revisited

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Rhodes Revisited—Inspirational works by the acclaimed artist, author, and educator, Daniel Rhodes runs from Jan 30—Mar 20, 2015. A public reception is scheduled for March 12th from 6 – 8 pm. This event is free and open to the  public.

Daniel Rhodesrhodes was the first visiting artist to conduct a residency at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in 1989. Hosting an artist of such status helped to establish MCG as a world class center for ceramics. The pieces in this exhibition represent an artist with an enormous amount of knowledge, experience, and creativity. One who dedicated his life to his craft, and to sharing his passion with others.

Born in central Iowa in the early part of the 20th century, Daniel Rhodes began his artistic career as a painter. He studied under John Steuart Curry, a notable painter from the American Regionalism movement. During his time at the Stone City Art Colony, Rhodes learned from Grant Wood, whose iconic painting, American Gothic, is recognized worldwide.

Rhodes moved to Colorado in 1940 and took his first formal ceramics classes. He subsequently entered the newly introduced graduate program at Alfred University, and subsequently became the school’s first MFA graduate. In 1947 he joined the Alfred faculty where he taught until 1973.

Rhodes authored numerous books throughout his life. The first of which, Clay and Glazes for the Potter, was published in 1957 and remains popular and influential to this day. His other books cover a variety of ceramic topics, including form and design, kiln construction, and materials science.

Rhodes died of a heart attack while conducting a ceramics workshop at age 78.

Being Good – Student Workshop Exhibition

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Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 1.07.23 PMStudents from Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild documented their neighborhoods during a workshop with photographers Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith and Lynn Johnson.

The reception is Friday, January 23, 2015 from 5:00-9:00 pm in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.

The exhibit runs January 23 – April 17, 2015  at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

Gifts from the Guild 2014

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GFTGGifts from the Guild, the MCG Youth & Arts annual holiday arts & crafts sale, will be held on December 5 – 6, 2014.

Please visit us Friday between 10 am and 6 pm, and Saturday between 3 and 9 pm.

Proceeds benefit youth arts education.

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