Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Spring 2013-14 After School Enrollment

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The after-school courses for the third trimester of the 2013-14 school year have been set. See what we’ll be offering this fall in:

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild will hold two enrollment sessions for our upcoming after-school courses (ATP) on March 19 and 20 from 3:00–5:30 p.m. You’ll 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.

Back With The Fire – Sharif Bey

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sharifBy  Kurt Shaw at the Tribune-Review: The exhibit “Sharif Bey: Here & Now,” currently on display at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, is a coming home, of sorts. As a teenager in the 1980s, ceramic artist Bey received a thorough introduction to ceramic art through an apprenticeship program at the guild.

Now an assistant professor of art education at Syracuse University, he returned to Manchester Craftsmen’s recently to teach a workshop and open this solo exhibit of 33 ceramic works. Read more.

Peter Calaboyias, Northside And Beyond

Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 3.48.13 PMPeter Calaboyias, Northside And Beyond runs from January 21, 2014 through March 21, 2014 at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. A reception and artist talk are scheduled for Thursday, February 20th from 6 – 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Born in Icaria, Greece, artist and educator Peter Calaboyias studied at Penn State, IUP and CMU. The beginning phase of his 33-year teaching career was spent on Pittsburgh’s Northside. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited worldwide, and locally his best known works include “Silver Grid Wall” at the Pittsburgh International Airport, and “Five Factors” which resides in Mellon Park.

2014 MCG Invitational – Thursday May 8

poster_2014_webThe third annual MCG Invitational continues the tradition of serving Pittsburgh area high-school students. By providing this opportunity, the MCG Invitational will highlight talent, reward achievement, and encourage hope among those who might otherwise be overlooked.

The MCG Invitational seeks to recognize excellence and extol achievement demonstrated by youth in urban and economically disadvantaged communities. By heralding these values, this exhibition will reward meritorious students with cash awards, prizes and post-secondary education scholarships.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, 2014. Submissions will be accepted March 1-23.

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Sharif Bey: Here & Now

sharifSharif Bey: Here & Now runs from October 7, 2013 through January 3, 2014 at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. A reception and artist talk are scheduled for Thursday, October 17th from 6 – 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Sharif Bey is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Syracuse University. Bey earned his PhD in Art Education from Penn State University. He holds an M.F.A in Studio Art from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.F.A, in ceramics, from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Bey is a teaching artist with extensive experience in ceramics and art teacher training and has facilitated collaborative opportunities for adults and K-12 students in museums, arts centers, schools and universities throughout the United States. In addition to being an active teacher and contributing to multiple peer reviewed journals as a scholar, reviewer and editor, Bey continues to exhibit nationally and internationally. Recently he completed a commission of three large-scale sculptures for the United States Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan and has also represented the United States in Vendsyssel, Denmark’s SCANCERM international exhibition. As a Fulbright scholar Bey was an artist in residence at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2003-2004. Additionally Bey has served as a resident artist at The McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hunter College in New York City, and the Vermont Studio Center. Bey studio work ranges from decorative/functional pottery to conceptual wearable ceramic works, which are influenced by ritual and identity.

Inspiring Makers

.Inspiring Makers, showcases the talented staff’s artwork, and celebrates the artist-mentoring relationships that form the basis of MCG Youth & Arts programming.

The show runs August 27 through September 30 at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild.

Please join us for a public reception Thursday, September 26th from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

Macro Photography

MacroMaddiePittsburgh-area high-school students in the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild after-school photography program explored the world of macro photography. Students got up close and personal with their digital photography during a workshop with their instructors Germaine Watkins, Jolie Valentine and Dan Dexter MCG volunteer from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

The exhibit opens Friday, September 27th at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, from 5:30-10:00 pm in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.

The Guild Effect

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Guild Effect from Martha Rial on Vimeo.

Makey Makey at MCG

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Makey Makey is dubbed “an invention kit for everyone.” Using simple electronics and a USB interface, students are able to create their own video game controllers and a host of other things, like banana pianos, for example. Makey Makey is a project of the MIT Media Lab, who generously donated these units to the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Want to buy one for yourself? Visit www.makeymakey.com

Inspirations – An Exhibition of Cell Phone Images

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for jeffIn spring 2013 the students of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild curated this exhibition in a class called Curating and Installing Exhibitions. They managed the entire process from developing a theme, creating a Call for Artists, managing submissions and designing an online exhibition of the submitted images.

The exhibit opens Friday, July 12th at the Susan Zubik Welcome Center at Catholic Charities, 212 Ninth Street in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, from 5:30-10:00 pm in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl.

Visit www.mcgonlineexhibit.com to view the works.

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