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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.

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MCG Invitational – April 27 – May 8, 2015

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Awards Ceremony and Reception – May 6
Submissions accepted March 1-31

poster_2015Click here for Portfolio Submissions – Open to juniors and seniors, must include four pieces.

Click here for Teacher Submissions – Open to art teachers from participating schools. Each teacher may submit two pieces.

For more than 25 years, the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild has been a champion for youth, art and education in Pittsburgh. Historically, MCG has hosted an annual juried arts exhibition where talented students from Pittsburgh Public Schools competed for accolades and awards exceeding $100,000.

The fourth annual MCG Invitational continues this 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.

Winter 2015 Family Night

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Family Night 2015

Sorry, due to inclement weather, Family Night has been cancelled.

We at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to our Winter 2015 Family Night on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 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 and artist talks. This is an excellent opportunity for you to celebrate your child’s accomplishments with us during the afterschool hours this winter.


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.

Photo Exhibit Shines Light on “Good” Work

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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.15.27 AMFrom the Tribune-Review:

Manchester Craftsman Guild director Bill Strickland stands by some of the images of himself which are being used for a exhibit on Friday Oct. 17, 2014. Being Good is a collaborative effort to document three remarkable locals who are using their art, and committing their resources, to improve distressed neighborhoods in the city.

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2014 Arts DOG

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ArtDog1Arts Day of Giving, affectionately called ArtsDOG, is an 18-hour opportunity for arts lovers to donate online to their favorite arts and culture nonprofits and have their contributions partially matched, making your dollars go further.

The October 2 Arts Day of Giving is sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

We hope you will save the date and plan to participate-it’s as easy as 1-2-3…

1. On Thursday, October 2, 2014, visit the Pittsburgh Gives website,, between 6:00 am and midnight.

2 . Select our organization-your Organization Name here-from the
online list. Gifts as low as $15 can be made – please give generously!

3. Your dollars will be partially matched, helping your donation go further
to support the arts!

We appreciate your support on Oct. 2 – Arts Day of Giving. Thank you!

Fall 2014 Courses for Adults

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MCG Youth & Arts offers art classes for adults as well as youth. Take the time out of your busy life to pause, connect and create in one of Pittsburgh’s best art facilities. Whether you’re an artist, art educator, art lover, or someone seeking a hands-on hobby, our staff of professional teaching artists will help you nourish your spirit in our beautiful and unique facility.

Digital Illustration
Teaching Artist: Jill Wiggins
Oct 1 – Dec 3 (10 classes)
6 – 9 pm
Tuition: $200
Materials: $50
Open To: All Experience Levels
Learn to create beautiful vector graphics in this class featuring Adobe Illustrator. Each week you will create a unique piece of artwork that can be resized infinitely while remaining crisp when printed. This is possible because Illustrator draws with paths not pixels. Some of the projects you’ll be creating include a logo, a perspective (architectural) drawing, maps and infographics. We’ll even create a cartoon character!

Studio Pottery
Teaching Artist: Jeff Guerrero
Oct 7 – Nov 25 (8 classes)
6 – 9 pm
Tuition: $160
Materials: $60
Open To: All Experience Levels
Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced potter, you’ll have a great time at MCG. Although we tend to gravitate towards wheel throwing and functional pottery, you are welcome to create hand-built ornamental and sculptural work, as well. Works made in this class will be high-fired in our gas kiln so they’ll look great and also be microwave and dishwasher safe.

Click here to register online, download a the registration form and mail it in with a check, or call Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 x302

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MCG Youth and Arts admits students of any race, sex, national origin, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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