The Manchester-Bidwell Corporation’s headquarters consist of three buildings on the shore of the Ohio River in Pittsburgh. Constructing a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired building at 1815 Metropolitan Street helped transform a former brownfield site into a world class professional center. The MCG Youth & Arts facilities consist of our four world-class studios plus a common area and a professional art gallery.
Our ceramics studio, dedicated to Frank Ross, is equipped with a slab roller, 16 potter’s wheels, a large assortment of hand-building tools, 3 electric kilns and 4 gas kilns (including raku). Our well-equipped raw materials lab allows our students to create an endless variety of glazes in pursuit of their creative vision.
Design Arts studio
Our design arts studio is equipped to teach a variety of artistic processes. We have sewing and embroidery machines, easels, all the equipment for screen and traditional printmaking as well as computer workstations. Whether your interest is quilt-making or sculpture, our staff strives to reveal help you release your creative genius in the medium of your choice.
Digital Arts studio
Our digital arts studio is divided into two rooms: Our digital imaging lab features large-format and color laser printers, 16 student PC workstations loaded with industry-standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite, and a variety of digital tools such as Wacom tablets and digital SLR cameras. Our fabrication shop, dubbed Tech Suite, makes 3-D printing, laser engraving, and computerized routing available to our students.
Our photography studio is equipped to teach traditional film-based photography – including darkroom techniques – as well as digital imaging. Additionally, we have computer workstations with industry-standard software for image correction and large format photo printing. Our professional-grade portrait studio completes the mix.
For potential students, parents, educators, councilors or other parties interested in MCG Youth & Arts programming, contact Rose Mary Gubser at 412-322-1773 Ext. 302.