“16th Annual Miniatures Competition’ exhibition provides insight into creating miniatures as well as collecting them. The precious tradition of the miniaturist carries a long and respected history that dates to the Renaissance. A miniature should invite, and stand up to, close inspection as well as holding its own from a distance. And, it should contain all the elements of a quality artwork—good composition, color, and balance. In the end, of course, that is what miniatures are all about—the smallest details. So, dust off that magnifying glass and visit this annual competition.
“Get Squared” is an exhibition of artworks with equal dimensions vertically and horizontally. And, the total dimensions, height multiplied by width including frame, must be equal. This square format presents a unique challenge to artists both compositionally and in successfully stating their choice of subject matter. Join us and see how artists met the challenge.
Also continuing its run in our gallery is “Silly Faces.” This is an interactive video installation that asks the audience to become a part of the exhibit. In this humorous piece, visitors instantly upload a 5-second video of themselves making a silly face into a ‘photo booth’ style kiosk. Then, the most recent video is added to the constantly changing grid of faces projected onto the gallery wall. Each video is bumped to the left when a new video is created, resulting in an animated and evolving mosaic.
“Silly Faces” was originally created for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh by artist Amanda Long and is on display in the Tranovich Gallery of the Center for the Arts March through May 2013. Free.