Stifel to Open Season With ‘Collective Works’ of Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators

Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center will opens its 2019-20 season of changing art exhibits with “The Collective Works” of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators.

“The Collective Works” exhibit features more than 50 framed pieces from the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators (PSI), including personal art as well as examples of illustrations applied to products present in our everyday lives.

The collection highlights traditional ways of working, alongside newer techniques and applications — demonstrating the spectrum of today’s modern-day illustration market.

“Alone Time” by April Hartman

A free opening reception takes place from 6:30-8:30 Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Guests can tour the exhibit, enjoy refreshments and talk with some of the artists in attendance.

West Liberty University professor of art Brain Fencl served as juror for the show.

“Illustration is always about the audience. Great illustration moves us to connect to texts, products and ideas. My focus while adjudicating this exhibition was to help put together a showcase of illustration for the audience of Wheeling, West Virginia. Not only was I looking for the best art, but I was also trying to show the field of illustration in its widest range. This exhibition shows us current trends, different applications on the commercial side and work that links back to the history of American illustration,” he explained.

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Fencl encourages visitors to the exhibition to have their phones handy. “When you see a image you like, go to the illustrator’s website and get a fuller picture of what they are capable of. These artists understand composition and design at a deep level, are skilled with their chosen media and are amazing visual storytellers.”

Established in 1996, PSI is the second largest society of illustrators in the United States. As a 501c(3) charitable society, its membership of 180+ supports the interests of professional and budding illustrators in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area through educational, social and career development activities, offering monthly meetings, scholarships and exhibitions. It is a rich resource of internationally acclaimed talent, easily accessible to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia residents.

Sponsored by United Bank, “The Collective Works” will be on display at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center through Oct. 26 and can be viewed free of change from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Evening hours are dependent on classes and special events.

For more information, visit or call the Stifel Fine Arts Center at 304-242-7700.