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Past Newsletters

Special thanks:
Editor: Anni Matsick
Yelena Lamm



 Friday, August 28     Panel discussion on Alternative Streams of Revenue at the home of Kathy Rooney in Mt. Lebanon.


“The Pricing Game”
Friday, June 26

at home/studio of Fred Carlson in Monroeville.
Fred’s popular presentation, last delivered at PSI’s 2010 Conference to a packed room, will show approximately 25 illustration projects from all types of markets. Attendees hear a brief description of the assignment and see the image, then guess what the job was worth, or how they would price it. After the run-through, Fred goes back through the images and reveals the real price paid.

Friday, April 24
7:30-9:30 pm at Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave.
The meeting’s theme covered that old standby of self-promotion, postcard mailings.

Friday, March 27
7:30-9:30 pm
John Blumen's home
PSI is delighted to welcome Gregg Valley back into the fold in a presentation and talk from Gregg spanning the start of his fledgling career in Pittsburgh as a scientific illustrator to large scale installation projects in San Francisco. 

Friday, September 26
Meeting hosted by
Kathy Rooney
Watch for details!

Protecting your Creativity: Key Concepts of Intellectual Property & Art Licensing

Friday, June 27th
7:30 - 9:30 pm

The TechShop Pittsburgh Bakery Square
192 Bakery Square Blvd.

Featured Speaker:
Sharra S. Brockman

Shanna is a copyright and trademark attorney who will cover these key concepts:
• Licensed usage, copyright registration and work made for hire
• Best practices for communicating licensing options to clients and collecting appropriate fees

DIY Websites 101

Friday, May 30
7:30 - 8:30 pm

7th floor meeting room of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 810 Penn Ave, Downtown
(Street parking is free after 6 pm, or paid spots at the 9th and Penn garage across the street)

Featured Speakers: Cynthia Closky
and Carly Schonberg 

This event will cover two broad themes:
• The basics of building your own Wordpress website
• Creating compelling content to drive traffic to your website

Digital Illustration - Beginner to Advanced

Friday, April 25
7:00 - 10:00 pm

Thinktiv, 111 N. Whitfield St., 3rd Floor, Pgh, PA 15206

Session 1
Featured Artists: Evette Gabriel and Molly Feuer 
The speakers will provide a broad overview of such topics as: understanding the Creative Cloud, key principles of scanning and resolution, and a brief introduction of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Kuler. Each member will also be provided with a packet of resource materials including a recommended course list with links. All experience levels are welcome.

Session 2
Featured Artists: David Coulson, Rick Henkel, Molly Feuer and Evette Gabriel
Learn as our members share their tips and techniques to working digitally. Each speaker will present digital files, discuss tools and answer questions.

Friday, March 28 
7:30 pm

Feuer Illustration Studio
202 South Braddock Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
(One block south of Braddock and Penn)

Featured Artist:
Fred Carlson

Passions, Pencils, Portraits, & Profits

Join us on the last Friday of each month in 2014!
Watch for this year's selection of programs, posting soon!

PSI's big 50-day summer show at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery has ended, but you can still see it online!

It's our biggest and best show ever with 91 works by 55 members in 8 categories.

Click here to visit the show website to learn more!

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Spotlight on...
Genevieve Barbee

Genevieve went out on the town to continue her project, “That’s What You’re Good At,” a series of over 100 interviews accompanied by her art
and anecdotes, with subjects ranging from a neighbor to Mayor Bill Peduto.

Read more on page 3 in the January PSInside.


New Members

Jim Prokell is an award winning creative director, art director and businessman

Elizabeth Claire Rose in her works explores landscape, migration, ecology, and place.

New Affiliate Members

Chris “Chance!” Brown, Colleen Hopper




Terri Adams



Read more on page 3 in the November-December PSInside.

April BOI Meeting

The April Business of Illustration meeting was a “Promo Postcard Show-and-Tell” moderated by PSI President Pat Lewis.



Read more on page 5 in May’s PSInside.





2015 Scholarship Awards at CACC

Annual PSI Scholarship Awards for students at the Community College of Allegheny
County (CCAC) were presented at the opening of the annual Student Art & Portfolio Show on April 23.


Read more on page 4 in May’s PSInside.


PSI members contributed art to benefit Pittsburgh’s ToonMuseum fund raising event held April 25.










Read more on page 3 in May’s PSInside.

March BOI Meeting

Founding member Gregg Valley gave a presentation on his impressive career path covering a departure for the west coast through his recent return to Pittsburgh.


Read more on page 3 in April’s PSInside.


Mark Brewer gave a watercolor demonstration for Diane Lally’s students at South Fayette Middle School on April 24.



Read more on page 2 in April’s PSInside.


Vince Ornato drew caricatures at the Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters in the Strip District on March 26, at the United Way event for the local Women’s League, courtesy of UUBU 6 restaurant.


Read more on page 2 in April’s PSInside.

February BOI Meeting

Members gathered for a Business of Illustration meeting at Mark Bender's classroom at AIP heard results of the recent members survey and PSI's upcoming new website.


Read more on page 3 in March’s PSInside.

Spotlight on...
Yelena Lamm

A nearby lush garden path inspired Yelena’s artwork for the sensational Lammily© doll’s international debut, funded by over 13,000 backers from 62 different countries.


Read more on page 5 in November-December’s PSInside.

New Officers Installed at 2014 Saturnalia

Newly elected officers President Pat Lewis and Vice President Amanda Zimmerman were installed at PSI’s annual holiday celebration, held this year at The Brew Gentleman.


Photos by Alex Patho Jr.

Read more on page 4 in November-December’s PSInside.

2014 AIP Awards

Prizes in the annual PSI Scholarship Awards for students at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh were awarded on November by Scholarship Chairperson Rhonda Libbey.

Read more on page 3 in November-December’s PSInside.

September 26 BOI Meeting

Pittsburgh illustrator Kathy Rooney conducted a presentation on marketing artwork at her Mt.Lebanon studio. An online tour of her Etsy Shop was accompanied by her viewpoint on selling,pricing and marketing prints and original artwork.



Read more on page 5 in October's PSInside.

July 26 Illustrators Retreat

PSI members gathered for a day of relaxation and inspiration in the idyllic setting of
Choderwood, riverfront property in Highland Park.


Read more on page 5 in August's PSInside.

June BOI Meeting

“Copyright & Licensing in Illustrations” was held at The TechShop Pittsburgh, presented by Sharra Brockman, a copyright and trademark attorney with Verv, an intellectual property law firm.

Read more on page 4 in July's PSInside.

South Fayette School District Art Club
visited by Fred Carlson

Fred’s audience on April 16 was a combination of high school and junior high school aged students. In his 90-minute talk, Fred covered his own history in the illustration field and showed samples of work.


Read more on page 3 in May's PSInside.

February BOI Meeting

John Ritter was guest speaker at February’s Business of Illustration meeting, held at the Artist
Images Resources (AIR) facility in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood.


Read more on page 5 in March-April's PSInside.

AIP Students in Pittsburgh Grand Prix Poster Competition

Mark Bender’s Digital Illustration students designed posters for this annual event which benefits the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.
Shown are winning designs by, l-r, Sean Proakis, Richard Woodson and Nicole Harrison.

Read more on page 3
in January's PSInside.

Illustration Ale 2013 Edition

East End Brewery’s new batch of six labels includes artwork by three PSI members.


Read more on page 3 in December 2013's PSInside.

John Manders at WPaSCBWI Conference

John offered a session on promoting your books at the Western Pennsylvania Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators annual conference in Green Tree, November 9.



Read more on page 4 in November 2013's PSInside.

PSI Scholarship Awards

Awards were presented September 13 to Graphic Design students at the Bradford School.



Read more on page 4 in October 2013's PSInside.


AIP Noontime Talk Series

In conjunction with PSI’s Work for a Hire Purpose exhibit at Art Institute of Pittsburgh, four artists whose work is in the show gave noontime talks for AIP’s students and staff. Kit Paulsen is shown giving a watercolor demonstration in the Gallery.

Read more on page 3 in August 2013's PSInside.


67th Annual Reuben Awards

Two of five PSI members nominated by the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) took home awards presented at the 67th Annual Reuben Awards dinner held May 25 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. Photo by Lisa Manders.

Read more on page 5
in June 2013's PSInside.

Sarah Miller places second in Ink Masters Season 2

Congratulations to Sarah Miller who made it to the final two in Spike TV’s Ink Master, shown with Sebastian Murphy and Steven Tefft (right), who claimed the title. PSI takes great pride in Sarah for her outstanding run. Watch the Ink Master Season 2 Finale here.

Sarah gave away a $500 scholarship to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh at a viewing party held at Cavo on December 11.

Read more on page 2 in December 2012's PSInside.


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