Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators


PSI CONFIRMED EVENTS FOR 2023 (updated 9/1/2023) (others to be added as they are confirmed)


JAMES SILVERBERG: All You Need To Know About the Challenges of A.I. (Artificial Intelligence)
The time for this AI program that is free to all Full and Affiliate PSI members is 6:30 pm.
James Lorin Silverberg, attorney based out of Washington DC and new PSI Affiliate member, has a long and distinguished record as an advocate for illustrators and photographers. James is the Director for Litigation for The Intellectual Property Group PLLC and has spent almost 40 years litigating cases representing authors throughout the US. He is legal counsel for The American Center for Design, the Graphic Design Education Association, and the Shoshin Illustrator Society. He is founding counsel for AIGA/DC and AIGA/Maryland. James has experience as counsel to American Photographic Artists and the White House News Photographers Association. He has taught at Washington College of Law, VCU, George Washington University, and the Corcoran School of the Arts.
James has been a passionate supporter of artists' rights, earning the respect from arts organizations, publishers, industry partners, lawmakers and government agencies in the US and globally. He is CEO of the Artists Rights royalty organization ASCRL.
James Silverberg ASCRL CEO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Artificial Intelligence ASCRL CEO's Zoom Meeting
Time: Sep 26, 2023 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS-Watch for final dates and times

TBA Last Week of September: James Silverberg, Washington DC attorney and CEO of ASCRL, presents an important program on aspects of AI and the effects on our industry.

Many details to come, offered as a ZOOM presentation. President James Mellett is setting up this program with Mr. Silverberg.

TBA this fall in late October or mid-November: Aspects of illustration and using photo references are constant topics of discussion and debate in our industry. Set aside time for this program to be presented in person and by Zoom by Former PSI President and current Treasurer Fred Carlson dealing with aspects of "fair use doctrine" and the questions of artistic transformation of one source to another finished artwork. Fred will use the recent Supreme Court decision Goldsmith v Warhol Foundation (the dispute surrounding Lynn Goldsmith's Prince photos and their subsequent use and commercial sale by Andy Warhol and the Warhol Foundation) as a jumping off point to refer to the Justices analysis of "Fair Use Doctrine" regarding using reference. Fred finds the Supreme Court's analysis of the case is a layman's textbook definition of 'fair use' and all illustrators should understand these terms and know what's allowed in current infringement case law. Fred will share the 87-page pdf of the ruling after the program for member reference.


Fall/Winter Socials

As summer ends, PSI thanks our hosts for the summer socials, President James Mellett (June), Wintis Gibson (WintisArt) (July), and John Blumen (August).

Regular socials resume Tuesday September 12 at J. Gough's 6:30pm.

J. Gough's Tavern - Resumes September 12, 2023

Please come on out to J. Gough's Tavern in Squirrel Hill, 4213 Murray Avenue, PGH PA 15217, resuming our second Tuesday socials on Tuesday September 12, 2023, and share your current work, have a drink, enjoy some PSI complimentary snacks from the delicious J. Gough's menu, or just hang out and visit with other members. Give us some of your thoughts on what programs PSI should plan. Bring a friend if you don't want to come out alone. We'd love to see everyone. Members usually start arriving around 6:30 PM. Plenty of on-street parking or you can use the Giant Eagle lot across the street.


On the calendar circle October 10 and November 15 for the next two Fall socials at J. Gough's.




Social Meetings held almost every month on a weekday at 7pm
Think Happy Hour! Since 1996, PSI has hosted socials to relieve freelance isolation and expose everyone to the work of other members. Join us for informal shop talk along with great food and drink at different centrally located restaurants or at member home/studios. Appetizers supplied by PSI. All members and prospective members welcome!

The “Business of Illustration” Meetings
This fast-paced program series cycles through member's home/studios and various studio spots around Pittsburgh. The night typically includes a presentation by a member or outside speaker, speed reviews (bring your portfolio), and networking. Attendees should bring a beverage and/or a snack to share. Locations and featured artists are posted on the PSI website and distributed via Basecamp announcements. One annual event to circle is the “PSI Goes to the Chapel” program event at The Chapel pavilion in Riverview Park on a Saturday in September TBA. Speakers, catered picnic, social time, etc.