Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators


PSI CONFIRMED EVENTS FOR 2024 (updated 6/13/2024) (others to be added as they are confirmed)

UPCOMING PROGRAMS-Watch for final dates and times.

Giuseppe Castellano, Founder of The Illustration Department, and host of The Illustration Department Podcast, will present to PSI on Sept. 7
PSI is presenting Giuseppe Castellano for an intimate afternoon of presentations on Saturday September 7. The venue and times are still being worked out.
Giuseppe was previously art director at Penguin Random House and Simon and Schuster and is now the founder of The Illustration Department. He is one of the most respected voices advocating for illustration in the contemporary marketplace, and his mentorships and workshops, especially in the children's book field, are exemplary.
Giuseppe Castellano, has accepted PSI's offer to host him for an exclusive presentation to our members on Sat. afternoon Sept. 7. To learn more about him, check out: illustrationdept.com/about, as well as his Illustration podcast: https://illustrationdept.com/podcast

For his presentation to PSI, Giuseppe plans to focus on two subjects: his speciality, Kid Lit, as well as self promotion for illustrators. 

Please see Basecamp thread on this event to let us know you are coming. We need to know numbers to plan the venue properly.
We are encouraging a huge turnout as this is valuable for every illustrator seeking to create marketing tools that cut through the noise.


  1. Seminar series on marketing work using deliberative social media principles and strategies is being developed by Daniel Senneway.
  2. Specific technical demo series have been proposed by Wintis Gibson and Judy Emerick.
  3. Presentation by Caldecott winning children's book illustrator Noa Denmon is being organized at The Hub in October by Frances Halley. We expect all these preparations to be officially announced shortly.
JUNE 8 SATURDAY 7PM Wintis Gibson's home studio 4449 Whitebush Street, Homestead PA 15120
Pot luck food and beverages welcome!
JULY: Kathy Rooney Studio 273 Catalpa Place PGH PA 15228 (Mt Lebanon) FINAL DATE AND TIME TBA
AUGUST: President JAMES MELLETT Studio 500 South Meadowcroft PGH PA 15228 (Mt Lebanon) FINAL DATE AND TIME TBA
Join the PSI board and relax, network, share new assignments, blab tech talk, and hear MORE about upcoming programs the rest of the year. Promotional catalogs for the "Artistry. Intelligence." exhibit will be available at the social to send to patrons, clients, guests to promote the society and the cause we are facing.

FALL Socials

Regular socials at J Goughs will resume second Tuesdays: September 10, October 8, November 12 at J. Gough's 6:30pm.
Please come on out to J. Gough's Tavern in Squirrel Hill, 4213 Murray Avenue, PGH PA 15217, continuing our second Tuesday socials on Tuesday September 10 through November 12, 2024, 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.


Social Meetings have been held almost every month since our founding in late 1996.
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
These programs cycle through member's home/studios and various public spots (like the Hub in West View) around Pittsburgh. The night typically includes a presentation by a member or outside speaker 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.