Art All Night has a rich and storied history and is one of Pittsburgh’s most popular and populist arts events.
Art All Night debuted in 1998 with 101 pieces of art and 200 all night art lovers. In 1999, submissions grew to more than 200 pieces and attendance to more than 1,100 attendees. Art All Night drew even bigger crowds in 2000, with record attendees and over 300 artworks on display. In 2005, 868 artists displayed their work and more than 7000 guests attended. In 2007, 850 artists entered their work in the show which was seen by over 7,500 visitors. It has gained a cult-like following over the years and has been growing in popularity nearly every year. This is Art All Night’s twentieth year, and we expect it to be better than ever!
What is this thing, Art All Night?
When is it held?
The show is typically held during the last full (Sat/Sun) weekend in April. The official dates will be posted on our Home page when everything has been finalized.
Where is it held?
Typically somewhere in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The address will be on our Home page once a location is selected, and there will be maps on our Directions page to help you find your way to us as well.
In an effort to showcase the diversity of Lawrenceville the location changes each year. As the event has grown, we seek spaces of 20,000 sq. feet or more. In January the building committee identifies potential sites and works with the property owners to determine the actual location.
If you have a building and would be interested in hosting the show, please let us know via our contact page.
What does it cost?
Nothing. Not even a penny. Attendance and participation are both entirely free. (FREE!)
Check out our Visitors page to compare what all you will experience with how much you pay (NOTHING!) to get in. Talk about value!
How do I participate as an artist?
It’s easy peasy. Check this website in April where you can register here online. Then bring your artwork to the location on Saturday (the hours will be posted on the website) with your registration form and a photo ID. On-site registration is available.
Be sure to take a picture of your artwork so you can participate after the show in Art All Night All Year.
If your artwork has special needs just let us know before the event so we can plan for your piece.
How many pieces can I submit?
ONE AND ONLY ONE piece can be registered per artist. Artwork comprised of several physical pieces is considered one piece of art.
I have something unusual…?
Great! We love unusual. If it needs special handling or extra time to setup, please let us know via our contact page before the event so we can be prepared to help you.
How can I perform at Art All Night?
Each year we have multiple time slots for bands to perform. Visit the band page and our stage captain will contact you with more details.
You can also “perform” as an onsite artist showing our visitors art as it is being made. Painters get paired up and collaborate on a large piece that will get auctioned off at the end of the show to benefit the production of next year’s show. And painting isn’t all that is “performed”. Last year we had mosaic artists producing windows, chairs and hanging art, improve performers and our Video Lounge where video artists’ works were compiled and shown all throughout the show. Your imagination is the limit! Visit our Performances and Live Art page and a captain with contact you with more details.
Who puts on Art All Night?
Art All Night is planned and coordinated by an all-volunteer organizing committee that starts meeting at the end of January. Dozens of additional volunteers help in the final stages to prepare the venue, construct exhibit panels, assist with the registration and hanging of artwork, provide refreshments, direct traffic, clean-up, and much, much more. Live entertainment throughout the event is also donated by some of Pittsburgh’s finest performers.
The work of community volunteers is generously supported each year by a range of generous sponsors and donors. Art All Night is also supported by the strictly voluntary contributions of attendees, which support continuation of the event each year.
For further information, email us via our contact page.
For information about volunteering at Art All Night, click here. The sign up page will open up in the beginning of April of the current event year.
How do I participate as a volunteer?
What about kids? How “child friendly” is the show?
The show is open to everyone. Kids love “to art”, so it would be silly to not have stuff for them to do. We have tons of children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday adjacent to a youth-friendly section of art.
But please, do keep in mind that this is an uncensored show.
What is Art All Night All Year?
Ever seen something at Art All Night and forgot to write down the artist? Ever wondered what the artist was thinking when they made the art? Starting in 2008 all registered artists with an email address were invited to upload a picture of their art work along with contact information (email/website), pricing, and comments. We have been a little remiss these past couple of years requesting pictures and info, but with some diligence and patience, we will start this up again in 2016.
Hundreds of artists have participated in Art All Night All Year. You can see their artwork here