Hill District, Northside, Lawrenceville
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
With three new locations, more than 80 artist studios and its nonprofit status recently secured, Radiant Hall is ready for expansion plans and its closeup.
This Saturday, the homegrown arts organization—which was founded in 2012 to create and preserve studio environments for working artists in Pittsburgh—is swinging open its many doors to host its inaugural annual fundraiser.
Not your standard benefit (if you’re thinking passed hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, think again), the afternoon festivities will take the form of a guided tour of Radiant Hall’s three distinct locations spanning multiple city neighborhoods. Include along the stops will be plenty of opportunities to view and purchase art from local artists. Tour-goers will also enjoy beer and wine from Sweetwater Brewing Company and EngineHouse 25 Wines, and food from The Vandal, Station and Lithic Granola at each location.
How does it all work?
The day kicks off at 1:30 p.m. inside the newly unveiled Energy Innovation Center in the Lower Hill District. Tour goers will join Ryan Lammie, Radiant Hall’s executive director, for brunch and will hear all about the group’s upcoming expansion plans, collaborative projects and new spaces. The day’s first stop will also feature a signature cocktail from Tender Bar and Kitchen and live music by singer-songwriter Morgan Erina.
The tour’s second leg will take place at 3 p.m. at NOVA Place, a $100M redevelopment project just announced for the Northside’s Allegheny Center site. There attendees will view a pop-up exhibition of work by 25 past and current Radiant Hall artists. By the end of 2015, Radiant Hall plans to occupy 9,000 square feet of space at NOVA Place, which will include 16 new artist studios and a new five-person residency program.
At 4:30 p.m., the tour returns to Radiant Hall’s original location in Lawrenceville for a culminating celebration. Visitors will see how the building has been transformed, tour 26 artist studios, bid on work during a live art auction and will groove to tunes spun by DJ Desus.
The public is invited to attend for the entire day or pop in to a convenient location long the tour. Along with Lammie, Radiant Hall’s staff also includes Terry Boyd (education director), Maddison Fyffe (executive assistant), Christian Lockerman (production partner), Seth Clark (Lawrenceville studio director), Zack Lee (studio and facilities assistant), Alex Oliver (grant writer), Blaine Siegel (Susquehanna studio director) and Ramon Riley (North Creative studio director).
Proceeds from the event will support a financial assistance program for artists demonstrating a critical need, as well as the Radiant Hall expansion fund, which will be used to equip the new spaces with resources, walls, ventilation, lighting and studio supplies. Currently Radiant Hall operates 8,000 square feet in Lawrenceville, 2,600 square feet in the Energy Innovation Center and 5,000 square feet at 7800 Susquehanna St.