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About the Assisi Arts Community's
 Heritage Church Drawing Tour & Exhibit.

Experience the beauty of Pittsburgh's Catholic tradition & exercise your creative skills
as we visit 5 historic churches to draw from their artistic treasures.

From February–May, artists will visit a number of Pittsburgh's most beautiful Catholic Churches for drawing events. From June-July The Port will host an exhibit featuring select works created from the tour as well as other works of Pittsburgh churches.


Built primarily by immigrant communities, Pittsburgh churches were constructed to create an appropriate space to experience the beauty of the sacraments while also sharing a sense of the cultural and devotional heritage of the people.
Gathering donations from the rich and the poor, the buildings are an inheritance through which the faithful of the past maintain a presence today.  In honor of this relationship, the AAC is organizing a Drawing Tour in which local artists will seek inspiration from Pittsburgh area churches, studying their architecture, paintings, sculptures, and windows to express a sense of the faith life nourished within the walls.  The work will then be exhibited at The Port in Lawrenceville during the months of June and July to support local artists, as well as highlight the beautiful expressions of faith present in the Diocese of Pittsburgh

St Augustine 1901-Present.jpg

Participating artists are required to register and take part in at least one of the scheduled church visits.  The visit will begin with an introduction to the church to provide particular information about the location.  Artists may use the remaining time to create preparatory sketches for a later finished work, or finish the work that day.  Artists must bring a dropcloth if working with potentially messy media.  Artists accepted for the exhibit are responsible for preparing their work for hanging

Please note: submissions for the exhibit are not limited to artwork made at the church drawing events. Artists are encouraged to submit works of other Catholic churches in Pittsburgh as well. Maximum Artwork dimensions are 11"x14".

There is no cost to join any of these events, though we ask that participants to register if they plan (or hope) to join any drawing events, as we will send out an email prior to each drawing date to share important info for that location. Once registered, you will be on the list for each email—you are free to join whichever events you would like.



Church Drawing Tour

May 26

Submissions Due

May 31

Selected Artists Notified

June 10

Framing Workshop

June 16

Artwork dropped of at The Port (no later than)

Jun 19–Late July

Heritage Exhibit


The Assisi Arts Community (AAC) is an outreach of the Capuchin Friars, seeking to build and support a community of artists in Pittsburgh.  Founded with the conviction that the work of the artist mirrors and shares in the work of God the Creator, the AAC strives to facilitate opportunities to share this beauty as a witness to others.  

The AAC hosts a range of events including drawing events, poetry reading groups, movie viewings, and concerts. More information about past and present events can be found at or through social media @aac.pgh.

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