Saturday, April 21, 2007

Pittsburgh Rated Number One Mid Sized Art City

Last year readers of American Style Magazine, ranked Pittsburgh the number three mid sized arts destinations and this year, perhaps due to a little ballot stuffing- we are number one. "Excitement around the city is driven largely by glass-related events, such as the Dale Chihuly exhibition starting next month at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Glass Art Society international conference in June and related events, according to publisher Wendy Rosen. Pittsburgh also scored points among readers for The Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art and smaller private art galleries."

Well, anyway you slice it, it's hard to argue that readers made a bad choice. The benefit's of cross promoting and branding shows around the glass conference is really likely to pay off. Of course it might pay off better if we had a gallery guide or a bunch of people contributed to an art blog that covered the city or if we had a great online art portal that was attatched to the visit Pittsburgh website.

1 comment:

Karen Lillis said...

I don't mean to be the downer in this positive story, and Pittsburgh certainly deserves this rating and this attention. But I was depressed by the way the magazine specifically said that Pittsburgh voted for itself. I still keep having the feeling like Pittsburgh is and will remain, the best-kept secret. Will we ever really export the concept of this city? Will there be cross-urban pollination?