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Blackbird Artist Studios

A New Place for Artists To Create, Collaborate and Sell

The Blackbird Artist Studios is a new visual arts center offering professional artists affordable studio and retail space in Lawrenceville, a Pittsburgh neighborhood known as a destination for the arts. During open studio hours, the public can visit the Blackbird to watch artists at work, ask questions about the creative process and technique, and purchase work directly from the artist.

A Quick Look...

  • Located at 3583 Butler Street in Lawrenceville, part of the 16:62 Design Zone.
  • Studio spaces ranging from $397 for 410 sq ft , to $619 for 515 sq ft., with the option of combining studios for a larger space.
  • Rental fee covers basic maintenance, 24-hour access, and utilities.
  • Rental agreements require a two-year lease and a commitment to actively use the studio, fulfillment of required studio hours, on-time rent payment, and mindful care of your studio space. (Details available on rental application.)
  • A “green” building featuring energy efficient systems, finish materials from renewable resources or recycled content, and products that contribute to a healthier indoor air quality.
  • Developed by Artists and Cities; owned and operated by the Lawrenceville Corporation.

Are the Blackbird Artist Studios For Me?

  • I need affordable space to create and sell my work.
  • I’ve done the research and have assembled the financing required to successfully start my business.
  • I’m totally comfortable with allowing the public to watch me work during open studio hours, as well as answering their questions about my process and product.
  • I’m interested in working in an open and interactive community environment with other artists from a variety of disciplines.

The Blackbird Artist Studios welcomes rental applications from artists working in the following disciplines:

  • Book Arts and Paper Arts
  • Ceramics/Pottery
  • Digital Photography/Multimedia
  • Drawing and Illustration
  • Fibers and Textiles
  • Jewelry making
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Stained Glass
  • Woodworking

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Financial Support

The Blackbird Artist Studios were made possible through the generous financial support of: Anonymous, State Senator Jim Ferlo, The Heinz Endowments, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, Mary Hillman Jennings Foundation, Laurel Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation, Mellon Financial Corporation, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, PNC Foundation, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

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