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PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, June 12th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Going Digital, Part 2 of 2

In a 2-part BOI series, a select panel of PSI members will lead a continued discussion about working in a variety of digital processes.  They will share their different approaches to creating digital art in order to decrease the barrier of “going digital”.  Topics will include the software artists use and how they decide upon certain tech over others, and will open the discussion for questions.

Thursday, June 28th
Starts: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, July 10th   
Start: 6:30pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Programs Available for PSI Members and New Member Outreach

We'll have a Q&A on programs available for PSI members to lead, join, and participate in.  Specially crafted for newcomers joining the last couple of years who want to know more about PSI and our benefits.  Open to ALL members.  Presentations about Mentorship, Programs, Scholarships, future marketing efforts, etc; all will be presented.

Thursday, July 26th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, August 14th   
Start: 6:30pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: ICON 10 Summary & Summer Picnic

Led by Fred Carlson at his home/studio.  A spacious back patio space will be the location for a pot luck picnic, music, and fire pit after the talk in the house.  Fred will show a presentation about the ICON 10 national illustration conference and the trends and marketing ideas from all over the nation.  ICON 10 is July 10-14 in Detroit, which Fred will be attending.

Thursday, August 30th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, September 11th  
Start: 6:30pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Bill Vrscak

PSI Member Bill Vrscak shares his work and process.  More information to come.

Thursday, September 27th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, October 9th
Start: 6:30pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Kim Fox

Pittsburgh artist Kim Fox shares her work and process.  More information to come.

Thursday, October 25th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, November 13th
Start: 6:30pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting

No meeting November (holiday)

PSI Saturnalia Party

TBA
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting

No meeting December (holiday)

 

Past Events

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Stacy Innerst

For the past decade Stacy Innerst has focused on art for children's publishing and is currently working on his eighth picture book. Many of his various books have been chosen as "Best Books of the Year".  Elements of Abstract Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism and German Expressionism routinely find their way into his work, even in illustrations for children's books and his illustrations have received recognition worldwide. He has served as a graphic designer, illustrator, art director and design director at several newspapers, big and small, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Seattle Post Intelligencer.  Check out some of his incredible work on his website.

Thursday, May 31st
Starts: 7:00-10:00pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, May 8th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Going Digital, Part 1 of 2

In a 2-part BOI series, PSI members Taylor Callery, Sophia Pappas, Hannah Luoni Garrison, and Genevieve Barbee-Turner will lead a panel discussion about working in a variety of digital processes.  They will share their different approaches to creating digital art in order to decrease the barrier of “going digital”.  Topics will include the software artists use and how they decide upon certain tech over others, and will open the discussion for questions.

Thursday, April 26th
Starts: 7:00-10:00pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, April 10th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: How to Juggle Work and Parenting (and Stay Motivated in the Process)

Have you ever wondered how managing a demanding and unpredictable career will align with family life? This month, we've gathered a panel of new and seasoned working parents to share real-world stories on how they manage this delicate balance (or trying to.)   It’s easy to allow the business of being a creative person take over your day-to-day life, and as the lines between family and work blur you may find the need to revise your approach.

Listen and ask candid questions.  Each speaker will share practical knowledge and discuss if/how parenting has changed their work.
 
Not interested in learning about daycare, breastfeeding or packing lunches?  No problem.  Please come to see/hear what each panelist has been working on. 
 
Panelists:

Rich Kelly
Ashley Cecil
Evette Gabriel
Ilene Winn-Lederer

Thursday, March 29th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, March 13th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Contracts & Copyright Issues

A panel of PSI members will share real-world examples of their experiences maintaining and preserving their copyrights, as well as their experiences and advice surrounding contracts.  Ilene Winn-Lederer, who is graciously hosting the event, will summarize what ASIP is about (American Society of Illustrators Partnership) and the importance of obtaining copyright protection.

Panelists:

  • John Manders (first PSI President and acclaimed children's book illustrator)
  • Mark Brewer (fourth PSI President and nationally known cartoonist and book illustrator)
  • Evette Gabriel (fifth PSI President, former staff illustrator at the Tribune-Review and current freelance illustrator)
  • Pat Lewis (sixth PSI President and humorous illustrator including Highlights for Children)
  • Ilene Winn-Lederer (PSI ASIP rep-American Society of Illustrators Partnership and long time freelance illustrator)

Thursday, February 22nd
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, February 13th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Gwyn Cready & Mark Zingarelli on Collaboration

Are you a fan of graphic novels?  Have you ever wondered how writers and artists work together on such projects?  Famed cartoonist and PSI member Mark Zingarelli and writer and AIGA member Gwyn Cready will discuss twists and turns of their in-process collaboration. 
 
Zingarelli's cartoon and illustration work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Time, and many others.  He's the illustrator of the critically-acclaimed graphic novel Second Avenue Caper, which won the Village Voice Award for one of the 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2014 and the Lambda Award for Best LGBT Graphic Novel of 2014.
 
Cready is the author of nine novels and the winner of the RITA Award, the most prestigious award given in romance writing.  Her work has appeared in Real Simple and USA Today, among others.  She works with illustrators and designers every day as a writer at ThoughtForm in Pittsburgh.

Thursday, January 25th
Starts: 7:00pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, January 9th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting

No meeting December (holiday)

SATURNALIA!

Saturday, December 9th
Start: 8:00 pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, November 14th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Insights on Accounting presented by Fred Carlson

Fred Carlson is PSI's current Treasurer and former President, as well as former national President for the Graphic Artists Guild.  Fred taught the subject of accounting to his senior students in Illustration at CMU for 14 years, and will share his insights with all of us in this oft-confusing area in the business of freelance illustration.

Thursday, October 26th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, October 10th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Live Figure Drawing at Panza Gallery

Friday, September 29th
Starts: 7:00pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, September 12th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Summer Social & New Member Meet & Greet / Q&A!

Thursday, August 31st
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

Silent Art Auction & Art Swap to benefit PSI's 20th anniversary show Art of Facts | Uncovering Pittsburgh Stories at the Heinz History Center

Tuesday, August 8th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Carlson Studio

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Summer Social

Thursday, July 27th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, July 11th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: The Pricing Game (and Potluck!) hosted by Fred Carlson

Fred Carlson is PSI's current Treasurer and former President, as well as former national President for the Graphic Artists Guild.  In this second edition of The Pricing Game, Fred has collected 25 real illustration assignments from various PSI members, which he will show and describe in a Powerpoint presentation. You, in the audience, estimate the price that you would charge for that assignment, and then marvel as you learn how close you came to guessing what the illustrator actually received for the job.  A fun, educational interactive experience that is beneficial for new and established illustrators alike!  Please bring a dish to share for a potluck picnic.

Thursday, June 29th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, June 13th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Guest Speaker Joe Kulka

Joe Kulka is an award winning children's book illustrator and author.  Along with illustrating children's books he also teaches at Moore College of Art and Design, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Rosemont College (Graduate Publishing Program), and DeSales University (Digital Art Program).  His website can be viewed at www.joekulka.com.

Friday, May 19th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, May 9th   
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Jeff Brunner presents his Work and Process

Jeff Brunner self-published the book Armadillo to Zebu: an Alphabet Book for You and Me Too in 2012.  Afraid to lose the creative momentum, he started an illustration-a-day project of which he published another book, 365 Critters, and in 2014 was awarded an Emerging Artist scholarship at the Three Rivers Arts Festival.  Come join in the discussion as Jeff presents his work, process, and insights!

Thursday, April 27th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, April 11th     
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Comics & Cartoons presented by Pat Lewis, Vince Dorse, and Wayno

Pat Lewis, cartoonist/illustrator and former President of PSI, has had his comics appear in numerous anthologies and in 2007, IDW Publishing released his first solo graphic novel, The Claws Come Out.  Vince Dorse, cartoonist and comics illustrator, is the creator of the award-winning webcomic Untold Tales of Bigfoot.  Wayno, cartoonist, writer, and musician, launched his own comic panel WaynoVision in 2014.

Join in the conversation as they share their work, processes, and insights in the world of Comics and Cartooning!

Thursday, March 30th
Starts: 7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, March 14th     
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Phil Wilson shares his process

Thursday, February 23rd
Starts: 
7:30pm
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, February 7th     
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: The Abbey on Butler, 4635 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Review and Discussion of Member Survey

Thursday, January 26th
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, January 10th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201

PSI Saturnalia Party

Saturday, December 12th     
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, November 10th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Panel Presentation - Digital Workflow

Friday, October 30th
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, October 13th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Member Presentation - Children's Book Illustration

Friday, September 25th
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, September 8th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Panel Presentation - Alt. Sources of Revenue

Friday, August 28th
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, August 11th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201

PSI Summer Retreat at Choderwood

Sunday, July 12th
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: The Pricing Game

Friday, June 26th
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, June 9th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Roundtable Discussion - Business Q & A

Friday, May 29th
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, May 12th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Roundtable Discussion - Postcard Marketing

Friday, April 24th
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, April 7th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Member Presentation - Murals & Marketing

Friday, March 27th
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, March 10th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201

PSI Business of Illustration Meeting: Member Survey Results & 2015 Agenda

Friday, February 27th
Location: Private/Members Only

PSI Social Gathering

Tuesday, February 10th
Start: 6:30 pm
Location: Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15201