The film "The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair" will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Carnegie Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851--1939." The 50-minute Westinghouse Co. film introduces a fictitious Midwestern family to the wonders of the Westinghouse 1939 fair pavilion. Museum associate curator of decorative arts and design Rachel Delphia will lead a discussion after the film. (Free; 412-622-3131 or www.cmoa.org).
Kutz at Saint Vincent
"Landscapes and Roadside Attractions: The Art of Kevin Kutz" will open with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Saint Vincent Gallery, Robert S. Carey Student Center, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe. The exhibition continues through Feb. 24. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. Information: 724-805-2197 or http://gallery.stvincent.edu.
PCA opening night
Ten exhibitions -- seven solo and three collaborative featuring media ranging from video to painting -- open with a public reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside ($5 admission, PF/PCA members free). They continue through April 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, until 7 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5; seniors, $4; students, $3; children 12 & under and members of PF/PCA and Pittsburgh Glass Center, free. Information: 412-361-0873 or http://pittsburgharts.org.
Ben Saks will talk about his amazingly light indoor free-flight aircraft, and a short documentary about their construction, "Float," will be screened, at 1 p.m. Saturday at GalleriE CHIZ, 5831 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside. Mr. Saks' hand-constructed balsa wood planes are exhibited at the gallery, along with urban scene drawings by Italian architect Guglielmo Botter, through Feb. 23. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 412-441-6005 or www.galleriechiz.com. For a story, pictures and video about Mr. Saks' aircraft, visit www.post-gazette.com and search "Ben Saks."
Images of artworks in the collection of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art will be projected during Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, the finale of Saturday's Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra concert at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg. The works were selected by museum CEO and director Judith O'Toole and symphony artistic director Daniel Meyer. Also on the program are George Walker, "Lyric for Strings," and Edouard Lalo, "Symphonie Espagnole." The performance is preceded at 6 p.m. by a cocktail party in the theater's Megan Suite in recognition of research on heart disease in women (RSVP required). For information and tickets, call 724-837-1850 or visit www.westmorelandsymphony.org.
Frick, Carnegie and World's Fairs
A free public panel discussion, "Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Legacy of World's Fairs in Pittsburgh," will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at The Frick Art Museum, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. The talk is jointly sponsored by Carnegie Museum of Art and complements its exhibition "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851--1939," and the Clayton thematic tour, "Going to the Fair: Meeting the Modern World," which both continue through Feb. 24.
Pittsburgh industrialists Carnegie and Frick both visited the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Bill Bodine, director, Frick Art & Historical Center, will be moderator. Panelists will be Rachel Delphia, Carnegie associate curator of decorative arts and design; Amanda Gillen, assistant curator of education and collections for Clayton, Frick Art & Historical Center; Sarah Hall, Frick director of curatorial affairs; and Dawn Reid, Carnegie curatorial assistant, decorative arts and design. Information: 412-371-0600 or www.TheFrickPittsburgh.org.
Public art project
An artist information session by the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art for the Bridging the Gap project will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. An artist will be chosen to work with LaQuatra Bonci Associates landscape architecture firm to enhance the experience of pedestrians and drivers traveling between downtown Greensburg and the museum. Submission deadline is March 4. Specifics are at www.publicartpittsburgh.org.
Ellis student awards
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will be presented to 60 students of The Ellis School, Shadyside, during a ceremony Feb. 24 at La Roche College. Of 2,000 entrees submitted by regional students in grades 7 to 12, 952 works were accepted, 100 of which were by Ellis students. Those comprise 22 Gold Keys (of 242), 37 Silver Keys (of 376) and 41 Honorable Mentions (of 524).
In addition, sophomore Sophia Sterling-Angus won one of five American Visions Nominations. She also received a Gold Key, Silver Key and two honorable mentions. She is the daughter of Dr. Derek Angus of Oakland and Caroline Sterling of Shadyside. Ms. Sterling-Angus also won a national Gold Key last year and received her award from Meryl Streep at Carnegie Hall. Regional Gold Key and American Visions awardees are considered for national honors.
Congratulations to all of the awardees, at Ellis and at other regional schools, and an additional round of applause for all students who make the significant effort to develop skills, explore ideas and learn about themselves and the culture they live within by immersing in the broad, rewarding world of art and literature.
Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: email@example.com or 412-263-1925.