'Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris' opens at Heinz History Center
September 17, 2013 12:00 PM
Sara and Burton Morris.
Sandy and Bill Lambert.
Catherine and Dianna Loevner.
Lynn and Joe Smith.
By Marylynn Uricchio Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In this city of champions, artist Burton Morris found many who championed his career from its earliest days. He came home to a hero's welcome of sorts on Thursday for the opening of "Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris," the first retrospective of his work, on view through Feb. 23 at the Senator John Heinz History Center.
Accompanied by his wife, Sara, and parents Bunny and Sonny Morris, Mr. Morris greeted old friends and new, some of whom are proud owners of his paintings.
The exhibition includes family photos and work done before the Carnegie Mellon University grad found fame as the creator of images for the Oscars, Olympics. Major League Baseball, Heinz, Chanel, Absolut vodka and Pop Tarts, among others.
Catherine Loevner (with daughter Dianna) and Ann and Marty McGuinn hosted the opening reception attended by history center CEO Andy Masich with Debbie, new board chair Bill Lambert with Sandy, Lynn and Joe Smith of exhibition sponsor Dollar Bank, Bev and Steve Elliott, Jean Horne, Nathan and Debby Firestone, Norm and Gail Childs, Cate Linn and Richard Rauh.