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420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1301   |    1.412.263.6600

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Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has a rich history in our great city's creative and cultural community. Once you're here, you can feel the energy of our students and faculty — and of a city that's witnessed a renaissance in the past forty years.

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Our facility also includes the Taste of Art Restaurant, the dining lab for students in our culinary program. This restaurant is student-run and open to the public, and was rated "Best Kept Secret" in Pittsburgh Magazine's Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh Reader’s Poll. The menu reflects international cuisine; this month it might be Thai and the next time you visit you may experience Egyptian cuisine.

Under the supervision of Chef Shawn Culp and an experienced and credentialed faculty of chef instructors, students create bistro-style dishes in the kitchen and run all aspects of the dining room.  From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Taste of Art is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons. 

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Graphic Design Grad Showcased in Arts Festival The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Graphic Design Grad Showcased in Arts Festival

Nathan Doverspike, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, has been named a “2016 Emerging Artist” by the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Three Rivers Arts Festival Emerging Artist Scholarship Program recognizes local artists who have never participated in an outdoor arts festival. Honorees are chosen based on the quality and originality of their work. They show at the festival for free, and they’re paired with an artist mentor.

The 2016 festival takes place June 3-12, 2016 in downtown Pittsburgh. Doverspike said he’s wanted to participate in the event since he was in elementary school. His work is heavily influenced by comic books, and his illustrations have been recognized by “Communication Arts Magazine,” the New York Society of Illustrators, and the DATA Pittsburgh Technology Summit.

To view more of his designs, go to http://nathandoverspike.com/.

See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/938 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any Web site linked to this Web site/newsletter. The links are provided for your information and convenience only. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh does not endorse, support or sponsor the content of any linked Web sites. If you access or use any third party Web sites linked to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Web site, you do so at your own risk. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh makes no representation or warranty that any other Web site is free from viruses, worms or other software that may have a destructive nature. 

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is approved by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, 30 East Broad Street, Suite 2481, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-2752.  Registration # 73-01-0371T

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Culinary Students from The Art Institutes System of Schools Compete in Italy to Win Urbani Tartufi Truffle Contest Culinary Students from The Art Institutes System of Schools Compete in Italy to Win Urbani Tartufi Truffle Contest

Fourteen students invited to prestigious 2-week training in Italy, Scholarships awarded

[Pittsburgh, PA, March 28, 2016] Fourteen culinary artists from The Art Institutes are on their way to Italy to compete in a truffle-themed Culinary Contest in Memory of Paolo Urbani. The contest challenges culinary students from across North America, in teams of two, to create new and original ideas for dishes that feature truffles as their main ingredient.  The truffles are provided exclusively and directly by Urbani Tartufi. 

The contest reflects the continuing commitment by Urbani Tartufi truffles to bring awareness to the culture of truffle and its ancient history. Urbani Tartufi is respected worldwide for representing the best in truffle sourcing and processing. Through this culinary competition, young chefs are provided the opportunity to develop and improve their professional skills while achieving sensory and emotional enrichment.  

To reach the competition finals, 50 teams of students created two dishes—a “chef’s choice” (savory or sweet) and a main course. Recipes and photos of the finished dishes were submitted for consideration and judged based on principles of originality, creativity, and innovation. Each submission was scored on a 100-point scale. Of the 50 teams admitted to the contest, seven teams were chosen as finalists.

The seven finalist teams were awarded scholarships by the Paolo Urbani Foundation to participate in a two-week, full immersion culinary course on Italian Cuisine at UDS (Università dei Sapori), in Perugia, Italy from March 30 – April 8. There, they’ll recreate their truffle-inspired recipes, which will be judged by a jury of chefs and professionals from the world of gastronomy. Three winning teams will be awarded first, second, and third prize. Additionally, Urbani Tartufi reserves the right to market the first place creation as one of its own, new products.  

“Traveling to Italy and cooking with Urbani Tartufi truffle—one of the world’s most sought-after culinary delicacies—is an exciting opportunity for our culinary students to build their experience in preparing international cuisine,” said Tim Moscato, Chief Operating Officer, The Art Institutes. 

According to the Paolo Urbani Foundation, the competition is a statement of confidence and investment in the professional future of the students and a means to help them deepen their knowledge of a precious product as well as to continue to pass on the history of Paolo Urbani, his land, and his legacy.

In addition to the scholarship, winners also earn a trip to the “Truffle Experience at Urbani Tartufi,” which consists of an exclusive journey in the world of truffles. The experience begins in Umbria and culminates at the Accademia del Tartufo, the first school on truffles, where professional chefs will hand down their knowledge in the art of cooking truffles.

The students from The At Institutes are all currently working toward culinary degrees. They include:

The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University

Mark Serpas, Associate of Science, Baking & Pastry

Maria Alcantar, Bachelor of Science, Culinary Management

The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

Christopher Heinlein, Bachelor of Science, Hospitality Food & Beverage Management

Timothy San Pedro, Associate of Science, Culinary Arts

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Rachel Walton, Associate of Science, Baking & Pastry

Samantha Santti, Associate of Science, Baking & Pastry

The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design

Devin Davis, Bachelor of Arts, Culinary Management

Kirsten Mathers, Associate of Arts, Culinary Arts

The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Chris Greer, Associate of Arts, Culinary Arts

Rebekah Leatherwood, Bachelor of Science, Culinary Arts Management

The Art Institute of Vancouver

Pavlik Ricalde, Culinary Arts Diploma

Bailey Allan, Culinary Arts & Restaurant Ownership Advanced Diploma

The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Andrea Stevens, Bachelor of Science, Culinary Arts Management

JoVonia Newby, Bachelor of Science, Culinary Arts Management

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Pittsburgh culinary student and grad featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Mothers’ Day Recipes Pittsburgh culinary student and grad featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for Mothers’ Day Recipes

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh was well represented in the Mothers’ Day edition of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Food Section. Vince Brady, who is working toward an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Jacqueline Wardle, who earned an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts from the school in 2012, both had recipes in the newspaper that day.

Vincent Brady recently won the Signature Dish competition at the national S.Pellegrino “Almost Famous Chef” finals in Napa, California. Read his recipes here:

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2016/05/04/Chefs-cook-for-Mother-s-Day-Vincent-Brady-winner-of-Almost-Famous-Chef-Signature-Dish-award/stories/201605040014

Jacqueline Wardle was a finalist on Food Network’s show “Cutthroat Kitchen.” Read her recipes here:

http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2016/05/04/Chefs-cook-for-Mother-s-Day-Jacqueline-Wardle-finalist-on-Cutthroat-Kitchen/stories/201605040010

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any Web site linked to this Web site/newsletter. The links are provided for your information and convenience only. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh does not endorse, support or sponsor the content of any linked Web sites. If you access or use any third party Web sites linked to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Web site, you do so at your own risk. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh makes no representation or warranty that any other Web site is free from viruses, worms or other software that may have a destructive nature. 

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh captures picture-perfect moments at March of Dimes event The Art Institute of Pittsburgh captures picture-perfect moments at March of Dimes event

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh recently partnered with the March of Dimes to provide photos at a “March for Babies” event.

The school organized a “selfie station” at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, where walkers participating in the event were featured in photos that looked like social media posts. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh also offered photographic services as part of its sponsorship.

The annual March for Babies raises funds to fight premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality.

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Notable alumni

Learn more from some of our grads who’ve made a name for themselves as they talk about their education, their careers, what Creativity for Life means to them, and their advice for aspiring creative professionals.

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Tim Ransom

Tim Ransom

Owner of The Firm, Visualthundermedia.com, MojoDat.com

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Chad Calcagno

Chad Calcagno

CTO and Post-Production Producer, AltarTV

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Kate Minton

Kate Minton

Owner and Operator , Highway Robbery Vintage

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Brittany M. Kerr

Brittany M. Kerr

Executive Chef , Blooming Beets Kitchen

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Sarah A. Glass

Sarah A. Glass

Designer, Systems Source Inc

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