Art on Fire

A hot party & Pittsburgh’s only glass art auction

Art on Fire is our most important fundraiser. It attracts nearly 500 community leaders and art appreciators and generates over 10% of our annual operating funds in ONE evening! Proceeds directly support free public programming and accessibility initiatives at PGC, which include free monthly open houses and demonstrations, three exhibitions a year in our public-access gallery, and scholarships for veterans and students of color.

Auction Details

Art on Fire is Pittsburgh's only glass art auction.  The silent and live auctions feature nearly 200 pieces of one-of-a-kind glass art by internationally renowned glass artists and local glass artists such as Rik Allen, Nancy Callan, Joe Cariati, Shane Fero, Robert Mickelsen, Janusz Pozniak, Richard Royal, Davide Salvadore, Susan Taylor Glasgow.  

All of the auction items can be viewed in the Hodge Gallery at PGC one month prior to the auction or online in August. Online bidding on silent auction items begins in August.

We hope that you attend the event and bid in person. The live auction begins at 8pm. If you cannot attend Art on Fire, bids on live auction items will be accepted by telephone at 412-365-2145. See Art on Fire Photos

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Shelley Muzylowski Allen was born in Manitoba, Canada, and has a B.F.A. in Painting and Intaglio from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (Vancouver, B.C.). In 1998, Shelley worked with the William Morris sculpture team in Washington State as a glass-sculpting assistant through 2004.

In 2005, Shelley established a glass and sculpture studio with her husband, artist Rik Allen at their property in Skagit County, Washington. In addition to being an artists, Shelley and Rik and have taught internationally at the Toyama Institute of Glass in Japan, Nuutajarvii Lasikyla, Finland and the International Glass Festival in Stourbridge, England. They have also taught nationally, including the Penland School of Craft, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and at Pilchuck.

Shelley has been awarded Provincial and Canada Council grants, and her work is held nationally and internationally in public institutions and private collections. In 2008, Shelley had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington, titled Modern Menagerie. Other selected shows include The San Juan Museum of Art, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe and Scottsdale; Habatat Galleries, Michigan; Traver Gallery, Seattle; and Schantz Galleries, Massachusetts. In 2012, Shelley was a guest artist at Studio Salvadore in Murano, Italy, where she collaborated with Davide Salvadore on a series of large-scale sculptures.


Sponsor one of the hottest parties in town. Entertain important clients and showcase your PGC support. Art on Fire is our most important fundraiser, generating more than 10% of our annual operating funds in one night. 


The Host Committee is an exclusive group of glass art appreciators, who are the first to buy Art on Fire tickets and support PGC.  Every Host Committee member is invited to a private party and demonstration with the guest artist.


When you donate your artwork, you help keep the doors open every day and make world-class glass art and artists, excellent education and state-of-the-art resources available to all! Help us develop the next generation of glass artists.