Art on Fire: Meltdown

Art on Fire: Meltdown September 17 at PGC

Pittsburgh’s hottest party + only glass art auction

We're bringing Pittsburgh’s hottest party back to PGC! 

You will be blown away by the roar of the glass furnace, the fiery refreshments and the heated spontaneity of the glass art auction.  
Join us at Pittsburgh Glass Center for Art on Fire: Meltdown to celebrate 20 Years Glowing Strong. 

PARTY @ PGC: Friday, September 17
LIVE AUCTION: Friday, September 17


Amy and Adam Polcyn, Chairs

The Art on Fire Auction is a hot party and Pittsburgh's ONLY glass art auction. It's a great opportunity to buy handmade, one-of-a-kind glass art for a good value while also supporting artists and Pittsburgh Glass Center.      


Attendance will be limited to only 300 guests (down from our usual 500) to ensure that you have room to safely enjoy the party and experience every little spark.  GET TICKETS NOW


Our doors will be wide open, but most activities will take place outside under a tent. The live auction, refreshments, and entertainment will be outside. You are also invited to come inside to watch live glassblowing demonstrations, view the auction items, enjoy refreshments, and buy glass pumpkins. 


As usual, the silent auction will be online and accessible with your smartphone prior to Art on Fire: Meltdown. 

If you'd rather participate from home, we're okay with that too. We'll prepare a party pack for you that includes everything that you need to celebrate at home including YouTube access to watch the glassblowing demonstrations and the live auction. 

Three Ways to Celebrate

Party @ PGC – Buy Two Tickets ($300): 

  • An invitation for a private guided tour to preview the auction items at PGC
  • Access to glass pumpkin patch
  • Attendance at the live auction and hot party on Friday, Sept. 17 with all food, drinks and demonstrations included.

Party @ Home – Buy Two Tickets ($300):

  • An invitation for a private guided tour to preview the auction items at PGC
  • Online access to the live auction and glassblowing demonstrations on YouTube
  • 2 handmade glasses
  • Bottle of wine
  • Cocktail snacks

Become a Sponsor!

FRIEND SPONSOR ($1,000): You receive 6 Party @ PGC tickets or 6 Party @ Home packages

SUPPORT AN ARTIST ($600): You receive 2 Party @ PGC tickets or 2 Party @ Home packages, plus 2 Party @ PGC tickets or Party @ Home packages given to local artists


Art on Fire is a great opportunity to buy handmade glass art at a great value while supporting artists and Pittsburgh Glass Center. Over 100 pieces of one-of-a-kind glass art by internationally renowned glass artists and local glass artists will be included in the silent and live auctions. Anyone can participate in the silent auction online using a tablet, computer, or mobile phone.

A curated collection of artwork will be available in the live auction. To bid you must be present or submit a proxy bid to Heather McElwee by September 16.

All auction items will be on view online and in the Hodge Gallery at Pittsburgh Glass Center.  

Submit absentee bids by contacting Heather McElwee at


Art on Fire Celebration and Auction
Sponsor Art on Fire Meltdown

become a sponsor

Join us as a sponsor for Pittsburgh's hottest party. You can entertain important clients and showcase your company’s support of Pittsburgh Glass Center.  Art on Fire/Meltdown is our most important fundraising event, generating more than 10% of our annual operating funds in just one night.


Donate Glass art

donate art

Art on Fire/Meltdown is our most important fundraising event. When you donate your artwork, you help us keep the doors open and make excellent education, state-of-the-art resources, and world-class glass art and artists available to all!