Event Details

Art on Fire: Meltdown September 17 at PGC

Pittsburgh’s hottest party + only glass art auction


PARTY @ PGC: Friday, September 17, 6-11pm DIRECTIONS


ROGER ROMERO QUARTET 6-7:30pm and 9-10pm



      Amy and Adam Polcyn, Chairs



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Our doors will be wide open, but most activities will take place outside under a tent. The live auction, refreshments, and live music by the Roger Romero Quartet will be outside.

You are invited to come inside to watch live glassblowing demonstrations, view the auction items, enjoy refreshments, and buy glass pumpkins. 


We will be wearing our masks indoors. We ask that all of our guests also wear a mask while indoors except when eating and drinking. Masks are optional outside and in the tent. 

All of the Pittsburgh Glass Center staff and volunteers as well as the caterers and bartenders are fully vaccinated. 

free parking at PGC

Free valet parking will be available at the entrance to our building at 5472 Penn Avenue.

Traffic along Penn Avenue can be congested. We suggest that you get together with your friends and take Uber, Lyft, or share a ride.

eatdrink.jpgAppetizers and cocktails will be plentiful. Sprezzatura is providing a dynamic and delicious handheld menu of savories and sweets.

Our partners Necromancer Brewery, House of Suntory Highballs, and Blue Diamond Vodka will keep you hydrated.

Both beverages and food will be available inside and in the tent.

pumpkins.jpgTonight is the night that the great display of glass pumpkins appears.

Get here early to get the first pick in the pumpkin patch. Handmade glass pumpkins will be available in all shapes and sizes.

having fun at Art on FireThis is our 20th anniversary celebration!  Dress for a party. Plan to have fun and explore. We'll be inside and outside. It might be hot.

The glassblowing demonstrations will be hot!

Here is a link to photos from the past to give you some inspiration.

Auction bidding

The silent auction is open now!

Anyone (even if you didn't purchase a ticket) can place a bid with a smart device. 

To participate in the auction, text aofmeltdown to 76278 or visit aofmeltdown.givesmart.com to register for bidding.


Bid by Smartphone
Click the blue link in your welcome text to visit your personal bidding page. Press “Bid” to select the next minimum bid or enter your desired bid. 


Place a Maximum Bid
Press the “Auto” tab to set your maximum bid; if you are outbid, the system will increase your bid automatically up to your maximum bid amount.


Bid by Text
Reply to your welcome text message with the 3-digit item number followed by your bid amount. For example, “102 300” to bid $300 on item #102. To check an item’s current bid, simply reply to the welcome text with the item number.

auction bidding

The highlight of Art on Fire: Meltdown is the live auction at 8pm on Friday, Sep. 17. A curated collection of 20 works of art will be available in the live auction from artists including Sharif Bey, Susan Taylor Glasgow, Paul Marioni, Richard Parrish, Sam Stang & Peter Secrest, and many more.

To bid you must be present or submit a proxy bid to Heather McElwee by September 16. 

For faster checkout, set up your payment preferences in the auction website before the event! Text aofmeltdown to 76278 or visit aofmeltdown.givesmart.com to register for bidding.

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

Submit absentee bids by contacting Heather McElwee at heather@pittsburghglasscenter.org

Eating a s'moreIf you purchased tickets, but would rather participate from home, we completely understand. We will miss you. 

Let us know by Sept. 13 and we'll prepare a party package for you that includes everything that you need to celebrate at home.

Email Rachel by Monday, Sept. 13 if you would like to convert your in-person ticket to an at-home party package, and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

At-home packages will be available for pick up at PGC on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 4-7pm.

We're Grateful to our Generous 2021 Sponsors

Art on Fire 2021 Sponsors


Vivian and Bill Benter
Jeanne Blackburn and Ysa and Audrey LePage
Blue Diamond Vodka
CorCom, Inc.
Randi Dauler
John and Kim* Dingess
EPIC Insurance Brokers
Erin's Hallmark
Dawn and Chris Fleischner
House of Suntory
Elizabeth Lawrence
Arch McIntyre and Susan Gilchrest McIntyre
Mathew Gordon Monroe*
Necromancer Brewing
Ohio Valley Supply
PPG Paints
Porter Loves
Primanti Bros.
Karl Salatka
Brooke and Elizabeth* Scott
Simpson & McCrady LLC
Mary Tabasko
Tudi Mechanical Systems
UPMC Health Plan



Georgia Berner | Mark Caldone and Dr. Paul Lebovitz | Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C. | Leslie and Hans Fleischner | General Wire Spring Co. | Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield | Liz Holm and Dave Crockett | Janet and Bill Hunt | Interior Supply Inc. | Annabelle Javier and Jason Wilburn | Larry Leahy* and John Van De Grift | Amy Morgan | Lloyd's of Munhall | Maher Duessel | Wendy and Peter Mars | Jan and Dick Pagliari | Palo Alto Partners | Pat and Alan Siger | Wepfer & Associates LLC | Susanne Wilkinson | John Wojtyna and Lorelli Moser | Brian Wongchaowart | David Zubrow and Laura Hansen


Roy and Diana Arnold | Sandra* and Renato Bacchi | Ron Bauer | Gavin Benjamin* | Vivian and Bill Benter | Debbie and Sam Berkovitz | Georgia Berner | Sharif and Asteir Bey | Jeanne Blackburn and Ysa and Audrey LePage | Tina and Bill Booth | Rose Brailsford and Jane Black | Ben Butler | Mark Caldone and Dr. Paul Lebovitz | Tracy* and Nick Certo | Lloyd Corder | Randi Dauler | Brian and Laura Davidson | John and Kim* Dingess | Fran* and Emily Escalante | Tom and Marie Fallon | Lynne Figgins | Rich Finoli | Dawn and Chris Fleischner | Leslie and Hans Fleischner | Lynn and Steve Forman | Mary Louise and Doug Fowkes | Ann and Robert Fronduti | Merriann* and Mac Grant | Kathleen and Stephen Guinn | Tom* and Hannah Hardy | Dan and Barb Henderson | Gwendolyn Hilger | Liz Holm and Dave Crockett | Susan Holmes | Janet and Bill Hunt | Robert and Linda Indovina | Annabelle Javier and Jason Wilburn | Paula Jernigan* and Andrew Laman | Karen and Daniel Johnese | Charlotte Ka* | Barrie Kaufman | Evan Keebler | Ellen and Jack Kessler | Roberto & Katie-Cakes Kovalan | Betsy and Jim Krisher | Sam Laffey and Nathan J. Shaulis | Peg and John Lagnese | Ryan Lammie | Blaine and Sarah Lamperski | Elizabeth Lawrence | Larry Leahy* and John Van De Grift | Dave and Julianne Lettrich | Dan Lloyd | Mark Lucero | Maureen Mahoney Hill and Chris Hill | Kevin Marpoe* and Gabriel Zenarosa | Wendy and Peter Mars | Deborah Marshall and Peter Nowakowski | Philip and Maria McCalister | Janet McCall | Nona and Rick McCown | Arch McIntyre and Susan Gilchrest McIntyre | Margie and Sam McMahon | Zach and Krista Mendelson | George Meyer and Gregory Vogel | Mathew Gordon Monroe* | Amy Morgan | Erin Morris* | Kathleen Mulcahy | Gregory Murman and Doug Evans | Kathleen Nandan | Mary Navarro | Alison* and Paul Oehler | Jan and Dick Pagliari | Jim* and Kathe Patrinos | Adam and Amy Polcyn | Scott and Susan Portnoy | Debbie and Steve Pusateri | Stacey* and Andy Rhodes | Marcia and Jerry Rubenstein | Maria Rubio | Clay Saftner | Karl Salatka | Brooke and Elizabeth* Scott | Brian and Susan Sesack | Pat and Alan Siger | Lee and Myrna Silverman | Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds | Nancy Simpronio and Chuck Culbertson | Bill and Gayle Simpson | Ann and Peter Steenkiste | Mary Tabasko | Marcia Taylor | Sam Watts | Jason* and Emily Weisser | Ruth Wepfer | Susanne Wilkinson | John Wojtyna and Lorelli Moser | Brian Wongchaowart | Susan Zelicoff | Cass Zielinski* | David Zubrow and Laura Hansen

*PGC Board Member