PITTSBURGH –County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today has declared September 15, 2013 as “Burton Morris Day” in Allegheny County. The declaration is in honor of the opening of Mr. Morris’ exhibition, Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris, at the Senator John Heinz History Center.
Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Morris earned his bachelor of fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1986. He opened Burton Morris Studios in 1990, and that year began making his small post-pop icons into large scale paintings. The acclaimed artist first gained national attention in the mid-1990s when his artwork was chosen to hang on the set of the NBC television series Friends.
Mr. Morris’ signature artwork has been selected for the 76th Academy Awards, the Paris World Cup Soccer Games, the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, and the 2006 MLB All-Star Game; additionally, his work has been used for numerous brands including Absolut Vodka, H.J. Heinz Company, Chanel, Kellogg’s Corporation, and Warner Brothers.
“We are proud to honor the work of Burton Morris in Allegheny County,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Burton embodies the spirit of hard work that is so prevalent in our community and it is only fitting that we show our support for him in this manner.”
Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris will include early art and drawings from Mr. Morris’ childhood, signature painted works, product lines, sculptural work, and interactive works of art developed in conjunction with the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. The exhibit will be on display through February 23, 2014 and is included with regular History Center admission.
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The Senator John Heinz History Center,an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a museum within a museum, comprehensively presenting the region’s remarkable sports story through hundreds of artifacts and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. The History Center and Sports Museum are located at 1212 Smallman Street in the city’s Strip District, and are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The History Center’s museum system includes the Sports Museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park; and Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, a NationalHistoric Landmark located in Avella, Pa. in Washington County. More information is available at www.heinzhistorycenter.org.