Gavel, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from walknboston’s photostream

When the Mattress Factory says it has “art you can get into,” it’s being literal. The North Side museum displays room-sized environments that are created by in-residence artists from around the world — some 600 since its inception in 1977. Every five years they hold a live auction of work from artists who have exhibited there, the proceeds of which benefit their artistic programs, exhibitions and education outreach. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Mattress Factory and they’ve put together over 50 original works by an impressive list of both established and emerging artists for the auction block.

Prepare to raise your paddle in support of a truly unique Pittsburgh institution this Thursday. The live auction begins at 7:00 PM, but you can view the art (and start bidding) online here or go to the museum and see it in person prior to Thursday evening. Tickets for the auction — which include a cocktail reception and preview — can be purchased here. Councilman Bill Peduto is one of the many proud members of the host committee for this event.

Mattress Factory 35th Anniversary Art Auction
When: Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6:00 pm Cocktail Reception & Preview, 7:00 pm Live Auction
Where: The Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 (map)
Tickets: $75 (members $65), purchase online here


Enter, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Simon King’s photostream