Creating Collectors in Pittsburgh


Beginning on January 1st, 2015, every baby born in Pittsburgh at The Midwife Center for Birth & Women's Health, St. Clair Hospital, and UPMC Mercy began life as an art collector. Thanks to generous grants from The Heinz Endowments, The Opportunity Fund, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Crane & Co., and Hahnemühle, Start with Art will continue give the gift of art and culture to Pittsburgh's babies in 2017.

Each month features a new artist and 2017 will include the work of a Pulitzer Prize winner, a museum director, an opera singer, three of the last four emerging artists of the year in Pittsburgh, and even an artist whose work is being sent to the Moon! Check back at the beginning of each month to see the new work. 

With assistance from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and their Access Microfund, we are extremely proud to announce that John Lawson, a poet and professor of English at Robert Morris University, has composed written descriptions of each photograph. These descriptions, which can be found on the "ARTISTS" page, are for the benefit of any individuals with visual impairment because we do not want anyone to miss out on the wonderful gift of art. 

You can follow this project on Instagram by using the hashtag #StartWithArtPGH or by visiting our Facebook Page. You can also contact me directly at

The thing that excites me the most about this project is that I am sharing my love of art with an entire generation of kids in Pittsburgh. From the moment they’re born, they will be collectors of art and photography and that is something that no one can take away from them.
— Matthew Conboy