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Silver Eye’s mission is to promote the power of contemporary photography and visual storytelling to inform, engage, and inspire diverse audiences and communities.

Central to our mission, and our greatest strength, is the creation of innovative exhibitions and programs that bring forward issues, ideas, and perspectives relevant to our times.


Silver Eye began in 1979 as two separate organizations: Blatent Image Gallery, a cooperative gallery designed to provide exhibition space to local fine art photographers, and The Silver Eye Photographic Workshop, which brought nationally known photographers to Pittsburgh to exhibit their work and to conduct workshops. These two organizations merged in 1985 and became the Blatent Image/Silver Eye, which later changed to Silver Eye Center for Photography in 1992.

We offer three to five exhibitions per year, including work from local, national, and international photographers, in addition to holding a call for entries for our annual juried competition, and special events. Exhibitions are enriched with lectures, panel discussions, workshops, portfolio reviews, interactive gallery tours, video screenings and more.



Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Telephone: 412.431.1810



Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


Donations are appreciated for regular gallery admission.



The Aaronel deRoy Gruber & Irving Gruber Gallery was named at Silver Eye's new location in the Penn Avenue Arts District in early 2017 with a generous donation from the Irving and Aaronel deRoy Gruber Foundation as part of Silver Eye's New Vision Campaign.

The Grubers, both through their foundation and individually, have generously supported Silver Eye for many years. This transformative commitment from the Gruber Foundation ensures that Silver Eye’s mission of promoting the medium of photography can thrive in the new location, and that the Aaronel deRoy Gruber & Irving Gruber Gallery will be a beautiful home to exceptional artwork for years to come.

The mission of the Irving and Aaronel deRoy Gruber Foundation is to support and promote the artwork of Aaronel deRoy Gruber, including her paintings, sculptures, and photographs. The Foundation also supports and promotes locally and nationally known artists, with a focus on those artists originally from Western Pennsylvania who have chosen photography as their primary medium.

Aaronel deRoy Gruber created art in several mediums, including paintings, steel, and Plexiglas sculptures. In the late 1980s, Mrs. Gruber took up photography, her subjects ranged from silent steel mills to panoramas of Pittsburgh to bridges in Scotland. Ms. Gruber showed her photographs at Silver Eye several times over the years, most recently in 2009 with the solo exhibition The Analytical Eye: Photographs by Aaronel deRoy Gruber. She remained a talented, driven, and prolific artist until her passing in 2011.




David Oresick
Executive Director



Laura Heberton-Shlomchik, President
Lauren Salesi, Vice-President
Tom Cords, Treasurer
Jake Reinhart, Secretary
David Oresick, Ex-Officio
Lucille Dabney
Leo Hsu
Glenn Olcerst
Teresa Palacios
Marcia Rosenthal
Jen Saffron
LaToya G. Sawyer-Ndizeye
Elana Schlenker