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Gallery Party – Poster Unveiling Event at MINI of Pittsburgh – Wednesday, January 22

Mini of PittsburghMINI of Pittsburgh is hosting a Gallery Party on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 to unveil the Grand Prix’s 2014 poster. MINI will be the honored marque of the year and will the featured car on the poster so this should be exciting! Students from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh have submitted 28 entries and the winner and the poster will be revealed that evening. In addition to revealing the poster we are also conducting a on-line vote to select a “Peoples Choice” that will be awarded that night Vote here.

Mark Bender 2003

Mark Bender with the original 2003 PVGP poster he painted on a wooden plank.

Pittsburgh artist Mark Bender has created two of the Grand Prix’s more memorable recent posters, the 2003 Corvette poster and the Italian Marque of the Year  in 2008. Mark is an instructor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He and Dan DelBianco, executive director of the PVGP, thought it would be a good idea to make the creation of the poster a class project. The spring and fall Graphic Design classes of 2013 submitted over 25 designs for consideration. Mr. Bender worked closely with the students and was pleased with the results stating “the Art Institute of Pittsburgh is honored to be a part of the Grand Prix and our students really put forward a great effort. I can’t wait to unveil the winning submission.”

Vote for the People’s Choice
The student entries are all posted on MINI of Pittsburgh’s Facebook page. You can see them all here. You can vote on your favorite and the poster that receives the most votes will be recognized on January 22nd as the “People’s Choice”. This winner may not be the same one that has already been selected by the PVGP as the 2014 poster – but will give Grand Prix fans a chance to help recognize another talented student’s work.

According to the PVGP’s Dan DelBianco “We have enjoyed working with Mark Bender on posters in the past and with Mark as the instructor this seemed like a great way to open up the opportunity to the tremendous young talent here in Pittsburgh. We provided the students with a history of the Grand Prix and showed them the range of posters created over the last 30 years.  The winning artwork and artist will receive a great amount of exposure and publicity. The poster art will serve as the brand of the 2014 Grand Prix on billboards, race programs, t-shirts, advertising and promotions.


Mini Motoring Manager Chris Lasko expressed his excitement about being the 2014 Marque and the upcoming event “MINI of Pittsburgh is proud to sponsor the Grand Prix and to host the Gallery Party. The process of having the young students design the poster is really unique and we can’t wait to turn our showroom into an art gallery.  Everyone is welcome to this free event – the more the merrier!”


Party – Everyone Welcome
Please join us on January 22 to see all the submissions and find out which student’s work will be selected as the PVGP’s 2014 poster. Everyone is welcome: Grand Prix volunteers, sponsors, MINI owners and anyone with an interest in the PVGP, MINI’s and the Art Institute. The event is open to the public at no cost. Chris Lasko and MINI of Pittsburgh are hosting the reception at the dealership on Baum Blvd in Shadyside.



MINI of Pittsburgh

4900 Baum Blvd Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Hours: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Valet Parking will be provided

Refreshments and Finger Foods will be served
No Cost to attend – you must register online to be added to the guest list

Jazz music by Dave Roth and malt beverages provided by the Copper Kettle

Click here to see past posters and history of the PVGP

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