The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and MI

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and MINI of Pittsburgh will host a Reception on Wednesday, January 22 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.

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.”

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 oweners and anyone with an interest in the 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
Refreshments and Hors d’oeuvres will be served
No Cost to attend – you must register online to be added to the guest list

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

Click here to see past posters and history of the PVGP

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