Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Ginnie Smoliar

Ginnie Smoliar

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Professional
Experienced With For-hire services

I specialize in repurposing existing materials to create unique and beautiful art, and especially relish using children's artwork to produce colorful collages. Other examples include musical instruments, found objects, jewelry and furniture. Please contact me if you have items you value that you want to give new life to as art.


Ginnie Smoliar began her professional life playing the oboe and English horn with various ensembles in the Pittsburgh region, such as the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (as a substitute). Eventually she realized that freelancing as a musician did not keep her busy enough, and having enjoyed art classes for years she enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh to learn graphic design. After earning her Associate’s degree in Visual Communications, she freelanced as both an oboist and a graphic designer. In her first full-time graphic design job she established a design department for a small public relations firm. In April, 2001, she was hired by PPG as the in-house graphic designer for Corporate Marketing and Communications, and after playing her last opera that spring she permanently put away the oboe. 

Ginnie retired from PPG in the fall of 2016 as Manager, Visual Communications, and currently combines freelancing in graphic design and creating fine art. Her painted musical instruments grew out of fund-raising projects for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and one of her creations is prominently on display at F. Loreé in Paris (maker of professional oboes). She creates collages using children’s artwork, paints canvases and walls, and uses found objects to enhance her artwork. She continues to design logos, newsletters, tradeshow displays, ads, fliers and many other promotional items for businesses, as well as invitations and announcements for personal events.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208


  • Painting
  • Other
  • Mixed-media
  • Illustration
  • Found object
  • Cut paper
  • Craft


  • Abstract
  • Acrylic paint
  • Assemblage
  • Black & white
  • Cardboard
  • Collage
  • Colored-pencil
  • Computer generated
  • Cut Paper
  • Digital
  • Digital manipulation
  • Experimental
  • Metal
  • Mobile
  • Montage
  • Other
  • Paper
  • Pop
  • Surreal