About Us

Shaw Galleries was founded in 2007 by art critic and appraiser Kurt Shaw. Having a passion for art from a young age (Mr. Shaw purchased his first original print at the age of 19 - a signed woodblock print of Salvador Dali's depiction of Dante's Inferno, Canto 12), Mr. Shaw spent seven years laboriously tracking down and obtaining the extensive collection that now comprises the gallery's holdings - over 4,000 paintings, antique maps, rare prints and vintage jewelry pieces. Our Downtown Pittsburgh gallery is now closed, but a special selection of our inventory is presented on this web site. If you don't see it, write us at shawgalleries@outlook.com and ask. We just may have it.

Meet Our Staff

Mr. Kurt Shaw, Gallery President/Art Market Analyst and Appraiser - Trained in art at Carnegie Mellon University, Mr. Shaw began his career in 1989 as a published cartoonist, with his cartoons appearing in Esquire, Cosmopolitan, National Enquirer, Saturday Evening Post and Woman's World magazines on a regular basis. From there he moved into creating wall-sculptures for corporations and cruise ships throughout the 1990s. In 2001 he became the Art Critic for The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which he still works in that capacity to this day. Along the way he became a certified personal property appraiser specializing in fine art, maps, prints and books. He is a certified member of the International Fine Art Appraisers and the American Alliance of Museums.

Ashley Formato, Gallery Director/Junior Appraiser - Ashley is responsible for web development, artist marketing, and management of our ongoing art exhibition program, as well as assisting Mr. Shaw in the research and appraisal of pieces for our appraisal clients.  

Deidre Howard, Picture Framer - Dei brigs nearly three decades of experience to everything she frames for the gallery's inventory, and especially to the pieces our customers bring in for custom framing. Whether it's a priceless family photo, a timeless treasure purchased in our gallery, or anything in between, she can frame it to the highest level of professional standards!