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Please visit The Lively Arts calendar for the most current information about upcoming events for the University Museum as well as events in art, music, theater, and dance.

University Museum Features Two Exhibitions in 2015 Summer Season

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Program covers for Experiment and Color on WhiteSummer 2015 will bring two concurrent exhibitions to the University Museum: Experiment: Poland/USA Fiber Art Collaboration and Color on White: Collage by Barbara Westman.

Experiment: Poland/USA Fiber Art Collaboration began in July 2013 as “…an international, intercultural art conversation and collaboration” between the Fibers Studios at Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and the Academy of Fine Arts, Gdańsk, Poland.

The resulting artworks, utilizing textiles, paper, wool, wire, plastics, synthetics, and wood in addition to others, demonstrated “contrasts” through a series of diptychs. The contrasts are evident through the qualities of the materials used and the composition of the materials. As described by the coordinators, Barbara Westman, Agata Zielińska- Głowacka, and Aleksander Windyński, “...even the contrast of two people’s personalities, emotions, life events, ecology, and more” can be seen in the works. The collection was first exhibited in Poland and the United States in 2014.

In Color on White, Westman’s collages express her interest in the relationship between colors. Westman describes her work as an “exploration of color” in “how colors blend together or settle together.” Utilizing a “flat, white background helps to focus on the relationship of colors and shapes.” Westman explains that “each viewer will react differently to my artwork and will find a unique interpretation of it.”

Both Experiment and Color on White will run June 8–July 16, 2015. An opening reception will be held June 6 from 6:00–8:30 p.m., with Barbara Westman’s artist’s talk beginning at 7:00 p.m.—all in the University Museum, Sutton Hall.

Museum Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

For more information, telephone 724-357-2397.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association at IUP. The University Museum receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

University Museum Closing Early for Event On February 26

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In preparation for a private event, the University Museum will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015. 

Regular hours for viewing the 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition will resume Friday, February 27, at 2:00 p.m.

Additional information is available by contacting Leslie Kluchurosky at the University Museum at 724-357-2397 or

Hot Iron Fundraiser Gala Sets Record

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Elaine Palmer and William Double with the 1914 American LaFranceThe University Museum’s 2014 gala, “Hot Iron: A Victorian Industrial Fantasy,” has set a record as the best attended and most successful fundraiser in the museum’s nearly 40-year history.

The adventurous theme inspired guests to dress in their Victorian finest with gear appropriate to set off on a whirlwind journey. The musical styling of Reginald Stanley Rumpole-Smyth III and his Chrononauts, featuring David Ferguson, Zachery Collins, Jacob Ertl, John Mullen, and the Intrepid Colonel, Joseph Baunoch, provided entertainment throughout the evening.

In addition to musical entertainment, IUP’s Dance Theater, nicknamed “Madame Agnes Fontayn-Duncan and her Time-Trippers” presented “Inventor’s Fantasy,” a steampunk-inspired dance number. 

A spectacular and unique feature of this year’s gala was a 1914 American LaFrance automobile, owned by Jon Perry and William Woodcock of Farnsworth House Bed and Breakfast, East Run, Pennsylvania, which was parked outside of Sutton Hall for photo opportunities. The photo above features gala cochairpersons Elaine Palmer and William Double posing with the automobile in their steampunk best.

Actioneer Michael Charnego sparked excitement in the Blue Room as he conducted a live auction featuring some surprise additions to the listed items. Guests competed in spirited bidding for objects of desire, including a steampunk-inspired black diamond and pearl ring designed by G. C. Wyant especially for this event.

The University Museum extends its thanks to the generosity of all the auction donors, gala sponsors, guests, and contributors who could not attend. This all contributed to the Museum’s exceeding its fundraising goal for this benefit event.

The annual gala supports the Museum’s admission-free exhibitions and related public programs. Proceeds from the evening also are used to build and care for the permanent collection of art and cultural objects.

Blood Presents “Odd Irons: Ingenuity and Use”

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Display from "Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects"Professor Janet Blood will present “Odd Irons: Ingenuity and Use” on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the University Museum, Sutton Hall.

Everyone is familiar with the family iron used to remove fabric wrinkles. But what did people use before our typical streamlined irons became popular? Did you know that are also other “odd” irons in shape and size that have creative and ingenious uses?

Come discover these unique irons and their uses. Janet Blood, associate professor in Fashion Merchandising and co-curator of the current exhibit “Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects,” will present this entertaining and educational lecture in the University Museum.

The lecture is free admission. Please call the museum at 724-357-2397 for more information.

Artist Willie Cole Presenting Lecture at University Museum

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The Willie ColeUniversity Museum at IUP welcomes internationally known artist Willie Cole on Thursday, October 16, 2014, for a lecture to begin at 6:00 p.m. in the museum located on the first floor of IUP’s Sutton Hall. The talk is in conjunction with the current exhibition, Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects, and admission is free.

Cole is known for his use of ordinary and domestic objects such as irons, ironing boards, high heeled shoes, bicycle parts, and plastic water bottles, transforming them into extraordinary sculptures. His artwork fits into the realms of postmodern eclecticism, surrealism, Dadaism, and especially pop art.

Domestic Shield by Willie ColeCole manipulates these mass-produced common items and creates an entirely different meaning for the viewer by focusing on the essence of transformation. He is best known for use of the steam iron in which he uses scorch marks as a decorative element in various media (Domestic Shield, left). This is in tribute to his mother, who worked in domestic service as he was growing up.

Cole’s work is exhibited in galleries across the country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Other examples of his work are found on his website. His print “Men of Iron” is featured in the current exhibition.

For more information, telephone the University Museum at 724-357-2397.   

University Museum Closed for Fundraising Gala on September 26

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In preparation for Hot Iron: A Victorian Industrial Fantasy, the University Museum’s 2014 fundraising gala, the museum will not be open to the public on Friday, September 26.

Regular hours for viewing Irons: Functional Tools to Art Objects will resume on Saturday, September 27, at noon.

Additional information is available by contacting Leslie Kluchurosky at the University Museum at 724-357-2397 or

Museum Gala Still Accepting Reservations

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There is still time to reserve your spot at the 2014 University Museum benefit gala, Hot Iron: A Victorian Industrial Fantasy, will be held Friday, September 26, 2014 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in Sutton Hall on the IUP campus.

Join us in enjoying the musical styling of Reginald Stanley Rumpole-Smyth III and his Chrononauts featuring David Ferguson, Zachery Collins, Jacob Ertl, John Mullen, and the “Intrepid Colonel,” Joseph Baunoch. Gala guests will also be treated to a performance by “Madame Agnes Fontayn-Duncan and her Time-Trippers” presenting “Inventor’s Fantasy” featuring IUP Dance Theater. 

As part of the gala, a variety of items will be offered during silent and live auctions. Those attending will have the chance to bid on the items donated by local businesses and individuals. All bids must be made at the Gala, and a tax credit is available on the amount bid and paid above the listed fair market value.

Reservations, which need to be made in advance, are still being accepted and cost $125 per person. The invitation and reservation card are both available online for download. Additional information is also available by contacting Leslie Kluchurosky at the University Museum at 724-357-2397 or

Hot Iron: A Victorian Industrial Fantasy. President and Mrs. Michael Driscoll cordially invite you to save the date for the University Museum Gala: September 26, 2014.

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    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2397
  • Regular Museum Hours
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 2:00–6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12:00–7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday, Monday, and University Holidays