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“Paint and Pixels” Museum Exhibit Extended: Seeking Donors for County Mural Wall

Donoughe Twins

The “Paint and Pixels” exhibit has been a strong favorite with IUP’s University Museum audiences since its highly successful opening on March 25, 2010. Part of their enthusiasm has centered upon an eighty-painting mural wall depicting scenes of Indiana County. The collection of small-format oil paintings, each measuring 9"x11", were painted on location by artist and IUP Art alumnus, Ron Donoughe.

Because of the popularity of this exhibit, the University Museum has extended the run, originally scheduled to end May 7. It will now remain open through Saturday, June 12.

Special hours beginning Monday, May 13, will be Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Fridays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Also part of this exhibit are graphic design works by Ron’s twin brother, Don, also a graduate of IUP’s Art Department. Both are originally from Loretto, Pa., and have gone on to highly successful careers as artists.

The mural collection is mounted together, filling a wall of the museum with evocative and charming views of Indiana County. This one-of-a-kind collection includes familiar landscapes and landmarks ranging from architectural treasures like the old Indiana Courthouse on Philadelphia Street and Breezedale on the IUP campus to the Purchase Line monument in Cherry Tree, to more modest subjects, including sheep in a field, bagged trees at Pike’s Peak nursery, or a child’s playground toy at Mack Park. All are filled with the warmth and the solid values of our community.

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As a long-term tribute to our county, allowing generations of residents and visitors to view the works for many years to come, the University Museum board is seeking donations to purchase the collection and install it in the new lobby of the IUP Performing Arts Center—onto the brick wall that was previously the exterior of Fisher Auditorium. Upwards of 100,000 people visit the PAC and Fisher Auditorium annually.

Gifts of any amount are welcome. Special opportunities are available to individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations, with gifts of $5,000 pledged over five years, $1,000 in a single gift, or through an adopt-a-painting incentive for $350. Proceeds will go to purchase the paintings and to professionally install them in the PAC lobby. Any additional funds will be used to support the museum and its programs.

Donors will receive a certificate of appreciation and a photo of the entire installation. Those selecting the adopt-a-painting plan will receive a photo of their new “family member.” Adopt-a-painting participants and major donors will have visitation rights as well.

In addition to the regular hours of the museum, special visits and tours can be arranged for groups and interested donors. For more information, contact Sally Daskivich at 724-357-2397 or e-mail her at sdaskivi@iup.edu.

Pictured above in front of the Indiana County Mural Wall are twin brothers Don (left) and Ron Donoughe. The other picture is one of the pieces in the mural collection of a house near the IUP campus.

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    Indiana, PA 15705
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