Opportunities for Graduate Students in Art

Grad student in his studio SHOW YOUR WORK: Eric Brennan, a graduate student specializing in drawing, looks over his work in his campus studio prior to showing it at a regional exhibit. As a graduate student, you'll get your own, individual studio space.

Special Features for Art Graduate Students

As a graduate student in the Art and Design Department, you will have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities that will further enrich your artistic endeavors.

  • Exhibit your art in regional and national exhibitions
  • Invite nationally and internationally renowned artists to your studio for one-on-one critiques through our visiting artists program
  • Assist faculty in the classroom, and learn to teach through mentorship
  • Present at conferences such as National Council for Ceramics Arts, Society for North American Goldsmiths, the College Arts Association, the International Sculpture Conference, and the Furniture Society
  • Help select your favorite artists to the Visiting Artist's program
  • Promote the arts and become a leader in the Graduate Art Student Association
  • Gain funding for your research project by applying for grants available through the Graduate School
  • Teach continuing education and community art center opportunities
  • Study abroad in programs for graduate art students
  • Present your research at the Graduate Scholars Conference
  • Assist in the gallery or museum
  • Join the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and become part of the vibrant Pittsburgh art scene
  • Visit Pittsburgh's Gallery Crawl with fellow students

Explore Other Interests

Be a leader

The Graduate Art Student Association organizes a visiting artist program where students select an internationally renowned artist for studio visits and lectures. Be a part of this important group, and have a voice in who critiques your work! As a graduate assistant, you are a role model for undergraduates and help guide their artwork alongside your faculty mentor. We have an active student government as well as a group of student senators in IUP's University Senate, which also includes faculty and administrators.

Try something new

With more than 220 clubs, club sports, and student organizations, you can enjoy your favorite hobbies or try something new. Write for the campus newspaper, play men's club soccer, or women's ice hockey. Check out the anime club, the drill team, the conversation club, the DJ club, the outing club, or the paintball club. Maybe try fencing, the African dance ensemble, or the video game club.

Share your talents

There are open auditions for many instrumental ensembles, choirs, and the marching band. Students also participate in theater productions and the Dance Theater company. Other events, such as talent nights and book talks, can be found in coffee shops on and near campus and at a downtown Indiana theater building.