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Art Students Paint Mural for Sports Complex

Under the direction of professor Ivan Fortushniak, Advanced Painting students in spring 2021 created a 45-foot mural for S&T Bank Arena in White Township. The mural shows a selection of the sports played at the complex.

Alumna Illustrates Cover of Pittsburgh City Paper

Art and Design alumna Morg Cunningham was recently chosen to illustrate the cover of the Pittsburgh City Paper magazine.

Pandemic-inspired Artwork by Massey Aquired by Smithsonian

“Touch in the Time of Corona,” an artwork by Associate Professor Sharon Massey, was recently acquired by the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Massey was inspired to make this piece in summer 2020 after attending a small funeral for her husband’s grandmother at the height of the first wave of the pandemic.

IUP Chapter of National Art Education Association Wins National Award

The IUP chapter of the National Art Education Association recently received the 2021 Outstanding Student Chapter Award during the NAEA annual conference.

McClure Sweeny Wins NAEA Preservice Chapter Sponsor Award

The National Art Education Association named Marissa McClure Sweeny to receive the 2021 Preservice Chapter Sponsor Award of Excellence Award. This prestigious award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes dedication to the development of future professional members of NAEA through sponsorship of an outstanding Preservice Chapter group at the college/university level.

Art History Minor Invited to Present Research at SURC

Art history minor Gwen Himes has been invited to present her paper, “Putti in the Baroque: The Wise Fools in the Age of Excess,” at the 2021 SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC).

Art Education Student Recognized for Volunteer Work

Kaitlyn Carey, an art education major, was nominated as A Person Who Made a Difference in the Susquehanna Valley for her volunteer work at the Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library in Northumberland, Pennsylvania.

Art Alumna Wins State Arts Honor

Erin Tiedeman, who received her MA in art in 2018, was selected by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association as the Non-Public Art Educator for 2020.

Massey and Derry Announce Grand Opening of Common Goods

Common Goods is a pop-up store featuring laser-cut paper packages of items we need but cannot buy, like empathy, security and rainbows. The packages were designed by students in Sharon Massey and Sean Derry’s 3D Design classes. Each package is for sale, and all proceeds go toward the IUP Student Assistance Fund.

Sculpture Support System Presents “Traffic Island Oasis”

Sculpture Support System, an artist collective led by Sharon Massey and Sean Derry, presented “Traffic Island Oasis” on Sunday, September 27—transforming the traffic island on Oakland Avenue into an island oasis.

Derry Awarded Top Honors at State Museum of Pennsylvania's Art of the State Exhibition

Sean Derry, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, was awarded first prize in Sculpture for his installation, “to borrow breath.”

Art and Design Professors Derry and Massey Present at SculptureX

Associate professors Sean Derry and Sharon Massey presented at SculptureX: Art & Agency, an annual symposium founded in 2010 serving the region of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, and Ontario.

Art Historian's Collection on Display

Art History professor Irene Kabala will have part of her permanent personal collection exhibited at the Hoyt in New Castle in November 2020.

Harrington Awarded Craft Research Fund Fellowship

Associate Professor BA Harrington was awarded an inaugural Craft Research Fund Fellowship by the Center for Craft to support her research project, Suite Américaine, a body of work that references historical American furniture designed and built specifically for use by women.