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IUP Studio Art Faculty Selected for Moonshot Grant

Two Indiana University of Pennsylvania studio art faculty members are using a $70,000 Moonshot Grant to launch new worlds of opportunity for youth in Pittsburgh’s Brownsville area.

Derry and Massey Receive $70,000 Moonshot Grant from Remake Learning

Studio Art faculty Sean Derry and Sharon Massey were awarded a $70,000 Moonshot Grant from Remake Learning for their upcoming project, Studio Stream.

Grand Opening of Common Goods Pop-Up Store at Indiana Theater

Common Goods is an annual pop-up store featuring laser-cut paper packages of items we need but cannot buy, like empathy, rest, and rainbows.

Studio Art Faculty Bring STEAM to Pittsburgh Zoo

Studio Art faculty members Sharon Massey and Sean Derry teamed up with Molly Russell and Matt Burglund from Marketing and Communications to bring a STEAM project to the Pittsburgh Zoo on Monday, October 9, 2023.

IUP Presenting Future Makers Forum with Pittsburgh Maker Nina Barbuto

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s STEAMSHOP (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) will host a Future Makers Forum with Pittsburgh-based maker Nina Barbuto on April 25. The presentation will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Robertshaw STEAMSHOP, room 25. It is free and open to the community.

Massey, Derry Present on “Radical Pivots” in Art Curriculum

Art and Design faculty members Sharon Massey and Sean Derry presented at the Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) conference in Denver, Colorado.

2023–24 Academic Planner Contest Winner

The University College hosted an art submission contest open to all IUP students to design the cover of the 2023–24 academic planner, distributed to all incoming students during Welcome Week. Stephen Graham was selected as the winner.

Fashion Studies Major Creates Opportunity for Current, Future IUP Students

Jordan Brown left IUP in December after earning her bachelor’s degree in fashion studies, but her commitment and initiative will impact students for many years to come. She organized taking 22 IUP fashion studies majors to work as volunteers for the fall 2022 Pittsburgh Fashion Week event.

IUP 3D Art Students Continuing Common Goods Pop-Up Store at Indiana Mall

IUP 3D design students will hold a pop-up store from November 17 to 19 in the Indiana Mall. Sales will benefit the Future Maker Forum, which brings visiting scholars from multicultural backgrounds to IUP for workshops and public talks.

Massey and Derry Present at STEAM and the Future of Education Conference in Porto, Portugal

Art and Design professors Sharon Massey and Sean Derry were invited to give a presentation about Local X Change, a new curriculum they have developed that combines digital fabrication instruction with civic engagement, at STEAM and the Future of Education: Interdisciplinary Innovation and the Integration of the 4 Cultures Domain in Porto, Portugal, in September 2022.

Students’ Summer Research—In Their Words (U-SOAR 2022)

Want a preview of the research you can hear about Friday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. in the HUB Monongahela Room during the Undergraduate Summer Opportunities for Applying Research (U-SOAR) program symposium? Watch as four students explain their projects.

Sculptural Lighting Fixtures Designed and Produced by IUP Students in IUP STEAMshop, Installed in Sprowls Hall

Students in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Art and Design’s three-dimensional art and design course used IUP’s STEAMshop—IUP’s digital fabrication makerspace—to light the way in IUP’s Sprowls Hall. Students in Sharon Massey and Sean Derry’s Art 113 course used Rhino 3D and Fusion Slicer software to design hanging light fixtures for the building, which is home to IUP’s Department of Art and Design.

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.