Encompassing major touring exhibits, regional artists, and faculty and student work, there is something for every taste in this year's exhibit schedule.

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2017 BA and BFA Exhibition

May 4-May 13, 2017, Kipp Gallery, Sprowls Hall

Reception May 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

The BA and BFA Thesis Exhibitions highlight the work of undergraduate art students graduating in 2017. This exhibition closes our 2016-17 calendar and showcases the university's brightest young talent in the field of visual arts. 

BA and BFA Exhibition

Here Is for Dreaming

February 9-March 9, 2017, Kipp Gallery, Sprowls Hall

Reception: February 9 following artists' talk

Vanessa German scours her Pittsburgh neighborhood searching for objects to incorporate into her art. “I surrender myself to the objects that call up to me,” she has said. Her intricate mixed-media sculptures combine doll parts, antique tins, cowry shells, household objects, and African beads. With these three-dimensional collages, German reclaims objects and words that symbolize the oppression of African Americans.


2016 Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition

August 5-September 1, 2016, Kipp and Annex Galleries, Sprowls Hall Gallery, open by appointment only

Reception: September 1, 2016, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Student artists from the Master of Art program will present a single body of work documenting the culmination of their studies at IUP. The projects will be showcased within the three art museums on campus. 

2016 MA Thesis Exhibit

Comic Art as Interpretation: CANCELLED

October 6-21, 2016, Kipp Annex Gallery Sprowls Hall

Reception: October 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

This event has been cancelled.

Comic Art as Interpretation

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh

September 15-October 13, 2016 Kipp Gallery, Sprowls Hall

Reception: September 15, following artist's talk

An exciting showcase of the works of Pittsburgh's finest artists selected from the ranks of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, one of America's oldest and most active artist organizations. Jessica Beck, assistant curator of the Andy Warhol Museum, will serve as curator for the opening night.

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh

Gala: A 40th Anniversary Celebration in Black and White

Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:00-10:00 pm, University Museum, Sutton Hall

The University Museum's 40th annual benefit gala will be classic fun with a Black and White theme. Think vintage films… French mimes… fingers jazzing on piano keys. Black tie? Optional. Zebra stripes or domino dots? Possible. Fun? By all means!

Gala: A 40th Anniversary Celebration in Black and White

Gilded Age to Great War: Milton Bancroft and His Art

September 10-October 29, 2016

Reception: Saturday, September 10, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Academically trained in Boston, Philadelphia, and Paris, and nationally recognized for his portraits and architectural murals, Milton Bancroft's Impressionistic work reflected changes in American culture and art from the late 19th century through World War I. 

Gilded Age to Great War: Milton Brancroft and His Art

Passage: Hatsubon

An installation by Tomiko Jones. Curator: Chris McGinnis, November 3-December 8, 2016, Kipp Gallery

Reception: November 3 following artists' talk

Passage: Hatsubon is an experimental installation inspired by end-of-life conversations artist Tomiko Jones shared with her father in the months leading up to his death. Tomiko Jones' loose narratives unfold in sculptural video installations and questionably fictional photographs. Her work explores transitions in the landscape with particular attention to public lands.

Passage: Hatsubon


November 3-December 8, 2016, Kipp Annex Gallery, Sprowls Hall

Reception: November 17 following artists' talk

/kyo͞ob/ is defined as a three-dimensional form with six square faces, facets, or side. Artists are invited to create and submit their own versions of the cube for consideration. /kyo͞ob/ will be juried by Joshua Kosker and Natalie Sweet.


Holiday Wheels and Thrills: A Model Train Display

November 12-December 10, 2016, University Museum

Reception: Saturday, November 12, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

This holiday model railroad exhibit is a great way to kick-start your holiday with your whole family. A holiday model railroad exhibit organized by Tom Ott and the Local Train Collectors Association.

Holiday Wheels and Thrills: A Model Train Display

Frank Mason: A Passion for Painting

February 4-March 11, 2017, University Museum, Sutton Hall

Reception Saturday, February 4, 2017, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Frank Mason's classical paintings—his portraits, still-lives, and landscapes—are reminiscent of the classic painting styles of Van Gogh and Vermeer. Throughout his career, Mason earned scores of international honors and was often commissioned to paint the portraits of princes, cardinals, and governors. 

Frank Mason: A Passion for Painting

High School Art Invitational

February 24-March 22, 2017, Kipp Annex Gallery, Sprowls Hall

Reception: February 25, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

This exhibition will feature the best of student art from regional high schools. The students are chosen by their teachers as exceptional artists and asked to select two examples of their artwork to showcase.

Kipp Gallery

2017 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

March 25-April 27, 2017, Kipp Gallery, Annex Gallery, and University Museum

Reception: March 25, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

This showcase of individual exhibitions by Master of Fine Arts candidates in IUP's Art Department is a must-see. Bring the family and walk between the Art Department, the University Museum, and the Kipp Gallery to experience the best of IUP's Art Department. 

MFA Thesis Exhibitions

University Museum Goes Downtown

April 5-May 1, 2017; Artists Hand Gallery, Philadelphia Street, Downtown Indiana

Reception Friday, April 7, 2017, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Ceramics from the University Museum's permanent collection will be on display at the Artists Hand Gallery in Downtown Indiana. There will be a public opening reception on Friday April 7, 2017, 6:00-8pm

University Museum Goes Downtown