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State of the Arts

The first Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for the Arts to be held on a college campus took place September 28 in the IUP Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium.

Robert Qualters and MFA student Crystal Miller in Sprowls Hall

A day after receiving the Artist of the Year Award, Pittsburgh artist Robert Qualters critiqued the work of graduate painting students in Sprowls Hall. With him is Crystal Miller M’13, an MFA in painting student.

Recipient of Artist of the Year honors was painter, installation artist, and printmaker Robert Qualters, of Pittsburgh. The award capped off a celebration of the artist’s career that coincided with his 80th birthday. His year has included a retrospective exhibition, Robert Qualters: A Life, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; release of the book Robert Qualters: Autobiographical Mythologies, by Vicky Clark, also the exhibit’s curator; and debut of the documentary film Bob Qualters: The Artist in Action, by Joe and Elizabeth Seamans. Qualters, who taught in the IUP Art Department in the 1970s, said his time at the university was marked by the friendship and generosity of his colleague Ned Wert ’58 and “the qualities of receptiveness and industry in the students.”

Qualters’s mother, Stella Wolf Qualters, was a 1930 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College. Qualters said that after she retired from teaching, she devoted herself to art and had two solo exhibitions past the age of 80.

Myron Hay Tomb receiving the Arts Leadership and Service Award from his daughter, Devin, and son, Jordan

Arts education advocate Myron Hay Tomb ’69 was presented with the Arts Leadership and Service Award by his daughter, Devin, and son, Jordan.

Indiana attorney Myron Hay Tomb, a 1969 graduate of IUP, was honored with the Arts Leadership and Service Award for his work to promote the benefits of arts in education. Tomb served nearly 20 years on the governing council of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and founded the council’s nationally recognized Arts in Education network, which provides students in kindergarten through 12th grade with artist residencies in their schools.

Tomb credits his interest in the arts, in part, to spending most of his educational career on campus, where he attended Keith School from kindergarten through eighth grade. “We had these incredible talents teaching us art and music,” Tomb said, counting among them professors Robert Burggraf and Robert Seelhorst ’50. Tomb is a 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and a former member of the Foundation for IUP board.

In other honors, the Distinguished Arts Award went to Philadelphia composer Jennifer Higdon, and the Arts Innovation Award to Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. Mark Pasquerilla, of Johnstown, received the Arts Patron Award for his support of cultural exhibitions throughout western Pennsylvania. The CEO of Pasquerilla Enterprises, he is a past member of the Foundation for IUP board.

This year’s award sculptures were created by Greg Gehner, a metalsmith from Cambridge Springs. The list of past award artists includes two IUP alumni: metalsmith Andrew Jacobs ’91, of Northern Cambria, in 2000 and retired IUP professor Christopher Weiland ’72, with help from students in the Center for Turning and Furniture Design, in 2006.

The Governor’s Arts Awards touched off a celebration of the arts in the greater Indiana community that included performances, art exhibits, and activities at downtown cultural venues. The awards program is administered by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and this year’s event was the work of a community partnership led by Hank Knerr, director of the Lively Arts at IUP. 


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Silver Anniversary

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