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Treasures from the Wardrobe

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February 5–March 5, 2022

Experience the unique apparel and textile treasures of the Fashion Studies Historic Costume Collection. 

Professor Janet A. Blood, collection and exhibit curator, assisted by Julie Gomboc-Hellam, shares her favorite pieces in celebration of the importance and impact dress and appearance has had on us throughout time, place, and culture. Holdings of this teaching collection date as far back as the mid-nineteenth century through the 1980s and feature unique pieces rarely seen by the public. The collection has been built over several decades through the generosity of community donors who wish for their family heirlooms to be used in the education of IUP Fashion Studies students.

Highlights of the exhibit include Victorian and Edwardian gowns and undergarments, 1920’s beaded flapper-style dresses, paper dresses from the 1960s, 1970’s disco wear, military uniforms, unique accessories, and many other fashion curiosities. As an educational exhibit, visitors will learn the correct ways of conserving family heirlooms and witness tragic examples to the contrary.

Furthermore, to continue building our costume collection, guests are encouraged to bring and donate clean apparel and textile items they feel overtly represent the time periods of the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.

2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition

March 26, 2022-April 16, 2022

The University Museum Goes Downtown: Polish Posters

April 1-April 23, 2022


Maps: An Experience in Finding Our Way

Colorful abstract painting by Jacob Wareham black and white overhead map of streets and homes in Ernest, PA


September 11-November 19, 2021

The exhibition is a campus and community collaborative effort curated by Rhonda Yeager, Bobbie Zapor, and Laura Krulikowski with support from the University Museum Board of Directors. It features maps, artifacts, and art on loan from the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County; IUP Department of Art and Design; IUP Department of Geoscience; the Institute for Mine Mapping, Archival Procedures, and Safety (IMAPS); IUP Libraries Special Collections and University Archives; and artists Jacob Wareham and Chuck Olson in addition to pieces from the University Museum's collection. 

The University Museum is located on the first floor of Sutton Hall. Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00-6:30 p.m.; Thursday noon-7:30 p.m.; and Saturday noon-4:30 p.m.. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and university holidays. A public reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. and both the reception and the exhibit are free. 

Art pieces in the exhibit by Jacob Wareham and Chuck Olson are for sale on IUP Marketplace.



The University Museum brings the material history and arts of the region together in an environment that encourages exploration, dialogue, and enjoyment.

This mandate is based on the belief that art and history are unbounded and essential to our understanding of who we were, who we are, and who we want to be. The University Museum is dedicated to providing leadership in the development of quality collections, exhibitions, and educational and public programs that challenge how we see ourselves and the social and natural world in which we live.

In addition to regular exhibits throughout the year housed in its permanent exhibit space in the historic John Sutton Hall, the University Museum provides smaller exhibits throughout the campus and community with short- and long-term displays. There are currently pieces installed throughout the IUP Performing Arts Center, Cogswell Hall, Sprowls Hall, Sutton Hall, Clark Hall, and elsewhere.

Cover: Paintings of Indiana County"Paintings of Indiana County"

The University Museum is also currently offering a book, Paintings of Indiana County, which includes the original paintings created by IUP alumnus Ron Donoughe in a work now on permanent exhibition in IUP's Performing Arts Center balcony lobby. You may order your copy today.

You can read more about Ron and his twin brother, Don, in IUP Magazine.

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College of Fine Arts

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Treasures from the Wardrobe at University Museum

The University Museum Board of Directors presents the exhibition Treasures from the Wardrobe on display from February 5 until March 5, 2022.

Yeager, Wick, and Bogert to Discuss Maps Exhibition

The University Museum at IUP presents a discussion with Rhonda Yeager, Harrison Wick, and Jonathan Bogert about the current museum exhibition, “Maps: An Experience in Finding Our Way.”

Reception Scheduled for Maps Exhibit

Information regarding a free public reception October 23, 2021 for Maps exhibition sponsored by the University Museum at IUP

Map Exhibition Opens Museum Season

The University Museum at IUP opens the 2021–22 season with the exhibition “Maps: An Experience in Finding Our Way.”