Six in an Open Field

September 9–October 20, 2023

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Six in an Open Field showcases the work of several Pittsburgh-based artists brought together through ongoing dialogue, critiques, studio visits, and more. Beginning in summer 2022, the group has met bimonthly to discuss the trials and tribulations of sustaining a studio practice. Set against a rotating backdrop of basement studios, living rooms, and public park pavilions, the artists in this show affectionately refer to their collective activities as Art Club.

Pieces from the Collection

November 4–December 9, 2023

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

This November explore the walls of our Museum to see the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project (WPA/FAP), pulled from the Museum's permanent collection.

Faculty Triennial

January 27–March 8, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27, 2024, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

This every-three-year show features a diverse and exciting body of artwork by the talented IUP Department of Art and Design professors.

John Ritter Retrospective

March 30–May 3, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 30, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

John Ritter is an American Post Pop artist whose vibrant depictions of celebrities and popular culture have consistently defined the pages of the New Yorker, Time, GQ, and Harper's in addition to other national and international publications, Broadway advertising campaigns, corporate art installations, product packaging, gallery exhibitions, and private collections. 

The University Museum Goes Downtown

Dates: April 26–May 18, 2024

Opening Reception: TBD

The University Museum at IUP returns to the Artists Hand, 732 Philadelphia Street.

Details for this event will be announced at a later date.

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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University Museum Begins 2023–24 Season with Exhibit “Six in an Open Field”

The exhibit "Six in an Open Field" at the University Museum is a celebration of artistic trust and communal growth.

The University Museum Goes Downtown: From Our Walls to Your Home

An exhibit of art for sale opens at the Artists Hand Gallery, Philadelphia Street, on Friday, April 28.

Tibetan Monks Return to Campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania from March 21 until March 25. During this time, they will present a variety of events that will be open to both the campus and the community. Most of the events are free of charge.

Native Plants for Garden Spaces, with Barbara Hauge

Pennsylvania registered landscape architect Barbara Hauge, of UpStreet Architects in Indiana, PA, will present a lecture on the importance of native perennials, shrubs, and trees and how to incorporate them into your garden spaces. The lecture takes place at the University Museum on Thursday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m.

“Environmental” Opens Jan. 21 at University Museum

The University Museum at IUP overlooks the Oak Grove, a park-like space older than the university, with tall trees, grass, flowers, benches, and paths leading students to and from class. The exhibition “Environmental” brings the outside in, allowing artists to interpret the theme through paint, print, sculpture, wood, and fiber.