Downtown Exhibit Features Museum Collection

Posted on 3/25/2014 8:36:21 AM

Fifty years ago, the Civil Rights Act ended legal discrimination against people of color and against women, bringing American society closer to realizing the promise of its Constitution. This year, the University Museum Goes Downtown to the Artists Hand Gallery with an exhibit titled “Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Celebration.” The exhibit, comprised of works from the museum’s permanent collection, will run April 1 through May 3, 2014. A free public reception at the Gallery will be held Friday, April 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Movements to abolish slavery and establish rights for all citizens of the United States recurred throughout our nation’s early history, with limited results. Although the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, passed in 1868, extended “equal protection of the laws” to all citizens, prejudice and social customs denied people of color and women full legal rights well into the second half of the 20th century.

During the 1950s and 1960s, various local efforts to achieve equal rights converged in a Civil Rights Movement of national influence that changed hearts and minds. In 1964, Congress passed and President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation making it illegal to discriminate against citizens based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 opened new opportunities to women and people of color.

With the exhibition at Artists Hand Gallery, the University Museum at IUP celebrates this progress with a selection of American art from its permanent collection. The works on display include eight pieces created by African American women and a suite of nine prints by artist Ben Shahn that commemorates the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

The Artists Hand Gallery, located at 732 Philadelphia in downtown Indiana, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association at IUP and by private donations. The University Museum also receives grant support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.

Pictured below is a detail photograph of a piece by quilt artist Tina Williams Brewer. Pictured above is a work by Ruby C. Williams.

detail photograph of a piece by quilt artist Tina Williams Brewer

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University Museum Goes Downtown

April 1, 2014
May 3, 2014

Artists Hand Gallery, 732 Philadelphia Street, Indiana

Selections from the museum’s permanent collection are on display at the Artists Hand Gallery in Downtown Indiana featuring works exploring the Civil Rights movement in the U.S.

This event is over.

For more information, visit University Museum Downtown, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.