“Your Special Island” Theme for Museum Gala

Posted on 9/14/2015 10:00:25 AM

The University Museum will hold its annual gala event on Friday, October 16, 2015, in Sutton Hall. The event starts at 6:00 p.m.

The University Museum’s annual benefit gala invites you to imagine “Your Special Island”— your ideal tropical paradise. The gala event also features the 2015-16 season opening exhibit Triennial 2015.

Visions of bright sun, warm sand, cool waters, and swaying palms inspired the theme. Perhaps, when you imagine your tropical paradise, you hear the steel drums of the Caribbean or the ukulele and percussion of Polynesia. Or maybe you see the white sand and azure waters of Central America, the Mediterranean, the French Riviera, and Africa, or even the rainforests of South America.

The choice of tropical locale is yours during an evening of food, music, and entertainment inspired by the tropics. Our gala invites everyone attending to wear their finest island-inspired fashion.

The catered event will begin with a tropical cocktail reception in the University Museum and continue in the Blue Room for dining. The festivities will include a pig roast outside Sutton Hall, live entertainment, fundraising auctions, and dancing.

Triennial 2015 is a group exhibition that shines the spotlight on IUP’s own Art Department faculty. The works created and collected by the faculty enrich the experiences of their students in the classroom each semester and now, will be shared with the community through this group exhibition. This collaborative effort provides such varied styles and mediums to interest and inspire the most diverse of audiences.   

Reservations, requested by October 9, are required and cost $125 per person. Reservations can be made directly online, clicking on the "Get Tickets" button. You can also download the invitation card and RSVP form on the same page. Additional information is available by contacting Leslie Kluchurosky at at 724-357-2397 or e-mailing her at leslie.kluchurosky@iup.edu.

Proceeds from the gala support the University Museum’s admission-free exhibitions, public education programming and lectures, and conservation of art objects.

Pictured below (left to right) are Museum board members Maura Keeney, Barbara Kubala, and Bill Double preparing decorations for the October 16 Gala event.

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Gala: Your Special Island

October 16, 2015
6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

University Museum and Blue Room, Sutton Hall

Join us for an island-themed evening of art, music, and culinary delicacies for our annual benefit event.

This event is over.

For more information, visit Gala: Your Special Island, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.