Summer Exhibit Celebrates Indiana Borough Bicentennial

Posted on 6/16/2016 9:32:16 AM

"City Scene" by Muriel B. Chew“Local Color—The Indiana Perspective” features works from the University Museum’s collection by artists who have lived and worked in the Indiana area. The exhibit, presented in honor of the Indiana Borough Bicentennial, opens June 25, 2016, and runs through July 28.

The exhibition in the University Museum at IUP, Sutton Hall, opens with a public reception Saturday, June 25, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Regular summer museum hours are Monday and Tuesday noon–5:00 p.m. and Thursday 2:00–7:00 p.m. Admission to the reception and exhibit is free.

Indiana Borough and the neighborhoods immediately outside its boundaries have nurtured and supported artists at least since Leslie Pattison founded the Pattison School of Art in 1892. It was located at the site of the mid-town S&T Bank Building on Philadelphia Street. Pattison and his wife, Carrie Houck, married in 1896 and embarked on an art-centered life together founding the group known today as the Indiana Art Association (IAA).

"Under the Bridge" by C. Kermit EwingAdditionally, many of Indiana’s artists have been associated with IUP. Indiana-born Jean Repine McElhaney served as Indiana State Normal School’s only art instructor beginning in 1906. Art educators Alma Munson Gasslander, Grace Houston Biamonte, and Orval Kipp at Indiana State Teachers College, all artists featured in “Local Color,” were noted early members of the Indiana Art Association.

Other featured artists include Wilbur Coffman, John Dropcho, Robert Hamilton, Joanne Lovette, Ralph Reynolds, and Penny Russell, in addition to several others. Many of the artists represented remain active today, exhibiting regionally, nationally, and around the world.

Indiana Borough 1816-2016 Bicentennial logoThe artists of the IAA and IUP continue to enrich the town’s cultural life. The University Museum is proud to hold in its collection works by many of Indiana’s artists, past and present. Other works by Indiana artists are prominently displayed elsewhere on campus, such as Stapleton Library, the IUP Performing Arts Center, Wilson and Clark halls, residence halls, and the new College of Humanities and Social Sciences building.

For more information, call 724-357-2397.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Indiana Art Association, the College of Fine Arts at IUP, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The University Museum also receives funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts administered by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance. The University Museum is an institutional member of the American Alliance of Museums.

Works pictured include (top) City Scene by Muriel B. Chew and (middle) Under the Bridge by C. Kermit Ewing.