“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
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).
Additionally, 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.
The 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.