Paintings by Frank Mason Next Museum Exhibit

Posted on 1/24/2017 4:25:32 PM

Painting by Frank MasonFrank Mason was a mid-20th-century painter, student, and then instructor in the Art Students League of New York. A variety of his work will be on exhibit at the University Museum starting February 4, 2017, and running through March 11. Admission is free.

Mason, also an art conservation activist, strove to master the technique of painting rather than the theory, and this is evident in his work. Paintings in this exhibition are on loan from John R. Tomayko, the Estate of Frank Mason, and Dan and Joan Mason and represent a wide selection of Mason’s work.

Mason’s paintings are reminiscent of the styles of the classical masters. Throughout this career, Mason earned scores of international honors and was often commissioned to paint the portraits of princes, cardinals, and governors.

The exhibition, titled “Frank Mason: A Passion for Painting,” is organized by themes that were central to Mason’s life and work and include landscapes from the United States and Europe, still life, portraits, and drawings. This includes studies for an eight-part series on the life of St. Anthony of Padua which are permanently installed in the Church of San Giovanni di Malta, Venice, Italy.

A free opening reception will be offered on Saturday, February 4, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the University Museum, located on the first floor of Sutton Hall. Regular museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00–6:30 p.m.; Thursday noon–7:30 p.m.; and Saturday noon–4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association. The University Museum also receives state arts funding support from a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.

For more information on this and other related events or to schedule a tour, please contact Leslie Kluchurosky at or 724-357-2397 or visit the University Museum website.