James Innes Retrospective Exhibit Opens IUP Museum Season

Posted on 9/6/2017 12:38:13 PM

La Conchera oil on board, by James Innes The University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania opens the 2017–18 season on Saturday, September 9, with an exhibition of works by James Innes (1929–2009), an accomplished painter and printmaker and IUP faculty member from 1966 to 1989.

James Innes taught drawing, painting, and art appreciation during his time at IUP. This retrospective exhibition features over 30 of his landscapes, street scenes, religious images, portraits, and carnival scenes done in the realism style with satirical and fantastical elements in the form and composition.

The works of his IUP contemporaries are also featured in this exhibition.

1975 oil on canvas by James Innes Innes studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the Art Students League of New York, the New School for Social Research, Mexico City College, and Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Following his retirement from IUP, Innes turned his attention to printmaking and practiced traditional etching, waterless lithography, and polyester printmaking—actually writing a manual on the process. Additionally, he influenced the printmaking field by developing a Mylar/polyester plate technique and a new monotype technique.

Rooftop, The Other Florence, oil on board, by James InnesThe work of James Innes is held in the collections of the Spencer Museum, University of Kansas; the Canton Art Institute, the Hagerstown Art Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Indiana Regional Medical Center, the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Collection, the Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital, and private collections in the United States and abroad. He won the 2009 Piccolo Spoleto Festival and Children’s Festival poster contest, the first artist to win both awards.

By Virtue of Her Age, Unable to Fly, oil on canvas by James InnesAdmission is free. The exhibit is open to the public in the University Museum, Sutton Hall, beginning Saturday, September 9, with a reception from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and will be on display until Saturday, December 9, 2017.

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. Closed Sunday, Monday, and university holidays.

For more information, contact Leslie Kluchurosky at the University Museum at 724-357-2397 or visit
the University Museum website.

The University museum, a program of the College of Fine Arts at IUP, receives state arts funding support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.