University Museum To Host Annual Gala

Posted on 9/14/2017 2:33:26 PM

The University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host its annual gala on Friday, September 29, 2017, in John Sutton Hall. The theme for this event is “Cirque du Musée.”

The theme “Cirque du Musée” seeks to evoke magic, mystery, and perhaps just a hint of the unseen—to persuade our guests to throw caution to the wind and step into a world of where nothing is certain, but all is possible. Guests are invited to indulge their creativity for the evening’s attire.

Gala dancers from Cirque du MuséeThe gala evening will start at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres of torched salmon, pot stickers, and more in the University Museum with the latest exhibition, “James Innes: A Retrospective.” James Innes taught drawing, painting, and art appreciation for over 20 years at IUP, retiring in 1989.

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.

Following the Museum reception, guests will move to the Blue Room for a sumptuous dinner of citrus shrimp and bay scallops, slow roasted pork, mac and cheese bar, sweet desserts, and specialty cocktails. Following the feast, Cirque du Musée lives up to its name, offering a circus band, dancing acrobats, a singing headliner, and, finally, the master magician Michelangelo, who will keep the mystery of the evening alive in your memory for months to come. All this plus both silent and live auctions and the chance to dance the night away to the music of IUP’s Little Big Band led by Kevin Eisensmith and featuring Joseph Baunoch!

Museum-Gala Band PracticingThe University Museum never charges admission to its exhibits and educational events, but survives solely on gifts and grants plus proceeds from the annual gala. Gala funds supply needed support to the constant restoration efforts, community outreach, and educational directives of the museum board. 

Reservations are required for this evening to remember by September 20 and cost $125 per person. Reservations can be made online at the IUP Marketplace. The invitation and reservation card are also available online at the University Museum website.

Additional information is also available by contacting Leslie Kluchurosky at the University Museum at 724-357-2397 or