The 2019–20 Art Season

  • Encompassing major touring exhibits, regional artists, and faculty and student work, there is something for every taste in this year’s exhibit schedule.

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  • The Longing Ritual

    November 12–December 13, Opening reception Thursday, November 14, 5:00 p.m., Kipp Gallery, First Floor Sprowls Hall

    Kipp Gallery will be closed from November 23 through December 3

    Throughout his career, the concept of synthesis has been central to Turri’s work. The source material for this series is culled from cyclical rituals: walking through Frick Park, the Homewood Cemetery, the neighborhoods of Squirrel Hill, and Point Breeze where he often records (through photography) the memorable visual moments that he experiences with regularity. The paintings are not traditional landscape paintings; the work is meant to reflect the ever-pervasive presence of the screen and the digital device and its intrusion on the ability for real experience.


  • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Member Exhibition

    January 21–February 14, Opening reception TBA, Kipp Gallery, First Floor Sprowls Hall

    The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh will kick off 2020 with a member exhibition at the College of Fine Arts’ Kipp Gallery. The AAP is the oldest, continuously exhibiting visual arts organization in the country. Founded in 1910, AAP has spent over 100 years as a driving force in Pittsburgh’s dynamic cultural life, providing a vital and challenging environment for artists to exhibit new work in the widest possible range of media. AAP serves over 530 members in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.

    Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Member Exhibition

  • Dr. Kabala’s Cabinet of Wonders: Highlights from a Collection

    February 11–March 6, Opening reception Saturday, February 8, 6:00 p.m., University Museum, First Floor Sutton Hall

    Covering multiple centuries, this collection of IUP art history professor Irene Kabala features an eclectic array of artwork , including paintings, prints, sculptures, and pottery.

    Dr. Kabala's Cabinet of Wonders

  • MFA Thesis Exhibition

    March 31–April 25, Opening reception Saturday, March 28, 6:00 p.m., University Museum, First Floor Sutton Hall and Kipp Gallery, First Floor Sprowls Hall

    Concurrent exhibitions showcasing works by the spring 2020 Master of Fine Arts candidates from IUP’s Art and Design Department. These exhibitions celebrate the final stages of graduate degree work and feature a wide variety of styles and media. The exhibits are presented across three campus venues in Sutton and Sprowls halls.

    MFA Thesis Exhibition

  • 2020 BA and BFA Exhibition

    April 30–May 8, Opening reception Thursday, April 30, 5:00 p.m., Kipp Gallery, First Floor Sprowls Hall

    The annual exhibition showcases a collection of visual artwork of the university’s graduating art students.

    2020 BA and BFA Exhibition

  • The University Museum Goes Downtown: Polish Posters

    April 8–27, Opening reception Friday, April 10, 6:00 p.m., Artists Hand Gallery, 732 Philadelphia Street, Indiana PA, 15701

    This exhibit will feature the Polish posters that were acquired by the museum when they were previously exhibited at IUP.

    The University Museum Goes Downtown: Polish Posters

  • Devices for Filling a Void

    September 9–27, Reception Monday, September 9, 5:00 p.m., Kipp Gallery, First Floor Sprowls Hall

    Devices for Filling a Void combine jewelry forms with forms of reconstructive surgical devices, used to hold the flesh in place as it heals. The title points to ideas about women being incomplete or lacking, requiring augmentation by men, objects, dress, makeup, and adornment. Through the use of the semiotics of gold, this work visualizes the aesthetic, social, and ethical implications of the medicalization of beauty, adornment, and sexuality.

    Devices for Filling a Void

  • 60’s 70’s 80’s: Artist Legacy of IUP

    September 10–December 6, Opening Reception Saturday, September 7, 6:00 p.m., University Museum, First Floor Sutton Hall

    This is an exhibit of work by IUP alumni who have found success as painters, sculptors, potters, draftsmen, and teachers.

    60's 70's 80's - Artist Legacy of IUP

  • Pushing Petals

    October 8–November 1, Reception Monday, November 4, 5:00 p.m., Kipp Gallery, First Floor Sprowls Hall

    In the exhibit “Pushing Petals,” the work of Jillian Dickson and Elaine Quave examines human cycles of birth and death and the connection between the human body and wild nature. These artists fuse nature and the human body together to function and be understood as a singular unit and to help us recognize that we are dependent on the ecosystems around us for our sustenance and survival.

    Pushing Petals Artwork

  • Disco Inferno: Saturday Night Fever at the Museum

    Saturday, October 19, 6:00–10:00 p.m., University Museum and Blue Room, First Floor Sutton Hall

    Dust off your platform shoes and press your polyester suits! It’s a celebration of an era... the Disco Era!

    This year’s University Museum’s benefit gala will feature vintage visuals, period entertainment, and incredible culinary artistry. Reservations are required and period dress is encouraged. Please visit the Lively Arts Calendar of Events for more details as they become available.

    Disco Inferno: Saturday Night fever at the Museum