University Museum Presents “Ned Wert: A Retrospective”

Posted on 1/5/2021 5:38:26 PM

"Tocado" by Ned WertThe University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is proud to present an exhibition featuring paintings by IUP professor emeritus, Ned Wert. This exhibition represents an outstanding 60-plus-year career as an artist, mentor, and educator. Wert has influenced thousands of students during his award-winning career as a high school educator in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and as a faculty member at IUP.

In a statement, Wert explains that his paintings all began by “manipulating a realistic idea” and that he bases his work on his own sketches and photographs. He states that “These realistic images can be landscapes, single or groups of figures, architecture, still lifes; almost anything can become the beginning structure of a composition. It is the final surface of an abstract painting that becomes art, based on the ‘artistic germ’ that motivated the artist to begin.” Wert describes this process, that has served him well, as “actively gestural and colorful.”

Paintings on display are from the artist’s personal collection and the University Museum’s permanent collection in addition to others generously on loan from private collections. The exhibit will also feature a video interview with the artist.

"Dervish" by Ned WertThis exhibit is open Tuesday, January 26–Saturday, March 20, 2021, in the University Museum, located on the first floor of Sutton Hall. The University Museum welcomes visitors during the following hours: 

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 2:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 6; Saturday, March 13; Saturday, March 20: 2:00–5:00 p.m.

The Museum is closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and university holidays.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, face coverings are required in all university buildings. The exhibit has been designed and installed to help promote social distancing.

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

For more information on this and other Museum events, please contact Audrey Swartz, IUP Department of Art and Design, at 724-357-2530, or email museum-info@iup.edu.