University Museum opening show at Artists Hand Gallery
The Artists Hand Gallery, 732 Philadelphia St. in Indiana, will open “The University Museum Goes Downtown” this week with a free, public reception on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 4.
The show features 20th and 21st century paintings and drawings from the permanent collection of the University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
This is the first of a planned series of annual shows by the University Museum at The Artists Hand.
The University Museum’s collection comprises more than 5,000 works of art and material culture including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and three-dimensional objects.
The collection is focused primarily on American art and culture — especially Pennsylvania artists, folk artists and indigenous artists of North America including pottery from the pueblos of the American Southwest and Inuit sculptures and prints from Canada.
Among the American artists represented in the collection are Alexander Archipenko, Milton Avery, Leonard Baskin, Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Cassatt, Philip Guston, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Doris Lee, Giovanni Martino, Edward Millman, Samuel Rosenberg and Ben Shahn.
The museum holds a large group of works by the painter and muralist Milton Bancroft including portraits, studies for his murals at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915, posters commissioned by the YMCA during World War I, and battlefront drawings made in France as World War I was ending.
The museum’s collection and this show include some artists who have lived and worked in the Indiana Area while exhibiting nationally and internationally — Chuck Battaglini, Paul Binai, Robert Cronauer, George Johnson, Orval Kipp, Chuck Olson, Ned Wert and David Young.
Through the next four weeks, the Artists Hand Gallery and the University Museum at IUP join in bringing works by these and other significant American artists to the public eye.