Arts and Culture
Indiana County is home to a variety of museums and galleries that are dedicated to displaying and promoting local art and artists. Exhibits explore regional history and culture, too. If you love art and learning something new, these displays of original art and curated exhibits are must-see destinations.
The Jimmy Stewart Museum
One of Indiana County's claims to fame is that it is the hometown of legendary actor Jimmy Stewart.
The Jimmy Stewart Museum highlights its namesake's numerous accomplishments in film, radio, and TV. There's even a room dedicated to his family's history in Western Pennsylvania. A daguerreotype of his great grand-dad in Civil War uniform, baby photos of Jimmy, and his dad's old desk from the family hardware store are all on display.
A1930's vintage movie theatre, furnished with plush navy velvet curtains and wine-colored seats, takes you back in time in an intimate and comfortable setting. From the museum's windows, visitors can glimpse the family hardware store site, the bronze statue dedicated to Jimmy on his 75th birthday, and the old courthouse clock immortalized by Life Magazine's famous back-from-World War II photo.
Displays are chock full of original movie posters and photos beginning from the 1930's on, with many personally selected byJimmy himself. Come and see for yourself the charm and appeal of this one-of-a-kind museum.
Home to both international and national exhibitions, lectures, performances, Kipp Gallery provides the community with unique and diverse art, free of cost, throughout the year.
Kipp Gallery is located in Sprowls Hall, home of the IUP Art Department. The misson of the gallery is to provide a forum for students, faculty, and visual artists to explore the relationship between art and the forces that shape its creation.
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The University Museum
The University Museum is dedicated to providing leadership in the development of quality collections, exhibitions, and educational and public programs that challenge how we see ourselves and the social and natural world in which we live.
In addition to regular exhibits throughout the year, housed in its permanent exhibit space in the historic John Sutton Hall, the University Museum showcases smaller exhibits throughout the campus and community with short and long term displays.
There are currently pieces installed throughout the IUP Performing Arts Center, Cogswell Hall, Sprowls Hall, Sutton Hall, Clark Hall, and elsewhere throughout the campus.
The Artists Hand Gallery
Located on Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana, the Artists Hand Gallery is a privately run art gallery dedicated to supporting the work of local and regional artists and artisans by cultivating a patronage of monthly subscribers. Their membership is encouraged through discounts on purchases of artwork and on items in their associated coffee shop and gift shop.
The Artists Hand also hosts a special evening talk series that provide opportunities for beginning artisans to meet local artisans and learn first-hand tips related to their specific craft.
In addition, the gallery hosts children’s workshops on Saturday mornings for children ages 5 through 11, to encourage the artistic interests of the next generation of residents.
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