A local gallery with a global reach, the Carlow University Art Gallery is the only art space in the Pittsburgh region dedicated to art and social justice. Our project is to embody the unique mission of Carlow through professionally curated exhibitions, to bridge campus and community, and to extend the teaching space through innovative public programming and experiential learning.

A worker attaches framed art to a wall in an art gallery.

Through the gallery, Carlow students have the opportunity to work with professional artists, curators, and museum professionals (assist with installation, collection management, research and development of digital curation strategies).

The gallery serves as a center for dialogue and creativity for both the Carlow community and the greater Pittsburgh community.


Current Exhibition

… I Forgot to Laugh: Humor & Contemporary Art 

February 2021 – June 2021

Colorful organic objects hanging from the ceiling. Their shadows cast to the wall behind them.

Historically, art has employed humor at the most (in)opportune times. In the face of war, tumult, and cultural change, artists have often reveled in the ridiculous. This exhibition brings together over a dozen contemporary artists that use humor to explore identity, social injustice, and the absurdity of modern life. By subverting expectations through surprising materials, challenging the notion of fine art, and using humor to confront the status quo, these artists show the power of tackling serious topics with levity.

Curators: Amy Bowman-McElhone, PhD; Anna Wall, Chief Curator, Pensacola Museum of Art; Carrie Fonder, Assistant Professor of Art, University of West Florida

This exhibition was organized in conjunction with the Pensacola Museum of Art at the University of West Florida.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Love is Colorful: A K-8 Project

Fall 2021

Love is Colorful is an exhibition produced by Carlow’s inaugural Teaching Artist Resident, alum Sarah Zeffiro. Ms. Zeffiro is working with Carlow’s Campus laboratory School K-8 students and faculty to produce art and creative content centered on developing confidence by engaging the senses through multimedia learning that includes 2D, 3D, digital art, English Language Arts, mindfulness and play. The residency culminates with the interactive Love is Colorful exhibition in the University Art Gallery opening fall of 2021. Throughout the exhibition, the Carlow University Art Gallery will become a learning laboratory for classes, lectures and art making. The Love is Colorful project expands as packaged curriculum and interactive learning experience for institutions or museums. Designed to amplify voices through the sharing and learning of stories, the project seeks to grow community through respect, creative expression and empathy. The students will participate in two units of study, Who Am I in the Fall of 2020? and Who Are You in Spring 2021? The Campus Laboratory Students will create a collaborative mosaic mural exploring The Sisters of Mercy critical concerns (earth, non-violence, non-racism, immigration and women) during a two week 2021 Summer camp.

The Power of the Voice and the Agency of Citizenship: The International Poetry Forum Collection and Social Change

Spring 2022

Grant funded by CIC Humanities for the Public Good, The Power of the Voice and the Agency of Citizenship is a student led exhibition and public programming project driven by the Department of Art, Communication and English that features the International Poetry Forum (IPF) archive. This collection contains video recordings, audio recordings, newspapers, posters and other ephemera highlighting the rich local history of the IPF, which ran from 1967 to 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Forum’s director, Sam Hazo, PhD, had a vision – that poetry has its greatest impact when spoken aloud. It was for this reason that the IPF invited speakers from across the globe to read poetry in a spoken word format, in order to celebrate the power and potential of the art form.

The Power of the Voice and the Agency of Citizenship: The IPF Collection and Social Change will explore how the work of influential IPF writers in the 1960s and 1970s contributed to social change and helped reshape the country’s understanding of what it means to be an engaged citizen. The IPF writers who participated during those decades include a broad array of challenging, thought-provoking, and radical speakers. IPF participants such as Anne Sexton, Octavio Paz, Daniel Berrigan, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Kurt Vonnegut, Lucille Clifton, Derek Walcott, Chinua Achebe, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Ned O’Gorman, were an essential part of transformative thinking about race, gender and class during this era.

Hours of operation (Spring 2021)

The gallery is open to students, faculty, and staff as well as class visits. Visitors to campus can schedule a timed visit or tour by appointment.

Day of the weekTime
Monday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WednesdayBy appointment
Thursday10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Gallery hours may change, contact us prior to your visit.

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