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.

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, a Google Arts and Culture partner and part of Google’s Pittsburgh Project, serves as a center for dialogue and creativity for both the Carlow community and the greater Pittsburgh community.

A worker attaches framed art to a wall in an art gallery.
Ryan Laib installs a photograph by Thomas Locke Hobbes from the series “Wonder of the World,” Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at the Carlow University Art Gallery. The show, “Everything That Sounds in the Forest: Contemporary Art of the Peruvian Amazon,” featuring 11 artists and curated by Gabriela Germana and Christian Bendayan, runs January 17- May 15. Adrian Portugal’s photo from the series “Miss Cantagallo” sits in the foreground; “The Virgin of the Animals” by Graciela Arias is at left. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)


View images and interactive stories of our past exhibitions through Google Arts & Culture.

Current Exhibition

“To Hear It With Our Eyes”: Activist Voices in the International Poetry Forum (1966-1974)
April 2022-October 2022

This exhibition explores the poetry and spoken word performances of influential International Poetry Forum (IPF) writers in the 1960s and 1970s and the ways in which their activist-informed creative practices 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 the decades include a diverse lineup of challenging, thought-provoking, and radical speakers. IPF participants such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Octavio Paz, Daniel Berrigan, Adrienne Rich, Kurt Vonnegut, Lucille Clifton, Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Adonis and Ned O’Gorman, were an essential part of transformative thinking about race, gender, and class during this era.

Piece of art from the IPF exhibition

The IPF was founded and driven by the visionary poet and writer Dr. Samuel Hazo who brought an impressive and world-renowned slate of poets, creatives, and performers to Pittsburgh from 1966 to 2009. The exhibition features the rich materials of the IPF archive housed at Carlow University.

Grant funded by CIC Humanities for the Public Good, this exhibition, public programming and archive project is student led and driven by Carlow’s Department of Art, Communication and English, Grace Library and the Social Justice Institutes, and our community partner the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. A digital version of the exhibition is available on Carlow University Art Gallery’s Google Arts & Culture page.

The IPF archive 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, Dr. Sam Hazo, 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.

Special thanks to:

  • Dr. Samuel Hazo
  • Sister Sheila Carney
  • Council of Independent Colleges

Grant Team:

  • Sigrid King, PhD
  • Amy Bowman-McElhone, PhD
  • Alyson Koenig
  • Ryan Scott, PhD

Student Interns:

  • K.J. Miller
  • Caitlin McDonough
  • Sarah Smilowitz
  • Kaitlyn Stamm
  • Alison Pirl

Special thanks to students in EN 102: Introduction to Writing and Research about Literature and AR 735: Art History and Curatorial Studies seminar.

Hours of operation

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
Monday9 a.m.-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday9 a.m.-Noon
Saturday6-8 p.m.
Gallery hours may change, contact us prior to your visit.

Grants received

Carlow University Art Gallery has been the recipient of the following grants:


  • Opportunity Fund: Recipient for the Culture of Care speaker and workshop series in partnership with Anthropology of Motherhood
  • The William Talbot Hilllman Foundation: Recipient for the project “Center for Art and Social Justice Pilot Program” in partnership with The Documentary Works and Carlow’s Social Justice Institutes
  • McAuley Ministries Foundation: Recipient for the project “Social Justice Justice Training Institutes Fellowship Program, Justice-Oriented Art Gallery Exhibitions and Intergroup Dialogue”


  • CIC Grant: Humanities for the Public Good: Recipient for the archival project and exhibition: International Poetry Form: The Power of Voice, Spring 2021

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