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.
View images and interactive stories of our past exhibitions through Google Arts & Culture.
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.
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:
Special thanks to students in EN 102: Introduction to Writing and Research about Literature and AR 735: Art History and Curatorial Studies seminar.
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 week||Time|
|Monday||9 a.m.-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.|
|Tuesday||11 a.m. – 2 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|Thursday||11 a.m.-3 p.m.|
Carlow University Art Gallery has been the recipient of the following grants: