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

Love is Colorful: A K-8 Project
October 2021 – February 2022

Sarah Zeffiro, Inaugural Carlow Teaching-Artist Resident
Campus Laboratory School

“Love is Colorful” is an arts, learning, and empathy project designed by Sarah Zeffiro in collaboration with the Education Department, The Campus Laboratory School, and University Art Gallery at Carlow University. Love is Colorful is inspired by the power of sharing our stories to develop self-confidence and empathy.

Artistic portraits hung on a gallery wall from the exhibit, Love is Colorful

“Love is Colorful” brings together 20 years of experience in art, design, education, technology, and museums to imagine an inclusive learning space where all ages and abilities are welcome. Research for “Love is Colorful” was developed at Carlow University from 2018-2019 while Zeffiro completed a Master of Education in Secondary Art. In 2020, she became Carlow’s inaugural Teaching Artist in Residence where “Love is Colorful” expanded as an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Education Department, The Campus Laboratory School, and the Carlow University Art Gallery.

Upcoming Exhibitions

August Wilson House
Spring 2022

Inspired by renowned playwright August Wilson, ten local artists created works for the August Wilson House, a community and cultural center being developed in the playwright’s childhood home in the Hill District. Carlow is excited and honored to host this rich exhibition that showcases artworks honoring the Pittsburgh playwright’s legacy and influence. Participating artists include Brandon Jennings, David Pohl, Dominick McDuffie, Carlos Peterson, Donna Bundy Ford, Marlon Gist, Jasmynie Miller, Corey Carrington, Charlotte Ka, and LaVerne Kemp.

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, 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. 

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

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.

Contact Art Gallery

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The Art Gallery has received the following grants:

  • 2021: Opportunity Fund (Culture of Care speaker & workshop series in partnership with Anthropology of Motherhood), The William Talbot Hillman Foundation (“Center for Art and Social Justice Pilot” Program in partnership with The Documentary Works and Carlow’s Social Justice Institutes), McAuley Ministries Foundation (“Social Justice Training Institutes Fellowship Program, Justice-Oriented Art Gallery Exhibitions and Intergroup Dialogue”)
  • 2020: CIC Grant: Humanities for the Public Good (archival project & exhibition, “International Poetry Forum: The Power of Voice”, Spring 2021)

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