Carlow University Art Gallery Presents Up In Arms

Carlow University Art Gallery and the Social Justice Institutes announce the opening of Up In Arms, a multimedia group show.

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January 19 – April 28, 2017 | Carlow University Art Gallery |
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Pittsburgh, PA—Carlow University Art Gallery announces the opening of UP IN ARMS, a multimedia group show that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. The exhibition opens with a reception on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5-7pm. UP IN ARMS is on view through April 28, 2017.

The works in UP IN ARMS consider age, gender, race, mental health, political affiliations and philosophical stances as factors surrounding our attitudes and uses of guns.  They reflect a number of perspectives, though none endorse the gun as a means to an end. UP IN ARMS is organized by Susanne Slavick, who is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. She will present a talk on the exhibit on Thursday, February 23 from 12:30-1:30 in the University Commons, 2nd floor activities area.

“For over a decade, my work as an artist, and more recently as a curator, has dealt with violence, primarily the violence of war and its aftermath,” Slavick says. UP IN ARMS is an outgrowth of UNLOADED, a larger exhibit that is traveling across the country through 2019. “Both shows focus on gun violence on the home front where guns play an enormous role in wounding us individually and collectively, whether through domestic violence, suicide, or homicide.”

The exhibition features work by local and national artists: Joshua Bienko, Casey Li Brander, Cathy Colman, Dadpranks, Vanessa German, Jennifer Meridian, Adrian Piper, Susanne Slavick, and Stephanie Syjuco.

For more information, for additional programming or to schedule a private visit or tour, please email:, or please visit the gallery website at


About Carlow University’s Social Justice Institutes
The Social Justice Institutes includes the Grace Ann Geibel Institute for Justice and Social Responsibility and the Women of Spirit® Institute. The Geibel Institute engages students, faculty, staff and the community in research, education, and outreach that seeks to challenge systemic oppression. The new Women of Spirit® Institute will work to provide access to resources and programming for women seeking to create and implement solutions for social change. The collaboration between the two institutes will build capacity to make a sustainable impact in communities, locally and globally.

About Carlow University
Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curriculum, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in three colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, and Learning and Innovation. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s eleven athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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