Directions to Gallery | Gallery Usage Policy
Up coming Exhibition
The Mountain and the Bumble Bee
In 1842, the geologist and land surveyor John C. Fremont led a prestigious expedition to explore the Rocky Mountain territory. In his travel log Fremont records an unlikely high‐altitude encounter with a bumblebee where he imagines each of them to be the first of their species ever to brave such geological extremes.
This unlikely encounter is suggestive of America’s unique brand of landscape nationalism that has historically attempted to reconcile both expansionist and conservationist thought. Romantic descriptions of Fremont’s adventures were published in the Emigrant’s Guide to California and effectively united the interests of science and nature within the cultural framework of national inheritance. After all, “landscapes are culture before they are nature; constructs of the imagination projected onto wood and water and rock.”
“The Mountain and the Bumble Bee” brings together selected works by contemporary artists and poets who confront broadly defined notions of landscape as both cultural icon and raw material. Working in a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, painting, digital, and poetic verse, featured artists maneuver the complex web of references contributing to our understanding of landscape. Scenes from Hollywood westerns abut survey photographs and miniature paintings to highlight America’s often‐contradictory role as both steward and exploiter of the land.
Participating visual artists and poets:
Rick Barot, Patrick Bizarro, Robin Clarke, Mathew Conboy, Todd Davis, Wesley Dunning, Heather Green, B.A. Harrington, Chele Isaac, Chris McGinnis, Erika Osborne, Josh Reiman, Gwyneth Scally, and Meg Shevenock
Opening Reception: Jan. 15th 4:45pm to 7:00pm
Exhibtion runs Jan. 12th through Feb. 6th
The Media Arts Gallery, through exhibitions, outreach, and arts-related educational programming, provides for university and community understanding of the visual arts disciplines, focused on graphic design, photography, web based/ interactive design, television and video. Student work is showcased biannually along with exhibitions of local and international perspective. The Media Arts Gallery encourages dialogue about the visual arts among students, educators and the public.
Located in the Wheatley Center, the Media Arts gallery is a stunning, 2000 square foot space with 160 linear feet of wall space. High windows on the West wall allow natural light to illuminate the space during daylight hours. The facility is faculty-driven and currently managed by the Gallery Coordinator, who is the chair of the Gallery Committee. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the committee is comprised of Prof. Andrew Ames (coordinator and chair), Prof. Hyla Willis, Prof. Christine Holtz. The committee reviews all proposals for exhibitions. If you are interested in proposing an exhibition, download the exhibition proposal form (PDF).
Occasionally, members of the university communtiy inquire about using the gallery for functions and events. Below is a list of criteria for using the gallery for an event or function:
1. Absolutely no food or drink is permitted
2. Event must have artistic or educational value (no committee meetings, mixers, etc.)
3. Installed exhibtions cannot be rearranged to accommodate events
4. Event cannot interfere with departmental educational needs (i.e. scheduled class vists)
5. Written or electronic consent of department head required
Directions to Gallery | Google Maps (Green arrow) | Campus Map (#32)
Guests must stop at the Barry Center police station to obtain a visitor parking permit. Guests will be required to hang a guest parking permit from their rear view mirror in order to be eligible to park on campus in the reserved, general, faculty/staff or registered free parking areas. To get to the Barry Center, turn right at the second stop sign after entering campus. The Barry Center Center is the first building on your left.
From the North:
Take I-79 south to Exit 66 (Sewickley/Emsworth). Follow Route 65 toward Sewickley. At the third light, turn left and cross the Sewickley Bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn right on University Boulevard. Follow 1.5 miles to the second light. Turn left onto the RMU campus. Turn left at the third stop sign. The Wheatley Center is the large building on your right.
From the South:
Take I-79 north to Exit 59B, I-376 West (Airport). Take Exit 57, Business I-376 (Moon). At the second light, turn right on University Boulevard. Follow 1.5 miles to the sixth light. Turn right onto the RMU campus. Turn left at the third stop sign. The Wheatley Center is the large building on your right.
From the East:
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike or I-80 to I-79 south. Follow directions from the north.
From the West:
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 10 (New Castle). Follow I-376 east 24 miles to Exit 50, Business I-376 (Moon). At second light turn left onto University Boulevard. Follow 1.5 miles to the sixth light. Turn right onto the RMU campus. Turn left at the third stop sign. The Wheatley Center is the large building on your right.
From Downtown Pittsburgh:
Take I-376 west toward Pittsburgh International Airport. Take Exit 57, Business I-376 (Moon). At the second light, turn right on University Boulevard. Follow 1.5 miles to the sixth light. Turn right onto the RMU campus. Turn left at the third stop sign. The Wheatley Center is the large building on your right.
From Pittsburgh International Airport:
Take the airport exit to I-376 west (Moon-Beaver). Follow to Business 376 (Flaugherty-Moon) exit. After the stop sign, make the second right on Business I-376 (Moon). At the third light, turn left on University Boulevard. Follow 1.5 miles to the sixth light. Turn right onto the RMU campus. Turn left at the third stop sign. The Wheatley Center is the large building on your right.
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