Gallery

 

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Current Exhibtion

Looking at Appalachia

Exhibition Dates: February 18th – March 11th
Opening reception: February 18th  4:45 – 7:00

 
Looking at Appalachia is a travelling photography exhibition featuring images of the region by various photographers, with the objective to explore the diversity of Appalachia and establish a visual counter point to many stereotypes about the region.

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared unconditional war on poverty in the United States and nowhere was this war more photographed than Appalachia. Many of the War on Poverty photographs, whether intentional or not, became a visual definition of Appalachia. These images have often drawn from the poorest areas and people to gain support for the intended cause, but unjustly came to represent the entirety of the region while simultaneously perpetuating stereotypes.

This project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, this new crowdsourced image archive will serve as a reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.

Mission:
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. The committee reviews all proposals for exhibitions. If you are interested in proposing an exhibition, download the exhibition proposal form (PDF).

 

Usage Policy

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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