The Gallery at Penn College
Art On Campus
Pennsylvania College of Technology has a diverse art collection, acquired through both purchase and donation, which includes over 300 works of art in all media by professional artists. The collection is on public display in buildings throughout the campus.
"Liking it or not liking it is a personal choice, but being exposed to the different types of art is what the educational process is all about.... Art is an added dimension to what we do at Penn College. We're interested in educating the whole person – that means encouraging our students' sense of discovery and perspective and stimulating their questions and discussions, so that they are creative thinkers."
Davie Jane Gilmour, president
One of the most unique works included in the permanent collection was created in 2010 by 54 Penn College students, representing 39 academic majors, with visiting artist Antonio Puri. The work, Infinite Possibilities, illustrates how art and technology can coexist. Students created works of art that exemplified their major using recycled boxes and found objects. Other students helped to paint 100 small canvases; all students were assisted by Puri over the course of one week. The resulting artwork is on permanent display in the Student & Administrative Services Center.
Since 1996, Pittsburgh couple Michael Stuhldreher and Carol Totten have donated more than 140 objects of art to Penn College. The donors began acquiring work in the 1950s. The diverse collection covers a wide span of time and includes pieces from almost every region of the world. To date, the College has received objects and art from Africa, Latin America, Asia, and North America (including Native American pieces). One of the highlights of the collection is a clay vessel by famed potter Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011).