As a Center, the students can be involved in special projects that extend their experiences beyond the typical classroom or studio. Through CenterWorks, commissions can be taken by students and faculty and then run as small business projects within the shop. The Center can also initiate its own projects. These may extend a studio assignment into a community venue, investigate limited production, or be speculative. The "emotionally laden" air-dried lumber from campus trees has special meaning to alumni and could be an entrée for focused marketing of student designs.

In these ways, the Center for Turning and Furniture Design and CenterWorks comprise the only programmatically based center on campus, unlike the many others that are service-oriented. It extends the concepts, designs, and material research that result from structured class experiences by providing the opportunity of a guided real-world process of design and production refinement and, ultimately, marketing and sales while honoring the liberal arts sensibilities of the university's degree.


The Center for Turning and Furniture Design
Department of Art/College of Fine Arts
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
470 South 11th Street, Indiana, PA 15705 USA
Steve Loar, Director
Phone: 724.465.0758