News Archive

April 2012

  • CenterWorks Commission Dedicated
    A commission from the IUP College of Education for a sculptural wall that included specialized cabinetry and illustrations was completed for the dedication of the Science Discovery Center. This area is an outdoor educational garden designed for education/teacher workshops, childrens programs, and special occasions.

March 2012

  • Catalog, New Growth Arts Review, Steve Loar, Lingham #4, juried, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

February 2012

  • Faculty exhibition, Multiversity: IUP Faculty Artists, Steve Loar, University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, February 11 - March 24, 2012.

  • Exhibition posters and series show cards, Multiversity: IUP Faculty Artists, Steve Loar, "Geisha".

  • Public lecture, Multiversity: IUP Faculty Artists, Steve Loar, Overview of personal work, University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, February 26, 2012.

January 2012

  • Exhibition, OH+5: Ohio Border Biennial, Steve Loar, juried (of 63 accepted), from Ohio and 5 bordering states, the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH, January 13 - March 11, 2012: Lingham #4, spalted/bleached Maple.

  • Show card, OH+5: Ohio Border Biennial, Steve Loar, Lingham #4.

  • The Center welcomes George Dubinski as the Spring 2012 Artist in Residence. A recent graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts, Dubinsky, combines traditional craftsmanship with his own quirky sense of humour. He comes to the Center with teaching experience from institutions such as RIT, Rhode Island School of Design, Haystack Mountain, and Penland School of Crafts. In addition, his work has been exhibited in events across the nation, as well as internationally. He will be the lead instructor for the Center's Intermediate Woodworking course for the spring semester. Welcome, George! See more of Dubinsky's work here.

December 2011

  • Center Professor, Alphonse Mattia, featured in the Carnegie Museum of Art
    Carnegie Museum of Art announced the opening of the Balcony Gallery, formerly the Treasure Room. The Gallery opened with the inaugural exhibition Hand Made: Contemporary Craft in Ceramic, Glass, and Wood, focusing on the materials, forms, and techniques used in the 20th and 21st centuries to create stunning handmade objects inspired by functional traditions. Many of the works on display reflect the strength of the museum’s permanent collection of American craft. Included in this exhibition is Mattia's Architect’s Valet, 1991. The piece is part of a series of valet chairs begun in 1983 and based on Hans Wegner’s famous 1950s design. Read the full story here.

September 2011

  • Center Director, Steve Loar, featured in "Woodturning Today: A Dramatic Evolution"
    When the American Association of Woodturners decided to put together a book to mark its twenty-fifth anniversary, it tapped a handful of the field's stalwarts for ideas.

    Among them was IUP Art faculty member Steve Loar, whose concept "significant moments in the woodturning field" ended up driving much of the book's format and content. Woodturning Today: A Dramatic Evolution was released in June 2011. Read the full story here.

  • Project Proposal Accepted (of 32 accepted), Steve Loar
    Challenge VIII: Bartrams Boxes Remix, is a collaborative project between the Center for Art in Wood and Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia (home of famed 18th century explorer and botanist John Bartram). The Challenge VIII jury was: Ms. Leah Douglas, Director of Exhibitions, Philadelphia International Airport; Mr. Joel Fry, Curator, Bartram’s Garden; and Ms. Mira Nakashima, Artist, Nakashima studios. Exhibition is slated for Fall 2013 at the Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia, PA), followed by a national traveling tour. Also accepted were proposals by Chris Weiland, formerly faculty of the Center for Turning and Furniture Design, and Neil Donovan, alumni of the Woodworking and Furniture Design program.

August 2011

  • Graduate student, James McNabb, recently completed a comission for the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. The project entailed designing and making an eight-foot long conference table. McNabb used two walnut slabs from a felled tree in his home state of New Jersey. Combining classic techniques, with modern technology, he created a unique piece for the College to appreciate for generations to come.

July 2011

  • Book inclusion, Steve Loar, The Cutting Edge: Contemporary Wood Art and the Lipton Collection, editor: Kevin Wallace, Fine Arts Press, pp. 101, 102 & 123.

  • Center graduate and current facilities technician, Mike Stadler, recently contributed an impressive wood installation piece to the College of Performing Arts. The piece is suspended in the glass atrium of the Performing Arts Center, located between Fisher and Waller buildings on the IUP campus.

  • Faculty member, Alphonse Mattia, held a week-long workshop at the prestigeous Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO. The workshop, entitled "Take A Walk On The Soft Side: Upholstery Basics" focused on learning both traditional and modern upholstery methods, including advanced principles of frame design.

June 2011

  • Contributing Editor, Steve Loar, Woodturning Today–A Dramatic Evolution, edited by John Kelsey, American Association of Woodturners, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the American Association of Woodturners 1986 - 2011, publication for the annual conference.

May 2011

  • The Graduate Art Association (GAA) held its annual juried graduate student exhibition in the University Museum. The show is open to students from all areas of the Department of Art, including the Center. This year's juror was acclaimed maker, Gary Knox Bennett. Bennett flew in from Oakland, CA to survey and choose works to be displayed in this year's exhibiltion as well as speak to students regarding the creative direction of their work.

  • The BottleWorks Exhibition During the past four years, our students from the Center for Turning and Furniture Design and College of Fine Arts of IUP have participated in several community outreach projects. These projects have been made possible through our program's professional development and business practice division called "CenterWorks".

  • The Adirondack III: Transformation and Reinvention exhibition at the Society for Contemporary Crafts features 12 chairs, designed and made by students from the Center for Turning and Furniture Design. It is an encore performance representing the original viewing at the University Museum of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in early spring of 2008, including 33 chairs by students from 12 schools from across the country. This was the third exhibition of its type organized by the Center. The first Adirondack chair exhibition was held in 2001, at the Society for Contemporary Crafts in Pittsburgh and the second in 2005, at the University Museum of IUP. These exhibitions grew out of a class project assignment bringing together furniture design and professional exhibition experiences.

  • Tim King of Rochester Mills, PA, continues to bring an impressive set of experiences that include work in large commercial woodworking firms, retail sales, and management as the Center's Studio Technician.

  • The Center's new custom CNC, a component of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, awarded the Center $5000 in order to engage the Center's Artist-in-Residence, Linda VanGehuchten, in various outreach activities that involved her class students, the student chapter of the National Art Education Association, and the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners is moving from the design phase into production at Baker Technical Services, in Blairsville, PA. It is scheduled for delivery by Fall 2008.

  • In February 2007, the Center represented innovative of IUP, adjacent to a special dinner where the Music program announced their commitment to become an All Steinway Program with the purchase of 82 pianos. The Center mounted a display of student and faculty work, and another that featured the Governor's Award at Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall prior to a special concert by the Pittsburgh Orchestra.

  • Several College of the Redwoods alumni visited the Center in April 2007. Among them, Anissa Kapsales an editor from Fine Woodworking, who was responsible for the Adirondack chair feature in the June issue.

  • Alumni Weekend in April 2007 featured the Center as an adjacent site/tour to the Cogswell Music Department and their new Steinway Program designation. The Center had a full compliment of students working and hosted nearly 50 visitors.

  • The Center continues to sponsor the monthly meetings of the Indiana County Chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.

  • Walk Through 2007, on May 3rd, was very successful, with many families and community members touring the studios. Walk Through is an annual open-studio celebration of student work from the IUP Department of Art.

  • In February 2008, the Center hosted a 1 1/2-day experimental collaborative workshop, Lake Effect, that brought together Center students, 2 of our 3 Artists-in-Residence (Linda and Stephan), and several local turners. A resulting piece was submitted to the AAW's Turned For Use II competition, and there is lots of interest in having a second (longer!) event.

  • March 29, 2008 opens the Center's exhibition Adirondack III at the University Museum (through May 3, 2008) with a substantial catalog, and the official launch of the Back-Story documentation that is now part of this site. The chairs for this third exhibition were designed and made by students, faculty, and alumni from 11 invited schools as well as students of Advanced Woodworking in the Center for Turning and Furniture Design, within the Department of Art. Each of the 33 chairs will be accompanied by a large "storyboard" that will display concept sketches, production notes, photographs, references, and models that were part of the chair's creation.



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