Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Gallery Information:

Each month, the Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery features the multi-media works of local and regional artists. The exhibits are free to the public.

July 1-28: Poet Denny Kolakowski and artist Bruce Pipman’s “Story Songs”

PSNK art gallery

The painting, “The Next Life Might Be Kinder,” by Bruce Pipman was the inspiration for the poem, “The Next Life Might Be Kinder,” by Denny Kolakowski. 

Image: Bruce Pipman

Writer and painter and collaborate on exhibit

Writer Denny Kolakowski provides an ekphrasis on the whimsical creations of artist Bruce Pipman for the new exhibit at the Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery. The two-man show, “Story Songs,” runs from July 1 to 28.

Using vivid and dramatic words to reflect on a work of art is an ancient form of commentary that dates back to at least Homer’s “Iliad”.  Kolakowski’s recent poetry features many of Pipman’s paintings, including “The Next Life Might Be Kinder.”

Kolakowski’s work has been published by a variety of media outlets, including Scarlet Leaf Review, Poetry Pacific, Summerset Review, Visitant, The Oddville Press, Indiana Voice Journal, Oddball Magazine, and Zombie Logic Review.

A Penn State alumnus with a degree in mechanical engineering, Kolakowski writes short stories, essays, as well as screenplays. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.

Kolakowski wrote in his artist’s statement: "Assume nothing, consider everything, stand back and look close. When I remember, it's always worthwhile and sometimes makes it to the page."

Pipman also blends words with his images. His art reflects the emotions of desire, romance and love. He previously exhibited at the campus in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The New Kensington resident holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Kent State University. He worked as a consultant and recruiter in the technology and engineering fields with various companies in the region before retiring and devoting his time to painting.

The artist has ties to Penn State. His wife, Millie, was an adjunct professor of English at the campus, and their sons are Penn State graduates.

A reception for the artists is set for 6 p.m., Friday, July 7, in the gallery. The reception and exhibit are free to the public. The gallery will be closed on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4.

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday:  8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:  Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving,
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day

Gallery Location:

115 Administration Building (campus map)
Penn State New Kensington
3550 Seventh Street Road
Upper Burrell, PA  15068

Take a panoramic look at the Art Gallery space, courtesy of the Virtual Campus Tour.

Gallery Director: 

Tina Sluss

Call for Artists:
Exhibit Your Work

If you would like the opportunity to exhibit your artwork in the Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery, please submit the following:
•    Letter of interest stating theme and inspiration for your exhibition
•    Artist’s statement
•    Resume and Cover Letter
•    Five, but not more than 20 jpegs of your work you are proposing for the exhibition  
•    Image list with numbers that correspond with your jpegs, include title, size, medium and year
Submit via email to: Tina Sluss, Art Gallery Coordinator

Please Note:  Penn State New Kensington contracts artists for monthly gallery exhibitions approximately 12 months in advance. Please consider the potential time frame when proposing an exhibition.  If you have any questions, please contact Tina Sluss at 724-334-6056.