Founded in 1927, the University Art Gallery (UAG) is the largest repository of art at the University of Pittsburgh. With a permanent collection of over 3000 works of art, it is a center for object-based experiential learning, and a training ground for future museum professionals. Through exhibitions and public programs, the UAG also serves as a bridge between the campus and the community.
Mission and Vision
The University Art Gallery (UAG) is an open, flexible, and immersive laboratory for studying and displaying how art and visual objects generate knowledge and understanding of the world. Exhibitions and lectures from across multiple disciplines, student and faculty art shows, and museum studies courses foreground the museum as a showcase of innovative research, creativity, and experiential learning that involves and engages the entire academic community and the general public.
The UAG is committed to playing a more active role in the life of the University and the broader community. While it will continue to engage students and faculty in architectural studies, studio arts, and history of art, the UAG will also:
- develop exhibitions that draw widely on research expertise in the arts and sciences and professional schools, in order to explore more fully and broadly the place of the visual in humanistic, scientific, and technical inquiry today;
- use its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions to design pedagogical projects in conjunction with departments and curricula from across the university;
- partner with local museums and arts institutions to create new networks for experiential learning and research;
- provide a highly visible showcase space for the intellectual and creative work of the university, aimed at the local community, the region, and beyond.