Studio Tour 2015: September 26 & 27, 10am-5pm

Rural Arts Council Sketches Out Open Studio Tour with Remarkably Diverse and Accomplished Artists

Includes highly regarded artists Chuck Olson and 92 -year-old Kamal Youssef who is now preparing for an exhibit at the prestigious George Pompidou Center in Paris.

INDIANA, PA, September 15, 2015…The Indiana Arts Council collaborates for the sixth year with working artists in Indiana County, PA to present the Artist Open Studio Tour, a free, self-guided tour among the workspaces of dedicated artists. The event runs Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th from 10am to 5pm both days. Eleven established artists open their doors this year allowing the public to smell, touch, observe and interact in places where art is made. The Council’s objective is to deepen the art experience which for most of us is centered in the quiet, clean, open spaces of a museum or gallery. The places where art is made are very often the opposite of that: visually busy, stimulating to the olfactory system, and physically densely woven with materials, tools and random elements of work in various stages. The diversity of artists in this years Studio Tour represents the best of the many arts treasures that rural PA holds.

Kamal Youssef, 92, will exhibit at the renowned George Pompidou Center in Paris in October 2016. The invitation to exhibit stems from a wide spread surge of interest in the dynamic art movements of Egypt in the 1930’s and 40’s of which Youssef was a member. Chuck Olson’s career continues to attract new audiences with recent shows in France, Italy and the Pittsburgh region. Olson was recognized in 2013 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Master Visual Arts: Preserving the Legacy. The project honors artists 60 plus (and still at work) for careers of sustained artistic attainment who have also made an impact on the Southwestern Pennsylvania community.

Painter Xiaojie Zheng based in San Fransisco and Indiana, PA, holds close ties to the exhilarating wave of art and artists from her native China. Retired IUP professors Fuyuko Matsubaro, Vaugh Clay and Tony DeFurio represent a varied spectrum of technical and material experience. Painter Mandi Moerland clearly brings her previous experience as a dancer to her canvases while ceramist Michael Smithhammer wields a delicate touch that belies his power-wielding surname. Painter and pastor Mark Altrogge joins the Tour for the first time this year bringing with him a bold palette and retired art teacher and coach, Greg Langham, provides open access to his often muscular work- you’ll pass his barbell bench on the way into the garage studio.  Sculptor Hisham Youssef, opens his barn studio after two consecutive years of being juried in to the respected Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art.

For a complete listing of artists and locations visit

The Indiana Arts Council is a member-supported 501-c-3 non profit that creates access to the arts for residents and visitors to Indiana County, PA through partnerships with institutions and businesses. Their programs, presented with their partners, include the Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival, The Concert for Children at IUP, Youth Arts Celebration: a K-12 Arts Festival, and the biannual Indiana County Competition for Young Musicians. The non-profit receives support from its members, area businesses, and institutions including the PA Council on the Arts, Delaney Chevrolet, EQT Foundation and the IUP Lively Arts.


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