On January 15, 1984, Sister Angelica Cummings, founder of the Mercyhurst art department, watched as generations of art students and supporters honored her efforts with the Mercyhurst art department by dedicating the college's art gallery in her name. Today, that gallery ranks among the best in the region, and pulls in artists from around the tri-state area.
What started as a hallway in Old Main, where student artwork was highlighted just outside the art studio on the third floor of the only building on campus, has grown into a beautiful exhibit space used not only for student art, but also traveling shows and juried offerings. Located in the lobby of the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center, it is also a favored reception space..
A generous endowment established a few years ago by alumna Audrey Hirt '49 in the name of her friend, the late Rev. Sylvester I. Jaworski, SVD, a Divine Word missionary, educator and avid photographer, has enabled the gallery to rent exhibits from such places as the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., and also funds juried photography shows that pull photographers from the entire tri-state region.