Robert Morris University / Media Arts Gallery


Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Size: 2,000 SF Renovation

Program Elements
Moveable gallery-within-the gallery

Robert Morris University's new Media Arts gallery in their Downtown Pittsburgh building is a small space that has a large impact on the University's visibility in the community. The high-profile location gives storefront presence to RMU's rapidly growing Media Arts program, and is the first step in larger renovations of the building complex. The space is used to display 2-D, 3-D and digital work from students, faculty and visiting exhibitors.

Given only eight weeks between the project kick-off and the first gallery opening, the team worked closely with the client and contractor, designing as the space was under construction. Despite the tight schedule, the project was delivered on time and within budget. The gallery walls are designed with concealed power and IT connections to support a wide range of digital art. The 'pod', a moveable gallery-within-the gallery, was designed to be fabricated of thermal-formed acrylic using CNC-routed molds created from a computer model. An LCD screen inside will display video art, information about the artists, process documentation, and other material. The same fabrication technology will be used to create a ripple of translucent acrylic, running from the lobby through the gallery.