Cal U Welcomes Artist Ron Donoughe

Mar 02, 2020

The plein air painter's works will be on display in Manderino Library from April 1-May 8. A reception with the artist will be held April 16, and Earth Day events April 22 are also planned.


In this photo courtesy of Ron Baraff at Rivers of Steel, artist Ron Donoughe paints at the Carrie Furnance site in Swissvale, Pa.



Ron Donoughe, a Pittsburgh artist known for his plein air paintings, will bring his latest work to California University of Pennsylvania this spring.

“Brownsville to Braddock: Paintings of the Monongahela Valley” will be on display on the third floor of Manderino Library April 1- May 8. A reception with the artist will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 16 in the library art gallery.

Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. For Manderino Library hours, visit

The exhibit at Cal U is a result of a collaboration among Cal U, Touchstone Center for Crafts, Rivers of Steel, and the Mon River Towns Program, a project of the National Road  Heritage Corridor. The program promotes towns along the Monongahela River as regional assets.

Donoughe is known for his “90 Pittsburgh Neighborhoods” series, which was acquired by the Senator John Heinz History Center. For his Mon Valley series, he explored towns such as Brownsville, California, Charleroi, Monessen, Monongahela, Clairton, Duquesne, McKeesport and Braddock.

This exhibition will also be on display July 3–Oct. 2 at the Rivers of Steel Visitors Center in the Bost Building, Homestead, Pa. Opening and closing receptions will be offered in conjunction with the Homestead First Fridays arts and entertainment series.

Key Dates

April 1-May 8: “Brownsville to Braddock: Paintings of the Monongahela Valley” will be on display on the third floor gallery in Manderino Library.

April 16: A reception with the artist will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the library art gallery.

April 22: A “Quick Draw” free outdoor painting event. The public is invited to Cal U from noon-3 p.m. to paint campus scenes. Donoughe will judge artists’ works. Cash prizes will be awarded. Registration for the event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Convocation Center, or register below.

At 4:30 p.m. April 22, Donoughe will give a gallery talk in the Manderino Library art gallery as part of the University’s Art and Design Lecture Series. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

From 11:30-11:45 a.m. April 22 in the Convocation Center, Donoughe will speak at Cal U’s Strike a Spark Conference, which showcases undergraduate student research, scholarship and creative activity.

Quick Draw Registration