Carnegie Mellon University

Your support will help launch the Institute for Contemporary Art Pittsburgh.

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) Pittsburgh will serve as the civic and cultural anchor of the new Richard King Mellon Hall of Sciences. With its experimental programs that span disciplines, the ICA creates transformative experiences, sparks conversation and fosters an environment for interpreting critical issues and current events through contemporary art. 

A student looks at an interactive exhibitThe new ICA Pittsburgh evolves from Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Institute for Contemporary Art — with a new name that recognizes the critical role that the museum has played in fostering artistic discourse throughout the city and the broader art world. Since launching in 2000, the ICA has advanced the work of some of the most innovative and important contemporary artists working today, including the work of emergent practitioners and Pittsburgh creatives as well as internationally acclaimed artists.

Made possible by a $15 million lead commitment from the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the ICA Pittsburgh will more than double its gallery space to 25,000 square feet and vastly broaden its reach and influence as a civic, artistic and cultural leader.

The expanded space will increase access and visibility of the ICA Pittsburgh to deepen its engagement with the public, create new connections with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and other arts and culture institutions, and contribute to the vibrancy of CMU and its surrounding community. It also will provide ICA Pittsburgh with the ability to diversity and increase its programming and support of emerging and established artists, and expand its role as an educational space for CMU faculty, staff and students.

“For more than two decades, the ICA has evolved to meet the rapidly changing landscape of contemporary art. This new chapter will strengthen the ICA's connection to our community, cultural institutions in Pittsburgh and contemporary art discourse at large. We are excited by this opportunity to reimagine the role cultural institutions can play in advancing culture and building a better world.”

Elizabeth Chodos, Director of the ICA

Latest News from the Institute for Contemporary Art Pittsburgh

CMU 2023 Senior Art Exhibition

Our final exhibition of the season, the School of Art BFA and Interdisciplinary Art Degree senior show, fills all three floors of the gallery. Students present final artworks and research as the culmination of their undergraduate experience.

Elizabeth Chodos Named CMU Public Art Curator

Following several years of serving in this capacity on an informal basis, Elizabeth Chodos has officially been named CMU’s Public Art Curator, effective immediately. Her skills in communication, research, negotiation and stewardship have already resulted in important enhancements to the aesthetic environment at CMU.

A New Era for CMU's Institute for Contemporary Art

Carnegie Mellon University will create a new facility that will more than double its gallery space for the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in a prominent new location thanks to a $15 million commitment from the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation.