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J. Robert Bruya Collection

Identifier: RG-010-1-C-12

Scope and Contents

Personal collection of papers, images, publications, gallery exhibits, postcards, announcements, correspondence, ephemera and memorabilia and digital content of J. Robert Bruya former Professor of Art at SLippery Rock University during his tenure from 1971-2008


  • Majority of material found within 1971 - 2008

Conditions Governing Use

"The items in this collection are protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use these items in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the rights-holder(s) for educational uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

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Biographical / Historical

J. Robert Bruya was born in Oakland, CA on August 17, 1941 and grew up in Spokane, WA. He received a BA in Education from Eastern Washington University (1963), and an MFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Washington (1970) where he studied under Ruth Pennington.

From 1971 to 2008, Bruya was a faculty member of the Department of Art at Slippery Rock University where he served for several years as Director of the Martha Gault Art Gallery. An award winning metalsmith, he was also known to many as the “Road Kill King of Western Pennsylvania,” for using bones, feathers, and found objects in his work and for encouraging students to learn and design from nature. He engaged students deeply in the artistic process and cared for their development as artists and as people. Bruya’s commitment to teaching was acknowledged in 1994 when he was named the Pennsylvania Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.


3 Linear Feet : Paper, 35mm slides, photographs, CD

Repository Details

Part of the Slippery Rock University Archives and Special Collections. Repository

315 Bailey Library
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock PA 16057