Indiana Arts Commission Grant Proposal FY2018
Gallery Talks and Permanent Collection
The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette’s Permanent Collection includes a large (163 works), comprehensive collection of the works of master printmaker, Rudy Pozzatti, which encompasses his entire career. Pozzatti founded the Echo Press at Indiana University.
Left: At the end of a Gallery Talk, Rudy Pozzatti presents a gift of a Suite of 13 Prints, The trials of Hercules. Hercules, one color lithograph
Art Smart Indiana highlights the works of Indiana artists to teach the fourth grade social studies curriculum. It contains works from our permanent collection as well as works in public and private collections around the state.
Left: As an internationally known artist who has spent several decades of his life in Indiana, Pozzati’s work, Appollo, is included in ArtSmart: Indiana. This history of flight includes Indiana astronaut Gus Grissom in its images.
Another piece from our permanent collection, included in the program is Scene from an alley by Will Vawter, a member of the Brown County Art Colony.
Collecting Art in trust for the community
The Art Museum (formerly the Lafayette Art Association, began collecting art in 1911. Left: The Cruise of the Ellida by Luis Mora was the first painting purchased by the Lafayette Art Association. Luis Mora is an important latin-american artist whose works are in permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. The Red Parasol by Frederic M. Grant is a favorite piece in our permanent collection. It was added to our collection in 1917. The Lafayette Art Association was comprised of community members who raised money to make these purchases.
The three pieces above are more recent additions to our permanent collection. All were purchased by an endowment for the permanent collection from Dick and Connie Grace, community members and museum supporters. The first two works, Master #1050, Vesselby Bennet Bean and Small Cocoon on Yellow Base by Judith Varga were featured in Making it in Crafts II. The glass sculpture, Skin Deep by Alexis Silk was purchased from our first Marking it in Crafts Exhibition.
Making it in Crafts is held once every three years and is a national invitational featuring fine art crafts. Making it in Crafts III will be the 2017 summer exhibition in the McDonald and East Galleries.
Exhibition images from Making it in Crafts II
The Art League: Community support
This moving assemblage is the result of a trip that Mr. Calisch and his son made to Texas. The items assembled in this sculpture were collected walking the border. Precious items that were left behind as the journey became more difficult and used as target practice by the border patrol. This work was purchased by the Art League for the permanent collection from an exhibit, Art for a new Century in 2009 marking our centennial year. The Art League, a volunteer organization of the Art Museum has 180 members.
Exhibitions in collaboration with the Purdue University Black Cultural Center
Above, Left to Right: Julieanna & T J Boykin by Preston Jackson
Forty-eight community members and businesses with the help of the Mickey Shook Endowment and the Art League purchased this bronze sculpture for the museum’s permanent collection. This sculpture was exhibited in Preston Jackson and Joyce Owens: Parallel Narratives. Parallel Narratives was one of our exhibitions in collaboration with the Purdue Black Cultural Center.
Black Friday by Gerald Griffin was purchased for our permanent collection from the exhibition Ambiguous Reflections of Race and Identity, a question of color. The work is on long term loan to the Purdue University Black Cultural Center.