New at the Museum

Two new exhibits open at the Art Museum in the next few days. The New Artists 2017 exhibit, featuring works by local high school students, opens with a reception from 6:30-8 p.m. March 9. Awards will be announced at 7. The exhibit runs through April 14. Adirondack Allure: Plein Air Paintings by Ron Burgess and Rick Wilson opens with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. March 10. This exhibit runs through June 4. Come out and see what's new at the Museum. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Bling on a Budget

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette's Art League elves have been busy getting ready for the annual Bling on a Budget event. The sale of gently used jewelry, scarves and small purses will be held Dec. 6 at the Art Museum. It is open to the public from 3-6 p.m. Money raised goes to the Art League's scholarship fund for participants in Art Museum classes.

Celebrate the bicentennial at the museum

Bring your noisemakers and cheer for the Indiana Bicentennial as the torch bearer runs down 9th Street by the art museum about 9 a.m Oct 12.  Word has it that Glenda will have some balloons to release, too.

Then afterword, come inside and see the state's original flag, on loan to the museum until mid-November in honor of our role in helping to launch ArtSmart: Indiana. 

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Friday Night Live!

Sabrina Lastman

Sabrina Lastman

Do you love music? Art? Friday night on the town? Now you can have it all on three Fridays this fall at our own art museum.

The entertainment runs 7-8 p.m. and it's all FREE. Here's the fall lineup:

Sept. 30: Brazilian Kaleidoscope:  Local favorite and international artist Sabrina Lastman will sing music that brings together jazz, South American and contemporary styles.  She will be accompanied by Jamie Newman (keyboard); Scott Pazera (double bass); and Art Reiner (drums & percussion). They will feature Brazilian music by composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Hermeto Pascoal, Chico Buarque, Egberto Gismonti, and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Oct. 28: Never Frame a Picture for Something It Didn't Do:  The Danny Weiss/Don Seybold Jazz and Poetry Project will feature improvisation and spontaneous exchange between the poet and the musicians.

Nov. 18: Painting the Inspiration: The Intersection Between Eyes and Ears will feature songwriters Rena Brouwer and Joe Peters. For their performance art, Peters writes songs inspired by one of Brouwer’s paintings and she paints inspired by his songs. 


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Rally 'Round the Flag!

Indiana Flag

How cool is this? The first Indiana state flag is coming our way for two months starting Sept. 23!  We're one of only three communities outside Indy to be honored this way. The other is Corydon, the first state capital, and Morresville, the home of the designer.

Why are we so honored? Lafayette is the cradle of ArtSmart: Indiana, which was designated a Bicentennial Legacy Project. Celebrating its own 30th birthday, the program brings art and history to Hoosier classrooms and communities.

You'll find the flag in the museum's Weil Galleries as part of an ongoing exhibit called Bicentennial Legacy Exhibition: ArtSmart:Indiana. This exhibit spans the history of the state with original works from private and public collections, as well as the museum's permanent collection.  It is believed to be one of only three exhibits statewide that capture all 200 years of the state's history.

Be sure to thank Sen. Ron Alting sponsored and the Indiana Arts Commission for their financial support.



Art League sponsors mural for Food Finders

Get your art on for a good cause. The Art League is looking for proposals for  a mural for the interior of the new Food Finders Food Bank building at 1204 Greenbush St.

The building, called Food Resource & Education Center, is the location where individuals can pick up food or attend classes. The winning proposal will be awarded $1,200. But act fast. The deadline to submit a proposal is Sept. 19. More information is at Tippecanoe Arts Federation web site.

Deadline is almost here....

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette has just added a tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Meyer May house to the itinerary for its Oct. 5-7 trip to ArtPrize, an international art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich.


The bus trip, in partnership with the Purdue Women's Club's Discovering Arts and Artists interest group, also includes two nights in the four-star Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, within walking distance to most of the ArtPrize entries.


"This is one of the major competitions in the Midwest and offers $500,000 in prizes, attracting artists from around the world," said Kendall Smith, executive director of the museum, and our visit is timed so that our group will know which ones have been chosen as the top 20 by the jurors and by public vote. We will be able to vote for the $200,000 Public Choice Award artist."


Besides lodging and transportation, tickets include a guided tram tour of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Double occupancy costs $369 for members or $389 for non-members. For more information and to make reservations visit .  The deadline for reservation is July 31.



Meet the artist

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette will host a talk by international artist Melissa Resch from noon to 1:00 p.m. July 28. The talk is free and open to the public.

Melissa's presentation, “Painting My Journey,” will share photos of her work and career, which began in Boston during the 1990s and took her around the globe before bringing her back to her childhood hometown of Lafayette. Melissa has returned to Lafayette for six months as a visiting artist in the museum.

Melissa studied painting at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston where she received her BFA in 1999 and again at the University of Tasmania in Australia where she received her MCA in 2008. She has also been an artist-in-residence in two historic museums in Western Australia. As a visiting artist for the Lafayette museum, she also has been working in the pottery studio with Jane and Jeff Boswell this summer.


While in Lafayette, Melissa also will have an art opening the evening of July 28 at Art of Framing, located at 2505 S. Earl Ave. 

Some Local Color

The exhibit "Local Color" opens July 29 at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette with a public reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. The work is by Rebecca Brody, a local artist who paints contemporary watercolors. Underwritten by State Sen. Ron Alting and the museum's 2nd Century Club, the exhibit will run through Sept. 25.

The exhibit will showcase around 20 new watercolors, which depict local scenes and abstracted landscapes from Tippecanoe County. There will also be watercolors that feature wild-hair birds as well as pieces painted on Yupo paper, which is a type of synthetic art paper that is non-absorbent and has a smooth surface and which allows for a special, watery effect when painting with watercolors.

The  title “Local Color” has a double meaning. In addition to referring to the local scenes and colors featured in the exhibit, “local color” is a painting term that refers to the natural color of an object that is unmodified by adding light or shadow or any other distortion.


Getting smart

Dozens of Indiana teachers learned how to make ArtSmart: Indiana come alive in their classrooms in June, thanks to a workshop at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis. This web-based program combines history with art. The program features more than 100 images from 1800 to present, a resource catalog and a teaching guide calibrated to meet Indiana educational standards for visual arts, social studies, English language arts, math, science and media studies.

A statewide art program that was born and managed in Greater Lafayette, ArtSmart is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. What began as a program of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, ArtSmart: Indiana partners now include Children's Museum of Indianapolis with technology assistance from Purdue University.

ArtSmart was endorsed as an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project, meeting Indiana Legacy Project goals and characteristics of being culturally inclusive. 

Indiana artists at their best

The Indiana NOW exhibit opened at the Art Museum Friday, showcasing artists from around the state. Best of Show went to Dawn Adams of Bloomington.  In addition to the $1,000 award, she also sold the painting, "Lake Griffy Reflections." After looking at over 500 works of art, and selecting 73 for the exhibition, the juror's comment was that due to Dawn's name in the alphabet, this was the first work he saw, and it set the standard for his entire selection process.

The exhibit runs through August. You can see more of Dawn's work at the Round the Fountain Art Fair May 25 in Lafayette. Or check her web site:

Experience ARTPrize

Let's go! 

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is organizing a trip to ArtPrize, an international art competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., Oct. 5-7.  Yes, it's international!

The visit is timed so that we get the best of all worlds. We will know which ones have been chosen as the top 20 by the jurors and by public vote, but we will be there in time to  vote for the $200,000 Public Choice Award artist. The trip includes two nights in the four-star Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, within walking distance to most of the ArtPrize entries.

Besides lodging and transportation, tickets include a guided tram tour of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park and an optional free visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright's completely restored Meyer-May house.

Double occupancy costs $369 for members or $389 for non-members. Reserve your spot at by July 31.