It's time to shop!

The Art League's annual yard sale is filled with original art, art books and other books, posters and prints, art and craft supplies, frames and framed art, household decor, kitchen electronics, costume jewelry, scarves, purses, belts and more. The sale will be Friday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 60 Canyon Creek Court, near Veteran's Memorial Parkway South and Regal Valley Drive. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Art League in support of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. Come on out to hunt for treasure while supporting a great cause.

Alberta Barker wins the Crystal Bison Award for Volunteerism!

Congratulations to Alberta Barker

Alberta Barker was this years recipient of the Crystal Bison Award for Volunteerism.  She received the award at a ceremony on April 12, 2017. The event honors all those who make our local community stronger by donating their time to charitable and arts organizations.  Alberta has been recognized for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to our community. As part of the award, Bison has donated $1,500 to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette on Alberta Barker's behalf.

Alberta has lived in the Lafayette area for over 45 years and has been volunteering for the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette for six years. She has held the titles of President, Vice President, Board of Directors, and is a chair member of the Executive and Development Committees. Despite her demanding job as Vice President and Trust Office of 1st Source Bank, Alberta has served for decades - almost always in leadership roles - for various other non-profit organizations in the community. In addition to the Art Museum, Alberta is also heavily involved with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Foundation as their President; the Estate Planning Council as their Treasurer; the Association of Women in Communications; the Ivy Tech Regional Development Committee; and she was recently appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb to the Indiana Arts Commission.



Giving to the Museum

Are you interested in learning about how to help the Art Museum? Richard and Connie Grace will discuss "The Art of the Endowment" in a gallery talk at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Weil Gallery. The Connie F. and Richard E. Grace Endowment Fund began in 1997. Through the endowment, the Art Museum has acquired over 40 works of art. Some of those pieces comprise the current "Art of the Endowment" exhibit at the Museum. The gallery talk is free and open to the public. Join us to hear how the Graces have helped the Museum grow its permanent collection. 

Time's running out

The New Artists 2017 exhibit only runs through April 14. This is the 38th consecutive year that the Art Museum has hosted this juried exhibit of works by area high school students. More than 100 students from eight schools have art work in the show. The exhibit is organized by the Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa and sponsored by the Museum's Art League. The museum is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, and admission is free. Come see what these young artists are up to.


It's almost time for Friday Night Live

The March 31 Friday Night Live will be Songs of the Heartland, featuring traditional and original music by Denise Wilson and Michael Lewis. The performance will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m., so come early and view ourcurrent exhibits: New Artists 2017, Adirondack Allure and Art of the Endowment. The Museum Shop also will be open at 6. Admission to Friday Night Live is free thanks to sponsors Jim and Sandy Bodenmiller and Purdue Federal Credit Union.

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.