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.




The Art League is now 50 years young and is celebrating with an exhibit of 50 pieces of art by its members. The exhibit opens 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the museum with appetizers provided by the league. If you can't make it Friday, no fear. The art will be up until July 17. 



Networking NOW!

Join us for a free networking event at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette 4:30-6:30 Thursday, May 19.

Please bring a colleague with you! Food and beer/wine will be provided. Class demonstrations will also be available. RSVP:

Donation and shop!

The Art League is having its annual yard sale at 60 Canyon Creek Ct., Lafayette, 9-4 May 20-21. Emphasis is on art supplies, prints, costume jewelry,scarves, purses, belts, frames, framed art, household items, etc. 

Happy Anniversary!

Our Art League is celebrating a half-century of supporting the local arts, especially the Art Museum. In its honor, the museum is featuring art work of 50 of its members May 6-July 17. Many of the works are for sale, too. 

And if you'd like to support the arts, please consider joining the Art League. Membership is only $15 a year. Make friends and support the arts! Sign up or renew membership at Then join the group for monthly presentations by local artists and special events.

Join the celebration!

We are celebrating 200 years of Indiana history through its art, now on exhibit at the Art Museum.The show includes original works from private and public collections and runs to Nov. 17. It is sponsored by Ind. Sen. Ron Alting and organized through ArtSmart: Indiana, a free web-based program that educators use to teach the history of Indiana through the work of its artists. 

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

Calling Indiana Artists!

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is calling on artists to submit entries for "Indiana Now," the only juried statewide show of Indiana artists.

To be eligible, artists must be at least 18, have lived in Indiana for one year at any time. Hoosier artists may submit work that has been completed after Jan. 1, 2014, in 10 categories: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass, metal, wood or fiber.

"Indiana Now" began at the art museum in the 1980’s and is held every three years. For 2016, it is part of our year-long celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial celebrations,

The entry deadline is April 13. The show opens with a reception at the museum 6-8 p.m. May 13 and runs through August.


Sponsors are Henriott Group (platinum), Edward Jones (gold) and Holder Law Office (gold).


More information is available at


Roaming downtown


Artists are hard at work to decorate five huge bisons that will be placed strategically around downtown to  are coming to celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial. Our museum played a small role in helping the County Bicentennial committee and the Convention and Visitors Bureau get this public art project off the ground.  In an advisory capacity, we offered sponsor and sponsor fee suggestions, helped secure in-kind sponsors and selected the artists. Here's the WLFI story.

Here's to our future artists!

By Jeanne Norberg

One of my favorite exhibits of the year, which features our communities budding new artists, is now open through April 23 at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

The exhibits highlights 135 works by talented high school artists from eight area high schools.  Twenty-two high school art teachers each selected ten works by their students to submit for the show, and a jury consisting of professional artists and art educators choose the works to exhibit.

The artwork was submitted in one of eight categories. “Best of Show” went to a sculpture "Persephone" by Rachel Goodman of McCutcheon High School. Cash prizes totaled $5,350.

This is the 37th consecutive year that the art museum has hosted this exhibit, which is organized by the Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa. The exhibit is sponsored by Old National Bank and will be displayed from March 10 through April 23.

Art Museum buys gift for the community

By Jeanne Norberg

The Art Museum has just purchased a gift for the community: "Black Friday," an oil painting by Chicago artist Gerald Griffin.

 Black Friday, by Gerald Griffin

Black Friday, by Gerald Griffin

 The public can view it first at the Black Culture Center at Purdue University, where it will hang on the second floor in on long-term loan.

The 80-inch by 55-inch painting shows three black women in the foreground chained to an auction block. On one side of the hazy background is an outline of a grand plantation home is nestled in lush countryside.  While on the other side the viewer can make out an image of a lynching.

 The museum purchased the painting when it was exhibited in the museum's recent 24-piece exhibit of Griffin's work, titled “Ambiguous Reflections of Race and Identity: A Question of Color,” sponsored by the Black Cultural Center.

 Artist Griffin explained, "Today, when one hears the term 'Black Friday,' we often think of a frenzy of consumers fighting over amazing, discounted department store sales... However, only six generations ago the term, Black Friday would often mean the sale of African men and women and would denote the vast amounts of wealth buyers could amass from owning them."

The Black Cultural Center, at 111 Third St., West Lafayette, is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. It also is open Sundays 2-9 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays.

A community with a great heart

By Jeanne Norberg

The community opened its heart and toasted the Art Museum at its seventh annual gala, "Heart of Art," on Valentine's Weekend. Guests sipped LaLucca Prosecco and nibbled on appetizers while they perused the 77 items on auction and then filled 24 round tables of eight or 10 in two rooms in the Lafayette Country Club.

Dan Baker once again led the auction in between gourmet courses: spicy scallops and shrimp salad, sundried tomato stuffed veal, spiced rubbed pork chop with duck, pear and port sausage hash, followed by Ghyslain tiramisu. Each was paired with wine.

Many of the 207 diners also went home with auction winnings that ranged from imaginative trip and dinner packages to art, jewelry, gourmet wines and golf. The top bids --$10,500 and $10,000 — bought two four-course dinners for six at the Cracker Factory served by Anthony Cawdron. Anthony is the event/house manager at Westwood, the home of Purdue's president. He also has worked with members of the royal family and served as a butler at Blenheim Palace and Sutton Place.

A dinner for eight provided by the Lafayette Country Club and served at the Hahn Mansion sold for $5,700. A one-week stay for four at the home of Jan and Mete Sozen in southwest Turkey brought in $3,750.

It was apparent that a lot of work had gone into the event, chaired by Marianne Mitten Owen. In addition to the museum staff, her team included Jim Boldenmiller, Cawdron, Amy Junius Humbaugh, Anne Marie Markun, and Barb Reed.

the evening was also supported by platinum sponsor 1stSource Bank and gold sponsors IU Health, Purdy Materials and Stuart & BraniginLLP. In-kind support was donated by Carroll Wine and Spirits, Ghyslain and Lausch Photography.

 Photo by Jeanne Norberg

Photo by Jeanne Norberg

 Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

 Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

 Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

 Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

 Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

 Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography

Photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography