current exhibits

Everything is Fine: Purdy Eaton

Dec. 16, 2016 through Feb. 26, 2017


Growing up on a farm in the rural Midwest the landscape has always been a focal point, but it wasn’t until moving to the city that the impact and significance of the Indiana landscape became clear.  “Everything is Fine” explores the once great and still beloved American landscape and the re-imagined freedom of the open road.

Born and raised in Lafayette, IN, Purdy Eaton received her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at Hunter College.  Prior to studying at Hunter College, she graduated with her Masters of Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Yale University and her Bachelors of Science from Indiana University.  Purdy had her first solo show more than a decade ago and has since shown her work throughout the United States and in Europe.

Purdy was first introduced to art in Lafayette by her grandfather Dr. Carleton Ivers Calkin, formerly the head of Purdue University’s Department of Art and Design.  In 2006, Purdy was invited to create a sculpture for the first animals on parade to benefit the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art Museum.  Her sculpture The Green, Green Grass of Home currently resides on the south side of Lafayette.

Davis’ record as an artist and a curator is equally illustrious, including exhibitions at Studio Museum of Harlem, American Craft Museum, Renwick Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, Anacostia Museum, National Museum of Art of Senegal West Africa, United States Embassy Accra, Ghana and Museum fur Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts, Frankfurt, Germany.

His art can be found in public and private collections in the U.S.A., England, China, Japan, France, Australia, plus Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, and Gabon on the Continent of Africa.

On the Shoulders of Ancestors: the Art of Willis Bing Davis

collaborative Exhibitions at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and the Haan museum of Indiana Art

Dec. 16, 2016 through Feb. 26, 2017

The Haan Mansion museum of Indiana Art JANUARY 4, THROUGH MARCH 19, 2017

This is the first collaborative exhibition between the two major museums of art in the region.  The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette will exhibit works loaned by the artist and from the Haan Museum collection.  The Haan Museum will exhibit many of the works from their permanent collection.  We hope you will visit both exhibits to experience the entire range of work by this talented artist who has mastered many mediums.  

Willis "Bing" Davis was born in Greer, South Carolina but grew up in Dayton, Ohio where he lives today. He attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, graduating in 1959. He also attended the school of the Dayton Art Institute and received his Master of Education degree in 1967 from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Davis also pursued graduate study at Indiana State University from 1975-1976. His career as an educator includes: teaching in the Dayton Public School System; Teaching at DePauw and Miami Universities; and twenty years at Central State University (CSU) in Wilberforce, Ohio. While at CSU, Mr. Davis was also Chair of the Art Department and Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center. He has also served as an artist-in-residence for the School of Education at the University of Dayton, and visiting scholar at Wright State University.




The Art of the Endowment

December 16 - June 4, 2017

This exhibition focuses on the power of endowment and features permanent collection works purchased by the Art Museum with funds provided by the Grace endowment. The Art Museum has acquired over forty works of art with investment income from the Connie F. and Richard E. Grace Endowment Fund. Thanks to these enduring gifts, the Art Museum will continue to collect and conserve works for generations to come.
Purchases made by the Art Museum for the permanent collection are funded entirely by annual income from endowments. The Mickey Shook Memorial Fund was initiated at The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette in the 1980s for the purpose of preserving works in the permanent collection and acquiring works by Indiana artists.
The Connie F. and Richard E. Grace Endowment Fund began in 1997 with contributions by Dr. and Mrs. Grace. It is managed by the Art Museum Foundation and income is restricted for acquisition and/or conservation of works of art for the permanent collection.
We hope you will enjoy this exhibit and consider a current gift or a planned gift toward endowing the future of the Art Museum’s growing collection.

Sponsored by Connie and Richard Grace

Museum Fine Art Sale

untitled acrylic by Robert Browning Reed

untitled acrylic by Robert Browning Reed

Just in time for holiday shopping, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is holding an Art Sale. It will run through February 12, 2017.  The works are original pieces that have been gifted to the museum over the past decade, but were not included in the permanent collection.

The 3rd round of the Museum Fine Art Sale opens

December 5 and runs through December 19 pick up on December 20 allows plenty of time to wrap a Christmas Gift.

The fourth Round runs from December 23 - February 12 with a pick up February 13 pick up date.

The last time the museum held such a sale was in 2006.  Artwork is displayed in the Shook Gallery at the museum.  Works for saleinclude a variety of mediums including painting, etching and watercolor.  Proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the museum’s permanent collection.

“With the holidays coming up, this is a perfect time for us to hold the Art Sale,” said Kendall Smith, Executive Director of the Art Museum. “We have set very reasonable prices for each piece. If anyone is looking for a unique gift, has been wanting to purchase an original piece of artwork, or would like to add to their collection, they won’t want to miss this opportunity.”