Current Exhibits


THOMAS LUCAS: MOVING PARTS

DECEMBER 15 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018 - East gallery

The overall vision for the exhibition titled "Moving Parts", by Thomas Lucas presents juxtaposition with diverse ways of creating artworks centered around the medium of Printmaking in addition to a showcase of prints created collaboratively through Hummingbird Press Editions also by artist and master printmaker Thomas Lucas. The work migrates from drawing to sculptural in how it challenges the conventions of traditional materials and process in addition to what it means to be an artist of color within the artworks history and context.

ARTIST BIO

MFA Merit Scholarship The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. BFA Printmaking Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Founder and Master Printer at Hummingbird Press Editions located in Ravenswood. Thomas has published such artists as Kerry Marshall, William Conger, Richard Hunt, Willie Cole and Barbara Jones-Hogu among others. He recently finished a print with Charly Palmer for Fisk University's Sesquicentennial Celebration along with a special publication of a 1930's lithograph by artist Jean Matulka for McCormick Gallery, Chicago.

He has taught at Tyler School of Art, The School of the Art Institute Chicago., Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Anchor Graphics, Columbia College, Penland School of Crafts and Ox bow and is currently on faculty at Chicago State University and Harold Washington College.

Mr. Lucas was a featured artist in 2011 for Chicago Artist Month. In Lark Crafts Publication, 500 Print on Clay and also featured in The California Print Society's,100 year publication. His own artworks are included in various private and public collections, exhibits nationally and abroad. He has had solo and group exhibitions at Chicago State University, South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, Elmhurst College, N'Namdi Contemporary, Miami and Skopelos Greece. Recent commissions for Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events(DCASE) and Chicago Transit Authority(CTA). Gallery representation by N’Namdi Contemporary Miami-Detroit.

Gold Sponsor: Purdue University Black Cultural Center


FROM WHENCE I CAME:  WORKS BY MICHAEL AND HOWARD MARTIN

DECEMBER 15 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018 - McDonald Gallery

Michael Martin is well known as a Lafayette artist whose finely-detailed pencil drawings of the figure grace the collections of many area residents. Michael exhibited his work extensively at art fairs from the 1970’s through the 1990’s, including the ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair each year in Lafayette. This exhibition traces his work from the influence of his father, Howard, through his early school work in oil and other media, to the refined pencil drawings that we are familiar with. His work is in the ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette permanent collections.

Silver Sponsor: Jim and Sandy Bodenmiller


BRIDGING BORDERS: WORKS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

DECEMBER 15 – JUNE 3, 2018 - Weil Gallery

Over time, art can spread and influence everything around it. Art can be used to show people’s lives, celebrate customs, critique current events, present personal reflections, explore the world around us, and much more. Art does not stop at a country’s border. This exhibition includes selected works by international artists, Native Americans, the Inuit, and also includes American artists depicting people or places from different parts of the world. There are commonalities in subject matter and style in the works of art regardless of the artist’s origin. There are insights into the lives of others that can show common ground, and there are works of art that examine issues that are relevant even today. Explore this exhibition and see what you can discover when you create bridges through art.


ALL TIED UP: WORKS BY ORIE SHAFER

OCTOBER 6 – FEBRUARY 11, 2018 - Shook gallery

Ropes have been a part of Orie’s work for years.  He has used them in drawings, paintings, photography, and ceramics since the middle seventies.  The slip-cast pieces from the late eighties and early nineties were produced in collaboration with the American Art Clay Company for two exhibits. Many of the forms were treated as three-dimensional paintings. The surface treatments are meant to create an aged look. They are not about beauty.  They reflect natural, and at times, an unnatural aging process. 

In 2015, Orie took part in the museum’s outstanding ceramics program run by Jane and Jeff Boswell.  The tools available and the Boswell’s vast knowledge of the medium helped him increase his knowledge of the ceramic process and gave him the freedom to take creative chances.  Each piece produced in the museum’s studio represents an aged find or discovered object, as if they were found beneath the sea or in an archeological dig.  Many of the pieces are titled using geo coordinates, suggesting the location of each discovery. 

Shafer received his BA and AM in Art Education from Purdue University.  He taught art in the Tippecanoe School Corporation for three years and was the Chair of the art department at West Lafayette High School for 32 years.