current exhibits


The main floor galleries are closed while we install Making it in crafts iii

Join us on May 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 for the opening reception

Making it in Crafts III

May 12, through August 27, 2017

This exhibition will feature 140 works of art by 51 prominent professional craft artists (clay, glass, metal, wood-working and fiber), from 25 states plus Canada and Australia.  These artists make their living by creating and selling fine art crafts.  Many of the most renowned artisans are juried participants in the most prestigious art shows in the U.S.  Including Chicago’s SOFA at Navy Pier; Grand Rapids’ Art Prize; and Ann Arbor’s Summer Art Fair.  Guest Curator, Jim Sondgeroth has personally selected and invited each artist.  This unique exhibit expands on the first two Making it in Crafts exhibits shown at the Art Museum in 2011 and 2014.  It is one of the most exciting and comprehensive arts and crafts shows to be presented in the Midwest.

Platinum Sponsor: Reed & Company, Barb and Tom Reed
Gold Sponsor: Keystone Architecture

Exhibiting Artists:  Peter Antor,   Jill Ault,  Boris Bally, Bennett Bean, Sharif Bey, Dixie Biggs, Anna Boothe, Tanija and Graham Carr, Bede Clarke, Andy Cooperman, Annette Corcoran, Darryl Cox, Angela Cunnninham, Kate Cusack, Joshua DeMonte,  Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, J Paul Fennell, Melanie Ferguson, Brian Fireman, Douglas Fisher and Jeremy Humpherville,  Steven Ford and David Forlano, Chris Francis, Jeremy Frey, Geoffrey Gorman, Billy Hall and Henry Levine, Nina Hole, David Huang, Eric Knoche, Robert Levin,  Pamela MacGregor, Brooke Marks-Swanson, Jennifer McCurdy, Joan McGee, Carol Milne, Woodrow Nash, Kathleen Nowak Tucci,   Edward Risak, Jon Michael Route, Richard Satava, Carrie Schumacher, Eric Serritella, Diane Siebels, Bonnie Stahlecker, Paul Stankard, Debra Steidel, Timothy Sullivan, Judit Varga, Jacques Vesery, Patricia Vivod, Kate Vogel and John Littleton,  Shannon Weber, Melanie West, Michael Wilcox, Matt Wilt

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

Adirondack Allure: Plein air paintings by Ron Burgess + Rick Wilson

March 10 - June 4, 2017

Opening Reception March 10, 5:30 - 7 pm

Ron Burgess and Rick Wilson are both plein air painters who often paint outdoors together.

Ron is lifelong resident of Lafayette, Indiana.  He studied art in his early years, under Sister M. Rufinia, a local accomplished artist who was juried into the Hoosier Salon for over a thirty-year period.  His early works encompassed multiple mediums with pastels emerging as his signature expertise.  After raising his family and a career in banking, Ron picked up pastels again quickly excelled past his peers.  In the past decade, Ron’s work has won numerous local, regional and national exhibitions and was named a Distinguished Signature Member of the Chicago Pastel Painters.  He teaches pastel painting at the Art Museum every Monday.

Rick Wilson was born in Edinburgh, Indiana and discovered very early he had an interest in art. After working 29 years in the architectural aluminum industry, he retired and made fine art his new vocation.  He has studied oil painting with Indiana artists Ronald Mack and C.W. Mundy.  As a professional artist, Rick has honed his skills through workshops and many years of practice and has developed into a very collectable artist. His works have won numerous awards and are included in many private and corporate collections across the country. His paintings are represented by the Rick D Wilson Fine Art Gallery in Edinburgh, Indiana

Top Image by Ron Burgess, Adirondack Allure, Pastel
Bottom Image by Rick Wilson, The Flume, Oil

Sponsored by the 2nd Century Club