Current Exhibits


CAGED: THE ILLEGAL PET TRADE BY JUSTIN LA DOUX

September 22 - November 26, 2017

Artist Justin LaDoux creates wonderfully clever animal forms from found objects. A member of the art faculty at Kirtland Community College, he received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and lives in Alma, Michigan. Justin has created uniquely-themed installations for every Grand Rapids Art Prize competition. In 2016, he created the “Caged” exhibit and agreed to expand it and bring it to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

The illegal pet trade is extremely cruel. Wild animals get removed from their habitat and experience severe shock. Most animals get drugged, man-handled, and caged in cramped conditions most times without food or water sometimes for days. Millions of animals each year get put into the illegal pet trade just to end up dead. Four out of five animals will die in transit or within a year. To get the animals across customs, most are drugged and crammed into suitcases, plastic bottles, and socks. Most people do not fully understand the real commitment it takes to care for a wild animals. Animals get neglected and become malnourished or die. Many animals eventually are abandoned when they become ill or grow to large for their owner to care for. It is selfish to think you can take care of wild animals better than they can. Wild animals should be enjoyed in the wild as nature intended. As a result of this horrible trade, animals need the protection of humans because of the damage we cause.
 

TOYING WITH YOU: WORKS BY PAT HOBAUGH 

September 22 - November 26, 2017

toy, verb. 1 : to act or deal with something lightly or without vigor or purpose • toyed with the idea  2 : to amuse oneself as if with a toy : PLAY • they’re just toying with him

Pat Hobaugh describes his work "as ‘Contemporary Pop Culture Still Life.’  "I want my art not only to describe and document contemporary popular culture but also to comment on what’s going on—to examine people’s relationship with consumerism and explore generational differences in the expression of that relationship.  I use both iconic and obscure cultural objects, so there’s something for everyone in this work, whether it’s an association from their own childhood, their kids’, their parents’, or spanning all the generations.    

"I’m also embracing the challenge of elevating what still life, as a genre, can be.  Still lifes have generally gotten a bad rap in the history of art.  It’s the first thing you learn to paint in school, so people think you should move on from it to ‘more important things.’  But with the sheer amount of stuff that is out there now in contemporary culture, you can have compositions that are as complex with meaning and drama as any other kind of painting.  So, that’s part of what I’m trying to do—be a ‘voice in the wilderness’ for still lifes.

"I want the viewers to access the work first through humor—to embrace the playfulness of the paintings. I also want them to connect with the paintings on a personal level—you might say I’m toying with their emotions by invoking nostalgia for their childhood. But then the paintings are designed so the longer you look at them, you’ll find the deeper layers of meaning and content—so they toy with your mind as well."

our wonderful women: who are they?

June 23 – November 5, 2017

This exhibit features women artists whose work is in the Art Museum’s permanent collection.  Spanning over 100 years, works by these women will show their creative versatility from 1890’s pottery by our founder, Laura Ann Fry to contemporary work by many living artists in our community, will be on display.  The ArtSmart: Indiana team has researched each artist and many of them will have their stories published on a panel beside their piece.  This exhibition celebrates all women through the eyes of artists.

 

Paintings from left to right:  Sonya, Dorothy Lizzete Eisenbach
Boston Tenements, Eleanor Brockenbrough,
Wagons of Posey County, Kathryn Clark
Vale of Tears, Anne Horwedel

 

 

 

ALL TIED UP: WORKS BY ORIE SHAFER

OCTOBER 6 – FEBRUARY 11, 2018

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.