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.
On the Shoulders of Ancestors: the Art of Willis Bing Davis
Dec. 16, 2016 through Feb. 26, 2017
sponsored by: Purdue University Black Cultural Center
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.
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.
New Artists 2017
March 9, through April 14, 2017
This is the 38th year that the Art Museum has hosted this juried exhibition of artists from area high schools. Tri Kappa organizes the show and provides cash prizes for selected works. Sponsored by: The Art League
Making it in Crafts III
May 12, through August 27, 2017
This biennial exhibition, guest curated by Jim Sondgeroth, will feature the over 60 prominent and award winning professional craft artists who work in clay, glass, metal, wood and fiber. These American and International artists have each been invited to participate and all of the works will be for sale.
September 22, through November 26, 2017 “Endangered Species” by Justin LaDoux. Justin’s exhibit of over 40 full-sized animals created from discarded materials and depicted in environments related to the illegal poaching and trading of endangered species. This exhibition was first exhibited in front of the Gerald Ford Museum in Grand Rapids Michigan during ArtPrize 2016. All works will be for sale.