Future Exhibitions

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

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

DEC. 16, 2016 THROUGH FEB. 26, 2017
Opening Reception at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
December 16, 6 - 8 pm

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.

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.


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

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