Future Exhibitions

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.


Moving Parts: Thomas Lucas and Hummingbird Press editions

December 15 – February 25, 2018

Thomas received a BFA in Printmaking at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia.  He received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at Tyler School of Art, The School of the Art Institute, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Anchor Graphics, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Beacon St. Gallery, Gallery 37, and Penland School of Crafts.

Thomas was the former Visual Arts Chair at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and is now the Director of Printmaking at Lillstreet Art Center. He is also the Founder and Master Printer at Hummingbird Press also at Lillstreet Art Center.  As a Master Printer Thomas has published such artists as Kerry Marshall, William Conger, Richard Hunt, Willie Cole and Barbara Jones-Hogu to name a few.  His own artworks are included in various private and public collections, exhibits nationally and abroad.  Thomas was the former Director of Printmaking Lillstreet Art Center. He now teaches full time at Chicago State University and teaches adjunct at Harold Washington College.

Gold Sponsor: Purdue University Black Cultural Center


From Whence I Came:  works by Michael and Howard Martin

December 15 – February 25, 2018

Michael is a fine artist who for many years specialized in the art of pencil drawing.  He is a master of drawing the figure and any of his works depict people in everyday human activities.  Michael’s drawings are technically superb and are in many private and public collections, including the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette’s permanent collection.

Silver Sponsor:  Jim and Sandy Bodenmiller


Bridging Borders: Works from the Permanent Collection

December 15 – June 3, 2018

This exhibition features works of art from the museum’s collection that span our continent, reaching past the United States Northern and Southern borders.  Works by Inuit artists from the Northwestern region of North America will be exhibited with pottery from Native America pueblos and paintings by Mexican Modernist artists.