Future Exhibitions

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                          


Wonderful Women: From the Permanent Collection

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.

Dennis Wischmeier: Changing Seasons

June 23 - September 24, 2017

Dennis Wischmeier began painting in High School.  He bought a few tubes of paint and some canvas boards and began a part of his life that is still as exciting and consuming today as it was back in those early years.  When Dennis sees something that really touches him, he wants to capture that moment, re-live it and share what I saw, or felt, with others.  His hope is that his work will stir something inside someone or be a reminder of a good memory that has been buried away.  He regularly exhibits at our 'Round the Fountain Art Fair and the Penrod Arts Fair in Indianapolis.

Dennis is a registered architect by profession and for his final thesis at the Ball State College of Architecture and Planning, in 1978, he designed a new facility on the Wabash River for the Lafayette Art Association (now the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette).  His plans are amazingly appropriate today and they will be exhibited with his paintings

Caged:  The Illegal Pet Trade

Artist, Justin LaDoux

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 serve 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 don't fully understand the real commitment it takes to care for a wild animal and many get neglected and become malnourished or die.  Many animals eventually are abandoned when they become ill or grow too large for their owner to care for.  Wild animals should be enjoyed in the wild as nature intended. My exhibit is intended to shed light on this important, but often neglected subject.

On the Banks of the Wabash: Works by Pat Hobaugh

September 22 – November 11, 2017

Contemporary Artist Pat Hobaugh uses actions figures, food, and scenes from pop culture to create work that will leave you staring at his paintings, wondering how he came to such an idea. His work is both mesmerizing and modern.

Born and raised in West Lafayette, Pat Hobaugh received a BA from Purdue, a BFA from the University of Iowa and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin.  He is currently an art instructor at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta.

All Tied Up: Works by Orie Shafer

October 6 – December 12, 2017

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.

Master Printmakers: Thomas Lucas and Friends

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

Drawings: Michael 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.