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
The Haan Mansion museum of Indiana Art JANUARY 4, THROUGH MARCH 19, 2017
OPEN 1-4 WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
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.
SPONSORED BY: THE PURDUE UNIVERSITY BLACK CULTURAL CENTER AND PURDY MATERIALS
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,
Museum Fine Art Sale
Just in time for holiday shopping, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is holding an Art Sale. It will run through February 12, 2017. The works are original pieces that have been gifted to the museum over the past decade, but were not included in the permanent collection.The fourth Round runs from December 23 - February 12 with a pick up February 13 pick up date.
The last time the museum held such a sale was in 2006. Artwork is displayed in the Shook Gallery at the museum. Works for saleinclude a variety of mediums including painting, etching and watercolor. Proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the museum’s permanent collection.
“With the holidays coming up, this is a perfect time for us to hold the Art Sale,” said Kendall Smith, Executive Director of the Art Museum. “We have set very reasonable prices for each piece. If anyone is looking for a unique gift, has been wanting to purchase an original piece of artwork, or would like to add to their collection, they won’t want to miss this opportunity.”
the indiana artists member exhibit
opening reception SEPTEMBER 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Indiana Artists Member Exhibit is held at the end of every year at changing locations throughout Indiana. For the state's Bicentennial year, the exhibit will be here.
Formerly known as the Indiana Artists Club, Indiana Artists was founded in 1917 by 46 prominent artists. The exhibit features a wide variety of styles and mediums both contemporary and traditional. Most works in the exhibition will be available for purchase.
September 23 - November 27, 2016
A Bicentennial Legacy Exhibition ArtSmart: Indiana
Thru November 27
in the weil galleries
Original works of art from private, public and our own permanent collection span the history of the state of Indiana in this historic exhibit. ArtSmart: Indiana is a free, web-based program that public and private school educators use to teach the history of our state through the work of its artists. The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette created the program in 1986 and has supported it's growth to become a premier free program that meets Indiana's Academic Standards for fourth-grade Social Studies, integrating language arts, math, science and media studies.
The first Indiana state flag will be on display at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette from September 23 - November 8, 2016.
In conjunction with the state's 200th birthday, the Indiana Historical Bureau has agreed to lend it to the museum in recognition of its founding of ArtSmart: Indiana, the flag will be displayed in the Weil Galleries, as part of the Bicentennial Legacy Exhibition, ArtSmart: Indiana art exhibit that spans the history of the state with original works from private and public collections, as well as the museum's permanent collection. It is believed to be one of only three exhibits statewide that capture all 200 years of the state's history.
The flag was adopted by the General Assembly in 1917 as a part of the commemoration of the state's centennial. A gold torch shines in the center of a field of blue, to represent liberty and enlightenment. Around the torch are 19 stars representing Indiana's place as the 19th state to join the Union.
The flag this year has been on display in only a few locations: the Indiana State Museum; Corydon, our first state capital; and Mooresville where Hadley was born. It will finish the year on display at the Indiana State Capitol.
The 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Commission designated ArtSmart: Indiana as a 2016 Bicentennial Legacy Project. In celebration, Sen. Ron Alting sponsored an ArtSmart: Indiana exhibit at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette that runs through Nov. 27. The installation of the original Indiana flag is made possible with a Masterpiece Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.
by Rebecca Brody
thru September 25, 2016
Local artist Rebecca Brody instroduces, during Indiana's bicentennial year, her new transparent watercolors which dipict the natural beauty of the state. At ease with both traditional and more contemporary methods and materials, Rebecca's style is becoming more fluid and expressive.
Hiking, pausing, examining, searching, resting, sometimes extremely dark or gloomy landscapes, sometimes brilliantly bright ones... Observing youth discovering their strengths, exploring, taking notes, drawing, playing music, writing... The topics of Monarch butterfly migration, the planets and the moon, soaring of eagles, a murder of crows, a murmuration of starlings... Many of these events are known worldwide, but they were repeated numerable times in my back yard in 2015...Cycles.
The making of this exhibition encouraged a dialogue and possible collaboration with several young artists, as well as a year-long documentation of cycles in nature. The work is comprised of photo transfers on clay board surfaces with milk paint, gold leafing, and acrylic paint. All photos by the artist unless listed.
L A Lami
INDIANA NOW 2016: THE BICENTENNIAL
THRU AUGUST 31
Indiana Now began at the Art Museum in 1979, and is th only juried statewide exhibit of current work by Indiana Artists. Artwork completed since January 1, 2014, in ten mediums will highlight the work of talented Hoosier artists. On this 200th anniversary of Indiana's founding, you will have the opportunity to see what today's best artists are creating, thanks to exhibition Guest Curator Lorie Amick.
Platinum Sponsor: The Henriott Group
Gold Sponsors: Edward Jones and Holder Law Offices
Art League Past and Present
An exhibition in celebration of the 50th anniversary
Thru July 17 in the Shook Gallery
The Art League culminates a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary with an exhibit featuring works of art created by fifty members from 1965 to the present.
The Art League supports educational and fund raising activities, exhibitions, acquisitions and programs of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. In addition, the League provides members with opportunities for individual, creative and artistic experiences and fosters art and artists in the community. Visitors will see realistic, abstract and expressive pieces that represent both amateur and professional artists' visualization and interests. Works reflect personal and societal trends in the arts and crafts of the past five decades.
37th Annual Tri Kappa
New Artists 2016
through April 23
old national bank
The Buttery Shelf, Linwood Tavern, Tempest Homes, Round the Fountain Art Fair
Cycles: New Works by L a Lamie and Mara Battiste
March 10 - April 24, 2016
Symbiotic relationships, sentient beings, thoughtforms, shared experiences, hidden places, clairvoyant dreams, the mind-body problem, cyclical nature, celestial movements, gravitational pull, instinct, intellect, intuition, amulets, talismans, symbols, ritual, science, and magic…
A delicate balance, a deep schism, a great divide…
This body of work is the tangible result of an extended creative meditation, the abstracted projection of highly concentrated thought, the making of a personal mythology. Perhaps the true meanings of these symbols are lost in translation, as the essence of dreams and inward reflections cannot be accurately relayed to others. You are invited to construct your own interpretations of the imagery presented here.
Gerald Griffin, Ambiguous Reflections of Race and Identity:
A Question of Color
December 18 2015 - February 28, 2016
Purdue University Black Cultural Center
Gerald Griffin approaches painting conceptually. knowing that only with a vision will he be able to maintain the intensity of thought and the diligence it takes to see a project through its process of creation. He asks questions: About representation of
sight, About his individual perception and sentiment, and about the basic nature
of the environment he experiences.
He presents an open-sided view of the consequences of American life,
both to criticize and find beauty. Ideas about portraiture and identity have
continued to influence the evolution of his work.
Griffin integrates the personal and societal meaningfulness of the
images incorporated within his art. His works of art are vehicles of communication. He makes art imbued with the sensibility of our own time and sends it out into the world to make contact with the future.
Creative Spirits: Works by George, Ilana, & Oliver Debikey
December 18 2015 - February 28, 2016
Ilana is well known for her mixed media paintings in pen and ink, acrylics and 23 karat gold. Her spontaneous yet very detailed approach continue to communicate with the viewer constantly as new expressions remain to be discovered in the same image all the time. Her passion and great sense for colors and original technique in designing make her creations enchanting and sophisticated pieces of art
George Debikey is a Ceramic Engineer and a Ceramic Artist. He retired after 33 years of working for American Art Clay Company as Director of research and development. As an Artist he is well known as a potter, sculptor, designer and for his works in glass.
Glass blower, Oliver Debikey was born into a world of art. The son of world-renowned ceramic artist and ceramic engineer George Debikey and prolific multimedia artist Ilana Debikey, he developed an appreciation for art and a creative passion at an early age. An accomplished aerospace engineer and a successful amateur graphics designer/photographer with a national cover to his credit, he retreats to the hot shop to satisfy his need to create pieces that offer both tactile and visual pleasure.
Landscapes and floating islands:
September 25 - November 29, 2015
in the East Gallery
Silver Sponsor: Lafayette Orthopaedic
Al Pounders, Professor Emeritus of painting at Purdue University, received his B.F.A. from Cornell University and taught drawing and painting for 30 years at Purdue retiring as a Full Professor. Over his long and distinguished career, he has exhibited his paintings around the world. This exhibition will feature many large-scale paintings inspired by his love of the mountain landscapes of Italy.
Being and Becoming in a Field of Resonance: Loren Olson
September 25 – November 29, 2015
in the McDonald Galley
Silver Sponsor: Lafayette Orthopaedic
Loren Olson’s work is focused on movement of the human figure. Each piece in this exhibition is an exciting exploration of light, with abstract silhouettes of full figures in a world of fantasy. Although their artwork is not in parallel paths, Loren and Al are husband and wife. This will be the first time they have exhibited together in the United States.
Ellen Mansfield: My Deafhood Art: Traveling Through the Darkness to the Light
in the Shook gallery
October 24, 2015 - February 14, 2016
This collection of artworks, “My Deafhood Art: Traveling Through the Darkness to the Light,” welcomes viewers to follow along with me for a glimpse into my Deaf World.
Like many Deaf children, I grew up with non-Deaf (Hearing) parents and so I needed to make my way into the Deaf world to discover who I was as a Deaf person. This was a somewhat perilous journey in which I was denied my natural language (American Sign Language) and pressured to assimilate as a “normal, Hearing” person. Thus, the darkness works show the darkness of audism, that is, being imprisoned by social attitudes that deny Deaf people access to education, employment, to our language and to our being Deaf.
Coming into the light of the Deaf community, allowed me to find my own light as a Deaf person—celebrating our language, shared values, our Deaf ancestors, as well as unique ways of being and traveling in the world. The artworks of Light, Deaf identities/Deafhood, Community and Tribute all express affirmation of the Deaf experience.
As an artist, my life was hugely impacted by the De’VIA art movement. Twenty-six years ago, a group of Deaf artists created a manifesto asserting that artwork about the experience of Deaf people comprised a unique artistic genre, De’VIA (Deaf View/ Image Art). Becoming a De’VIA artist (and Je’De’VIA artist = Jewish Deaf Artist) has allowed me to freely be and create. Themes in De’VIA works have been identified as resistance to oppression and affirmation of Deaf culture ---much like themes in the art of other disenfrancished groups. Additionally, my art incorporates De’VIA motifs--most significantly hands and eyes—which are primary cultural values of Deaf people.
Art League 50th Aniversary
September 25 - November 15, 2015
in the Weil permanent collection Gallery B
To Celebrate 50 years of Art League support, we present this special exhibit of works from the permanent collection created by Art League members or purchased for the museum by the Art League.
ARTSMART: THE LEGACY OF T. C. STEELE
MAY 8 - OCTOBER 18, 2015 IN THE WEIL GALLERY A
Theodore Clement Steele was born in Owen County, on Sept. 11, 1847. He moved to Waveland, southwest of Crawfordsville, when he was 5 years old and later became perhaps the most famous of the Hoosier Group of American impressionist painters. Other painters in the group included William Forsyth, J. Ottis Adams, Richard B. Gruelle and Otto Stark. These five artists trained abroad but returned to Indiana and developed a distinctive style of landscape painting. Paintings included in this exhibit are from the art Museum’s Permanent Collection and on loan from the Haan Mansion Museum, thanks to Robert and Ellen Haan.
A family-friendly exhibition of 22 full-sized zoo animals created by Detroit artist, Dale Teachout. On exhibit June 5 - September 8 on the Fowler House grounds
"I am an assemblage artist from Battle Creek, MI currently working in Detroit. When I was a kid, I had a junk drawer with broken pieces of things that I would make collages from with hot glue and wire. I enjoyed pop culture and read a lot of comic books, watched a lot of Sci-Fi and sports television shows. This influenced my dreams and imagination, as I would play.
These interactions, along with my obsession with junk and found objects influenced my direction as an artist. The physicality of my work - working with my hands, twisting, bending, cutting, and so on - would help my imagination move beyond drawings. I was able to integrate my ideas in to the physical world, into more than just two dimensions and I learned to "paint" with found objects.
I am still infatuated with "stuff," energy, re-imagining the objects that I still enjoy playing around with and observing the ways that they change and take on new compositions and new life." - Dale Teachout
Thanks for our sponsors who made this exhibit possible:
City of Lafayette
Columbian Park Zoo
Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine
Greener Lawn Care
Tippecanoe County Historial Association
LANGUAGE OF THE ROAD: MEDITATIONS ON NATURE, REPAIR AND REVERIE
MAY 8 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 IN THE EAST GALLERY
An internationally recognized artist, Charles A. Gick is a Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Design at Purdue University, where he teaches painting, drawing, and installation art. He holds a MFA from Northwestern University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. As an interdisciplinary artist, he combines video, performance, painting, photography and assemblage.
The Language of the Road suggests that a language emerges as we travel along the internal and external pathways of our lives. This body of work blurs the lines between surrealism and abstraction. One is offered a place to explore and contemplate the quiet dialogues formed and the beauty found in the cerebral and physical gestures, marks, and stains that we leave behind in our everyday encounters with nature, repair, and reverie.
AMERICUS QUILT CLUB CENTENNIAL
MAY 8 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 IN THE MCDONALD AND SHOOK GALLERIES
Many people assume that in the past most quilts were made out of necessity. The truth is that women of all walks of life made their quilts to add beauty to their home. Quilting has always been a source of artistic expression. This exhibition displays outstanding examples of handmade quilts created by Club members through the decades.
The Americus Quilting Club was founded in 1915, with the purpose of helping finance the Americus Union Church that was the first church in the area. The proceeds from quilting for others were donated to various local charities. The Club helps preserve the art of hand quilting by teaching, practicing, and demonstrating hand-quilting techniques.
The Americus Quilting Club is the second oldest active quilt club in the United States and the oldest active group in Indiana. A review of their history is on exhibit in the Mickey Shook Gallery.
FOUNDATIONS AND FORWARD: WORKS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
MAY 8 THROUGH OCTOBER 18, 2015 IN THE WEIL GALLERY B
Strong foundations are essential for the future. In 1909, the founders of the Art Museum established the Lafayette Art Association, which laid the groundwork for amassing a remarkable Permanent Collection for the next 100 years and beyond. The works in this exhibition feature numerous ‘foundation’ pieces beginning with the first acquisition, The Cruise of the Elida, by F. Luis Mora. Over time works of varying subject matter and medium have been acquired. However, the caliber of work is the paramount concern. Magnificent examples of craftsmanship include Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Entrance to Kasbah, Frederick Grant’s The Red Parasol, and Thomas Hart Benton’s Planting, to name but a few.
TRI KAPPA PRESENTS: NEW ARTISTS 2015
March 12 - April 25, 2015
Since 1979, Tri Kappa has sponsored the annual New Artists show. The show features only the finest work from local area high school students, hand-selected by area teachers. The selected works are then juried and prizes are awarded. Lafayette's New Artists will stun you with talent and delight you with variety! Tri Kappa and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette are grateful for your continued support of the young artists in our community.
RUDY POZZATTI: AN INDIANA TREASURE
Through April 12, 2015
Master printmaker, Rudy Pozzatti, earned both a BFA and MFA from the University of Colorado, where he studied under Max Beckmann and Ben Shahn. In 1954, he held his first major exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. He began teaching at Indiana University in 1956, and developed one of the leading printmaking departments in the United States. His work is in many private and public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Modern Art-New York and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. His eleven-color etching, “Apollo” is featured in the ArtSmart: Indiana educational program and this exhibition is a salute to one of America’s premier artists.
This intriguing exhibit goes way beyond traditional portraiture, featuring works in seven different media, exploring the human face through the eyes of many artists. Five of the works are recent acquisitions and three have never before been exhibited. Compositionally, portrait art can vary. The subject can be sitting, standing, or reclining; clothed or nude; engaging in an activity; or surrounded by elements denoting occupation interest or social status. Portraits can be formal depictions or informal slices of life that allow the viewer to feel as though they are getting a peek into a private world.
MARY SIXBEY: A RETROSPECTIVE
Now through April 25
Mary Sixbey is a Midwestern woman born into a Logansport, Indiana family with diverse backgrounds and high ideals and expectations for their three daughters. Mary's mother was English who had come to Chicago to teach music and her father qualified as a Native American of the Cherokee tribe. Her father's black hair, strong set jaw and square set shoulders set him apart in Logansport where he prospered in the Hardware business and took interest in politics. All three daughters were taught music and the elder two daughters could make careers in music. Mary is today a serious music listener. She does not miss the Live From the Met Opera series on National Public Radio and she is a profound critic in discerning vocal talent.
NEA Artist Interview with Dan Annarino
Push and Pull exhibit video
Push and Pull: Annarino and May
January 16 – March 1, 2015
New works by two established Greater Lafayette artists excited visitors with their contrasting styles and media. Both of these professional artists continue to broaden their focus with new, yet familiar creative expression. Dan Annarino explores the great outdoors through his graphic designer eye. His colorful and mysterious Indiana images defy traditional landscape painting and delight the viewer with his unique approach. Diana May creates three-dimensional clay sculpture using various forms combined to create whimsical and thoughtful objects. For this exhibition Diana will create a body of new work, which plays on the rooftops and chimneys of Europe, inspired by her visit to England. A woman of many talents, she often pulls in other materials, using steel and other elements to bring her intricate compositions to life. This will be the first time Annarino and May have exhibited together.
Jazz Templates in Silhouette exhibit video
JAZZ TEMPLATES IN SILHOUETTE: PAINTINGS BY ROBERT PEPPERS
January 16 – March 1, 2015 in the McDonald Gallery
“Hear with your eyes and see with your ears.”– Charlie “Bird” Parker
Robert Peppers is a Professor of Drawing and Painting, Ohio University. He was previously the Assistant Director of Purdue’s Black Cultural Center. Professor Peppers is deeply inspired by the experience of listening to jazz, even to the extent of creating pictorial equivalents for specific musical work. Mixed media works are direct responses to jazz from an intuitive perspective. Beginning as doodles that he sketches, while listening to a jazz tune, his mixed-media work gradually evolves from Thought-Forms into Jazz Templates in Silhouette.
The conceptual framework of “Jazz” Thought-Forms by Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, parallel Professor Peppers current research on how visual artists can incorporate new interpretations of jazz aesthetics, through a collage approach, to image-making and strategies of presentation. The jazz creative process evolves from a need to take formal elements apart and reconstruct those elements in order to exhilarate the human spirit.
Sponsored by: Purdue University Black Cultural Center
November 13 - February 16
“Animal Crackers” highlighted two very divergent artistic techniques. The first is pique-assiette mosaic, represented in the show by what artist Judy Titche calls “story animals.” These “animals” encourage the viewer to devise stories about them and thus to become a part of the scene itself. The second medium is fiber art, represented by baby ducks, moths, birds and other members of the animal kingdom.
MAKING IT IN CRAFTS II
September 26 - December 28, 2014
Making it in Crafts featured the art of the nation's best fine art clay, glass, metal, wood-working and fiber craftsmen. Many of these 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. Jim Sondgeroth organized the exhibit as a follow up to the successful Making it in Crafts show the Art Museum featured in 2011. This was one of the most exciting arts and crafts exhibit ever seen in Greater Lafayette and attracted visitors from throughout the Midwest. Special thanks go to our Platinum Sponsor, Reed & Company.
Making It In Crafts II exhibit video
Feast of The Hunter's Moon
Paintings by Kimlien Tran
An exciting new look at the traditional festival at Fort Ouiatenon remembering the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans in the mid-1700’s, on the banks of the Wabash.
Art Smart: New Vistas
Art Smart is meant to promote critical thinking and foster the concepts of connoisseurship and esthetic discovery. The audience is provided with the opportunity not only to view original works of art but also to compare and contrast each pair of works. The exhibit presents images of Indiana's past, its enduring beauty, creative artists and sense of cultural aesthetic. In addition, the technical properties of different art media can be compared.
Fantasy by Michel Keck and Linda Mitchell
May 9th - September 7th, 2014
Special thanks to our Gold Sponsor:
Natural Disaster Color
by Petronio Bendito
May 9th - September 7th, 2014
Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor