Current Exhibits


New Artists 2019: A Juried Regional High School Art Exhibit

MARCH 14 – APRIL 21, 2019

EAST AND MCDONALD GALLERIES 

This year will mark the 40th year of this exhibition. Organized and hosted by the Art League, this juried exhibition will highlight the work of talented high school artists from eleven area high schools.  High school art teachers select the best works by their students to submit for the show.  Professional artists in each category will select those to be included.  There are usually over 300 entries and only 1/3 will be chosen for the exhibit.  Cash awards are given by category and for the “best of show.”  In addition, there are several special awards bestowed.  One of our most-visited exhibitions, New Artists annually draws over 4,000 visitors from throughout our region.


Missed Beauty: Photographs of Prophetstown by Laura Hale

MARCH 21 - JUNE 2, 2019

SHOOK GALLERY 

Laura Hale grew up in West Lafayette and spent many hours in the high school dark room, laying the groundwork for her love of photography.  In 2016, she happened into the barn at the Farm at Prophetstown, coming face to face with a Hereford steer standing in the cold air.  She took some photos of him and fell in love not only with photographing farm life, but Prophetstown State Park as well. Her approach to her photos is to look for things not usually noticed, taking time to wonder at the details of both farm life as well as the nature that surrounds it. Her photos are edited using just basic skills as she doesn’t want to over process the moment.  It has to be a good photo to begin with in order to make it a better photo.

Laura’s joy is to have someone realize that something they have never noticed or maybe didn’t seek out could be something of beauty.  Even a fat spider in a web is a beautiful sight against a blue sky.

 

Narratives: Works from the Permanent Collection

 DECEMBER 14, 2018 – JUNE 2, 2019

WEIL GALLERY

Many of the nearly 1,400 works of art in the Art Museum’s permanent collection have a story to tell and in this exhibition, we will explore some of those works and interpret the stories that they hold.  A narrative may reveal itself when the viewer looks closely at a work of art, or they may be uncovered when we learn about the artist’s personal story.  Curator, Michael Crowthers and Collections Committee chair, Mona Berg, have chosen many of the works for this show, because they have rarely been exhibited.  This will create an opportunity for visitors to become engaged, not only visually, but also through narrative interpretation.