Status: Fluid/Dynamic, works by Jason Myers
MAY 10 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
Jason Myers is a prolific multi-disciplinary American artist with studios in Indiana and the Netherlands. Myers received his bachelor’s degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from American University.
Myers has built upon his rich experience in different media, many of which he has taught at University level, and combined this experience with consistent evolution of both his style and technique. This resulted in a unique combination of traditional artistic and industrial raw materials in his current work – work in which technology is married to economics and the feeling of utter alienation haunts the figures populating the works. His artwork invites the use of such materials as steel, resin and computer generated prints. Complex, layered and exquisitely executed, Myers’ work often questions our current political and socioeconomic environment.
Forgoing the “typical trajectory” perhaps expected from modern-day artists -- a Brooklyn studio, numerous assistants – Myers instead opts for solitary path. The majority of the work he creates takes a year to complete from its conception. Myers’ determination and dedication to his art is captivating, leaving lasting impressions on its viewers.
With works exhibited across the United States and abroad, Myers’ acclaim has only grown in the past several years. The artist's first solo museum exhibit, "STATUS: fluid/dynamic", took place at The Polk Museum of Florida in 2017. This solo exhibit will travel to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette in 2019. During the summer of 2018, Myers was selected to create a monumental (60-foot tall, 38-ton) sculpture for the Lowlands Music Festival (Netherlands). His works are in the permanent collection of several museums, including the IMA (Indianapolis Museum of Art). In addition, individual works have been included in museum exhibitions including: The Mint Museum (North Carolina, 2018-19), Museum de Fundatie / Kasteel het Nijenhuis (Netherlands, 2018), and the Cornell Museum (Florida, 2016).
GOLD SPONSOR: LONG-SHARP GALLERY & DEFOUW BMW
Discovery Through Brush & Lens: NICHES Land Trust
MAY 10 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
The Discovery Through Brush and Lens (DTBL) project is a collaboration of four professional artists to paint and photograph most of the 40+ NICHES (Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive) Land Trust properties located in North Central Indiana. NICHES Land Trust protects, restores and sustains Northern Indiana’s ecosystems by providing habitat for native species and offering natural places for the education, appreciation and enjoyment of current and future generations.
The artists – Dan Annarino, Rena Brouwer, Terry Lacy and Alan McConnell – have been painting and photographing the Indiana landscape for many years, as well as hiking and enjoying the various NICHES properties. During the project they will collaborate at the NICHES property sites, as well as doing studio work, to create a body of artwork based on their interpretations and personal experiences. The four artists’ styles and techniques are quite different and mediums will include watercolor, oil, paper-pulp paintings, digital work and large-format photography.
GOLD SPONSOR: SUBARU OF INDIANA AUTOMOTIVE
Going Big: Abstract works by Jeff Smith
JUNE 21 – SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
“Going Big: Abstract Works by Jeff Smith” started as an effort to do just that: Go Big! As you move through the exhibition, however, you’ll notice that some of the pictures are much smaller than those Smith has displayed in the past. Aside from the challenges inherent in painting large canvases, “Going Big” is also about the freedom of expanding the mind to discover intimate memories of large places, (Memory, Santa Fe, Indiana Landscape, April) and to imagine large, abstract concepts (Blue Wave, Ulterior Motives).
The paintings all exhibit Smith’s interest in Abstract Expressionism’s ability to connect viewers with the world in unusual and, sometimes, familiar ways.
About the Artist
Jeff Smith is a native of northwest Indiana and graduate of Purdue University. He is the News Director and Anchor for WLFI News 18. Jeff has been painting since 2005 and works exclusively in oils. He started working in realistic still life, landscape, and architecture styles but quickly moved to abstract because he finds the freedom of imagination more stimulating. He lives on a small farm in southeastern Tippecanoe County.
Breaking It Down: The Elements of Art
JUNE 21 - NOVEMBER 3, 2019
Line. Shape. Form. Space. Color. Value. Texture.
The elements of art are often referred to as the building blocks or foundation of artwork. These building blocks are woven throughout all works of art and are vital to the creative process. They may appear simple at first, but they have a versatility that allow artists, and art appreciators, to stretch them to fit any kind or style of art. Through a deeper understanding of these elements it becomes easier to analyze, interpret, and even create artwork.
This exhibition is focused on highlighting artists within the ArtSmart Indiana program by viewing their artwork through the lens of the elements of art. All of these works are from the Art Museum Permanent Collection and have been chosen because of their successful use of one or more elements of art.
Outstanding artwork can often have several elements overlapping and informing one another. Throughout the gallery you will find prompts to help you view the artwork through the lens of each element. Use these concrete visual tools to analyze, unravel, and dive deeper into this art from our permanent collection.