Current Exhibits


Black American Voices: Shared Culture, Values, and Emotions - featuring The Zamora Collection

 SEPTEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 1, 2019

EAST GALLERY

Black American Voices was initially presented as a book in 2017. It includes African works of art, photographs of Black Americans, and narratives from their lives. Drawing this intimate connection with Africa and Black Americans illustrates the continuation of African cultures, shared values, and emotions as they have flowed to the descendants of Africans.

The African art on display is from The Antonio & Betty Zamora Collection of African Art. The collection includes more than 500 works gathered by Antonio “Tony” Zamora and his wife Betty throughout their nearly sixty years of marriage. The selected Black American photographs were borrowed from photo albums and archives of families and friends of African descent living in America. The narratives are the result of conversations and interviews that book editor and collection trustee Joe Barry Carroll has had with family, friends, and others over the years.

Platinum Sponsor: Arconic

Gold Sponsors: Purdue University Black Cultural Center and Holder Law Office

 

My View From Seven Feet: Paintings by Joe Barry Carroll

SEPTEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 1, 2019

MCDONALD GALLERY

Joe Barry Carroll began painting in his home studio several years ago.  In that time he has quickly amassed a series of work that explore his roots and perspective.  Carroll uses paintings to tell stories.  These stories explore the people who have guided him, his experiences growing up in the American south, and the places Carroll has encountered during his professional career in the NBA and beyond.

Artist Statement

My View From Seven Feet is my musing on the mythical qualities some are want to assign to a person standing seven feet tall. The “view” refers to the collage and accumulation of my observations, thoughts, and feelings. They are presented in the form of narratives and paintings, combined to tell a story. 

I have been drawn to the art of storytelling from the time that I was child being entertained by my father as we sat near one of those old open-faced gas heaters in the winter and on the front porch during the summer months. In a perfect world my work would be the result of extensive formal training and tutoring, but what actually happened is that I have just jumped in the deep end of creating, with very little deference to rules and convention.

What flows from my pen and brush feels natural to me. I am never sure if the images create words, or the words move me to images. I am unable to tell precisely what determines my composition of colors, shapes and themes. Perhaps everything is forming at the same time, resulting in a complete story.

Platinum Sponsor: Arconic

Gold Sponsors: Purdue University Black Cultural Center and Holder Law Office

 

Moving Lands: Oil Paintings by Anne R. Parks

OCTOBER 4, 2019 – FEBRUARY 9, 2020

SHOOK GALLERY

Artist Statement

This exhibit is inspired by my fascination with the flora of our prairie lands. For these works I’ve used oil paint and cold wax to create movement and depth. Inspired by walks, runs and bikes through our beautiful local parks, I often begin painting immediately after returning home from a photography session, while the feeling of the outdoors is still fresh in my mind. I use both photographs and life, to shape the work. These floral landscapes are painted entirely with palette knife. I enjoy the challenge of the knife, and also appreciate the fact that I will not have to spend time cleaning brushes when done. Each painting is done in one session – or alla prima and because they are heavily textured (impasto) it is not possible to make changes after the paint has dried. This creates the movement and depth as well as clean color. I enjoy painting this way because it helps me refrain from overworking the painting. Prairie flowers and grasses have become a fun challenge for me. I enjoy the color challenges, often using my own colors instead of local color to really get the flowers to pop.

 
Artist: Coats, Randolph  Title:  Untitled   Medium: oil  Credit: Gift of Robert L. & Ellen E. Haan  Accession #: 1999.37

Artist: Coats, Randolph

Title: Untitled

Medium: oil

Credit: Gift of Robert L. & Ellen E. Haan

Accession #: 1999.37

Artist: Indiana, Robert  Title:  The 10 stages number sculpture reflected   Medium: lithograph on paper  Credit: Gift of Ann & Chris Stack  Accession #: 2008.03.09

Artist: Indiana, Robert

Title: The 10 stages number sculpture reflected

Medium: lithograph on paper

Credit: Gift of Ann & Chris Stack

Accession #: 2008.03.09

Artist: Vawter, John William  Title:  By the Side of the Road   Medium: oil  Credit: Gift of Mrs. Hilmar Kristensen (from the collection of her mother)  Accession #: 1977.15

Artist: Vawter, John William

Title: By the Side of the Road

Medium: oil

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Hilmar Kristensen (from the collection of her mother)

Accession #: 1977.15

Breaking It Down: The Elements of Art

JUNE 21 - NOVEMBER 3, 2019

WEIL GALLERY

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.