Current Exhibits

Missed Beauty: Photographs of Prophetstown by Laura Hale

MARCH 21 - JUNE 2, 2019


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

Temporarily Closed till May 10


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.