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.
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.
Black American Voices: Featuring the Zamora Collection
September 20 – December 1, 2019
The exhibition, Black American Voices, is based on the book of the same name that features The Antonio & Betty Zamora Collection of African Art in juxtaposition to photographs of Black Americans and a narrative that is the result of conversations and interviews that Joe Barry Carroll had with family, friends, and others.Selected works from the Zamora Collection with be displayed in combination with excerpts from the book to explore the wonderful history within the artwork and the amazing cultural narratives of those who shared their life story.
My View From Seven Feet: Paintings by Joe Barry Carroll
September 20 – December 1, 2019
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 have explored the people who have guided him, the places he has encountered, his experience growing up in the American south, and his travels in during his professional career in the NBA.