Past Exhibits

Narratives: Works from the Permanent Collection

 DECEMBER 14, 2018 – JUNE 2, 2019


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.

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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.

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New Artists 2019: A Juried Regional High School Art Exhibit

MARCH 14 – APRIL 21, 2019


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.


The Un-limited Figure: Creating an Afterlife for Retail Mannequins

 DECEMBER 14, 2018 – MARCH 3, 2019


Artists Lorie Amick and LaDonna Vohar were honored and excited about the opportunity to have an exhibit at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. After the initial excitement subsided, the quandary of a theme for the show set in. After tossing around a number of ideas the solution presented itself at the Tippecanoe Mall. The Limited was going out of business and all of their mannequins were for sale.  They decided that these mannequins were the perfect starting point.

“While we began with typical female mannequins they have been altered and transformed into fine art sculpture. We have cut, drilled, sanded, added, taken away, and relocated parts. We have used them as molds to form partial figures. We have used copper, Styrofoam, wax, fabric, Venetian plaster, Epoxy clays and many other materials.The final results will be an exhibit of new creations. Some we will wall mount, some will be on pedestals, some free standing, and even a few that have been designed to be outdoor sculptures.Retail stores are at the crossroads of change and are having to reinvent themselves to remain relevant. These art pieces have been reinvented and therefore are relevant.”

Sponsored by Linda Rohrman

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Southern Roots-Revisited: Paintings by Sandra Bridges

 DECEMBER 14, 2018 – MARCH 3, 2019


Artist Sandra Bridges is primarily an oil painter and is from Chicago, Illinois.  Sandra is known for creating emotionally charged paintings - be it her ability to capture the energy of a jazz performance or the strength of character on a subjects face.  In a sense Sandra's work serves as a social bridge.  Her powerful work stands as an exploration of the past, present and future, revealing that we are all linked in some way.   

Southern Roots - Revisited is a showing of oil paintings, a visual journey taking you into an African American experience and glimpses into a timeless connection.  The artist describes this series by stating, “THIS IS….My sentimental journey, a déjà vu experience of the unexpected and of my reflections and memories revisited. It is a conjuring up and revitalizing story told by my parents and grandparents of a time unknown to me yet very familiar because of the visions that come before my eyes. These paintings are endearing and contemplative. They draw you into the deep experience of our human condition. My hope is that you feel it. I may not have been there physically but I can bring it to view as we ponder that experience together both mentally and spiritually. They are intended for you to go deep within.”


Blank Slate: New Thoughts, works by Sara Vanderkleed

OCTOBER 5, 2018 - FEBRUARY 10, 2019


Sara Vanderkleed was born and raised in Morrison, Illinois and was artistic from a young age. She recalls loving crafts and would sometimes get in trouble for “wasting paper” with her drawings. She was also given a watercolor set as a child but never knew how to paint with them until she took a class in her thirties. Vanderkleed focussed on business in college, graduating from Trinity Christian College near Chicago with a degree in business administration, but it was during her time in college where she began to feel the need to formally explore her creativity. Vanderkleed found herself taking art classes between accounting and management courses. 

Vanderkleed left school with these experiences in her back pocket as she moved to Lafayette, Indiana to raise a family. Upon seeing an ad for a watercolor class at a local community center, her artistic journey truly began. “I was a busy homeschooling mom of four at the time,” explains Vanderkleed. “Looking back, I’m not sure what came over me to take that class, but perhaps I needed an outlet that took me out of the house. I invited a friend to join me and we loved it!” She began painting watercolor landscapes and florals reminiscent of the Indiana countryside that surrounded her studio. Her growth over time led her back to an abstract style in acrylic, to which she always innately gravitated. She employs techniques that involve layering and scratching the acrylic paint. She builds paint up and then works back through the painting by taking paint away. She also utilizes both subtle and vivid colors, and loves how one mark could change the composition entirely.

Vanderkleed’s work has earned acclaim, reaching international and public collectors. She was awarded the 2001 Purchase Award at theHoosier Salon Annual Exhibit show, the 2007 WVWS third place award, and the Best of Category in the 2010 Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. As a part of the Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists’, Vanderkleed’s work was chosen to hang in the office of the Indiana Lt. Governor’s’ Office for two separate years.

Vanderkleed remains dedicated and passionate about her artistic work.For her, it’s about inspiring others and getting people to stop and look.Vanderkleed’s work invites the viewer to take a moment out of life and time to get lost in a painting.“I think this quote by Paul Klee says it well,” explains Vanderkleed, “‘The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.’”

Legacies: works by Bonnie Zimmer


Bonnie Zimmer is a lifelong artist, arts activist and resident of Rensselaer, Indiana.  A Professor Emeritus of Art, she is retired from Saint Joseph’s College where she was Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department.  She is a committed artist and has exhibited nationally.  Nearly all of her works are created from found materials harvested from the fields, woods and roadsides near her rural home. In the exhibition "Legacies," Bonnie Zimmer presents vessels, sculptures, and installations created through improvisation and artistic intuition from objects and materials “inherited” from her family, friends, and nature. 

Twinrocker: 48 Years of Hand Papermaking


Founded in 1971, by Kathryn and Howard Clark, Twinrocker Handmade Paper was the first American handmade paper studio since 1929. Through the years, in their Brookston, Indiana studio, the Clarks have shown a steadfast commitment to their craft and paid scrupulous attention to the highest aesthetic and technical standards. Therefore, the name Twinrocker has become synonymous with excellence, integrity and, most of all, exquisitely beautiful handmade paper. This exhibition will feature artwork by celebrated artists that have worked with Twinrocker from the Clarks’ collection.

Over the years, Twinrocker papers have appeared in the portfolios of some of American’s most important artists and fine limited-edition book publishers. This exhibit will include a number of these livre deluxe fine art books, each a work of art in itself. Among the artists represented in the exhibit are Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, James Rosenquist and others. A number of photos of the papermakers at work throughout the history of Twinrocker will also be included.

Twinrocker: Forty-Eight Years of Hand Papermaking will trace the evolution of Twinrocker from the early years to the present. It’s the story of rediscovering an almost-lost American craft, as well as the story of an enduring partnership and a small Midwestern business that triumphed through the Clark’s hard work, tenacity and talent.

Platinum Sponsor: Fountain Trust Co.  Silver Sponsor: Floyd and Patricia Garrott

Pozzatti: People, Prints, and Places


Indiana University Professor Emeritus, Rudy Pozzatti, is skilled in many artistic mediums, but he is known primarily as a master printmaker.  Born in Telluride, CO in 1925, Rudy received both his BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Colorado.  He traveled to Italy twice with Fulbright grants in 1952-53 and again in 1963-64, where he worked in Cortona.  He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 63-64, and Ford grant to attend the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles.  The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette has a comprehensive collection of Mr. Pozzatti’s work, spanning his entire career and one of his lithographs, titled ”Apollo,” is featured in the ArtSmart: Indiana educational program.  The ArtSmart: Indiana team is guest curating this exhibit with selections of his works from our permanent collection.  

The Body Beautiful: Carvings by Carol Farber-Carrington


Carol Farber-Carrington maintains a studio in West Lafayette, Indiana having moved from New York four years ago. Her sculptures range from abstract designs to modern representational ones, mainly focusing on the male and female figures.  “The Body Beautiful” exhibition is an excellent cross-section of her work. The soft curves and variations in postures reflect the full gamut of human emotions.  Farber-Carrington carves in marble, a variety of alabaster and soapstone, Black African wonderstone, and limestone.  Other materials used include copper pennies, seashells, Plexiglas, and plaster. The artist’s sculptures have been shown in both solo and group exhibitions in Manhasset, Roslyn, Great Neck, Westbury, Syosset and New York City.  Farber-Carrington’s sculptures are also included in private collections in New York and Indiana.

A graduate of the City College of New York, she completed her graduate degrees at Purdue University and accumulated postgraduate credits from St. John’s University, the New School for Social Research and Oxford University.  She is also a certified Interior Designer. A retired Professor of English, she held the rank of Full Professor on faculty at one of the State University of New York campuses for over four decades where she also served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs for nine of those years.

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Local residents, Richard and Phyllis Boehning spent years assembling a collection of paintings by notable Indiana artists.  Their collection includes works by Theodore Clemons Steele, William Forsythe, Richard Gruelle, Clifton Wheeler, Otto Stark, Glen Cooper Henshaw and others.  In honor of the late Phyllis Boehning, Richard has donated a total of 25 painting to the Art Museum.  We are thankful for their gift and proud to exhibit these fine works of art.





Master sculptor, Tuck Langland has been a Midwestern artist for nearly sixty years. His favorite medium is cast bronze.  His works are featured in many public spaces in the U.S. and are in private collections as well as in twelve museum collections. 

Born in Minnesota and educated at the University of Minnesota, Tuck and his wife moved to England, where he taught at the Carlisle and Sheffield Colleges of Art.  Their first daughter was born in Sheffield, and the second arrived after he took a job teaching at Murray State University in Kentucky.  After four years in Kentucky, the family moved to Indiana where Tuck taught at Indiana University South Bend.

 The Langland’s live in a pre-Civil War farmhouse in Granger, and Tuck works in a studio he converted from the barn and stables.  Unless you saw Lady and Mozzie painted on the wall of a storage closet, you would never know the origin of his modern, well-equipped studio.  While Tuck works in Granger, Indiana, his reputation is national, and his travels are worldwide. For thirty-two years, Tuck taught sculpture, art history and art appreciation at Indiana University South Bend.  He won teaching awards, including the prestigious Lundquist Fellowship, and upon retirement, he was elected Professor Emeritus.  He has also been invited to be a Visiting Artist across the country and worldwide. His successful career in teaching developed alongside his sculpture career.  Two things most characterize Tuck’s sculpture career: creating large signature sculptures for public places and writing books and articles about sculpture.  Early in his career, Tuck was elected into the National Academy of Art and to the rank of Fellow in the National Sculpture Society (NSS).  He currently sits on the board of the NSS and chairs the editorial board of their magazine, Sculpture Review.





Over time, art can spread and influence everything around it. Art can be used to show people’s lives, celebrate customs, critique current events, present personal reflections, explore the world around us, and much more. Art does not stop at a country’s border. This exhibition includes selected works by international artists, Native Americans, the Inuit, and also includes American artists depicting people or places from different parts of the world. There are commonalities in subject matter and style in the works of art regardless of the artist’s origin. There are insights into the lives of others that can show common ground, and there are works of art that examine issues that are relevant even today. Explore this exhibition and see what you can discover when you create bridges through art.



MARCH 9 - JUNE 3, 2018 - Shook Gallery

Curious Creatures featured insect displays and mixed media paintings by Hoosier artist Joshua Smith. The exhibition explored the relationship humans have with animals and nature’s cycle of life. The artist states, “As humans we tend to focus our attention on things more our size, more our speed. Things flying above our heads or crawling below our feet are usually the furthest things from our minds. Still, we all have memories that involve insects.” Smith brings these memories into sharper focus with his artwork. Smith’s displays are created with insects that have died naturally, and that are not endangered species.

Also on exhibit were Smith’s watercolor and mixed media paintings featuring local as well as exotic wild birds. These paintings are a brilliant mix of color displaying wildlife such as the Great Blue Heron, Sandhill Crane, Cardinal, and Tri-Colored Heron. When asked about this body of work Smith stated, “Each species is perfectly suited to their place in the world, not more and not less, then they need to be. Their niche in our world has inspired me to find mine, to show the world the beauty and wonder of the natural world.”

Joshua D. Smith is an Indiana native, born and raised in the small Northwest Indiana town of Wheatfield.  He lives on his family farm with his lovely wife Kelsey, and their two silly cats Bob and Oscar, who love to “help” in the studio. Joshua attended the Art Institute of Indianapolis where he studied art and design in the Media & Animation program, receiving his Bachelors degree in 2012.  After school, he worked as a freelance designer and instructor at Saint Joseph’s College until deciding to devote all of his time to his art. He spends much of his time in the studio working with insects or painting.  Much of his recent artwork has been inspired by nature, especially the wildlife of North America.  When not in the studio, he is traveling the Midwest with his company Green Beetle Shop, displaying and selling handmade, one-of-a-kind insect displays.




This year marked the 38th year of this exhibition. Organized and hosted by the Art League, this juried exhibition highlighted the work of talented high school artists from eleven area high schools.  High school art teachers selected the best works by their students to submit for the show.  Professional artists in each category selected those to be included.  Cash awards were given by category and for the “best of show.”  In addition, there were several special awards bestowed.  One of our most-visited exhibitions, New Artists annually draws over 4,000 visitors from throughout our region.

Platinum Sponsor: The Art League




Michael Martin is well known as a Lafayette artist whose finely-detailed pencil drawings of the figure grace the collections of many area residents. Michael exhibited his work extensively at art fairs from the 1970’s through the 1990’s, including the ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair each year in Lafayette. This exhibition traces his work from the influence of his father, Howard, through his early school work in oil and other media, to the refined pencil drawings that we are familiar with. His work is in the ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette permanent collections.

Silver Sponsor: Jim and Sandy Bodenmiller




The overall vision for the exhibition titled "Moving Parts", by Thomas Lucas presents juxtaposition with diverse ways of creating artworks centered around the medium of Printmaking in addition to a showcase of prints created collaboratively through Hummingbird Press Editions also by artist and master printmaker Thomas Lucas. The work migrates from drawing to sculptural in how it challenges the conventions of traditional materials and process in addition to what it means to be an artist of color within the artworks history and context.


MFA Merit Scholarship The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. BFA Printmaking Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Founder and Master Printer at Hummingbird Press Editions located in Ravenswood. Thomas has published such artists as Kerry Marshall, William Conger, Richard Hunt, Willie Cole and Barbara Jones-Hogu among others. He recently finished a print with Charly Palmer for Fisk University's Sesquicentennial Celebration along with a special publication of a 1930's lithograph by artist Jean Matulka for McCormick Gallery, Chicago.

He has taught at Tyler School of Art, The School of the Art Institute Chicago., Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Anchor Graphics, Columbia College, Penland School of Crafts and Ox bow and is currently on faculty at Chicago State University and Harold Washington College.

Mr. Lucas was a featured artist in 2011 for Chicago Artist Month. In Lark Crafts Publication, 500 Print on Clay and also featured in The California Print Society's,100 year publication. His own artworks are included in various private and public collections, exhibits nationally and abroad. He has had solo and group exhibitions at Chicago State University, South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, Elmhurst College, N'Namdi Contemporary, Miami and Skopelos Greece. Recent commissions for Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events(DCASE) and Chicago Transit Authority(CTA). Gallery representation by N’Namdi Contemporary Miami-Detroit.

Gold Sponsor: Purdue University Black Cultural Center




Ropes have been a part of Orie’s work for years.  He has used them in drawings, paintings, photography, and ceramics since the middle seventies.  The slip-cast pieces from the late eighties and early nineties were produced in collaboration with the American Art Clay Company for two exhibits. Many of the forms were treated as three-dimensional paintings. The surface treatments are meant to create an aged look. They are not about beauty.  They reflect natural, and at times, an unnatural aging process. 

In 2015, Orie took part in the museum’s outstanding ceramics program run by Jane and Jeff Boswell.  The tools available and the Boswell’s vast knowledge of the medium helped him increase his knowledge of the ceramic process and gave him the freedom to take creative chances.  Each piece produced in the museum’s studio represents an aged find or discovered object, as if they were found beneath the sea or in an archeological dig.  Many of the pieces are titled using geo coordinates, suggesting the location of each discovery. 

Shafer received his BA and AM in Art Education from Purdue University.  He taught art in the Tippecanoe School Corporation for three years and was the Chair of the art department at West Lafayette High School for 32 years.


September 22 - November 26, 2017

Artist Justin LaDoux creates wonderfully clever animal forms from found objects. A member of the art faculty at Kirtland Community College, he received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and lives in Alma, Michigan. Justin has created uniquely-themed installations for every Grand Rapids Art Prize competition. In 2016, he created the “Caged” exhibit and agreed to expand it and bring it to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

The illegal pet trade is extremely cruel. Wild animals get removed from their habitat and experience severe shock. Most animals get drugged, man-handled, and caged in cramped conditions most times without food or water sometimes for days. Millions of animals each year get put into the illegal pet trade just to end up dead. Four out of five animals will die in transit or within a year. To get the animals across customs, most are drugged and crammed into suitcases, plastic bottles, and socks. Most people do not fully understand the real commitment it takes to care for a wild animals. Animals get neglected and become malnourished or die. Many animals eventually are abandoned when they become ill or grow to large for their owner to care for. It is selfish to think you can take care of wild animals better than they can. Wild animals should be enjoyed in the wild as nature intended. As a result of this horrible trade, animals need the protection of humans because of the damage we cause.




toyverb. 1 : to act or deal with something lightly or without vigor or purpose • toyed with the idea  2 : to amuse oneself as if with a toy : PLAY • they’re just toying with him

Pat Hobaugh describes his work "as ‘Contemporary Pop Culture Still Life.’  "I want my art not only to describe and document contemporary popular culture but also to comment on what’s going on—to examine people’s relationship with consumerism and explore generational differences in the expression of that relationship.  I use both iconic and obscure cultural objects, so there’s something for everyone in this work, whether it’s an association from their own childhood, their kids’, their parents’, or spanning all the generations.    

"I’m also embracing the challenge of elevating what still life, as a genre, can be.  Still lifes have generally gotten a bad rap in the history of art.  It’s the first thing you learn to paint in school, so people think you should move on from it to ‘more important things.’  But with the sheer amount of stuff that is out there now in contemporary culture, you can have compositions that are as complex with meaning and drama as any other kind of painting.  So, that’s part of what I’m trying to do—be a ‘voice in the wilderness’ for still lifes.

"I want the viewers to access the work first through humor—to embrace the playfulness of the paintings. I also want them to connect with the paintings on a personal level—you might say I’m toying with their emotions by invoking nostalgia for their childhood. But then the paintings are designed so the longer you look at them, you’ll find the deeper layers of meaning and content—so they toy with your mind as well."



JUNE 23 – NOVEMBER 5, 2017

This exhibit features women artists whose work is in the Art Museum’s permanent collection.  Spanning over 100 years, works by these women will show their creative versatility from 1890’s pottery by our founder, Laura Ann Fry to contemporary work by many living artists in our community, will be on display.  The ArtSmart: Indiana team has researched each artist and many of them will have their stories published on a panel beside their piece.  This exhibition celebrates all women through the eyes of artists.


Making it in Crafts III

May 12, through August 27, 2017

This exhibition featured 140 works of art by 51 prominent professional craft artists (clay, glass, metal, wood-working and fiber), from 25 states plus Canada and Australia.  These artists make their living by creating and selling fine art crafts.  Many of the most renowned artisans are juried participants in the most prestigious art shows in the U.S.  Including Chicago’s SOFA at Navy Pier; Grand Rapids’ Art Prize; and Ann Arbor’s Summer Art Fair.  Guest Curator, Jim Sondgeroth has personally selected and invited each artist.  This unique exhibit expands on the first two Making it in Crafts exhibits shown at the Art Museum in 2011 and 2014.  It is one of the most exciting and comprehensive arts and crafts shows to be presented in the Midwest.

Platinum Sponsor: Reed & Company, Barb and Tom Reed
Gold Sponsor: Keystone Architecture

Exhibiting Artists:  Peter Antor,   Jill Ault,  Boris Bally, Bennett Bean, Sharif Bey, Dixie Biggs, Anna Boothe, Tanija and Graham Carr, Bede Clarke, Andy Cooperman, Annette Corcoran, Darryl Cox, Angela Cunnninham, Kate Cusack, Joshua DeMonte,  Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, J Paul Fennell, Melanie Ferguson, Brian Fireman, Douglas Fisher and Jeremy Humpherville,  Steven Ford and David Forlano, Chris Francis, Jeremy Frey, Geoffrey Gorman, Billy Hall and Henry Levine, Nina Hole, David Huang, Eric Knoche, Robert Levin,  Pamela MacGregor, Brooke Marks-Swanson, Jennifer McCurdy, Joan McGee, Carol Milne, Woodrow Nash, Kathleen Nowak Tucci,   Edward Risak, Jon Michael Route, Richard Satava, Carrie Schumacher, Eric Serritella, Diane Siebels, Bonnie Stahlecker, Paul Stankard, Debra Steidel, Timothy Sullivan, Judit Varga, Jacques Vesery, Patricia Vivod, Kate Vogel and John Littleton,  Shannon Weber, Melanie West, Michael Wilcox, Matt Wilt


The Art of the Endowment

December 16 - June 4, 2017

This exhibition focuses on the power of endowment and features permanent collection works purchased by the Art Museum with funds provided by the Grace endowment. The Art Museum has acquired over forty works of art with investment income from the Connie F. and Richard E. Grace Endowment Fund. Thanks to these enduring gifts, the Art Museum will continue to collect and conserve works for generations to come.
Purchases made by the Art Museum for the permanent collection are funded entirely by annual income from endowments. The Mickey Shook Memorial Fund was initiated at The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette in the 1980s for the purpose of preserving works in the permanent collection and acquiring works by Indiana artists.
The Connie F. and Richard E. Grace Endowment Fund began in 1997 with contributions by Dr. and Mrs. Grace. It is managed by the Art Museum Foundation and income is restricted for acquisition and/or conservation of works of art for the permanent collection.  We hope you will enjoy this exhibit and consider a current gift or a planned gift toward endowing the future of the Art Museum’s growing collection.

Sponsored by Connie and Richard Grace

Adirondack Allure: Plein air paintings by Ron Burgess + Rick Wilson

Ron Burgess and Rick Wilson are both plein air painters who often paint outdoors together.  The paintings in this exhibition were painted at s paintout in the Adirondacks over the course of a week in 2016. 

Ron Burgess is a lifelong resident of Lafayette.  In his early years he studied art with Sister Rufinia.  After retiring from banking, he picked up pastels again and quickly excelled past his peers.  In the past decade, Ron's work has won numerous local, regional and national exhibition, and was named a distinguished Signature Member of the Chicago Pastel Paints.  He teaches pastel painting at the Art Museum everyMonday.

Rick Wilson of Edinburgh Indiana also returned to art after his retirement.  His works have won numerous awards and are included in many private and corporate colllections across the country. 

Top image:  Ron Burgess, Adirondack Allure

Bottom Image:  Rick WilsonThe Flume


38th Annual Tri Kappa

New Artists2017

March 9 - April , 2017

sponsors:  Art League and Tempest Home

On the Shoulders of Ancestors: the Art of Willis Bing Davis

collaborative Exhibitions at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and the Haan museum of Indiana Art

Dec. 16, 2016 through Feb. 26, 2017

The Haan Mansion museum of Indiana Art JANUARY 4, THROUGH MARCH 19, 2017

This is the first collaborative exhibition between the two major museums of art in the region.  The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette will exhibit works loaned by the artist and from the Haan Museum collection.  The Haan Museum will exhibit many of the works from their permanent collection.  We hope you will visit both exhibits to experience the entire range of work by this talented artist who has mastered many mediums.  

Willis "Bing" Davis was born in Greer, South Carolina but grew up in Dayton, Ohio where he lives today. He attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, graduating in 1959. He also attended the school of the Dayton Art Institute and received his Master of Education degree in 1967 from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Davis also pursued graduate study at Indiana State University from 1975-1976. His career as an educator includes: teaching in the Dayton Public School System; Teaching at DePauw and Miami Universities; and twenty years at Central State University (CSU) in Wilberforce, Ohio. While at CSU, Mr. Davis was also Chair of the Art Department and Director of the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center. He has also served as an artist-in-residence for the School of Education at the University of Dayton, and visiting scholar at Wright State University.



Everything is Fine: Purdy Eaton

Dec. 16, 2016 through Feb. 26, 2017


Growing up on a farm in the rural Midwest the landscape has always been a focal point, but it wasn’t until moving to the city that the impact and significance of the Indiana landscape became clear.  “Everything is Fine” explores the once great and still beloved American landscape and the re-imagined freedom of the open road.

Born and raised in Lafayette, IN, Purdy Eaton received her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at Hunter College.  Prior to studying at Hunter College, she graduated with her Masters of Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Yale University and her Bachelors of Science from Indiana University.  Purdy had her first solo show more than a decade ago and has since shown her work throughout the United States and in Europe.

Purdy was first introduced to art in Lafayette by her grandfather Dr. Carleton Ivers Calkin, formerly the head of Purdue University’s Department of Art and Design.  In 2006, Purdy was invited to create a sculpture for the first animals on parade to benefit the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art Museum.  Her sculpture The Green,


Museum Fine Art Sale


Just in time for holiday shopping, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is holding an Art Sale. It will run through February 12, 2017.  The works are original pieces that have been gifted to the museum over the past decade, but were not included in the permanent collection.The fourth Round runs from December 23 - February 12 with a pick up February 13 pick up date.

The last time the museum held such a sale was in 2006.  Artwork is displayed in the Shook Gallery at the museum.  Works for saleinclude a variety of mediums including painting, etching and watercolor.  Proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the museum’s permanent collection.

“With the holidays coming up, this is a perfect time for us to hold the Art Sale,” said Kendall Smith, Executive Director of the Art Museum. “We have set very reasonable prices for each piece. If anyone is looking for a unique gift, has been wanting to purchase an original piece of artwork, or would like to add to their collection, they won’t want to miss this opportunity.”


the indiana artists member exhibit
opening reception SEPTEMBER 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

The Indiana Artists Member Exhibit is held at the end of every year at changing locations throughout Indiana.  For the state's Bicentennial year, the exhibit will be here.  

Formerly known as the Indiana Artists Club, Indiana Artists was founded in 1917 by 46 prominent artists.  The exhibit features a wide variety of styles and mediums both contemporary and traditional.  Most works in the exhibition will be available for purchase.

September 23 - November 27, 2016


A Bicentennial Legacy Exhibition ArtSmart: Indiana

Thru November 27
in the weil galleries

Original works of art from private, public and our own permanent collection span the history of the state of Indiana in this historic exhibit.  ArtSmart: Indiana is a free, web-based program that public and private school educators use to teach the history of our state through the work of its artists.  The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette created the program in 1986 and has supported it's growth to become a premier free program that meets Indiana's Academic Standards for fourth-grade Social Studies, integrating language arts, math, science and media studies.

The first Indiana state flag will be on display at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette from September 23 - November 8, 2016. 

In conjunction with the state's 200th birthday, the Indiana Historical Bureau has agreed to lend it to the museum in recognition of its founding of ArtSmart: Indiana,  the flag will be displayed in the Weil Galleries, as part of the Bicentennial Legacy Exhibition, ArtSmart: Indiana art exhibit that spans the history of the state with original works from private and public collections, as well as the museum's permanent collection.  It is believed to be one of only three exhibits statewide that capture all 200 years of the state's history.

The flag was adopted by the General Assembly in 1917 as a part of the commemoration of the state's centennial. A gold torch shines in the center of a field of blue, to represent liberty and enlightenment. Around the torch are 19 stars representing Indiana's place as the 19th state to join the Union.

The flag this year has been on display in only a few locations: the Indiana State Museum; Corydon, our first state capital; and Mooresville where Hadley was born. It will finish the year on display at the Indiana State Capitol.

The 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Commission designated ArtSmart: Indiana as a 2016 Bicentennial Legacy Project. In celebration, Sen. Ron Alting sponsored an ArtSmart: Indiana exhibit at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette that runs through Nov. 27. The installation of the original Indiana flag is made possible with a Masterpiece Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

Local Color: 
Contemporary watercolors
by Rebecca Brody

thru September 25, 2016

Local artist Rebecca Brody instroduces, during Indiana's bicentennial year, her new transparent watercolors which dipict the natural beauty of the state.  At ease with both traditional and more contemporary methods and materials, Rebecca's style is becoming more fluid and expressive.


Horse, Susan Frost

Horse, Susan Frost

Artist Statement

Hiking, pausing, examining, searching, resting, sometimes extremely dark or gloomy landscapes, sometimes brilliantly bright ones... Observing youth discovering their strengths, exploring, taking notes, drawing, playing music, writing... The topics of Monarch butterfly migration, the planets and the moon, soaring of eagles, a murder of crows, a murmuration of starlings... Many of these events are known worldwide, but they were repeated numerable times in my back yard in 2015...Cycles.

The making of this exhibition encouraged a dialogue and possible collaboration with several young artists, as well as a year-long documentation of cycles in nature. The work is comprised of photo transfers on clay board surfaces with milk paint, gold leafing, and acrylic paint. All photos by the artist unless listed.

L A Lami

Black Friday was purchased by the Art Museum for our Permanent Collection

Black Friday was purchased by the Art Museum for our Permanent Collection




Indiana Now began at the Art Museum in 1979, and is th only juried statewide exhibit of current work by Indiana Artists.  Artwork completed since January 1, 2014, in ten mediums will highlight the work of talented Hoosier artists.  On this 200th anniversary of Indiana's founding, you will have the opportunity to see what today's best artists are creating, thanks to exhibition Guest Curator Lorie Amick.

Platinum Sponsor:  The Henriott Group
Gold Sponsors: Edward Jones and Holder Law Offices

Art League Past and Present

An exhibition in celebration of the 50th anniversary

Thru July 17 in the Shook Gallery

The Art League culminates a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary with an exhibit featuring works of art created by fifty members from 1965 to the present.

The Art League supports educational and fund raising activities, exhibitions, acquisitions and programs of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.  In addition, the League provides members with opportunities for individual, creative and artistic experiences and fosters art and artists in the community.  Visitors will see realistic, abstract and expressive pieces that represent both amateur and professional artists' visualization and interests.  Works reflect personal and societal trends in the arts and crafts of the past five decades. 

37th Annual Tri Kappa

New Artists 2016

through April 23

Silver Sponsor:

old national bank

Additional Sponsors:

The Buttery Shelf, Linwood Tavern, Tempest Homes, Round the Fountain Art Fair


Cycles: New Works by L a Lamie and Mara Battiste

March 10 - April 24, 2016

Artist Statement

Symbiotic relationships, sentient beings, thoughtforms, shared experiences, hidden places, clairvoyant dreams, the mind-body problem, cyclical nature, celestial movements, gravitational pull, instinct, intellect, intuition, amulets, talismans, symbols, ritual, science, and magic…

A delicate balance, a deep schism, a great divide…

This body of work is the tangible result of an extended creative meditation, the abstracted projection of highly concentrated thought, the making of a personal mythology.  Perhaps the true meanings of these symbols are lost in translation, as the essence of dreams and inward reflections cannot be accurately relayed to others.  You are invited to construct your own interpretations of the imagery presented here. 

Mara Battiste



Gerald Griffin, Ambiguous Reflections of Race and Identity:
A Question of Color

December 18 2015 - February 28, 2016

Gold Sponsor:
Purdue University Black Cultural Center

Gerald Griffin approaches painting conceptually. knowing that only with a vision will he be able to maintain the intensity of thought and the diligence it takes to see a project through its process of creation. He asks questions: About representation of
sight, About his individual perception and sentiment, and about the basic nature
of the environment he experiences.

He presents an open-sided view of the consequences of American life,
both to criticize and find beauty. Ideas about portraiture and identity have
continued to influence the evolution of his work.

Griffin integrates the personal and societal meaningfulness of the
images incorporated within his art.  His works of art are vehicles of communication. He makes art imbued with the sensibility of our own time and sends it out into the world to make contact with the future.

Creative Spirits: Works by George, Ilana, & Oliver Debikey

December 18 2015 - February 28, 2016

Ilana is well known for her mixed media paintings in pen and ink, acrylics and 23 karat gold.  Her spontaneous yet very detailed approach continue to communicate with the viewer constantly as new expressions remain to be discovered in the same image all the time.  Her passion and great sense for colors and original technique in designing make her creations enchanting and sophisticated pieces of art

George Debikey is a Ceramic Engineer and a Ceramic Artist.  He retired after 33 years of working for American Art Clay Company as Director of research and development.  As an Artist he is well known as a potter, sculptor, designer and for his works in glass. 

Glass blower, Oliver Debikey was born into a world of art.  The son of world-renowned ceramic artist and ceramic engineer George Debikey and prolific multimedia artist Ilana Debikey, he developed an appreciation for art and a creative passion at an early age.  An accomplished aerospace engineer and a successful amateur graphics designer/photographer with a national cover to his credit, he retreats to the hot shop to satisfy his need to create pieces that offer both tactile and visual pleasure.


Landscapes and floating islands:
Al Pounders

September 25 - November 29, 2015
in the East Gallery

Silver Sponsor: Lafayette Orthopaedic

Al Pounders, Professor Emeritus of painting at Purdue University, received his B.F.A. from Cornell University and taught drawing and painting for 30 years at Purdue retiring as a Full Professor.  Over his long and distinguished career, he has exhibited his paintings around the world.  This exhibition will feature many large-scale paintings inspired by his love of the mountain landscapes of Italy.  






Being and Becoming in a Field of Resonance:  Loren Olson

September 25 – November 29, 2015
in the McDonald Galley

Silver Sponsor: Lafayette Orthopaedic

Loren Olson’s work is focused on movement of the human figure.  Each piece in this exhibition is an exciting exploration of light, with abstract silhouettes of full figures in a world of fantasy.  Although their artwork is not in parallel paths, Loren and Al are husband and wife.  This will be the first time they have exhibited together in the United States.

Ellen Mansfield: My Deafhood Art: Traveling Through the Darkness to the Light

in the Shook gallery

October 24, 2015 - February 14, 2016

This collection of artworks, “My Deafhood Art: Traveling Through the Darkness to the Light,” welcomes viewers to follow along with me for a glimpse into my Deaf World.

 Like many Deaf children, I grew up with non-Deaf (Hearing) parents and so I needed to make my way into the Deaf world to discover who I was as a Deaf person.  This was a somewhat perilous journey in which I was denied my natural language (American Sign Language) and pressured to assimilate as a “normal, Hearing” person.  Thus, the darkness works show the darkness of audism, that is, being imprisoned by social attitudes that deny Deaf people access to education, employment, to our language and to our being Deaf. 

Coming into the light of the Deaf community, allowed me to find my own light as a Deaf person—celebrating our language, shared values, our Deaf ancestors, as well as unique ways of being and traveling in the world.   The artworks of Light, Deaf identities/Deafhood, Community and Tribute all express affirmation of the Deaf experience.

As an artist, my life was hugely impacted by the De’VIA art movement. Twenty-six years ago, a group of Deaf artists created a manifesto asserting that artwork about the experience of Deaf people comprised a unique artistic genre, De’VIA (Deaf View/ Image Art).  Becoming a De’VIA artist (and Je’De’VIA artist = Jewish Deaf Artist) has allowed me to freely be and create.  Themes in De’VIA works have been identified as resistance to oppression and affirmation of Deaf culture ---much like themes in the art of other disenfrancished groups.  Additionally, my art incorporates De’VIA motifs--most significantly hands and eyes—which are primary cultural values of Deaf people.




Art League 50th Aniversary

September 25 - November 15, 2015

in the Weil permanent collection Gallery B

To Celebrate 50 years of Art League support, we present this special exhibit of works from the permanent collection created by Art League members or purchased for the museum by the Art League.







Theodore Clement Steele was born in Owen County, on Sept. 11, 1847.  He moved to Waveland, southwest of Crawfordsville, when he was 5 years old and later became perhaps the most famous of the Hoosier Group of American impressionist painters. Other painters in the group included William Forsyth, J. Ottis Adams, Richard B. Gruelle and Otto Stark. These five artists trained abroad but returned to Indiana and developed a distinctive style of landscape painting.  Paintings included in this exhibit are from the art Museum’s Permanent Collection and on loan from the Haan Mansion Museum, thanks to Robert and Ellen Haan.


The Zoo

A family-friendly exhibition of 22 full-sized zoo animals created by Detroit artist, Dale Teachout.  On exhibit June 5 - September 8 on the Fowler House grounds

"I am an assemblage artist from Battle Creek, MI currently working in Detroit.  When I was a kid, I had a junk drawer with broken pieces of things that I would make collages from with hot glue and wire.  I enjoyed pop culture and read a lot of comic books, watched a lot of Sci-Fi and sports television shows.  This influenced my dreams and imagination, as I would play.

These interactions, along with my obsession with junk and found objects influenced my direction as an artist.  The physicality of my work - working with my hands, twisting, bending, cutting, and so on - would help my imagination move beyond drawings.  I was able to integrate my ideas in to the physical world, into more than just two dimensions and I learned to "paint" with found objects.

I am still infatuated with "stuff," energy, re-imagining the objects that I still enjoy playing around with and observing the ways that they change and take on new compositions and new life."          - Dale Teachout

Thanks for our sponsors who made this exhibit possible:

City of Lafayette
Columbian Park Zoo
Regions Bank
Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine
Greener Lawn Care
Tippecanoe County Historial Association
Artisan Electric




An internationally recognized artist, Charles A. Gick is a Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Design at Purdue University, where he teaches painting, drawing, and installation art.  He holds a MFA from Northwestern University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. As an interdisciplinary artist, he combines video, performance, painting, photography and assemblage.

The Language of the Road suggests that a language emerges as we travel along the internal and external pathways of our lives. This body of work blurs the lines between surrealism and abstraction. One is offered a place to explore and contemplate the quiet dialogues formed and the beauty found in the cerebral and physical gestures, marks, and stains that we leave behind in our everyday encounters with nature, repair, and reverie.



Many people assume that in the past most quilts were made out of necessity.  The truth is that women of all walks of life made their quilts to add beauty to their home.  Quilting has always been a source of artistic expression.  This exhibition displays outstanding examples of handmade quilts created by Club members through the decades.

The Americus Quilting Club was founded in 1915, with the purpose of helping finance the Americus Union Church that was the first church in the area.  The proceeds from quilting for others were donated to various local charities.  The Club helps preserve the art of hand quilting by teaching, practicing, and demonstrating hand-quilting techniques.

The Americus Quilting Club is the second oldest active quilt club in the United States and the oldest active group in Indiana.  A review of their history is on exhibit in the Mickey Shook Gallery.




Strong foundations are essential for the future.  In 1909, the founders of the Art Museum established the Lafayette Art Association, which laid the groundwork for amassing a remarkable Permanent Collection for the next 100 years and beyond.  The works in this exhibition feature numerous ‘foundation’ pieces beginning with the first acquisition, The Cruise of the Elida,  by F. Luis Mora.  Over time works of varying subject matter and medium have been acquired.  However, the caliber of work is the paramount concern.  Magnificent examples of craftsmanship include Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Entrance to Kasbah, Frederick Grant’s The Red Parasol, and Thomas Hart Benton’s Planting, to name but a few. 




March 12 - April 25, 2015

Since 1979, Tri Kappa has sponsored the annual New Artists show. The show features only the finest work from local area high school students, hand-selected by area teachers. The selected works are then juried and prizes are awarded. Lafayette's New Artists will stun you with talent and delight you with variety! Tri Kappa and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette are grateful for your continued support of the young artists in our community. 


Through April 12, 2015

Master printmaker, Rudy Pozzatti, earned both a BFA and MFA from the University of Colorado, where he studied under Max Beckmann and Ben Shahn.  In 1954, he held his first major exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.  He began teaching at Indiana University in 1956, and developed one of the leading printmaking departments in the United States.  His work is in many private and public collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Modern Art-New York and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.  His eleven-color etching, “Apollo” is featured in the ArtSmart: Indiana educational program and this exhibition is a salute to one of America’s premier artists.


This intriguing exhibit goes way beyond traditional portraiture, featuring works in seven different media, exploring the human face through the eyes of many artists. Five of the works are recent acquisitions and three have never before been exhibited. Compositionally, portrait art can vary. The subject can be sitting, standing, or reclining; clothed or nude; engaging in an activity; or surrounded by elements denoting occupation interest or social status. Portraits can be formal depictions or informal slices of life that allow the viewer to feel as though they are getting a peek into a private world.


Now through April 25

Mary Sixbey is a Midwestern woman born into a Logansport, Indiana family with diverse backgrounds and high ideals and expectations for their three daughters.  Mary's mother was English who had come to Chicago to teach music and her father qualified as a Native American of the Cherokee tribe.  Her father's black hair, strong set jaw and square set shoulders set him apart in Logansport where he prospered in the Hardware business and took interest in politics.  All three daughters were taught music and the elder two daughters could make careers in music.  Mary is today a serious music listener.  She does not miss the Live From the Met Opera series on National Public Radio and she is a profound critic in discerning vocal talent.

NEA Artist Interview with Dan Annarino

Push and Pull exhibit video

Push and Pull: Annarino and May

January 16 – March 1, 2015

New works by two established Greater Lafayette artists excited visitors with their contrasting styles and media.  Both of these professional artists continue to broaden their focus with new, yet familiar creative expression. Dan Annarino explores the great outdoors through his graphic designer eye.  His colorful and mysterious Indiana images defy traditional landscape painting and delight the viewer with his unique approach. Diana May creates three-dimensional clay sculpture using various forms combined to create whimsical and thoughtful objects.  For this exhibition Diana will create a body of new work, which plays on the rooftops and chimneys of Europe, inspired by her visit to England.  A woman of many talents, she often pulls in other materials, using steel and other elements to bring her intricate compositions to life.  This will be the first time Annarino and May have exhibited together. 

Jazz Templates in Silhouette exhibit video


January 16 – March 1, 2015 in the McDonald Gallery

“Hear with your eyes and see with your ears.”– Charlie “Bird” Parker

Robert Peppers is a Professor of Drawing and Painting, Ohio University.  He was previously the Assistant Director of Purdue’s Black Cultural Center. Professor Peppers is deeply inspired by the experience of listening to jazz, even to the extent of creating pictorial equivalents for specific musical work.  Mixed media works are direct responses to jazz from an intuitive perspective.  Beginning as doodles that he sketches, while listening to a jazz tune, his mixed-media work gradually evolves from Thought-Forms into Jazz Templates in Silhouette.

The conceptual framework of “Jazz” Thought-Forms by Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, parallel Professor Peppers current research on how visual artists can incorporate new interpretations of jazz aesthetics, through a collage approach, to image-making and strategies of presentation. The jazz creative process evolves from a need to take formal elements apart and reconstruct those elements in order to exhilarate the human spirit.

Sponsored by: Purdue University Black Cultural Center


November 13 - February 16

“Animal Crackers” highlighted two very divergent artistic techniques.  The first is pique-assiette mosaic, represented in the show by what artist Judy Titche calls “story animals.” These “animals” encourage the viewer to devise stories about them and thus to become a part of the scene itself.  The second medium is fiber art, represented by baby ducks, moths, birds and other members of the animal kingdom.

This exhibit sponsored by Reed & Company


September 26 - December 28, 2014

Making it in Crafts featured the art of the nation's best fine art clay, glass, metal, wood-working and fiber craftsmen.  Many of these artisans are juried participants in the most prestigious art shows in the U.S.  Including Chicago’s SOFA at Navy Pier; Grand Rapids’ Art Prize; and Ann Arbor’s Summer Art Fair.  Jim Sondgeroth organized the exhibit as a follow up to the successful Making it in Crafts show the Art Museum featured in 2011. This was one of the most exciting arts and crafts exhibit ever seen in Greater Lafayette and attracted visitors from throughout the Midwest. Special thanks go to our Platinum Sponsor, Reed & Company. 

Making It In Crafts II exhibit video

Feast of The Hunter's Moon

Paintings by Kimlien Tran

An exciting new look at the traditional festival at Fort Ouiatenon remembering the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans in the mid-1700’s, on the banks of the Wabash.  

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Art Smart: New Vistas

Art Smart is meant to promote critical thinking and foster the concepts of connoisseurship and esthetic discovery.  The audience is provided with the opportunity not only to view original works of art but also to compare and contrast each pair of works.  The exhibit presents images of Indiana's past, its enduring beauty, creative artists and sense of cultural aesthetic.  In addition, the technical properties of different art media can be compared.

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Wild Things

Fantasy by Michel Keck and Linda Mitchell

May 9th - September 7th, 2014

East Gallery

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Special thanks to our Gold Sponsor:

Natural Disaster Color

by Petronio Bendito

May 9th - September 7th, 2014

McDonald Gallery

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Special thanks to our Platinum Sponsor

A Colorful Narrative

Bill Smith Paintings by Boyd Smith

May 9 - August 31st, 2014

Shook Gallery

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