Past Exhibits


The Art of the Endowment

DECEMBER 16, 2016 - 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

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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 a 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 collections across the country. 


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




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.

Sponsored by The Purdue Black Cultural Center and Purdy Materials


Everything is Fine: Purdy Eaton

DECEMBER 16, 2016 - FEBRUARY 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. 


The Indiana Artists Member Exhibit


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 at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.  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. 

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A Bicentennial Legacy Exhibition ArtSmart: Indiana



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


Local artist Rebecca Brody introduces, during Indiana's bicentennial year, her new transparent watercolors which depict 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.


Indiana Now 2016:  The Bicentennial


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



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

Sponsored by Old National Bank, 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, thought-forms, 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

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.

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