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.
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
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
SEPTEMBER 21 – NOVEMBER 25, 2018
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
SEPTEMBER 21 – NOVEMBER 25, 2018
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
JUNE 22 – NOVEMBER 4, 2018
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
JUNE 22 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
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.
Scenic Views: Gifts from the Boehning Collection
MAY 11 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
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.
Platinum Sponsor: Penny Wilkinson-Boehning
Maquettes to Monuments: Bronze Masterpieces by Tuck Langland
MAY 11 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
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.
Platinum Sponsor: Kristel Kaye
Curious Creatures: Joshua Smith
MARCH 9 - JUNE 3, 2018
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.
New Artists 2018: A Juried Regional High School Art Exhibit
MARCH 8 – APRIL 22, 2018
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