In December of 1944, the Swope’s second director (1944-60), Dr. Allen Albert, and curator Hazel Dodge announced plans for a new and exciting annual exhibition where all artists of Terre Haute and vicinity could enter their work. They planned for it to become as permanent and noteworthy as the Hoosier Salon program, and the first Wabash Valley show opened May 6, 1945 to an outstanding attendance of 350 people.

The Wabash Valley Exhibition remains one of the Museum’s most popular events, attracting a diverse array of artists and patrons alike. Because of this, it is safe to say Dr. Albert and Ms. Dodge achieved their goal of furthering the support and interest in Midwestern art.

Exhibition Timeline

Prospectus posted online – Friday, May 19
Entry submissions due via EntryThingy – Saturday, July 1
Selected works posted on website and Facebook – Friday, July 21
Delivery of selected works – July 25 – 29
Exhibition on view from Friday, September 1 – Saturday, October 28


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