Emma Newton (Greencastle High School, Student of Robin Johnson), Euphoria, digital photography. 2016 Best in Show.

Emma Newton (Greencastle High School, Student of Robin Johnson), Euphoria, digital photography. 2016 Best in Show.

50th Annual Student Art Exhibition

April 8 – May 20, 2017

In 1966, Director Howard E. Wooden suggested that the Swope, in cooperation with the Vigo County School Corporation, hold a student exhibition to showcase the excellence of both the area’s young artists and the area’s art teachers. Wooden believed that the perspectives of young talent revealed the health and cultural awareness of a community, as well as the success created when teachers encourage self-expression along with technical disciplines.

The inaugural show opened May 16, 1967. Wooden’s tradition of celebrating students and teachers alike continues with the 50th exhibition which features student artwork from each school in the Vigo County School Corporation, as well as several other area private schools. Additionally, at the high school level, the show is open to surrounding counties and home-schools and functions as a juried exhibition. Rachel Berenson Perry will serve as the 2017 juror for the high school selections.


Station: An Interactive Sound and Visual Art Installation by Owens + Crawley

April 7 – May 20, 2017

The Indiana State University Department of Art and Design and the Swope Art Museum are pleased to present a new interactive sound and visual art installation by Indianapolis-based artists Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley. This project, which is being produced by ISU arts administration students in partnership with the Museum, explores how the oil industry impacts the economy and landscape of Indiana. “The installation is designed to evoke emotions of serenity and maybe even a bit of a romantic notion–a far, far stretch from the reality of the damage done to our environment on many levels,” say the artists of the work.

This project was funded by the Indiana State University Center for Community Engagement, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Illiana, the Indiana Arts Commission, and Klipsch Audio Technologies.