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.


Distinguished Juror

This year’s distinguished juror is Philip Koch. A former abstract painter, Philip Koch was inspired by seeing the paintings of Edward Hopper to change to working in a realist direction.

While in the MFA painting program at Indiana University in Bloomington he began his long involvement with painting the natural world. Since 1983 he has had 17 residencies in the former studio of Edward Hopper in Truro, MA.  His paintings are in the permanent collections of 15 American art museums, including the Swope Art Museum which held a solo exhibition of Koch’s work in 2017. In 2018 the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY staged a feature exhibition of the work Koch created over the last three years as the museum’s Artist in Residence. Koch lives in Baltimore, MD and is a Senior Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


For Artists

Artists residing in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio are invited to submit up to five works completed within the last two years (2016 – 2018) and not shown previously in Terre Haute, IN for consideration. Entry fee is $10 per piece submitted, and free for members of the Museum. For more information about becoming a member, visit our membership page.

74th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition Prospectus

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For Patrons

The Wabash Valley Exhibition presents opportunities not just for artists, but for art collectors and benefactors as well. Benefactors and collectors may participate and support our regional artists by sponsoring honorary jurors awards or by purchasing from the show as a purchase award. If you are interested in either of these options for this year’s exhibition, please call or email the Swope to receive an award sponsorship form. 812.238.1676 x 36 or wve@swope.org

Patrons and artists are also able to contribute to the Danette Angermeier Memorial Merit Award Fund.


Exhibition Timeline

Saturday, July 7th entries due via EntryThingy

Friday, July 20th notification of acceptance

Wedesday, August 1st – Sunday, August 5th accepted work delivery

Friday, September 7th opening of exhibition and awards announced

Sunday, October 21st exhibition closes