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 Graeme Reid. Born in Scotland, Reid holds Masters degrees from the University of Glasgow (1990) and Indiana State University (1993) and has twenty-four years of experience in arts management/curatorial work. He is currently Director of Collections & Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, having previously worked at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, and the Swope Art Museum. He has curated over 120 group and solo exhibitions and worked on the development and installation of institutional collections. An experienced judge on a local, regional and national level and award winning writer on the arts, he has taught art history and the humanities at ISU and Purdue University and is a regular guest lecturer at various Wisconsin institutions.

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 (2015 – 2017) 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.

73rd Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition Prospectus

Submit an Entry

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

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

Exhibition Timeline

Saturday, July 1st entries due via EntryThingy

Friday, July 21st notification of acceptance

Tuesday, July 25th – Saturday, July 29th accepted work delivery

Friday, September 1st opening of exhibition and awards announced

Saturday, October 28th exhibition closes