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 Juried 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.
The distinguished Juror for 2015 is Jeffrey Uslip, Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM). Uslip was born in New York City and is a PhD candidate at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts (IFA), specializing in modern and contemporary art and the history of photography.
Since 2010, Uslip has served as curator-at-large of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, where he organized diverse solo exhibitions including Joyce Pensato: I KILLED KENNY which traveled to CAM; Michael Queenland: Rudy’s Ramp of Remainders; and Agnes Denes: Body Prints, Philosophical Drawings, and Map Projections, 1969–1978, as well as projects with emerging artists, such as Keltie Ferris: Doomsday Boogie Woogie, Samira Yamin: We Will Not Fail and Kianja Strobert:Nothing To Do But Keep Going. Uslip has organized exhibitions for PS1/MoMA; Artists Space; Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; California State University, Los Angeles; and LA>
Artists residing in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio are invited to submit up to five works completed within the last two years (current year, minus two) for consideration.
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 the Swope to receive an award sponsorship form.