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.
This year’s distinguished Juror is Carter E. Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Foster is a native of Atlanta and graduated Magna Cum Laude, in 1989, from the University of Georgia. He received his masters degree in art history from Brown University in 1991.
Previously, Foster held positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2004) and the Cleveland Museum of Art (1996-2004). Foster has published and lectured widely on contemporary and old master drawings, however his curatorial efforts are not limited to drawings and prints. Foster’s curatorial work at the Whitney includes the current traveling exhibition and accompanying catalogue, Hopper Drawing (2013); Real/Surreal (2011-12); Aleksandra Mir: The Seduction of Galileo Galilei (2011-12); and Synthetic (2009).
Artists residing in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio are invited to submit works completed within the last two years (current year, minus two) for consideration.
Please watch this space for information updates regarding the 2015 exhibition.
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.