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.
Historical information provided by the Swope’s Exhibition archives.
The distinguished juror for 2016 is Manuela Well-Off-Man, PhD, Curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She joined the museum as assistant curator in 2009. Prior to Crystal Bridges, Well-Off-Man served as curator of art at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture at the University of Montana in Missoula. Previously, she worked as independent curator at the H. Earl Clack Museum in Havre, Montana and the Westphalian State Museum of Natural History in Münster, Germany. Well-Off-Man has organized more than 45 exhibitions, among them John James Audubon and the Artist as Naturalist, The Alfred Stieglitz Collection, The European Connection, This Land: Picturing a Changing America in the 1930s and 1940s, and Edward Hopper: Journey to Blackwell’s Island (all at Crystal Bridges) as well as Indian Reality Today – Contemporary Indian Art of North America (Westphalian State Museum), a traveling exhibition that was viewed by more than 350,000 visitors in her native Germany. Well-Off-Man earned a doctoral degree in art history from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, a master’s degree in art history from the University of Cologne and a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Heidelberg.
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. Entry fee is $10 per piece submitted,
Entry into this year’s exhibition has closed.
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.
Patrons and artists are also able to contribute to the
Danette Angermeier Memorial Merit Award Fund.
Friday, April 1st entries due
Friday, May 6th notification of acceptance
Monday, May 23rd – Saturday, May 28th accepted work delivery
Saturday, June 18th opening of exhibition and awards announced
Saturday, August 20th exhibition closes
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