Robert Indiana: The Decade Portfolio
December 4, 2015 – February 20, 2016
The Swope began its celebration of the 2016 Indiana and Terre Haute Bicentennials by featuring the work of an artist who changed his last name to correspond to his home state. Born Robert Earl Clark in New Castle, Indiana, the Pop artist changed his name to Robert Indiana in 1958. He is best known for his iconic LOVE image, which was first created in 1965 for the Museum of Modern Art’s Christmas card.
The Decade portfolio features Indiana’s signature style, defined by bold, geometric shapes along with words, numbers, and names of people and places that held a special meaning for him. Each of the ten prints in the portfolio recreates an important painting Indiana made during the 1960s, recounting Indiana’s artistic output from the transformative decade year by year.
Friday, December 4, 5 – 9 pm: Christmas Card Making Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE image began with a Christmas card design for the Museum of Modern Art. Create your own Christmas card using a variety of materials during this Downtown Terre Haute Miracle on 7th Street event.
Saturday, December 12, 1 – 3 pm: Second Saturday Studio: Stencils & Screenprinting Learn about the screenprinting process and create your own images using stencils in this afternoon of creativity inspired by Robert Indiana’s Decade portfolio.
Saturday, January 9, 1 – 3 pm: Second Saturday Studio: Assemblage Sculptures In 1959, Robert Indiana made his first Assemblage, sculptures made from wood and objects found around his Coenties Slip studio. Create your own sculptures from “junk” during this creative afternoon.
Saturday, January 30, 2 pm: Film: Robert Indiana: American Dreamer (Eric Brietbart, director, 57 min.) This documentary film combines archival footage of Indiana at work in his studio with photographs, interviews, poetry, prose, and contemporary scenes to create a visual autobiography in the artist’s own words and images.
Friday, February 5, 7 pm: Talk “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear: Robert Indiana’s Decade Portfolio as Retrospective” by Dr. William Ganis, Chair, Department of Art and Design, Indiana State University Dr. William Ganis will contextualize Robert Indiana’s Decade Portfolio (1971) in which the artist summed up his prolific Pop work up to that time. In bold graphics, these ten silkscreen prints reflect upon the turbulent nineteen-sixties, Indiana’s own biography and the proliferation of American consumer culture.
Painting in the Peaceful Valley: The Hoosier Group and Indiana Impressionism
January 22 – March 19, 2016
Haslem and Hodge Galleries
The Swope celebrated the Indiana Bicentennial with this exhibition of work by the Hoosier Group—a colony of Indiana Impressionist painters who worked in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The group first received their name in 1894 by Chicago art critic Hamlin Garland during an exhibition at the Denison Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Hoosier Group is primarily known for their depictions of the Indiana landscape.
Friday, January 22, 6 pm: Talk by Rachel Berenson Perry, author of Paint and Canvas: The Art of T.C. Steele
Saturday, February 13, 1 – 3 pm: Second Saturday Studio: Landscapes
Friday, March 4, 7 pm: Poetry Reading by Dr. Sheron Dailey, Professor Emeritus, English Department, Indiana State University Dr. Dailey will read from the work of James Whitcomb Riley whose poetry T.C. Steele admired and discuss the many connections between Steele and Riley.
Perfection, Space, and Contemplation: Leroy Lamis
April 1 – June 4, 2016
Leroy Lamis (1925-2010) was an American sculptor, digital artist and art education known for his work in Plexiglas. Born in Iowa, Lamis taught at Indiana State University from 1961-1988, where he influenced many young sculptors. Geometry formed the basis of his sculptures from the 1960s, as he cut colored Plexiglas into cubes, stacked it in layers, and glued it together. In 1965, Lamis described his artistic process, saying, “My work has something to do with perfection, space, and contemplation.”
Friday, April 1, 6 – 9 pm: First Friday & Opening Reception featuring a talk by Alex Lamis at 7 pm.
Saturday, April 9, 1 – 3 pm: Second Saturday Studio: Digital Art View early examples of digital art by Leroy Lamis, and create your own work using technology.
Saturday, May 21, 2 pm: Panel Discussion Former students and colleagues of Leroy Lamis will discuss the impact his teaching had on their art careers.
72nd Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition
June 18 – August 20, 2016
Haslem & Hodge Galleries
In December of 1944, the Swope’s second director, Allen D. Albert, PhD, and curator Hazel Dodge announced plans for a new and exciting annual exhibition where artists of Terre Haute and vicinity could enter their work. The first Wabash Valley show opened May 6, 1945 to an outstanding attendance of 350 people. The exhibition eventually was expanded to a regional scope, including contemporary artists in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.
The WVE juror for 2016 is Manuela Well-Off-Man, PhD, Chief Curator at the IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. 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.
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Remembering Eugene Debs
July 1 – August 27, 2016
Second Floor Lobby Gallery
The Swope continues its celebration of the 200-year history of Indiana and Terre Haute by focusing on the impact of one of Terre Haute’s most famous citizens, Eugene V. Debs, who was born here in 1855.
Leonard Baskin’s 1949 woodcut Homage to Gene Debs from the Swope Art Museum’s collection served as a springboard for this exhibition. To complement Baskin’s portrait of Debs, the Swope invited artists to create work that responds to the progressive ideas, humanitarian values, and social criticism of Debs. Dr. Harriet McNeal, Indiana State University Emerita Professor of Art History and Debs Foundation Board Member, acted as juror, and selected 14 works from a national call for entries.
A well-known labor and union leader from Terre Haute, Eugene Debs also ran for President on the Socialist ticket five times. Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in the 2016 election, considers Debs to be his political hero.
We invite you to learn more about Eugene V. Debs at his Terre Haute home, located on the Indiana State University campus at 451 North Eighth Street. The home is owned, maintained, and operated as a museum by the Eugene V. Debs Foundation.
Linda Adele Goodine: Photographs from the Gibson Lemon/Beeline Highway Series
September 4 – November 14, 2015
Linda Adele Goodine, who trained in photography, modern dance, and installation art, was recently appointed the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor at East Carolina University. Prior to moving to North Carolina, Goodine taught at Indianapolis’ Herron School of Art and Design for 26 years. She seeks to create socially conscious art that promotes dialogue and positive change. Goodine’s work is concerned with environmentalism, political activism, the politics of the body, and how these topics intersect.
Friday, September 4, 7 pm
Artist’s talk: Linda Adele Goodine, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor, East Carolina University
Saturday, September 12, 1 – 3 pm
Second Saturday Studio: Sun Prints
Learn about the photographic process by making a sun print inspired by Goodine’s photographs.
Saturday, September 12, 3:30 pm
Community Conversation: Environmentalism
Join us for a casual conversation about the environmental issues raised by Goodine’s images.
Art and Grace: Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Sisters of Providence
October 2, 2015 – January 2, 2016
Haslem and Hodge Galleries, Gallery Three
Reception: Friday, October 2, 6 – 9 pm
Made possible by the HSC Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
In 1840, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of Terre Haute. The Sisters of Providence devote themselves to serving others through works of love, mercy, and justice. The Sisters of Providence now minister in 17 states, the District of Columbia, and Asia.
There is a long history of creative activity at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. This exhibition will explore the connection between creativity and spirituality in the work of six artists: Sister Jody O’Neil, current Artist-in-Residence at the Roethele Art Studio of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods; Sister Rita Ann Roethele; Sister Adelaide Ortegel; Sister Esther Newport; Sister Edith Pfau; and Sister Sophia Chen.
Friday, October 2, 7 pm
Talk: Sister Paula Damiano, Co-Director, Providence of Spirituality and Conference Center
Saturday, October 10, 1 – 3 pm
Second Saturday Studio: Collage
Make your own collage inspired by Sister Jody O’Neil’s water media collage work in Art and Grace.
Saturday, November 14, 1 – 3 pm
Second Saturday Studio: Still Lifes
Create a still life inspired by the photographs of Linda Adele Goodine and paintings in Art and Grace.
Saturday, November 14, 3:30 pm
Community Conversation: Spirituality
Join us for a casual conversation about the connection between creativity and spirituality inspired by Art and Grace.