2017 Exhibitions

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Adolf Dehn (1895-1968) Manhattan from Docks, 1947. Watercolor on paper, 29 ¾ x 29 ½ in.

Adolf Dehn: Mid-Century Manhattan

June 2 – August 12, 2017

Made possible by the HSC Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Organized by the Fairfield University Art Museum, this exhibition will explore the Manhattan subjects of National Academician Adolf Dehn  (1895-1968), and will coincide with the publication of Adolf Dehn’s Manhattan: Rhapsodies in Blue and Beyond, by Fairfield University art history professor, Philip Eliasoph (The Artist Book Foundation, 2016).

Visiting, and then living in New York City, Dehn captured the essence of the city in his paintings, prints and drawings of the landscapes of Central Park, and of the city’s burlesque and night club scenes. While best known as a lithographer and one of the founding members of the American Artists Group, Dehn played a significant role in America’s contemporary realist movement starting in the 1930s. He was included in every Whitney Museum of American Art Annual and Biennial invitational exhibition from the first biennial 1932 into the early 1960s, and still holds the record for being in more of these prestigious shows than any other artist. His work is in the permanent collections of more than eighty museums. John Rogers Cox purchased two lithographs by Adolf Dehn in 1942 for the Swope Art Museum’s founding collection.

 

Kyle Surges (Plainfield, IL) WWII Rations, oil on panel Grand Prize in Painting Given in Honor of Emily and John Gedrick

Kyle Surges (Plainfield, IL) WWII Rations, oil on panel. 2016 Grand Prize in Painting Given in Honor of Emily and John Gedrick.

73rd Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition

September 1 – October 28, 2017

The first Wabash Valley Exhibition was held in 1945, with the goal of offering artists of Terre Haute and the vicinity an opportunity to submit work. The exhibition was eventually expanded to a regional scope to include artists from the entire state of Indiana and its four neighboring states of Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. A guest juror, chosen from outside the region, selects the exhibition from the many works submitted and then chooses the recipients of the awards—with the exception of the purchase awards. Graeme Reid, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Museum of Wisconsin Art, will serve as the 2017 juror.

 

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The Architectural Drawings of Miller and Yeager

November 3 – December 31, 2017

The Swope is partnering with Indiana Landmarks and Ball State University on an exhibition of drawings from the architectural firm of Miller and Yeager, who designed the Swope Block’s second floor when the Museum began in 1942 as the Sheldon Swope Art Gallery. This exhibition is a fitting way to conclude the 75th anniversary year. Visitors will enjoy seeing drawings of many prominent buildings in Terre Haute.

 

Koo Schadler. Eliza, 2006 Silverpoint, egg tempera on blue toned gesso panel, 6 x 8 in. Collection of the Evansville Museum, Gift of the artist

Koo Schadler. Eliza, 2006
Silverpoint, egg tempera on blue toned gesso panel, 6 x 8 in.
Collection of the Evansville Museum, Gift of the artist

The Luster of Silver: Contemporary Metalpoint Drawings

November 3 – December 31, 2017

 

This exhibition from the collection of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science will feature 20 silverpoint drawings and also metalpoint drawing tools. Unlike charcoal and pencil, silverpoint does not lend itself to sketching or correcting mistakes. The silverpoint line muse be precisely drawn the first time. The artist makes darker tones in these delicate images by cross hatching or building up line over line.