2018 Exhibitions

Allan Drummond, Escape from Paris, 2005, from the book The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France.

The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France

July 19 – September 16, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3, 5 – 8 pm

Several generations of Americans have grown up reading the stories of a little brown monkey named “Curious George.” But few people know about the incredible journey made by his creators, Margret and H.A. Rey, to escape the Nazi invasion of Paris at the start of World War II. Stashing a few precious belongings and manuscripts in their knapsacks and the baskets of their bicycles, the Jewish couple fled Paris in June 1940, starting a five-month odyssey by bike, train, and boat that would eventually bring them to American shores. The exhibition is based in part on the 2005 publication The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Allan Drummond (Houghton Mifflin Company, New York). The exhibition is organized and curated by Beth Seldin Dotan, director of the Institute for Holocaust Education in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Swope is hosting The Wartime Escape in partnership with CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. The exhibition is made possible by grants from the City of Terre Haute and the Indiana Arts Commission.

 

 

74th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition

September 7 – October 21, 2018

Opening Reception:

Friday, September 7, 5 – 8 pm

Awards Presentation: 7 pm

Teresa Altemeyer, Indianapolis, IN, The Union Preserved, watercolor on paper. Recipient of the Howard E. Wooden, Sr. Memorial Best of Show Grand Prize, 73rd Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition.

The first Wabash Valley Exhibition was held in 1945, with the goal of providing 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 state of Indiana and its four neighboring states of Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. A juror, chosen from outside the region, selects the exhibition form the many entries submitted and chooses the recipients of the awards. Philip Koch, senior professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, will serve as the 2018 juror.