2017 Exhibitions

Morning at the Route 6, Eastham House

Philip Koch (b. 1948), Morning at the Route 6, Eastham House, 2016. Oil on canvas, 30 x 60 in. Collection of the artist.

Light and Shadow: Paintings and Drawings by Philip Koch from Edward Hopper’s Studio

February 3 – March 25, 2017

Made possible by the Alliance of the Swope

As a graduate painting student at Indiana University, Philip Koch was working abstractly until he rediscovered the “glowing light and dramatic shadows” of Edward Hopper. The experience inspired the young artist to begin painting realistically. Since 1983, Philip Koch has completed 16 residencies in Hopper’s home and studio in Truro, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Spending time in the spaces inhabited by Hopper, seeing the same views, and experiencing the play of light and shadow in the rooms has provided Koch with a unique understanding of Hopper’s work and process. The exhibition will provide new insight into Hopper’s 1941 painting of a house in Cape Cod titled Route 6, Eastham from the Swope’s founding permanent collection.



Original publicity still for the 1953 film Niagra.

15 Minutes of Fame: Works by Andy Warhol

March 3 – March 25, 2017

Big-screen star and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, a commercial commodity known to millions around the world, was an ideal subject for the mass reproduction techniques that were at the foundation of Andy Warhol’s art from the 1960s. The Marilyn Monroe series of ten screenprints is based on a publicity photograph from the 1953 film Niagra. This project was the first portfolio published by Factory Additions and also the first  containing ten prints of the same subject. The Swope will exhibit additional works by Andy Warhol from the permanent collection of Indiana State University that explore his celebrated quote, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”


Emma Newton (Greencastle High School, Student of Robin Johnson), Euphoria, digital photography. 2016 Best in Show.

Emma Newton (Greencastle High School, Student of Robin Johnson), Euphoria, digital photography. 2016 Best in Show.

50th Annual Student Art Exhibition

April 8 – May 20, 2017

In 1966, Director Howard E. Wooden suggested that the Swope, in cooperation with the Vigo County School Corporation, hold a student exhibition to showcase the excellence of both the area’s young artists and the area’s art teachers. Wooden believed that the perspectives of young talent revealed the health and cultural awareness of a community, as well as the success created when teachers encourage self-expression along with technical disciplines.

The inaugural show opened May 16, 1967. Wooden’s tradition of celebrating students and teachers alike continues with the 50th exhibition which features student artwork from each school in the Vigo County School Corporation, as well as several other area private schools. Additionally, at the high school level, the show is open to surrounding counties and home-schools and functions as a juried exhibition. Rachel Berenson Perry will serve as the 2017 juror for the high school selections.


dehn 3.43, 4/11/07, 5:59 PM, 16C, 6254x8374 (109+175), 83%, Custom, 1/25 s, R66.6, G45.2, B62.0

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

Adolph Dehn: Mid-Century Manhattan

June 10 – 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 Adolph 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.


2nd fl lobby gallery in 1942 cropped

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.