Welcome to the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, located in Terre Haute, IN, United States.

We were first funded and founded by Michael Sheldon Swope (1843–1929), a Civil War veteran and jeweler who lived here for much of his adult life. Planning for the art museum began on September 26, 1939, and the museum was officially open to the public on March 21, 1942.Here at the museum, our goal is to collect, preserve, and celebrate the best in American art with programs and exhibitions designed to engage, stimulate, and educate those whose lives it touches. We strive to exhibit local artists and share our town’s history, along with amazing works from all across the states. In addition to housing numerous works, the Swope Art Museum offers summer classes for youth, artist lectures, and exhibitions. We sponsor an annual student art exhibition, a tradition which began in May 1967. Admission to our museum is free. Come and see us from 12 – 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday.

Our November Treasure of the Swope!


Treasures of the Swope



Ernest Bradfield Freed (1908 Rockville, IN – 1974 Northridge, CA)

Intaglio, with indications of drypoint

5 ¾” x 5 ¾”

Gift of Tom French



Scenes of the nativity were born in the Italian Renaissance, an invention of St. Francis of Assisi, whose life’s-work was to make the stories in the scriptures accessible to a population not schooled in Latin. Artists became inventive, as they had to convey the complexities of church doctrine using only pictures. One of the most successful of these artists from the early Renaissance was Piero della Francesca (about 1415-1492). Piero’s Nativity is an oil painting—an experimental material at that time—resides in The National Gallery of London. Piero’s painting can be viewed here: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/piero-della-francesca-the-nativity In it he drew from the environs of his hometown, Sansepolcro, to create a scene that was relatable to his contemporaries. Piero’s works provided ample fodder for students of the arts for centuries afterwards, who were inspired by the refined and meditative nature of his works, his cool color palette and geometrical compositions.


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Cheryl Hahn’s


JANUARY 20 – APRIL 2, 2023

Get an exclusive look at Cheryl Hahn’s new exhibition coming to the Swope in January, ‘Drawing Conclusions”.

“The act of drawing has always inspired me. The paintings and drawings of this show are created with a variety of media, including graphite, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, marker, collage, ink, and oil; they feature many drawing configurations such as dots, dashes, rhythmic patterns, and sweeping arcs that portray a world that is always in motion.”

Click here to see the images for the exhibition.

For more information and to purchase work from this exhibition, please notify the artist through the contact page.

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