Image: Gilbert Wilson,detail of mural at Indiana State University Bayh College of Education.

The Swope Art Museum stands together with all who are working to eliminate racism and social injustice, oppose brutality, promote equality and freedom from fear. The Swope will continue to be a center for local discussion about racism, its roots and its elimination and continue to be a gathering oasis for all races, religions and nationalities who understand the power of art in the struggle for racial and social justice.


Billy Morrow Jackson (1926-2006), Daily News, 1968, oil on panel. Museum purchase 1970.20.

From The Collection:
“The figure in Jackson’s work is positioned between open doors, perhaps suggesting that she is poised between the past, present, and future. On the floor by her feet, the daily newspaper headline “Questions Still Unanswered” confronts the viewer. Most likely in reference to the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the words force the audience to consider their meaning, but they offer no answers, leaving us with a feeling of ambiguity and uncertainty that perhaps the model shares.” – Laurette E. McCarthy, PH.D., Swope Art Museum, Selected Works from the Collection, 74.

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Happening Now at the Swope:

C. Curry Bohm: Brown County and Beyond

2nd Floor Lobby, Hulman Gallery, and Education Gallery

June 16 – August 2, 2020

Curry Bohm: Brown County and Beyond explores the art of C. Curry Bohm (1894-1971), one of the most successful and awarded of the early Brown County artists. More than 80 works, spanning almost 50 years and a variety of media, create the most comprehensive group of Bohm’s work ever assembled. The exhibition contains many of his best paintings including 26 Hoosier Salon paintings and 20 prize winning paintings from juried exhibitions. The show presents the breadth of the artist’s subject matter including classic Brown County and Smoky Mountain scenes, East Coast harbor scenes and seascapes, and rare still lifes. Paintings from all seasons are represented, including many of the artist’s iconic winter landscapes.

Shadows Searching for Light | Angela Fraleigh

Schell Gallery

February 7 – March 29, 2020 (extended through July 26, 2020)

Angela Fraleigh weaves together realism and abstraction in lush and complex works, ranging from intimate portraits to monumental figure paintings, that question and reimagine women’s roles in art history, literature, and contemporary media. Fraleigh’s latest site-specific installation, Shadows Searching for Light, is inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and his relationship with his wife, Josephine (Jo) Nivison Hopper. Exploring the psychological space within Edward Hopper’s paintings and the dynamics of the Hoppers’ two-artist marriage, Fraleigh focuses on the women who inhabit Hopper’s artwork- dramatic figures almost always modeled after Jo Nivison Hopper herself.

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