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:

August 21 – October 4, 2020

Slow down and rediscover the joy of looking at art in selected large works from the permanent collection.

Ira Upin (28th Wabash Valley Exhibition, 1972) Grant Park, 1971, oil on canvas. 6th Annual Women’s Division of the Swope Art Gallery Award, Gift of the Alliance of the Swope, 1972.08.

People of the Wabash Valley

August 21 – October 11, 2020

Figurative works curated from our collection of past Wabash Valley Exhibition acquisitions.

Coming Soon:

September 4, 2020 – January 3, 2021

An installation of the suite of lithograph prints of Billy Morrow Jackson’s Protest Drawings surrounding a proposed monument of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee by figurative sculptor Edward McCartan. McCartan was one of six sculptors invited in 1935 to submit models for a monument to be erected in Baltimore, Maryland. Laura Gardin Fraser was selected and completed the monument in 1948. It was removed in 2017 after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville – a protest against the decision to order removal of Confederate monuments and memorials from public spaces. The momentum to remove Confederate memorials increased after the Charleston church shooting of 2015, and continues to this day as part of the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd.

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