2018 Exhibitions

Rachel Hellmann: Boats on the Ceiling

November 2 – December 30, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 pm

Hulman Gallery

Rachel Hellmann Blaze, 2018, acrylic on poplar wood, 26 x 21 x 7 in. Courtesy Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, NY

Rachel Hellmann received a BFA from the University of Dayton and an MFA in Painting from Boston University. Her work includes sculpture, painting, and installation. Hellmann was Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Northern Essex Community College from 2008 until May of 2013 when she relocated to Terre Haute, IN to work full-time as an artist. Hellmann describes her work by saying, “I come from a family of carpenters. My early education as an artist taught me the care for craft, love of tools and pride in working with my hands. This history led to my interest in painting as an object—something that occupies a space in a more physical way and asks to be experienced from multiple locations within that space. My paintings explore how perception is affected by the interplay of geometry, light and color. I paint on shaped forms to instill a sense of play in my work and to suggest the experience of an interior architectural space. The geometric language of bars, grids and linear repetitions echoes the methodical process I use to create the paintings. These simplified elements, combined with subtle gradations of color, create a play with perception and a vibration between the logical and the poetic.”

Andy Warhol: The Cowboys and Indians Series

November 2 – December 30, 2018

Schell Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 5 – 8 pm

Andy Warhol, Annie Oakley, 1986, Screenprint on loan from The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


In this 1986 portfolio, Warhol depicts an ahistorical representation that mirrors a popular interpretation of the American West. Warhol interspersed recognizable portraits of well-known American heroes – Annie Oakley, Teddy Roosevelt, and General George Custer – with less familiar Native American images and motifs in his ironic commentary on America’s collective mythology of the historic West. Rather than portraying Native Americans within their historical landscape or Cowboys in their veritable forms, Warhol chose to portray a popular, romanticized version of the west. Warhol’s rendering of the American West was already an established presentation commonly portrayed in novels, films, and various television series popular during this era. This exhibition is on loan to the Swope from the Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY.

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December 7, 2018 – January 20, 2019

Education Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 5 – 8 pm

Michael Helton, I Dream of Blowing Bubbles, 1970, acrylic on canvas
Gift of Walter C. Cook, 1971.009

Curated from the Permanent Collection, this exhibition presents works created throughout the 20th century. Displayed in chronological order, the exhibition emphasizes the myriad of styles the nude figure is depicted.

Curated by Mallory Eilbracht, Curatorial Intern at the Swope Art Museum and Master Student at Hochschule Darmstadt in Germany.



Tim Engelland: Allegories Series

October 5, 2018 – January 20, 2019

2nd Floor Lobby Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, October 5, 5 – 8 pm

Tim Engelland (1950 -2012) Et in Arcadia, Ego, from Allegories Series, c. 1985, oil on canvas. Gift of the family of Tim Engelland, 2017.5.2.

An exhibition of allegorical paintings and drawings by Tim Engelland opens at the Swope Art Museum on Friday, October 5 from 5 to 8 pm. The work, which is part of a generous donation to the Swope by the family of Tim Engelland, will remain on view through January 20, 2019.

Born in Ames, Iowa, Tim Engelland (1950 – 2012) worked extensively in woodcuts and linocuts and specialized in oil paintings and landscapes. He grew up in Terre Haute, Ind. and attended Fairbanks Elementary. Engelland was a 1968 graduate of the Indiana State University’s Laboratory School, where he was mentored by John Laska. Engelland went on to receive a BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He was a Norfolk Fellow at Yale University and received an MFA from Cornell University. He spent most of his career at Deerfield Academy, a preparatory school in Deerfield, Mass., where he taught art from 1976 until his return to Indiana in 2004.

In 1985, Engelland devoted significant time and energy to various allegorical depictions. The Allegories Series contains a blend of real and imaginary landscapes, and figures, both recognizable and symbolic. Depicted on large canvases, the paintings in the series portray a unique narrative in contrast to his more familiar portraits, pastoral landscapes, and still lifes. The exhibition “Tim Engelland: Allegories Series” is made possible by the State High School Class of 1968.