In December of 1944, the Swope’s second director (1944-60), Dr. Allen Albert, and curator Hazel Dodge announced plans for a new and exciting annual exhibition where all artists of Terre Haute and vicinity could enter their work. They planned for it to become as permanent and noteworthy as the Hoosier Salon program, and the first Wabash Valley show opened May 6, 1945 to an outstanding attendance of 350 people.

The Wabash Valley Exhibition remains one of the Museum’s most popular events, attracting a diverse array of artists and patrons alike. Because of this, it is safe to say Dr. Albert and Ms. Dodge achieved their goal of furthering the support and interest in Midwestern art.

Distinguished Juror

This year’s distinguished juror is former Swope Art Museum Director (1995-2000) David Butler. Butler’s tenure included the Swope’s major renovation of the Museum’s 1st and 2nd floors. He went on to join the Knoxville Museum of Art as executive director in 2006 after serving as the director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, and the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in art history from Florida State University and received his Ph.D. in art history with concentration on seventeenth-century Italian art and architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Butler is past president of the Southeastern Museums Conference and past chair of the Knox County Historic Zoning Commission.

For Artists

Artists currently or formerly residing in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio are invited to submit up to five works completed within the last two years (2017 – 2019) that has not been previously exhibited at the Swope for consideration. Entry fee is $10 per piece submitted, and free for members of the Museum. For more information about becoming a member, visit our membership page.

75th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition Prospectus

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For Patrons

The Wabash Valley Exhibition presents opportunities not just for artists, but for art collectors and benefactors as well. Benefactors and collectors may participate and support our regional artists by sponsoring honorary juror’s awards or by purchasing from the show as a purchase award. If you are interested in either of these options for this year’s exhibition, please call or email the Swope to receive an award sponsorship form. 812.238.1676 x 136 or

Patrons and artists are also able to contribute to the Danette Angermeier Memorial Merit Award Fund.

Exhibition Timeline

Friday, July 19th entries due via EntryThingy

Friday, July 26th notification of acceptance

Wedesday, August 7th – Sunday, August 11th accepted work delivery

Friday, September 6th opening of exhibition and awards announced

Sunday, October 20th exhibition closes

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