Alliance of the Swope Presents

The Alliance presents engaging talks and demonstrations by area artists, designers, educators, and historians. The free Alliance presentations begin at noon on the third Friday of the month and are open to the public. For more information about the Alliance, please click on Support.

Check out the 2022 program schedule below. Please note, for all meetings we will be responding to the latest conditions concerning the pandemic and will adhere to best practices. Until further notice meetings will be virtual on Zoom. To attend the free presentation on Zoom, please sign up for our mailing list here.


APRIL 15, 2022

Christy Brinkman-Robertson
Mary Alice Hadley Pottery in the Rose-Hulman Art Collection

Brinkman-Robertson is the Art Curator at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, working there first as Assistant Art Curator from 2010-2016, and full-time since. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Studio Art) at Indiana State University, she became involved with the Swope Art Museum’s youth art programming while also the Gallery Assistant and Artist-in-Residence for Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery. She is on the education committees for the Swope Art Museum and for Art Spaces in Terre Haute.

Brinkman-Robertson has exhibited artwork locally at the Swope’s Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition and at Arts Illiana. Her resume also includes starting an upcycled jewelry line, commissioned paintings, an outdoor mural in Brazil, IN, and illustrations for a column in the Terre Haute Living Magazine.

Hostesses: Roberta Marietta and Nancy Nation


MAY 20, 2022

Fred Nation, Executive Director
The STate of the Swope

Fred J. Nation has served as the Executive Director of the Swope since October 1, 2018. With his wife, Nancy, Fred has been active in the Swope for many years. Nancy has been a member of the board of Overseers for several terms and as a member and sometime officer of the Alliance for three decades. Fred is a native of our city and was educated in local schools, including Indiana State University. His occupations have included reporter at the Terre Haute Star, Vice President of development and public relations at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, editor of the Saturday Spectator, press secretary for Senator Birch Bayh and Governor Evan Bayh, and Executive Vice President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has been active in many local and state organizations, including Riverscape, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and WFYI. Nancy and Fred have four children and 15 grandchildren.

Hostesses: Officer of the Alliance of the Swope – Pat McIntyre, Cathie Laska, Cathleen Hogan, and Nancy Nation