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 2020-2021 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.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Patricia McIntyre
Walls That Stand the Test

When Notre Dame Cathedral burned in April of 2019 the roof collapsed but the walls stood proudly against the flames. They were both built well. Come hear the story of the ways stone and brick masons of history built walls that scoffed at fire, towers that define gravity, and design systems that created buildings both strong and beautiful, historically important, and practical in function. “Load-bearing walls” don’t sound exciting – until the fire starts. Learn the story of craft and design that gave the world its wonders of architecture.

Presenter pat McIntyre is an Ethicist. She is retired from teaching at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and ISU. She lives in Terre Haute with her husband, composer John McIntyre, and Mac the Dachshund, who runs her life.


OCTOBER 16, 2020

Mary Jo Moraldo
A Dialogue of Images

Born and raised in Terre Haute, Mary Jo Moraldo lived in Japan for eight years. She began her studies of Japanese language an culture in 1971 at Sophia University, Tokyo, and in 1972 began formal lessons in the Ikenobo School of Ikebana (flower arranging). In 1984 she received teaching credentials in Ikenobo. She did numerous gallery installations of large sculptural Ikebana works at the Jacksonville Art Museum from 1982-1986. She began formal study of calligraphy in 1987. In addition to exhibiting in many group shows, she has had solo shows in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Ponta Vedra, and Sarasota Florida, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Terre Haute, and Marshall, Illinois.


NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Pat Martin
The Swope Outback: A Photographic Essay

Presenter Pat Martin currently oversees the strategic growth and planned management of metropolitan transportation planning for the Bloomington-Monroe County urban area. As Terre Haute’s former Chief Planner, Pat facilitated growth of the 40 mile National Road Heritage Trail Greenway System and specialized in reactivating environmentally contaminated properties of marginal economic value located predominately within environmental justice areas through the use of art and design, leading to the successful construction and use of new public trails, trailheads, and parks. His collaborative project partnerships brought together the arts community, business, higher education, environmental scientists, environmental justice advocates, neighborhood citizens, health advocates, historic preservation, parks/recreational, and redevelopment elements of Terre Haute.

Pat has 45 years of professional experience as an environmental and multi-modal transportation policy planner with the State of Indiana and municipalities, overseeing brownfield assessments, site-specific remediation construction, and as a lecturer for the Roes-Hulman Institute of Technology, Civil Engineering Department.


JANUARY 15, 2021

Lynne Dunnavant
Balancing Life & Art

Presenter Lynne Dunnavant is an artist who has always had a love for art and is self-taught. She painted some during her working years and now full time since her retirement in 2018. She paints with watercolors, oil, and pen and ink. Her work includes rural landscapes, old barns and bridges, flowers, and anything unusual or old and antique looking. She has done several portraits for family and friends. She participates in plein air events in Indiana when she can fit them into her schedule. She is a member of the Wabash Valley Art Guild, Swope, and River City Art Association all in Terre Haute, Indiana. She is also a member of the Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville, IN, Oil Painters of America, IPAPA-Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.

She has exhibited artwork and won numerous awards, including Peoples Choice Award at Arts Illiana, 2nd place at Spring Art Show for the WVAG, Best of Show at Covered Bridge Art Gallery, Best of Show at the Little Italy Festival art exhibit, and Best of Show, 3rd place, and purchase award at several plein air events throughout Indiana. She recently was chosen as one of the artists to participate in the Construction Fence Mural Project for the new convention center in Terre Haute.


FEBRUARY 19, 2021

Emmit Tyler II
Fifty Shades of Black

Presenter Emmit Tyler II is currently in his sixth year teaching at Sarah Scott Middle School. He was born and raised in Terre Haute, and received his BFA in Graphic Design and Art Education at Indiana State University> he played college football at Purdue University and Indiana State University as a defensive tackle.

His current area of study and personal series of art production is centered around politics, racial issues, and his Christian faith. He believes through the arts we can achieve meaningful, challenging, and eye-opening experiences and successful dialogue concerning the difficult issues currently plaguing society.


MARCH 19, 2021

Silas von Morisse
My Art Career, Gallery, and Art Dealing and the Art Salon

Presenter Silas von Morisse was born in Nice, France, where she explored photography from an early age. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Her photography has been shown in various magazines, such as Oprah, where her work was displayed in honor of 50 years of the peace symbol. The prestigious publication, Art News, featured her photography also, and she has been featured in other magazines as well.

Her photos have been in many exhibits, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, and in Monte Carlo, and Silas has also had many solo shows. recently she worked as director and gallery manager for galleries in New York City, and in 2014 Silas created her own gallery, Silas von Morisse Gallery. Silas and her husband, Andre, presently reside in Terre Haute.


APRIL 16, 2020

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

Presenter Christy 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 the Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery. She is on the education committees for the Swope Art Museum and 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.


MAY 21, 2020

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

Annual Raffle

In spite of the pandemic closing First Friday events at the Swope, the Alliance will continue the annual raffle during January 2021. The proceeds from the raffle are used for acquisitions and restoration of artworks for the museum. The drawing and announcement of winners will take place at the end of the Zoom presentation given by Mary and Stephen Pruitt on Friday, February 5th. Raffle items are three art pieces from area artists. Tickets are $10 each, and are available for purchase at the Swope’s Welcome Desk. See raffle items below:



Dr. Czyzewski is a self taught woodworker and bowl turner who has been turning for over 30 years. His pieces use mainly urban found wood, which is wood that would end up in the dump or burned as firewood.  He has been an accounting professor at Indiana State University since 1992, and has turned sycamore bowls for an ISU president to present as gifts. Other wood projects of his include distinctive end grain cutting boards from local hardwoods.

The most unique fact about this wooden bowl is that it has been turned from an elm tree that previously stood in front of Condit House on the ISU Campus.



Natures palette provides the paint for Marilyn’s jewelry designs. Each unique  piece is handmade in a very personal response to the fossils and gemstones that she uses.

For over 30 years she has been playing with all of these wondrous earth’s treasures, a love affair that started after she took a Geology course along with East Asian studies. Marilyn has taken jewelry making classes at Penland Art School, Penland, NC, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN and the Florida Goldsmith’s Society workshops, New Smyrna, FL. Her portfolio includes one-of-a-kind pieces and popular styles in limited editions.

This particular pendant is “Turtleback” Larimar from the Dominican Republic. The gemstone was discovered by a Peace Corp worker and he named it after his daughter Lori and the ocean—“mar” in Spanish.

Marilyn currently lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana.



Catherine, a longtime resident of Terre Haute, received a B.F.A. in 1988 and an M.F.A. in 1993 from Indiana State University. Her work has been exhibited in solo, juried and group shows, and is in many permanent collections. She has taught painting, drawing, silver-smithing and papermaking for many local organizations.  The artist’s early work was realistic or figurative in style, but over time she has moved toward total abstraction.

Catherine has been very supportive of the local arts community and the Sheldon Swope Art Museum. The Swope recently received a gift from a local collector of several of her handmade paper works that will be shown in an upcoming exhibit. It seems to be the perfect time to have this handmade paper piece in the Alliance Raffle.