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 – 2023 program schedule below.

Friday October 21: Sujata Gopalan

Sujata was born in India and emigrated with her family to the United States at the age of three. She first studied painting and printmaking at Boston University. After returning to Indiana to study at IU, she completed an MFA in printmaking at Louisiana State University. She finds print media to be at once challenging and rewarding, but often returns to drawing, which is her first love, and painting, where she finds the most room for growth. To this day, she continues to use her art to, in her word, “find my truth. Hostesses: Peggy and Mike Esau


Sunday, October 23 – Toast to Autumn

True “American” art of First Nations from Alaska to Peru. Sip wine and snack as you view New World sculptures, prints, videos, writings, and nibble some Native foods and goodies from Swope Alliance chefs.
Reserve tickets ($45.00) at or (812)243-3581

Friday, November 4: Page & Palette

Reading Famous Works of Art and How They Got That Way by John Nici. Time and place TBD


Friday, November 18: Soulaf Abas

Soulaf was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. In 2008, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana State University, then later, returned to earn her Master’s in Fine Arts. She visited family in Syria in 2012 – a year after the revolution began. That experience gave her the inspiration for the thematic basis of her painting and printmaking work. She continues to explore the effects of loss and trauma in her oil painting and printmaking works and her stunning work has been exhibited internationally. Soulaf teaches art at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. Hostesses Brenda Milliren and Tonya Pfaff.