Education Gallery

George Bellows is best known for his depictions of boxing in the early 20th century. “A fight, particularly under the night light, is of all sports the most classically picturesque.” While he felt that accuracy of the placement of the boxer’s hands and feet were of little importance, he focused on the more difficult task of capturing the brutality, physical energy, and human drama inherent in prize fighting.

This exhibition is in conjunction with the Vigo County Public Library and the NEA’s Big Read 2019 of Adrian Matejka’s The Big Smoke.


Darius Steward, untitled No. 1 (Darius II), 2017, watercolor on Yupo paper
Gift of Kathy & David Brentlinger in honor of Elizabeth Carroll Shearer and Mary Ann Carroll, 2018.7


Occupying a Space

A major solo exhibition of artist Darius Steward
January 18 – March 3, 2019
Hulman, Schell, & 2nd Floor Lobby Galleries

Exhibition made possible by the Alliance of the Swope.

Cleveland artist Darius Steward works in watercolor to express social issues of identity, commodity, race, and the placement of African Americans within Western culture. Steward believes that visual communication is an agent for change. According the artist, “My portraits of my son Darius II are symbolic of my ‘baggage’ of life, western history, and modern media. Through Darius II, I examine my place in the contemporary culture and the art world through the eyes of my son.”



December 7, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Education Gallery

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

Exhibition made possible by the State High School Class of 1968

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.




Rachel Hellmann: Boats on the Ceiling

November 2 – December 30, 2018
Hulman Gallery

Rachel Hellmann, Blaze, 2018, acrylic on poplar wood
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

Exhibition made possible by Lind Law Firm

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.




74th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition

September 7 – October 21, 2018

Hulman & Schell Gallery

Teresa Altemeyer, Indianapolis, IN, The Union Preserved, watercolor on paper
Recipient of the Howard E. Wooden, Sr. Memorial Best of Show Grand Prize, 73rd Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition


The first Wabash Valley Exhibition was held in 1945, with the goal of providing artists of Terre Haute and the vicinity an opportunity to submit work. The exhibition was eventually expanded to a regional scope to include artists from the state of Indiana and its four neighboring states of Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. A juror, chosen from outside the region, selects the exhibition form the many entries submitted and chooses the recipients of the awards. Philip Koch, senior professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, will serve as the 2018 juror.




Roger Shimomura, American Muse, 2017, 10 color lithograph on paper
Collection of the Lawrence Lithography Workshop


In Collaboration:

Roger Shimomura and The Lawrence Lithography Workshop

February 2 – March 25, 2018
Hulman & Schell Galleries

Exhibition made possible by the Alliance of the Swope

The Swope Art Museum kicked off its 2018 exhibition schedule with a collection of lithographs by Roger Shimomura in collaboration with The Lawrence Lithography Workshop. The show will survey over 25 years of lithographs, including some of the most recent collaborations between Shimomura and master printer, Michael Sims.

Roger Shimomura uses his art to explore his Japanese American identity in a style that combines his childhood interest in comic books, American Pop art, and traditional Japanese woodblock prints. His paintings, prints and theatre pieces address socio-political issues of ethnicity and have often been inspired by 56 years of diaries kept by his late immigrant grandmother. Born in Seattle, Shimomura, spent two years of his childhood at Camp Minidoka in Hunt, Idaho. His family was interned there during World War II along with other Americans of Japanese descent because they were viewed as a “potential threat to national security.” He received his B.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle and his M.F.A. from Syracuse University, New York. Shimomura taught at the University of Kansas from 1969 until his retirement in 2004. In 2002 the College Art Association presented him with the Artist Award for Most Distinguished Body of Work.  Shimomura’s personal papers are being collected by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.




August 18, 2017 – March 18, 2018
2nd Floor Lobby Gallery

Many works from the annual Wabash Valley Exhibition have become part of the Swope Art Museum’s permanent collection during the exhibition’s long history. WVE Throwback: Color presents a selection of past Wabash Valley Exhibition acquisitions that focus on the visual element of color.  Included is work by: Aldon Addington, John Bott, Sue J. Cerola, Diane Driessen, Ada Inov, David Kegel, Sherry Musick, Isabella Pera, Andrew Polk, Kenneth Preston, Steven Redman, Jacquelyn Ruttinger, James Sampson, Daniel Socha, and Terry Steadham.










51st Annual Student Art Exhibition

April 7 – May 20, 2018
Hulman, Schell, Education, & 2nd Floor Lobby Galleries

Made possible by Old National Bank

2018 marks 51 years of this popular annual exhibition at the Swope Art Museum. Director Howard E. Wooden initiated this exhibition in 1966 in cooperation with the Vigo County School Corporation to showcase the excellence of area students and art educators. Wooden believed that the perspectives of young talent reflect the health and cultural awareness of a community. Rachel Hellmann served as the 2018 juror for the high school selections. Hellman selected 12 merit award winners:

Merit Awards

Damsel in Distress, digital photography
Taylor Cash, Senior, Greencastle High School

Ark, wood
Lucas Cook, Sophomore, North Vermillion High School

Ash Vase, stoneware with copper and ash glaze
Zach Fitzwater, Sophomore, North Vermillion High School

Introspective Reflection, colored pencil
Esther Hale, Senior, Greencastle High School

untitled, chalk pastel on paper
Nechole Klee, Sophomore, Owen Valley High School

Bed of Death, relief on linoleum
Abigal Link, Senior, Owen Valley High School

Perspective, charcoal
Jennifer Mitchell, Junior, Greencastle High School

Secrets Under the Stairs, pen and ink, markers and colored pencils
Jaylin Paullus, Junior, Nortview High School

Violet Subtraction, foam block and acrylic paint
Mara Russell, Senior, South Vigo High School

Lasagna and Meatballs, clay with Amaco glaze
Amanda Waldbieser, Senior, Terre Haute North High School

Existence, intaglio print
Sarah Walden, Sophomore, Owen Valley High School

Still-Life with Skull, acrylic on paper
Gillian Webb, Senior, South Vigo High School



David Hayes: Permanent Nature

June 1 – August 19, 2018
Hulman & Schell Galleries

At left: the artist at his Sculpture Fields in Coventry, Connecticut
At right: David Hayes, Ventana #9, 2006, painted, welded steel

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, David Hayes (1931-2013) had strong artistic ties to Indiana. He received an AB degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 and an MFA degree from Indiana University in 1955. While at IU, Hayes studied with American sculptor David Smith, a pioneer in working with welded metal.

Hayes worked in the tradition of his mentor Smith and his friend Alexander Calder—creating joyful abstract representations of nature’s beauty. His welded steel sculptures are often painted in colors that seem to reflect the changing seasons of the year. The artist’s son, David Hayes, described the artist’s chosen material by saying, “My father liked the permanence of steel. Steel lasts.”

In addition to sculptures dating from 1972 to 2010, the exhibition will include studies made for the three-dimensional work. This is the first exhibition of the entire ten-piece Ventana series since the work was created by Hayes in 2006. The ten sculptures will be shown along with nine of the studies done in gouache, an opaque watercolor medium.

The exhibition will travel to the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum and the Muscatine Art Center following its premiere in Terre Haute. Support in part from the Edward and Verna Gerbic Family Foundation and the David Hayes Art Foundation.

Local support is provided by Coldwell Banker Troy Helman Realtors and Edward T. Hazledine in memory of his father Kenneth E. Hazledine (1908-1993) and his grandfather Edward T. Hazledine (1859-1941).




July 19 – September 16, 2018
Education & 2nd Floor Lobby Galleries

Allan Drummond, Escape from Paris, 2005, from the book The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France

Several generations of Americans have grown up reading the stories of a little brown monkey named “Curious George.” But few people know about the incredible journey made by his creators, Margret and H.A. Rey, to escape the Nazi invasion of Paris at the start of World War II. Stashing a few precious belongings and manuscripts in their knapsacks and the baskets of their bicycles, the Jewish couple fled Paris in June 1940, starting a five-month odyssey by bike, train, and boat that would eventually bring them to American shores. The exhibition is based in part on the 2005 publication The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Allan Drummond (Houghton Mifflin Company, New York). The exhibition is organized and curated by Beth Seldin Dotan, director of the Institute for Holocaust Education in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Swope is hosting The Journey that Save Curious George in partnership with CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. The exhibition is made possible by grants from the City of Terre Haute and the Indiana Arts Commission.



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