The Alliance of the Swope

The Alliance of the Swope was founded in 1952 by the Mmes. P.E. Allen, Oscar Baur, George Carroll, Alfred Cornell, Ward Hubbard, F. Burch Ijams, and Ralph O. Yeager. Their key goal was to promote the Museum’s exhibition programming, whether by serving as volunteer hostesses, docents, or sponsoring fundraising events.

Since that time, the Alliance has been indispensable in aiding the Museum as it fulfills its mission, supporting the Museum’s exhibitions and programming while creating additional learning opportunities for Alliance members. The Alliance of the Swope is a fun way for members of the community to be introduced to the world of art and meet with like-minded people.

The Alliance meets on the third Friday of the month, September through May, with the exception of December. The group gathers for coffee, refreshments, and lots of good conversation at 11:00 and then conducts a brief business meeting at 11:30 am.  At 12 noon, the public is invited to join an hour devoted to a topic of interest to artists, art-lovers, and curious minds. A new topic is introduced monthly, and everyone is welcome. Click here for a list of Alliance of the Swope Presents programs for this year. Meetings are typically held at the Swope, with the exception of the May meeting. Currently, all meetings are virtual on Zoom. Annual Alliance dues are $25 plus your choice of Museum membership.

For further membership information, or to join, please attend a meeting or contact the Museum at 812.238.1676.

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.




Officers 2020/2021

President Patricia McIntyre

Vice-President Cathie Laska

Secretary Cathleen Hogan

Secretary Nancy Nation


Advisor Cathie Laska

Advocacy Eileen Prose