• Title

  • December Events & Exhibits at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

    • Share:
    Name: December Events & Exhibits at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
    Date: December 1, 2019
    "Our Town", oil painting by Phil Best
    Event Description:



    DECEMBER 20, 2019 - MARCH 1, 2020

    East and McDonald Galleries: Paradigm Shift: A Black Narrative Perspective

    This is Chicago artist Gerald Griffin’s second invitation by the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette to exhibit his powerful and exquisitely crafted works of art celebrating the black experience.  In 2016, he exhibited a series of very large oil paintings in an exhibit titled Ambiguous Reflections of Race and Identity: A Question of Color in the East Gallery and made possible by a grant from the Purdue University Black Cultural Center (BCC).  His works were so striking that the museum’s Collections Committee chose a painting titled Black Friday to purchase for the permanent collection.  Today, the seven by eight-foot painting depicting three slaves chained to an auction block is on long-term loan to the BCC, where it is continually exhibited in a special niche on the second floor.


    In his new series, Paradigm Shift, Gerald shows his talent, not only in oil painting, but also features works in lithograph print-making, bronze sculpture, and original poetry.  It’s an evolution of his last series Ambiguous Reflections of Race and Identity-A Question of Color and is inspired by the current political climate and the revitalization of attitudes of racial intolerance. 

    Thematically this work further explores ideas of race and ethnicity with the understanding of past societal attitudes of cognitive dissonance concerning these issues.  

    However, these new works attempt to push the envelope by challenging the notions of our present and future response to those past attitudes.  First, in creating work that is focused on a positive creative social response or a “Paradigm Shift”, within our thinking and within the conversation of race, with a strong emphasis on a healing strategy to the often highly charged discussion of history and ethnicity. Secondly, by including different mediums like lithographic works which are multiple originals which further enhances the collectability of the works, it will in turn create more opportunity for wider engagement with the works. Finally, by creating works that move beyond the two dimensional surface to literally step into our living space to engage with the viewer on 3 dimensional and more intimate or tactile level concerning these issues, the idea of perspectives comes into play.

    Gerald Griffin earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and is the owner of Griffin Fine Art and Interior Design.

    Weil Gallery: Across the River: Purdue Art Faculty from the Permanent Collection

    Purdue is known throughout the world as an Agriculture and Engineering institution, and noted for its astronauts and Nobel Prize winners.  The campus is also the home to the Department of Art and Design in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. The department has worked its way from Matthews Hall, and the World War II barracks buildings, into a facility designed especially for it in the recently constructed Yue-Kong Pao Hall.  All along, the art faculty has been producing museum worthy artworks and mentoring students ready to take their place in the field of creative arts.

    The Art Museum is proud to have a selection of works in its permanent collection by distinguished Purdue art faculty, dating from Laura Ann Fry, a designer for Rookwood Pottery, a founder of the Lafayette Art Association, and head of Industrial Arts at Purdue, retiring in 1922, to Charles Gick, the first recipient of the Purdue University Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome and currently a professor In the Department of Art and Design at Purdue.  The work in this exhibition showcases brilliant examples of various mediums that include colored pencil, acrylic, oil, lithography, photography, weaving, and ceramics.



    OCTOBER 4, 2019 - FEBRUARY 9, 2019

    Shook Gallery: Moving Lands: Oil Paintings by Anne R. Parks

    Artist Statement:  This exhibit is inspired by my fascination with the flora of our prairie lands.  For these works I’ve used oil paint and cold wax to create movement and depth.

    Inspired by walks, runs and bikes through our beautiful local parks, I often begin painting immediately after returning home from a photography session, while the feeling of the outdoors is still fresh in my mind. I use both photographs and life, to shape the work.

    These floral landscapes are painted entirely with palette knife. I enjoy the challenge of the knife, and also appreciate the fact that I will not have to spend time cleaning brushes when done. Each painting is done in one session – or alla prima and because they are heavily textured (impasto) it is not possible to make changes after the paint has dried. This creates the movement and depth as well as clean color.  I enjoy painting this way because it helps me refrain from overworking the painting.

    Prairie flowers and grasses have become a fun challenge for me. I enjoy the color challenges, often using my own colors instead of local color to really get the flowers to pop. 


    Friday, December 6, 2019 (3:00pm - 6:00pm)

    and Saturday, December 7, 2019 (11:00am - 2:00pm)

    Bling on a Budget:

    Come find wonderful new-to-you costume & vintage jewelry, scarves, handbags, and more at the Art Museum!  All purchases from this event go towards the Art League Scholarship fund to assist students and teachers enrolling in classes at the museum.   


    Friday, December 20, 2020 (6:30 - 8:30pm)

    Opening Reception

    Come celebrate the opening of two new exhibits in our upstairs galleries. Paradigm Shift: A Black Narrative Perspective and Across the Lands: Purdue Art Faculty in the Permanent Collection will be open to the public. 

    Opening remarks 7:15 pm.

    Refreshments are provided by the Art League of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

    Upcoming Events & Exhibits for January...

    January Events:

    Friday, January 31, 2020 (7:00-8:00pm)

    Friday Night Live: Paul Foster

    Admission is free, thanks to our Sponsor: Purdue Federal Credit Union

    Looking Ahead to February:


    Friday, February 28, 2020 (7:00-8:00pm)

    Friday Night Live: Gibson Wells

    Event Media:
    Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
    102 S. 10th Street
    Lafayette, IN 47905
    Date/Time Information:
    Open Daily, 11AM to 4PM

    Museum will be CLOSED on the following dates for the holidays.
    December 24, 25, and 31
    January 1
    Contact Information:
    Caitlin Thomas 765-742-1128 Ext. 3
    FREE Admission, Daily
    Set a Reminder:
    Enter your email address below to receive a reminder message.