EXHIBITS in FEBRUARY:
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.
DECEMBER 20, 2019 - MAY 31, 2020
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 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, February 14, 2020 (6:00pm - 10:00pm)
Heart of Art at the Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center
150 Fairington Avenue; Lafayette, IN 47905
The eleventh annual Heart of Art wine dinner and auction will celebrate Valentine?s Day with wines provided by Carroll Wine and Spirits. Wines will be paired with a three-course menu designed by Jim Bodenmiller and prepared by the Courtyard Marriott chef. Sparkling wine and hors d?oeuvres will be served during the welcoming reception, with silent auction items on view for bidding, from 6:00-7:00. Guests will then be seated for an evening of fine dining with a limited live auction between each course. A cash bar will be available, as well.
This special evening has become the signature fundraising event for the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, raising $592,433 in net operating income over the past ten years. Each year it has been sold out, so get your tickets soon!
***Deadline to Register is Monday, January 27, 2020. ***
Friday, February 28, 2020 (7:00pm - 8:00pm)
Friday Night Live: Jason and Gibson Wells (Alternative rock/Singer Songwriters)
Jason and Gibson Wells is a father - son duo. Gibson has been performing professionally since he was nine years old. Jason is a full time touring musician. Together, they make a seamless duo with a wide range of music. Sound Edge Records artist, Jason Wells, has become one of the most sought after blues and rock guitarists in the mid-west. His unique sound and entertaining live performance is a show you won?t forget. Jason and his band are constantly touring and gaining fans everywhere they play. Jason has been performing at iconic venues such as, Buddy Guy's Legends, The Slippery Noodle Inn, Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis, St Louis, and Indianapolis.
Upcoming Events & Exhibits for March...
Friday, March 20, 2020 (5:30 - 7:30pm)
Opening Reception: One in Four: Mental Health America, Photos by Charles Jischke
Friday, March 27, 2020 (7:00-8:00pm)
Friday Night Live: Jeff Anderson (Americana/Folk)
March 12 - April 19, 2020
East and McDonald Galleries: New Artists 2020: A Juried Regional High School Art Exhibit
March 20 - May 31, 2020
Shook Gallery: One in Four: Mental Health America, Photos by Charles Jischke
Looking Ahead to April:
Friday, April 24, 2020 (7:00 - 8:00pm)
Friday Night Live: The AcaBellas (acapella)