From the Swope’s Collection: Selected Art Inspired by Literature

February 7 – March 22, 2014

Education Gallery
Sponsored by: Alliance of the Swope

Among the gems of the Swope collection are works of art inspired by great works of literature. This small exhibition reveals the words that sparked the creativity of select artists. Included are works by internationally renowned pop artist Robert Indiana, who has referred to himself as a “Sign Painter” and who often looks to the works of American poets for inspiration; Terre Haute native Gil Wilson, who dedicated much of his creative output to interpreting Melville’s great novel Moby Dick; early Terre Haute artist James Farrington Gookins, whose fairy paintings were inspired by the fantasy scenes in William Shakespeare’s plays; and social realist Ben Shahn, whose last work interpreted imagery from Psalm 150.