Ira Upin (28th Wabash Valley Exhibition, 1972) Grant Park, 1971, oil on canvas. 6th Annual Women’s Division of the Swope Art Gallery Award, Gift of the Alliance of the Swope, 1972.08.

People of the Wabash Valley

August 21 – October 11, 2020

Figurative works curated from our collection of past Wabash Valley Exhibition acquisitions.

August 21 – October 4, 2020

Slow down and rediscover the joy of looking at art in selected large works from the permanent collection.

C. Curry Bohm: Brown County and Beyond

2nd Floor Lobby, Hulman Gallery, and Education Gallery

June 16 – August 2, 2020

Curry Bohm: Brown County and Beyond explores the art of C. Curry Bohm (1894-1971), one of the most successful and awarded of the early Brown County artists. More than 80 works, spanning almost 50 years and a variety of media, create the most comprehensive group of Bohm’s work ever assembled. The exhibition contains many of his best paintings including 26 Hoosier Salon paintings and 20 prize winning paintings from juried exhibitions. The show presents the breadth of the artist’s subject matter including classic Brown County and Smoky Mountain scenes, East Coast harbor scenes and seascapes, and rare still lifes. Paintings from all seasons are represented, including many of the artist’s iconic winter landscapes.

Shadows Searching for Light | Angela Fraleigh

Schell Gallery

February 7 – March 29, 2020 (extended through July 26, 2020)

Angela Fraleigh weaves together realism and abstraction in lush and complex works, ranging from intimate portraits to monumental figure paintings, that question and reimagine women’s roles in art history, literature, and contemporary media. Fraleigh’s latest site-specific installation, Shadows Searching for Light, is inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and his relationship with his wife, Josephine (Jo) Nivison Hopper. Exploring the psychological space within Edward Hopper’s paintings and the dynamics of the Hoppers’ two-artist marriage, Fraleigh focuses on the women who inhabit Hopper’s artwork- dramatic figures almost always modeled after Jo Nivison Hopper herself.

53rd Annual Student Art Exhibition

Live on our website and Facebook page, April 22, 2020

April 4 – May 17, 2020 
Schell, Hulman and Second Floor Lobby Galleries
Reception April 4, 2020, 3-5 p.m., High School awards at 4 p.m.

High School Selections

Sponsored by:ONBANK

LARGE hidden spaces

Hulman Gallery
January 10 – March 15, 2020

Divine, glorious, exalted, transcendent, elevated, majestic, spiritual—discover where you find your sublime. Curated solely from the Swope’s permanent collection, don’t miss this chance to see some of the largest landscapes often hidden in storage.

Karen Rutherford

2nd Floor Lobby Gallery
January 24 – March 22, 2020

Rutherford sees weaving as a three-dimensional line that can move, change and stop, have texture or color. Through her experiments with the woven line, her compositions have become layered structures of mark making on handmade paper.

Shadows Searching for Light | Angela Fraleigh

Schell Gallery

February 7 – March 29, 2020  

Angela Fraleigh weaves together realism and abstraction in lush and complex works, ranging from intimate portraits to monumental figure paintings, that question and reimagine women’s roles in art history, literature, and contemporary media. Fraleigh’s latest site-specific installation, Shadows Searching for Light, is inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper and his relationship with his wife, Josephine (Jo) Nivison Hopper. Exploring the psychological space within Edward Hopper’s paintings and the dynamics of the Hoppers’ two-artist marriage, Fraleigh focuses on the women who inhabit Hopper’s artwork- dramatic figures almost always modeled after Jo Nivison Hopper herself.

Our Spring in Town

Education Gallery

February 7 – March 29, 2020

Take a close look at the Swope’s painting by Grant Wood, Spring in Town. A typical small town like Grover’s Corners in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Wood set the scene to critique the myth if the American way of life pre-WWII. Discover the story of symbols embedded in the painting through real objects in this immersive exhibition.

In partnership with the Vigo County Public Library’s BIG READ 2020: Our Town

Caroline Peddle Ball | early years

Second Floor Lobby and Education Galleries
December 6, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Caroline Peddle Ball was a highly respected sculptor at the turn of the 20th century, specializing in small statuettes of children. In celebration of the sesquicentennial of her birth, the Swope will exhibit works from its permanent collection by Ball, including her well-known figurines and lesser-known sketchbooks and figure studies from her time spent in France and Italy.

Sponsored by the Alliance of the Swope Art Museum.

Todd Gray, Wookie, acrylic on wood

Todd Gray | Pop Geometry

Hulman and Schell Galleries
November 1 – December 29, 2019

Gray’s sculptures feature highly crafted wood boxes that have been hand-painted with imagery from classic American pop art, comic book exclamations, graphic patterns, and saturated hues. The work combines Andy Warhol’s soup cans, Robert Indiana’s LOVE, and Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book women, along with references to Vincent Vasarely’s op-art patterns. To these art historical quotations, Gray adds images from the ubiquitous pop art of today: cartoons, super heroes, hashtags, and emojis.

Hulman and Schell Galleries
September 6 – October 20, 2019

One of Indiana’s longest running juried exhibitions, the Wabash Valley Exhibition has been expanded this year to show not only current residents of the region, but also artists formerly residing in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan & Ohio. This year’s juror is David Butler, former director at the Swope (1995-2000) and now current Executive Director of the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Alice Baber, The Green Way (detail), 1967, oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paxton Link 1967.026

Alice Baber | Color Hunger

2nd Floor Lobby and Education Galleries
August 23 – October 27, 2019

Alice Baber was a painter, printmaker, curator, feminist and writer. Her abstract expressionist paintings done in watercolor and oil explored “the infinite range of possibilities” of color and light within and from the form of the circle. With a focus on composition, transparency, color and line, Baber aimed to depict the form of a feeling through a use of intense pigments.

Color Hunger surveys Baber’s early work from when she was a student at Indiana University, through her move to New York when she broke into abstraction. Continued into the Education Gallery are her further developments into color field that she became known for.

detail of letter from Theodore Dreiser to Gil Wilson, April 11, 1939. Gilbert Brown Wilson Archives at the Swope Art Museum

Gil Wilson | The Art of Letters

Hulman Gallery
June 28 – August 18, 2019

Terre Haute’s Gil Wilson was not only prolific in making art with his over 300 drawings and paintings of Moby Dick, but he also wrote copious amounts of letters. Discussing everything from frustrations of unrequited love, admiration of fellow artists and writers, and countless plans for future projects. The Art of Letters explores the relation between Wilson’s letters, and works of art by him or the letters’ recipients.

detail of 121, unique chemical treatment on RA-4 paper. Courtesy of the artist and Van Doren Waxter, New York

Mariah Robertson

2nd Floor Lobby & Education Galleries
June 7 – August 4, 2019

Mariah Robertson is an alchemist. Her experimental approach to making art has seen images spill from the restrictions of the frame and reach up walls and across floors through installation. Robertson creates images through a ceaseless practice of experimentation in a darkroom for photography. Freeing herself from the classic conventions of photographic practice, she works intuitively with photograms, irregular chemical reactions, solarizations and collage to paint the surface of the photograph and push the magical element of photography’s very limits.

Paul Strand, Woman and Boy, Tenancingo, De Degollado, Mexico, 1933
© Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive. Gift of the Alliance of the Swope. 2018.6.9

Paul Strand | The Mexican Portfolio

Schell Gallery
June 7 – July 27, 2019

Born in New York City in 1890, Paul Strand pioneered the American modernist movement in photography. Believing in the “absolute unqualified objectivity” of photography, Strand created tightly structured compositions printed in rich chiaroscuro, innovative for their authenticity and dynamism. By the mid-1940s, his primary goal was to reveal the essential character of his subject with its physical and psychological ties to the larger world. Motivated by his ideology and influenced by his experience in film, he created series of cultural portraits to “make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.”

Artificial Intelligence | Kiel Fletcher

Education Gallery
April 5 – May 26, 2019

Artificial Intelligence looks at our increasing dependency on new technologies and our relationship with an ever increasingly isolated society. Kiel Fletcher, with collaborators Ron Sparks and Jenna Goldsmith, seeks simple solutions to complex issues through their use of new media. Through interactive displays and short video works, Artificial Intelligence attempts to complicate the simple solutions in our everyday lives.

Drawn Blood | George Bellows and Early 20th Century Boxing

Education Gallery
February 1 – March 24, 2019

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

Hulman, Schell, & 2nd Floor Lobby Galleries
January 18 – March 3, 2019

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.”

Exhibition made possible by the Alliance of the Swope.

Michael Helton, I Dream of Blowing Bubbles, 1970, acrylic on canvas
Gift of Walter C. Cook, 1971.009

Education Gallery
December 7, 2018 – January 20, 2019

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 (1950 -2012) Et in Arcadia, Ego, from Allegories Series, c. 1985, oil on canvas. Gift of the family of Tim Engelland, 2017.5.2

Tim Engelland: Allegories Series

2nd Floor Lobby Gallery
October 5, 2018 – January 20, 2019

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.

Exhibition made possible by the State High School Class of 1968.

Rachel Hellmann, Blaze, 2018, acrylic on poplar wood. Courtesy Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, NY

Rachel Hellmann: Boats on the Ceiling

Hulman Gallery
November 2 – December 30, 2018


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, 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

Andy Warhol: The Cowboys and Indians Series

Schell Gallery
November 2 – December 30, 2018

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.

Exhibition made possible by Lind Law Firm

74th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition

Hulman & Schell Gallery
September 7 – October 21, 2018

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

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.

Exhibition made possible by the Alliance of the Swope

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

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

David Hayes: Permanent Nature

Hulman & Schell Galleries
June 1 – August 19, 2018

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.