Why Not Celebrate #Indiana200 with a Look at Art Past and Present?

Oh how I adore Indiana! We're a state rich in art experiences from unique galleries and artisan markets to museums and art schools. There is a wealth of amazing art in our state, and one of my favorite places to enjoy it is at the Indiana State Museum (ISM). If you haven't explored ISM in a bit, oh my are you missing out!

Right now through October 2nd as part of the #Indiana200 celebration you can experience a special body of artwork entitled - 200 Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy. The exhibit is a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, and additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis and features art from territorial days to the present.

Photo Credit: Sandy Zimmerman of www.mygeeklings.com

The exhibit is comprised of more than 100 two and three-dimensional works of art. Works by important early Indiana artists providing historical perspective to their time period. Plus additional modern and contemporary pieces illustrating the development of the visual arts in Indiana, and showcasing the immense talent and diversity associated with the Hoosier state.

Walter Lobyn Hamilton, Dark Fantasy, mixed media on canvas, 2001
If you do only one thing in celebration of Indiana's 200th birthday, I say let it be this. Immerse yourself in art and be in awe of all the talent both past and present birthed in Indiana.

Portrait of T.C. Steele by Wayman Adams, 1883-1959
Enjoy paintings by 19th Century early Indiana Pioneer Painters George Winter, Jacob Cox and Marcus Mote, and works by T.C. Steele, Janet Scudder, William Edouard Scott, Ada Shulz, Susan McCord, Frank Hohenberger, Robert Indiana, Alma Eikerman, David Smith, Kay Rosen and Richard Peeler. Additionally, Anila Agha’s 2014 ArtPrize winning gallery installation, Intersections will be showcased. It invites the viewer to confront the contradictory nature of all intersections, while simultaneously exploring boundaries. A gorgeous piece indeed. It is the first time the piece has been shown in Indiana since winning the international art competition’s top honor. Watch a video sharing more on the inspiration for the piece.

Moreover, see firsthand through the eyes of art, how the state’s population and ethnic diversity changed and evolved over the years. Don't miss out on celebrating our history through the eyes of art. Plan an ISM day from now through October to stroll, explore and enjoy. The exhibition is included with museum admission, and public installations are on view free to the public.

Get out, don't it it pass you by, celebrate #Indiana200 and be Hoosier proud.


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