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Frank Lloyd Wright expert to speak Nov. 18

November 5, 2010

A faculty member from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture will be at Indiana State University on Nov. 18 to speak about Frank Lloyd Wright, an architect known for his organic architecture.

Sidney Robinson, preservation program coordinator for the Taliesin Preservation, will be presenting a lecture to students, faculty and the Terre Haute community the architect who designed 1,141 works, including Fallingwater, an iconic representation of Wright's work and his ability to create a natural link between mankind and his environment. Fallingwater is a house, built for Edgar Kaufmann and his wife, that was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1966.

The lecture will take place in the Music Recital Hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts at 5:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

"This lecture is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the true experts on Frank Lloyd Wright," said Brian Whisenhunt, executive director of the Swope Art Museum. "Dr. Robinson is a noted architectural historian and a very entertaining lecturer."

The lecture is co-sponsored by Indiana State University, the Swope Art Museum and Indiana Landmarks. It was planned in conjunction with "The Samara House: A Usonian Design Design" by Frank Lloyd Wright, an exhibition on display at the Swope Art Museum until Dec. 31.

Satellite exhibitions of "The Samara House" are on display at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the Vigo County Public Library.

"It's important the ISU community view our great collection of American art as their resource, and working on lectures and other collaborative programs certainly helps to build a connection and encourage that perception," Whisenhunt said.

Frank Lloyd Wright is "America's best-known architect," Whisenhunt said. Wright demonstrated his creativity by using a variety of sources on which to base his architecture, including Louis Sullivan's ornament, Japanese prints and various musical compositions.

Wright's interpretation of non-architectural sources is proof that he wanted to make architecture integral and inclusive, said Crystal Vicars-Pugh, interim director of the University Art Gallery at ISU.

Following the lecture will be a dinner in honor of Robinson at the Swope Art Museum. Tickets are required for this event, and the dinner will be limited to 40 people. For more information or to reserve a ticket to the dinner, call 812-238-1676.The Center for Performing and Fine Arts is located on the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets.

For more information about the University Art Gallery, contact Crystal Vicars-Pugh at 812-237-3787 or

The University Art Gallery at Indiana State University hosts exhibitions, visiting artists and scholars throughout the academic year. Calendars are available at the galleries front desk. The gallery's mission to expose cutting edge contemporary art to ISU and Terre Haute would not be possible without the generous support of Arts Illiana, Indiana Arts Commission, College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art.

Contact: Crystal Vicars-Pugh, interim director, University Art Gallery, at 812-237-3787 or

Writer: Lana Schrock, media relations assistant, Communications and Marketing, at 812-237-3773 or