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Indiana State receives grant to celebrate state history through art

June 8, 2016

An Indiana State University art exhibition will celebrate artists with a connection to the state as part of Indiana's bicentennial festivities.

Meredith Lynn, director of the University Gallery, and Jason Krueger, director of the Permanent Art Collection, received a more than $10,000 grant from the Indiana Arts Commission to help students curate an exhibition made up of artists who are connected to Indiana. The exhibition will be installed in the campus's largest art gallery in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts as part of the state's bicentennial celebration.

The "Indiana Masterpieces" exhibition will be curated by about 40 students, who worked more than two semesters to select work from the university's Permanent Art Collection. Each student chose three pieces to be in the show, researched the pieces and wrote essays on the significance of the artists and artworks, Lynn said. These essays will be published in an exhibition catalog.

From paintings to sculptures, the mixed-media exhibition will be rich in Indiana history and culture, as it will contain pieces from the 1850's to today. While most of the exhibition will be housed in the art gallery, it will also include a walking tour highlighting several of the sculptures on the campus that are part of the exhibit.

"Indiana Masterpieces" is a great chance for a lot of pieces that are not normally shown to be exhibited, Lynn said. The university's Permanent Art Collection, which is maintained by Special Collections in the Cunningham Memorial Library, is made up of more than 4,000 pieces, so many of the pieces selected have not been on display for quite some time, Lynn said.

"The university did not invest in this artwork simply to make the campus more attractive, although that is certainly a worthy goal, but instead so that students could utilize these art objects to further their understanding of our history and culture," Lynn said. "Also, the students curating the exhibit are selecting works that appeal to them. By nature, the pieces they are selecting are different from what myself or (Permanent Art Collection) Director Jason Kruger would pick."

The exhibit will include artists' names even those who are not art aficionados will recognize. Students chose many pieces from the Hoosier Group, such as T.C. Steele, and pop art icon Robert Indiana, who is known for his famous "LOVE" sculptures found all over the United States.

Students have also chosen art pieces directly related to Indiana State. There will be several pieces created by alumni and individuals who have taught at the university.

As part of the exhibit, students will design, write and produce images for a catalog to be printed, bound and distributed to all public libraries in the state. The exhibition and catalog will be available to the public at no cost.

"Through this book, Hoosiers who may not be able to see the exhibition or the PAC in person will be introduced to the amazing objects that we own," Lynn said.


Media contact: Meredith Lynn, director, University Gallery, Indiana State University, or

Writer: Briana Lofton, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3773 or