News From Terre Haute, Indiana


February 4, 2010

Motorsports and art: ISU accepting entries for Artomobilia exhibition

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana is known worldwide for motorsports events, specifically those staged at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Events such as the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400 evoke images that are indelibly embedded in the American psyche.

“People enjoy looking at motorsports-inspired art,” said Joyce Young, interim director of Indiana State University’s motorsports studies program. “I witnessed that firsthand while participating in the Carmel Artomobilia last fall.”

The success of the Carmel event served as inspiration for Young to bring art and motorsports together on the Indiana State campus.

Entries are now being accepted for the first Artomobilia exhibition, a collaborative effort between the Motorsports Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences and the ISU Department of Art, which will be on display in the Turman Art Gallery April 26 through May 9.

“We’re using motorsports to provide experiential learning opportunities for Indiana State art students,” Young said, adding that the exhibition’s brochure was designed by an Indiana State art student Neha Jain.

“The exhibition gave a student a chance to add something to their portfolio,” she said.

Submitted artwork can come in the form of traditional and non-traditional genres and media, including but not limited to new media, painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, design, photography, sculpture and ceramics.

Abstraction, realism, conceptual work and installation are all potentially viable for this exhibition.

The inspiration for the exhibition is the private race car collection of Don Smith, CEO of Terre Haute First Financial Bank. Artists can view the collection firsthand at his 500 Museum of Wheels, at 1025 Ohio St.

“The exhibition is another way to show appreciation to Don Smith for his support of our motorsports program and its drag racing team,” Young said. “We may see artist renderings of his cars or we could see something totally different.”

There is no entry fee and artists may submit up to three works of art. Submission is open to all local and regional artists age 18 and over, including ISU students, faculty, staff, and family members. Artists can submit in two categories, professional and student. Students must be enrolled full-time or part-time in an academic institution and have a valid student ID card.

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