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June 26, 2014

Swope celebrates 70 years of Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition

This summer, the Swope Art Museum will present the 70th annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition, one of the oldest and best-known juried shows in the nation.

The distinguished juror for the special 70th anniversary exhibition is Carter E. Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

The public is invited to attend the free opening reception and awards ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, when guests will have the opportunity to meet both the artists and Foster. The exhibition will be on view through Aug. 23.

First Financial Bank has sponsored the “Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition” for many years, and, according to CEO Norm Lowery, the bank considers the exhibition to be an important means of supporting the creative talent of Midwest artists.

Lowery explains: “First Financial Bank recognizes that the arts are an integral part of making Terre Haute a wonderful place to live. In addition to encouraging the work of these talented artists who make their homes in the Midwest, the ‘Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition’ introduces residents and visitors to their work. We are pleased to support the exhibition once again.”

For the 2014 exhibition, 105 artists submitted 305 works of art for the juror’s review, from which Foster selected 64 works by 44 artists. Nineteen awards and five purchase awards, sponsored by local community members and organizations, will be announced at the opening reception, and a list of award winners will be available shortly afterward.

Visitors can vote for their favorite work in the exhibition to select the People’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Alliance of the Swope Art Museum. Votes will be tallied and the award will be announced at the close of the exhibition.  

“We are honored to have Carter Foster from the Whitney Museum of American Art as the juror,” said Marianne Richter, the Swope Art Museum’s executive director. “Mr. Foster’s selections include diverse media, techniques and styles and reflect the abundant talent to be found in our region. This year, we have coordinated the selection of the awards with the opening reception so that the artists and community can have the chance to meet our distinguished juror.”

Foster has been the Curator of Drawing at the Whitney since January 2005, during which time he has organized a number of major exhibitions, including “Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process,” to which the Swope lent its painting by Hopper, “Route 6, Eastham.” The exhibition, the first to focus on the creative process of this great American artist, has received enthusiastic reviews in newspapers such as the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Before assuming his duties at the Whitney, Foster was the curator and co-chair of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In conjunction with his attendance at the opening reception, Foster will also speak about the Hopper exhibition at a special event Saturday night.

Free to the public since 1942, the Swope Art Museum houses one of the Midwest’s premier collections of American painting, sculpture and works on paper. Hopper, Andy Warhol, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Charles Burchfield, George Bellows, George Luks, Rudy Pozzatti, Mary Fairchild MacMonnies, Frederick MacMonnies, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Robert Motherwell, John Rogers Cox  and Leroy Lamis are all represented in the Swope’s 2012 publication featuring 70 works from the collection, which spans the early 19th century to the 21st century.

The Swope is at 25 S. Seventh St. For more information call 812-238-1676 or visit www.swope.org.

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