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September 5, 2013

‘Boxed Death’ wins People’s Choice

TERRE HAUTE — Lindy Reeves is the winner of the People’s Choice Award at Swope Art Museum’s “69th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition.”  The honor comes for her charcoal-on-wood drawing, “Boxed Death.”

Determined by visitor ballots, this award is given annually to the artist who created the most popular work of art in the exhibition. Several contenders emerged during the exhibition, but “Boxed Death” pulled ahead in the exhibition’s final weeks. Visitors were drawn to the nearly life-size figure of a young man contorted to fit into a wooden box.  “Boxed Death” also attracted visitors with its dramatic use of light and shadows in realistic drawing in black and white.

The award includes a cash prize of $250 from the Alliance of the Swope Art Museum, which also sponsored two juror-selected awards for the exhibition. This year’s distinguished juror was Kris Ercums, curator of Global Contemporary and Asian Art at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas at Lawrence. Ercums selected the works included in the exhibition and identified those worthy of special recognition with awards.

The Swope Art Museum established the People’s Choice Award in 2010 to give visitors a chance to voice their opinions in a meaningful way. Nearly 350 visitors cast ballots for their favorite works of art over the eight-week run of this year’s exhibition. First Financial Bank sponsored the 69th annual exhibition, which featured 63 works of art in a diversity of media by 47 artists from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan.

Reeves works as an apprentice tattoo artist in Terre Haute and is a recent graduate from the art department of Indiana State University.

The Swope Art Museum celebrates its 70th year of service to the community this year. The museum houses what is considered one of the Midwest’s premier collections of American painting, sculpture and works on paper. Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Charles Burchfield, George Bellows, George Luks, John Sloan, Mary Fairchild MacMonnies, Harriet Frishmuth, Frederick MacMonnies, Anna Hyatt Huntington and Robert Rauschenberg are all represented in the Swope’s collection, which spans the early 19th century to the present.

Swope Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 12-5 p.m.; the museum is closed Sundays, Mondays and national holidays. Admission is free. The Swope is at 25 S. Seventh St. Call 812-238-1676 or visit www.swope.org.

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