What do whistling teakettles, swan-topped hotels, advanced wheel chairs, a cube-shaped house, and Indiana have in common? The answer, of course, is architect Michael Graves, an Indiana native son.
"Hey, I think that's a Friedel"! "A what?" This "Treasures from the Vault" post focuses on a lesser known Abstract Expressionist painter with a name you're sure not to forget!
Long before J. Ottis Adams, William Forsyth, Otto Stark, T. C. Steele, and Richard Gruelle were dubbed the Hoosier Group, they were a band of unknown but earnest young artists strapped for cash and eager for any opportunity to replenish the funds they had spent on years of rigorous art training in Germany. Teaching was one option for gainful employment. Learn more about the beginnings of art in Fort Wayne in this "Historical Highlight"!
Communication is an art. In this "Treasures from the Vault" we highlight artist Lesley Dill, who works at the intersection of art and language to explore communication.
A regional artist, Andrea Peterson's work is intimately connected with nature on multiple levels, both in her subject and her choice of medium. Sachi Yanari-Rizzo details the natural elements of Peterson's work in this "Treasures from the Vault" post.
A Pop art nun? What sounds like a bizarre combination resulted in a heavenly blend of positivity and bright uplifting colors. You’re probably familiar with Pop artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Ed Ruscha. But what about Corita Kent, the unlikely female Pop art phenomenon of the ‘60s and ‘70s? Discover the artist, educator, and advocate’s remarkable story.
Katja Oxman’s work shows us that a self-portrait doesn’t need to contain an actual representation of a face. Discover how one artist gives viewers a glimpse into her life via her treasured items in this Treasures from the Vault.
Claudia Bernardi’s experience growing up in Argentina influences the way she melds her interests in art, education, and anthropology. Creating art informed by her forensic work in areas of violence, Bernardi's featured etching and aquatint acts as a visual tool that is both beautiful and informative.
Today’s treasure presents us with a bit of a mystery. Not only is the title of this watercolor Unknown, we also know little about its maker Louis-Robert de Cuvillon. So, what must we do to start picking apart this unknown piece? With works like this we have to combine what knowledge we do know with our most important tool: our eyes. Read on to see how art historians use visual clues to deduce a painting's meaning.
Artists are inspired to create by a multitude of things: their environment, their lives, books, movies, and even each other! In this series, we'll be looking at artists who made artworks inspired by other artists and their works. Explore how glass artist Steve Linn was inspired by Simon Rodia's Towers in this post by Children's Education Associate Katy Thompson.