Preview Cocktail Party

A Celebration of Art and Nature

Art in Bloom, a three day exhibition from June 14-16, 2019, pairs works from the Museum’s permanent collection with live floral displays created by the area’s most imaginative floral designers.

The Friends of the Evansville Museum invite you to a special preview event!

Heavy hors d’oeuvres | Music by After Hours Trio

$40 for Museum members | $50 for Not-Yet Members

Please RSVP by June 6.

We thank our Preview Cocktail Party sponsors:
Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union
Hatfield Law Office LLC
Virginia G. Schroeder
The Diamond Galleria

Art in Bloom is presented in memory of Jean & Donald Korb through the generous gifts of Sarah & Kevin Bain, Martha & Jon Goldman and families.

26th Working Together

For the 26th consecutive year, regional artists will participate in a juried competition entitled Working Together. The April 28–June 9 Old Gallery exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and will include work in the categories of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles and mixed media.

Blown Glass by Benjamin Johnson

An artist committed to sculpture, the design of contemporary glass objects, and the architecture of spatial installations, Benjamin Johnson’s work explores pattern and texture to tell visual stories about our environment. His May 2-September 1, 2019 exhibition will be displayed in the John Streetman Alcove.

Born in Cicero, Indiana, Benjamin Johnson earned his BFA in glass from Kent State University and his MFA in glass from Ball State University. Johnson’s work is widely exhibited and held in the collections of the Indiana State Museum, the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, and the Glick Eye Institute. His work has received numerous best in show awards and he has been recognized as a Rising Star in contemporary glass at the Museum of American Glass in Millville, NJ. He has been the recipient of a Windgate Fellowship Grant Award, an Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, a Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group Jerry Raphael Fellowship, a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, and the Indianapolis Art Center Skip McKinney Faculty of the Year Award. Johnson has taught glass at the Herron School of Art, Indianapolis Art Center, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and is currently lecturer and co-chair of glass at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

The Art & Inventions of Rube Goldberg

The Art & Inventions of Rube Goldberg, an exhibition celebrating the groundbreaking artwork of one of the most influential cartoon illustrators of the 20th century, opens in the Main Gallery, April 28 and continues through July 21.

Marking the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Goldberg’s work since 1970, The Art & Inventions of Rube Goldberg chronicles all aspects of the artist’s 72 year career, from his earliest published drawings and iconic inventions to his Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons and beyond. Bringing together never-before-exhibited original works of art, preparatory drawings, video, and related ephemera, this exhibition offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to witness the development of Goldberg’s artwork and trace his rise to prominence.

The exhibition begins with a look at Goldberg’s innovative early work, with original drawings that reveal the beginnings of his comic style; then follows his steady rise to fame as a nationally syndicated presence in the 1920s and 1930s.

The influence of vaudeville and early film on Goldberg’s comic imagination is explored, and his satirical takes on fashion, sports, politics, gender roles, and other aspects of modern life are showcased and celebrated. Rare family photographs and early films provide period detail and essential context.

The Art & Inventions of Rube Goldberg prominently features Goldberg’s crowning artistic achievement: his invention drawings. Highlighting their unique burlesque of our modern age of invention, this section explores how Goldberg’s zany contraptions caught the popular imagination and became—as he put it—“a symbol of man’s capacity for exerting maximum effort to achieve minimal results,” while making him a cultural icon.

The exhibition concludes with a vivid survey of Goldberg’s output during his final decades and with a celebration of his lasting influence on popular culture. The Art & Inventions of Rube Goldberg offers visitors an intimate look into the life and legacy of one of the keenest and wittiest observers of modern times, whose name has entered the cultural lexicon and whose influence continues to reverberate into the 21st century.

The Art & Inventions of Rube Goldberg was conceived by Creighton Michael; developed in cooperation with Heirs of Rube Goldberg, LLC; and curated by Max Weintraub. The national touring exhibition was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, and includes the following venues: Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle; Grand Rapids Art Museum; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Portland Public Library, Portland, Maine; National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia; and the Queens Museum, New York.

International Arts & Artists

In Washington, DC, is a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally, through exhibitions, programs, and services to artists, arts institutions and the public. Visit

Derby Style Show

Join the Friends of the Museum for the 2nd Annual Derby Style Show and Luncheon on April 11 in the Walnut Room at Tropicana.

Derby-Inspired Cuisine • Cash Bar • Silent Auction

View a sampling of Derby Fashions for your 2019 Derby Festivities. Hats, handbags and bowties will be for sale. Derby Dress is encouraged but not required!

Styles provided by Wild Flower Boutique and Stein Mart.

Sponsored by Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union


Program to recall Living in Evansville in the 1960s

On Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m., J. Claude Wertz, and Charlie Berger will share their memories of living in Evansville in the 1960s.

James Claude Wertz, Jr., J Wertz, was born in Evansville in 1931 and has been a resident of the city his entire life. He attended Bosse High School and William and Mary and Vanderbilt Universities earning his master’s degree in geology from the latter. J worked as a geologist for two years before joining his father at Maley & Wertz Lumber Company—a career that spanned 58 years. Wertz also served as president of the Oak Hill Cemetery Board from 1960 to 1963.

Charles L. Berger grew-up in Evansville and graduated from the University of Evansville in 1969. He received his law degree with honors from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1972. After graduating law school, he returned to Evansville and practiced with his father, Sydney Berger. Charlie has continued his father’s tradition of representing the working people in the Evansville area, and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for personal injury litigation for over 31 consecutive years.

For complimentary reservations, please call the Museum at (812) 425-2406.

Tom Tuley and Bob Ford to Speak about Evansville Sports of the 1960s

On Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m., Tom Tuley and Bob Ford, in a discussion moderated by Ron Eaton, will talk about local sports history of the 1960s. Tom Tuley was a well-known sports reporter for the Evansville Press in the 1960s and was later editor and president of the both the Evansville Press and the Evansville Courier newspapers. He is a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. Bob Ford starred in basketball at North High School and led the Huskies to the 1967 state basketball championship. He went on to be a two-time All-Big Ten player at Purdue University. Ron Eaton is the publisher and editor of Maturity Journal magazine and the author of two books on area sports: Local Legends: The Stories behind the Headlines and Local Legends II: The Stories Continue.


For complimentary reservations, please call the Museum at (812) 425-2406.

Winter Festival 2019

The Winter Festival will take place at the Evansville Museum in Evansville, Indiana on Saturday, November 16, 2019 with set up starting on Friday and a Member’s Preview Event 9:00-11:00 AM on Saturday morning. The Winter Festival is a family-friendly event and will include hands-on winter-themed activities and games for both adults and children. Guests will also have the opportunity to take their picture with Santa Claus. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. And, there will be a shopping opportunity offering unique and hand-made items in addition to fine art and crafts. Musical entertainment and artist demonstrations will be happening as well.

Anyone interested in obtaining vending space for the Winter Festival should fill out the appropriateVendor Entry Application (Vendor info Winter Festival 2019) and send it with requested images to Joycelyn Todisco, or Evansville Museum, 411 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47713. Questions can be emailed or call (812) 425-2406 x 238.

Mary Stewart Adams Program

The public is invited to the fourth annual R. Wayne Perkins lecture series
Mary Stewart Adams
Star lore, historian, storyteller, author, and global advocate for starry skies
Mary Stewart Adams is a star lore historian, working as global advocate for starry skies. She lectures throughout the world using a humanities-based approach to understanding the celestial world around us and the cultural influence of astronomy through the ages. She has been immersed in the history of star knowledge for over 30 years, and in this capacity she writes and speaks extensively about our relationship to the night sky and why it matters that we are losing direct access to the natural dark.
Mary led the team that established the 9th international dark sky park in the world in 2011. As a result of her work, the State of Michigan is now protecting the night sky over an additional 35,000 acres. She has received numerous honors for her pioneering work, traveling extensively and teaching a humanities-based approach to understanding the night sky. Adams has been honored twice as Dark Sky Advocate of the Year (2006 & 2012), Environmentalist of the Year (NMEAC 2012), and Dark Sky Defender (IDA2012).
Adams led her park to several prestigious awards, including the Pure Michigan “Pure Award” for 2017, and the first-ever awarded International Dark Sky Park of the Year Award, also for 2017. You can find Adams’ work at, on social media platforms, and on Interlochen Public Radio, where every Monday morning you can learn about a story in the sky on her radio segment “The Storyteller’s Night Sky.”
Schedule of Events
Friday, March 29 | 3:00 PM | UE History 290 Class
Room 73, Schroeder School of Business Building
Saturday, March 30 | 2:00 PM | Mary Stewart Adams
Koch Planetarium, Evansville Museum
Sunday, March 31 | 9:30 AM at Sunday Service
10:45 AM at Wesley Advocates Class Session
Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 SE 3rd Street, Evansville, IN
Monday, April 1 | 2:00 PM | UE Astronomy 101 Class
Room 100, Koch Center for Engineering and Science
The public is invited to all events listed. Space is limited.
The R. Wayne Perkins Lecture Series
The annual R. Wayne Perkins Lectures, sponsored by the Office of Religious Life of the University of Evansville, bring together religion scholars, theologians, and church leaders to explore biblical and theological questions relevant to our common life together. The lectures are intended to be public in nature, engage a broad gathering of world views, and help inform the complexities of theological understanding within contemporary life.
The Perkins Lectures are made possible by the generosity of private donors and the Lilly Endowment Inc., and are designed to generate and foster sustained theological reflection among University of Evansville students and alumni, clergy, and the larger community.

Shiny! The Jewelry Super Saturday

We will make our own jewelry, get an up close look at crystals, and learn all about crystal structure at this shiny Super Saturday.

The fourth Saturday of every month is designated a Super Saturday at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science. From 11:00 AM–3:00 PM the day is filled with crafts, activities, challenges and/or guest lectures, all on a different theme each time. Children, teens, adults and families are encouraged to have a fun day exploring new topics. All Super Saturday activities are included with Museum admission. Super Saturdays are presented in partnership by the Evansville Museum Contemporaries.

Activities include:

  • Make own jewelry
  • Mineral collection
  • Crystal structure kit – molecules