Thursdays After Rush Hour

Every Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm the Museum offers Thursdays After Rush Hour! This program delivers not only free admission to the Museum but also to lectures, family activities, workshops and other fun activities to the general public! This program is made possible with a generous grant from the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.



The Thursdays After Rush Hour do not include admission into opening receptions. However, if there is another activity occurring at that time, guests can attend the activity for free just not the reception. If a guest would like to attend the opening reception, there is $10 charge per guest.


Brew Ha Ha 2017

The Evansville Museum Contemporaries are proud to present their annual Brew Ha Ha for the 19th consecutive year. This year the event will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. All of the tri-state’s favorite local brewers will be in attendance. Brew Ha Ha is an excellent opportunity to try a wide variety of micro, specialty, homemade and imported beers, as well as appetizers and live entertainment. Everyone 21 and older is welcome to attend.

Member Price: $30

Not-Yet Member Price: $35

At the Door Price: $40

Eclipse Weekend

Eclipse Weekend Schedule of Events

Get prepared for the upcoming solar eclipse by attending one of our Eclipse Weekend days, Saturday, August 19 or Sunday, August 20. Admission includes access to workshops, lectures, planetarium shows and more. Admission on either day is: Adults $20, Youth $16, Museum Members $5.

Saturday August 19

On the Schroeder Plaza

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Outdoor Solar Viewing


In the Eykamp Pavilion

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eclipse Make-It-Take-It Activities

3:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eclipse Make-It-Take-It Activities


In the Old Gallery

12:30 a.m. Animals and the Eclipse, Featuring Nocturnal Animals

12:45 p.m. Sun, Moon Earth and Me: Stories of the Total Eclipse of the Sun with Master Storyteller Susan Fowler

1:45 p.m. Workshop: A Beginner’s Eclipse Watchers Guide

2:45 p.m. Workshop: What Parents Should Know About the Eclipse


In the Toyota Learning Center

12:45 p.m. Workshop: Fun Things You Can Make to View the Eclipse

1:45 p.m. Workshop: Selfies, Hashtags How to Share the Eclipse on Social Media


In the Koch Immersive Theater

2:00 p.m. Eclipse Live Show

4:00 p.m. Eclipse Live Show


Sunday, August 20

In the Old Gallery

12:45 p.m. Lecture: Solar Eclipses throughout History by Catherine A. Pilachowski, Indiana University

2:45 p.m. Lecture: Into the Darkness: High Altitude Balloon Flights on Eclipse Day by Glen Kissel, University of Southern Indiana

3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Imaging the Eclipse


In the Toyota Learning Center

12:15 p.m. Workshop: A Beginner’s Eclipse Watchers Guide

12:15 p.m. Workshop: Fun Things You Can Make to View the Eclipse


In the Koch Immersive Theater

2:00 p.m. Eclipse Live Show

4:00 p.m. Eclipse Live Show


Mid-States Call for Entries

Now in its 45th year, the Mid-States Craft Exhibition was originally organized to showcase emerging artists from the Evansville area. Over the years, the show has grown to include artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee.  There are more than $10,000 in awards, including a $5,000 Best of Show purchase award, and multiple purchase and merit awards.  The exhibition is open to any artist residing in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, or Tennessee.  All work must be original, completed within the last three years, and not previously exhibited in the Mid-States Craft Exhibition. The competition is open for the following categories: ceramics, glass, textiles, metals, wood, enamel and mixed media.  This years’ Juror isPerry A. Price, Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas.

For more information and to see the complete prospectus, visit

First Thursdays with Jonathan McAfee

First Thursdays with Jonathan McAfee will be on February 1, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  

First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

Artist Bio

Jonathan McAfee approaches his art as an abstract impressionistic painter who just happens to paint people he finds fascinating and because he enjoys painting them. He uses energetic painting techniques to lay down paint quickly with rapid brush strokes using vibrant colors. He is about the process of painting. Keeping the method loose, he can develop a painting’s composition in about 4 to 5 hours on a good day. He then builds on layers with texture and brush stroke squiggles that create the abstracted image when looking at a close proximity. Further away the paintings appear more as portraiture.

Artistically speaking, Portraiture painting is a representation of the subject. An image created to represent the person using clues as to whom that person is and what they might enjoy doing. It can portray that person’s personality. As McAfee approaches his subjects, they lend him their features or expressions. He creates an image that is compelling and relatable to the viewer. The images have personality that he has applied to them.

Originally a native of Indianapolis, Jonathan McAfee decided he had achieved all he was going to there so he quit his day job as a Marketing/PR person. As he and his wife were looking for a new hometown, they visited Denver and fell in love. Now, he is a full-time artist and continues to make strides with his work. In the beginning, his paintings were very much about the representation and now he is breaking down the image. As he continues to hone his skills, the artistic results have morphed and grown.

McAfee attended the Herron School of Art and Design (Indiana University) earning a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting. He has had numerous exhibitions, group and solo. He is an established artist with work in public and private collections here and abroad. His most recent creations will be on display in the Museum Gift Shop Art Sales Gallery starting February 1, 2018 until April 4, 2018. For more information contact Joycelyn Todisco at 812 425-2406 ext. 238 or

First Thursdays with Annette Poitau

First Thursdays with Annette Poitau will be on September 7, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  

First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

Artist Bio

The impressive results of Annette Poitau’s painting process are the organic qualities of the paint and reflections of nature in the pigment. Suspending the oil paint in varnish and turpentine, she pours the paint on a canvas that has a base composition painted as a wash or an impasto. She allows the pigmented mediums to flow and blend under their own viscosity by gently rolling the canvas to direct the paint and then redirecting it. Each layer is allowed to dry before another layer is added. Some of the layers are translucent enough to allow the layers below to be seen and some areas of thicker paint applications will cause some paint to pool. The method and pigmentation of her paintings is reminiscent of the formation and appearance of earth.

Of her work Poitau writes: “Every painting is a sort of intimate dance with matter and primordial gestures, a dialogue between my will and the chemical reaction of the colors, their disappearance and their reemergence in new incarnations. The paintings reveals itself with time. It makes its own sense, discovers its soul.”

Annette Poitau was born in Saint-pol-sur-Ternoise, France. Her art education began in Belgium at the Institut Saint Luc, Tournai were she earned her Bachelor of Arts. She then went on to Lycée Technique d’Etat Textiles et Arts Appliquée, Roubaix and Ecole Nationale Supérieure es Arts Décoratifs, Paris where she received her Master of Fine Arts. She also studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York.

Throughout her artistic career, Poitau has received many awards and recognitions. Her MFA was presented as Awarded with Distinction in 1989 and following she gained a 2 year residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. 1993-1994, she had a solo exhibition traveled to 7 cities sponsored by the General Council of the Department of Pas-de-Calais, France, and a 1994 residency with L’EPAC. By 2004 in Pacifica, California, she had an art studio at the Sanchez Art Center for the next four years. Currently, Poitau has settled in Oberlin, Ohio. She has continued to earn many various awards for her artwork. As quite the established artist, she has had many solo exhibitions and her work is in many public and private collections.

First Thursday with Rosalie Waranius Vass

First Thursdays with Rosalie Waranius Vass will be on September 14, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  

First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

Artist Bio

Rosalie Waranius Vass spent her youth in the Kettle Moraine area of Wisconsin, in the small town of Dundee. Growing up in this region provided Waranius Vass with a vast play ground to observe and explore. A place where livestock grazed and seasons changed; a place where life embraced many colors and textures. This is where the diversified landscape and rural setting lent her many subjects for her artwork. She was always passionate about art and drawing. By the age of 13, she knew she wanted to be an artist. But, in order to get an early start with her art education, she had to attend a private high school in Fond du Lac. She then went onto Alverno College to get a degree in Fine Art and Teaching. She taught art for 14 years until opening Thistle Hill Farm Studio and she now paints full-time.

The paintings by Rosalie Waranius Vass are narratives worked in brilliant color, grand visual texture, careful composition and vivid imagination. The non-traditional paintings are fun and light hearted. Some of the imagery has sheep with birds standing on their backs, horses prancing around a hilly landscape with a rainbow in the background or a little island upon which is a grouping of houses with little puffs of smoke above their chimneys. Her imagery may appear as a child has drawn them but the way she incorporates the elements of design attest to her artistic craftsmanship.

Waranius Vass is very apt at controlling the viewer’s eye with her use of color and the composition if the picture plane. In the painting “Light Changes Everything”, the moon is emitting a spotlight illuminating a pie shaped sliver of a forest where a mass of birds have congregated. This causes the viewer to stop and ponder the meaning of it. “Looking Down Reaching Up”, pictured here, is an image where the sun is asserting its own gravitational pull on the mountain and trees pulling them closer to its warmth. The yellows in the upper right corner balance with the warm green tones in the lower left allowing the cooler hues to incorporate rather than compete.

Rosalie Waranius Vass paintings are multimedia creations. She works with watercolor and acrylic paint on watercolor paper with an overlay of Prisma color pencils. Her work will be on exhibition from September 7, 2017 to November 1, 2017 in the Art Sales Gallery of the Museum Gift Shop. For more information about Rosalie Waranius Vass and her work, contact Joycelyn Todisco at 812 425-2406 ext. 238 or

55th High School Art Show

For 55 years, the Evansville Museum has celebrated the talent of young artists from southwestern Indiana through the presentation of the HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW. Students currently enrolled in Grades 9 through 12 in 20 public, parochial and private schools in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Pike, Posey and Gibson Counties in Indiana will exhibit work in the categories of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, photography, mixed media and graphic design.

The March 15 – April 15, 2018 Old Gallery exhibition will open with an awards reception on Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. Volunteers from the Museum Guild and Museum Docent Association anticipate receiving nearly 1,000 entries for review by juror Stephanie Frasier, professor of art and art department chair at the University of Evansville.

Working Together

For the 24th consecutive year, regional artists will participate in a juried competition entitled WORKING TOGETHER. The October 15 – December 3, 2017 Old Gallery exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. 

Juror for this year’s competition is Susan Baley, Executive Director of the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana. Baley, who began her tenure at the Swope Art Museum in 2015, received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Wichita State University and a masters of art history from the University of Oklahoma. Before moving to Indiana, she served as the Director of Education for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Fine Art at the University of Oklahoma.

Untitled: Paintings by Jeff Uffelman

(insert title): PAINTINGS BY JEFF UFFELMAN, on exhibit in the Main Gallery February 18 – April 22, 2018, will include still life paintings by Uffelman and a series of collaborative paintings created by the artist and his wife, Hannah Finn. Jeff Uffelman dreamed as a young child of having a job where he could observe nature “as long as he wanted.” After studying architecture at the urging of his family, Uffelman decided to give it up to follow his calling and became a painter. He settled for more than a decade in Santa Fe, New Mexico before moving to Idaho in 2006. He currently resides in Reedsport on the Oregon coast. Uffelman’s watercolor and oil paintings of still lifes have been exhibited in invitational and competitive exhibitions across the country. He is represented by the MA Doran Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.