Upcoming Exhibitions

sun28apr(apr 28)11:00 amsun09jun(jun 9)5:00 pm26th Working Together(april 28) 11:00 am - (june 9) 5:00 pm


April 28 (Sunday) 11:00 am - June 9 (Sunday) 5:00 pm

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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.

sun28apr(apr 28)11:00 amsun21jul(jul 21)5:00 pmFeaturedThe Art & Inventions of Rube Goldberg(april 28) 11:00 am - (july 21) 5:00 pm


April 28 (Sunday) 11:00 am - July 21 (Sunday) 5:00 pm

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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 artsandartists.org

thu02may(may 2)11:00 amsun01sep(sep 1)5:00 pmBlown Glass by Benjamin Johnson11:00 am (2) - (september 1) 5:00 pm


May 2 (Thursday) 11:00 am - September 1 (Sunday) 5:00 pm

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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.