Visual Arts

Wayne County has a proud history of supporting the visual arts and local artists. It is home to the only art museum in the country located in an operating high school.

Artists of Wayne County - view a short biography of 14 nationally-recognized artists as well as samples of their work. These artists include George Herbert Baker, Edgar Forkner, John Elwood Bundy, Edna Stubbs Cathell, Charles Conner, Maude Eggemeyer, William Eyden Sr., William Eyden Jr., Frank Girardin, Marcus Mote, William Alden Mote, Overbeck Sisters, John Seaford, and Gaar Williams.

Wayne County Museums, Collections and Galleries

Museums

Museum of Overbeck Art Pottery - at the Cambridge City Public Library - wonderful collection of pottery, painting, and drawings of six local sisters recognized as an important part of our national art history.

Nettle Creek Museum - housed in the Odd Fellows hall in Hagerstown, the museum features a wonderful mural and other works by Charles Lucien Newcomb.

Richmond Art Museum - founded in 1898, this fine art museum has a permanent collection of American Impressionists, Taos School, the Hoosier Group, the Richmond School and other regional artists, including a small but significant collection of local ceramic artists including works by potters of the Arts and Craft Movement, the Overbeck Sisters and the Bethel Pike potters.

Wayne County Historical Museum - while art is not the main focus of this collection, they do have some wonderful Quaker artist's paintings in addition to a painting of Julia Meeks Gaar by Wayman Adams.

Collections

Reid Presbyterian Church - Louis Comfort Tiffany windows. (details)

Centerville / Center Township Public Library - Permanent Art Collection

Morrisson-Reeves Library - caretakers of a small, but significant collection of local artists, including Bundy and Mote, and a wonderful set of Louis Comfort Tiffany windows.

Reid Health - take a virtual tour of the art that helps set the tone for Reid's healing environment.  Also be sure to check out the MacDowell Art Gallery on the second floor of Reid Outpatient Care Center.

Galleries

Leeds Gallery - in Runyan Center at Earlham College - offers traveling exhibits and local exhibitions.

MacDowell Art Gallery - a revolving art display of work by regional artists on the 2nd floor Reid Hospital's Outpatient Care Center.

Ronald Art Gallery - in Lilly Library at Earlham College - featuring exhibits from Earlham's permanent collection of over 3000 paintings, prints and sculptures.

Whitewater Art Gallery - Whitewater Hall, Indiana University East - offers traveling exhibits and local exhibitions.

Public Art

Flickr Gallery of Wayne County Public Art

Festival of the Arts - art contest with murals and sculpture created across Wayne County.

Indiana Art Museums

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art - Indianapolis, IN

Fort Wayne Museum of Art - Fort Wayne, IN

The Indianapolis Art Center - Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis Museum of Art - Indianapolis, IN

Indiana University Art Museum - Bloomington, IN

Snite Museum of Art - Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

Swope Art Museum - Terre Haute, IN

Midwest and National Art Museums

The Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL

Cincinnati Art Museum - Cincinnati, OH

Dayton Art Institute - Dayton, OH

Google Art Project - online tour of art & art museums from around the world

Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, D.C.

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