Art classes for all ages are offered seasonally at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. Photography, pottery, drawing, painting and paper making are just some of the subjects taught at this Indiana museum. The collection consists mostly of local art, with permanent and rotating galleries. Visitors can purchase artwork here too, including jewelry, pottery, textiles, photographs and other items from more than 40 Hoosier artists. Nineteenth and twentieth century American art is the focus of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette’s displays. Lafayette, Indiana is an artsy town that’s a great destination for a day trip from Indianapolis.
A popular exhibit at the museum is a collection of 100 photographs that were submitted by the community. Each year, the museum features a different Indiana photography display. Indiana High Schools participate in an annual photography photography contest at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. It’s a juried art show called New Artists, and it’s one of the most attended events at the museum. Programs and lectures at this Indiana attraction often invite local educators and experts, and there’s always something new going on here.
The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette began in 1909, and it was originally called the Lafayette Art Association. Because of countless donations and gifts the museum has sustained more than 100 years in the community. More than 800 unique works of art now make up the museum’s fascinating collection. T. C. Steele and Will Vawter are just two of the famous Hoosier artists showcased at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. George Winter spent a short time living in the Crossroads of America, and he too has works on display here. Other very popular artists featured are Henry Ossawa Tanner and F. Luis Mora, to name only a few.
There’s no admission charge at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, but donations are always welcomed. It’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tours are available upon request. Membership at the museum starts at $20 for students, and ranges up to $10,000 for Director’s Circle membership. All sorts of benefits apply to member status, including invites to special members only events and much more.
While visiting the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, be sure to check out nearby destinations to incorporate into your day trip from the Circle City. Columbian Park is a coll hot-spot in Lafayette, and this special Indiana park even has a zoo. Another nearby attraction is the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park in West Lafayette, Indiana, near Purdue University. This park is one of many historic war memorials in Indiana. Just one county south of Tippecanoe County is where the Rotary Jail Museum can be found in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Western Indiana lends itself to dozens of day trip opportunities, but if you can’t escape from Indy for a day, try to get involved in the Indianapolis arts scene. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is located in downtown Indianapolis, and the Herron School of Art Galleries and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indiana and Western Art are nearby. The Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple is another art attraction located just steps off the Monon Trail on the north side of Indianapolis. Naptown is home to countless art museums and Indianapolis art galleries to get lost in.
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
101 South 9th Street
Lafayette, Indiana 47901