Evans Woollen: To Build in Context

Art comes in many shapes, sizes, colors and forms. It can be as simple as a pencil sketch on a napkin or as intricate as a fifty year old building. The Indianapolis Museum of Art has a mission to explore all kinds of art. Thursday, June 3, 2010, architecture as art is the topic of discussion at Evans Woollen’s lecture, “To Build in Context” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. As the architect behind some of Indianapolis real estate‘s most notable landmarks, Woollen is a true Hoosier hero. Hear him speak about his career, which spans more than half a century, and his upcoming Indianapolis art exhibit at the iMOCA in Fountain Square.

Evans Woollen founded his architecture firm, Woollen, Molzan and Partners, in 1955 with offices just off of Monument Circle in Indianapolis downtown. Over the years, Woollen’s work in his own firm would establish him as one of the great architectural minds and artists in Indianapolis. ┬áThe firm got its start designing mainly bank facilities and Indianapolis homes. It got its big break in 1960 when Butler University and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra contracted Woollen, Mozlan and Partners to build a 2,200 seat concert hall, now known as Clowes Memorial Hall. As the firm’s first major work, it established a reputation for itself as a leading designer of Indianapolis performing arts facilities.

As the sixties progressed, Woollen, Mozlan and Partners gained more and more prestigious commissions including the new Indianapolis Federal Building and the Indiana University Musical Arts Center in Bloomington. In addition, it started work on its first academic library for Marian College (now Marian University) in Indianapolis. It also changed its name to Evans Woollen and Associates.

Evans Woollen and Associates held some of the most sought after contracts in Indianapolis through the seventies. It produced buildings for the Indianapolis Housing Authority, Federal Property management, Presbyterian Housing Inc. and retirement housing and communities. In addition to designing buildings in Indianapolis, Muncie, Lafayette and Clarksville, the firm also worked in Illinois, North Carolina and Maine. Its renovation of the Indiana Theatre (now known at the Indiana Repertory Theatre) is still marveled at today by Indianapolis people.

In the 1980s, Woollen’s work on churches, libraries, museums, historic renovations and performing arts facilities continued. It’s award winning design of the Cushwa Leighton Library at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana became a star of the firms portfolio. In addition, the 1980s brought well known contracts for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Union Station, the St. Joseph Public Library in Evansville, Indiana.

In the 1990s, Evans Woollen and Associates continued their noteworthy work across the United States and in Indianapolis. It designed the White River Gardens Conservatory Complex at the Indianapolis Zoo and was in charge of recent renovations made to the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library’s Central Library downtown.

Get the inside scoop on the design and construction of some of your favorite Indianapolis buildings as Woollen sits down in the Tobias Theatre of the IMA to discuss his more than fifty years as a leader in central Indiana architecture. He will analyze the themes and intentions of his life’s work in design. This Indianapolis education event is sponsored by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and the Design Arts Society of the IMA.

Don’t miss a retrospective of Woollen’s life’s work opening June 4, 2010 at the iMOCA’s Indianapolis art gallery in the Indianapolis cultural district Fountain Square. Also, save June 5 for a home tour which includes a sampling of Woollen’s Indianapolis residential projects. This Indianapolis event at the IMA Thursday, June 3, 2010 is FREE to all Indianapolis people, and gets underway in the Tobias Theatre at 7:00 pm.

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Evans Woollen: To Build in Context
Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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