Garden Sculpture Safari
“Garden Sculpture Safari” is designed to be an exhibit-within-an-exhibit that features 45 ceramic garden sculptures regarded originally as lawn ornaments. This approach of showing these works within the context of the MMAA Permanent Collection is an effort to reanimate the familiar and create a fun experience for the visitor. These garden sculptures were created during the 1920s & 1930s by the American Art Pottery Companies, Weller, Fulper, Reed & Peters, & Rookwood. There are frogs, turtles, birds, and even gnomes included. All of these works have been generously loaned from the renowned collection of R. Douglas & Barbara Grant of Indiana. As the Elkhart County Quilt Garden Tour begins this season, don’t miss this opportunity to re-visit your museum’s permanent collection galleries to see if you can find all of the garden sculptures on display. Some will be challenging to discover so look closely! This exhibition will run May 1-September 4, 2016.
The Rise of the Graphic Image: 100 years of Printmaking in America
If you ever wanted to know the difference between an etching and a lithograph; if you ever were curious about silk screen prints versus woodcuts; or, if you never realized that the term “print” meant an original, hand-made, work of art transfered to paper by a “printmaker”, then you will need to see this exciting historical look deep inside the MMAA collection of graphic artworks. “The Rise of the Graphic Image” will leave you spellbound by the processes that artists have pioneered to create images on wood, blocks of stone, or metal plates from 1880 to 1980, to be able to transfer them with ink to paper. This exhibit has been curated from the museum’s holdings of over 700 graphic works on paper and represents some of the most important artists in history. The exhibit opens on July 15 and continues through October 2.