Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone
March 7–May 10, 2015
Special Exhibitions Gallery and Judi and Milt Stewart Hexagon Gallery, first floor
IU Art Museum is one of four national venues to host this first major showing of traditional art from the West African nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone. The exhibition brings together more than seventy objects from the collection of the late William Siegmann (1943–2011), former curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum and an IU alumnus who lived and worked in Liberia between 1965 and 1987. Siegmann assembled a collection that not only presents typical masks, figures, and prestige arts from more than a dozen ethnic groups, but also explores nuances in forms and motifs of similar object types that serve as markers of local preferences as well as of individual artists’ choices.
Youth Art Month: Selections from the K-6 Art Programs of the Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC)
March 1–31, 2015
Thomas T. Solley Atrium, second floor
For the past twenty years, IU Art Museum educators and the art teachers of Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) have partnered to celebrate Youth Art Month during the month of March with a student art exhibition. Observed locally since 1973, Youth Art Month emphasizes the “value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality school art programs.” Works of art selected by MCCSC art teachers showcase the excellence and variety of art education in local schools.