Ball State’s David Owsley Museum of Art exhibit features new acquisitions

David Owsley Art Museum (DOMA) at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, will present a selection of recent additions to the DOMA collection from September 29 through December 22, 2022.

DOMA is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. There are no admission fees. The exhibit and related events are part of Ball State’s Arts Alive series, presented by the University’s College of Fine Arts.

The exhibition presents three major paintings:

A study of laborers harvesting sugar cane by American regionalist Thomas Hart Benton;

A monumental “inscape” or interior psychological landscape by Chilean surrealist Roberto Matta; and

The Antarctic Diptych by contemporary artist Diane Burko, which bears witness to global warming.

These highlighted works are accompanied by several new additions of American art to the collection by history painter Emanuel Leutze, symbolist Elihu Vedder, American impressionist Ernest Lawson, Midwestern sculptors Janet Scudder and Mildred Welsh Hammond, the Park Avenue Cubist Albert Eugene Gallatin, the Mid-Century Modernist. Earl Kerkam and African-American artist Joseph Delaney.

The variety of objects is further enhanced by photographic drawings by former Ball State professor Lawrence Graham, Japanese prints and sculptures, and a spectacular African mask. These works add significantly to the museum’s collection of global art, which reflects Ball State’s inclusive values ​​and represents the increasingly diverse heritage of its student body and the people of east-central Indiana.

“The exhibit gives our visitors the opportunity to follow the growth of the museum’s diverse collections,” said Robert G. La France, director of the David Owsley Museum of Art. “I am perhaps most proud of the acquisition of Diane Burko’s Diptych Antarctica; now the world art collection contains works of art representing all seven continents.

Visit DOMA’s website for more information and details on related programs and events, including a free public lecture by featured artist Diane Burko, who will speak at the museum at 6:00 p.m. on October 13, 2022, on art and the climate change.

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