Swope Art Museum
|Swope Art Museum|
|Location||Terre Haute, Indiana|
|Collection size||more than 2,000 works|
The Sheldon Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, was originally funded by a bequest from Michael Sheldon Swope (1843–1929), a Civil War veteran and jeweler who lived in Terre Haute much of his adult life. Planning for the art museum began on September 26, 1939, and the museum was officially open to the public in March 1942. According to its mission statement, the museum exists "to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the best of American art, with special emphasis on painting and sculpture of the first half of the twentieth century and on Wabash Valley artists past and present."
In addition to housing numerous important works, Swope Art Museum offers summer classes for youth, artist lectures and exhibitions. They sponsor an annual student art exhibition, a tradition which began in May 1967.
The founding collection of the museum, assembled by its first director John Rogers Cox, focuses on American regionalism and consists of works by Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield and Zoltan Sepeshy. The museum has expanded to include art from the second half of the 20th century and early 21st century, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Robert Motherwell, Robert Indiana and Eva Hesse. One gallery is devoted the Hoosier Group and Indiana artists.
- Swope Art Museum mission statement
- "Young talent exhibited at Swope Art Museum through May 15". The Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Indiana). April 15, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- "10 great places to see art in smaller cities". USA Today. November 26, 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2010.