New Acquisitions 2017

May 19th - September 10th, 2017

New Acquisitions Exhibit

This exhibition of recently acquired works of art for the David Owsley Museum of Art highlights the medium of photography.  The selection showcases a substantial donation of contemporary photographs from a consortium of artists that includes several university professors. The total gift of 42 photographs by 13 artists is part of a much larger philanthropic campaign called The Museum Project. Established in 2012 by Robert von Sternberg and Darryl Curran, The Museum Project has donated more than 5,000 prints to public and university museums across the United States. The David Owsley Museum of Art is honored to join this group’s effort to enrich the photographic collections at American institutions ranging from the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana.

The photos on display represent a wide variety of genres or types, including conceptual, landscape, figural, portrait, and historical subjects by Barry Anderson, Robert Fichter, Kenda North, Sheila Pinkel, Bonnie Schiffman. Robert von Sternberg, Melanie Walker, Todd Walker, and Nancy Webber. In addition to The Museum Project acquisitions, the current exhibition also features two industrial landscapes by Gunther Cartwright, a professor emeritus at the Rochester Institute of Technology with ties to Muncie.

The diversity of these images demonstrates the museum’s commitment to offering examples of a wide range of photographic styles and techniques in its teaching collection.

Barry W. Andersen, American (born 1945), Sheep and Standing Stone Avebury, England, 1995, inkjet print, printed 2017, Gift of The Museum Project, 2016.009.021.

Fall 2017

Engaging Technology II:
Art + Science

September 28th - December 22nd, 2017
Curated by John Fillwalk

exhibit called 'Engaging Technology II: Art + Science'

Engaging Technology II presents a selection of internationally renowned artists who are actively investigating the intersections of the arts and sciences. These explorations include interactive installation, code as art, physical sciences, augmented and virtual reality, performance, and human computer interaction.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, a series of invited performances, lectures, and workshops will be scheduled on campus and within the community that enhance the exhibition’s programming.

Image: Adam Brown, The Great Work of the Metal Lover, mixed media installation, 2012.

Action! The Anatomy of
LeRoy Neiman's Champions

September 28th - December 22nd, 2017

Action LeRoy Neiman artwork

LeRoy Neiman (1921–2012) left his mark on the history of sports art. Even those unfamiliar with his name will know his art by sight: bright pinks, magentas, and greens applied in a fluid, abstract manner to describe action on the football field, on the basketball court, and in the gymnasium. Neiman knew major sports figures as personal friends and, like a wartime photographer, he embedded with the troops. Action! features 74 paintings and drawings that shed new light on Neiman as a master draftsman deeply grounded in the many languages of the graphic arts, as well as in their most basic precept: the ability to capture motion. Athletes and the athletically gifted provided Neiman with source material of which he never tired. This exhibition highlights Neiman’s ability to capture pose and gesture, from Joe Montana preparing a pass or Prince Philip playing polo to dancers contorting their bodies on the street and stage.

Image: LeRoy Neiman, American (1921-2012), Joe Montana, 1989, colored pencil, pastel, spray paint, and felt pen on paper, © LeRoy Neiman Foundation, New York.

Spring 2018

Richard Diebenkorn:
Beginnings, 1942-1955

February 1 - May 20, 2018
Diebenkorn

Organized by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum

Curated by Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum

This blockbuster exhibition and its accompanying catalogue aim to present a comprehensive view of Diebenkorn’s evolution to maturity, focusing solely on the paintings and drawings that precede his 1955 shift to figuration at age 33. Included in the exhibition are paintings and drawings primarily from the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited. Together, these 78 drawings and 22 paintings offer a full picture of the young artist’s achievements.

Image: Richared Diebenkorn, Untitled, 1949, oil on canvas, 45 1/8 x 37 3/8 in. Catalogue raisonné no. 665 © Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, October 8, 2017–January 7, 2018

David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, February 1–May 20, 2018

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, June 16–September 23, 2018

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, January 12–April 7, 2019

Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland, April 19–July 14, 2019

Recent Exhibitions

Corban Walker, 129-40 (detail)
"SHIFT" (2016-2017)



Michael Dunbar, Chi Cyclotron

“Continuum” (2016-2017)

Edward Fulwider, Casey Jones

"New Acquisitions 2016"

1 in 3 logo with hummingbird

"1 in 3" (2015-2016)

Watercolor painting

"With Watercolor" (2015-2016)


Being There

"Being There" (2015-2016)

Gift of David T. Owsley

"Gift of David T. Owsley" (2014-2015)


Children seated on a bench

“Listening Across Generations: Fractured Narratives Youth Collaboration” (2015)

Fractured Narratives

“Fractured Narratives: A Strategy to Engage” (2014-2015)


Upcoming Events
David Owsley Museum of Art

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