Basset portrait Christie

Basset portrait Christie, 1777
Joshua Reynolds
Oil painting
Purchase: Frank C. Ball Collection, gift of the Ball Brothers Foundation by exchange, assisted by David T. Owsley via the Alconda-Owsley Foundation

Alliance monthly luncheon topics and presenters 2013-2014:

*Prospective Alliance members free; Alliance members $18 for lunch and program. 


December 11 

Can You Teach Creativity?   

Professor Dom Caristi regularly brings his students of creativity to the Museum of Art to think about how new ideas form, innovation in art, what’s new and impacting their lives, and how critical thinking becomes creative thinking.    

January 8   

Asian Art at the David Owsley Museum of Art    

Dr. Natalie Phillips will provide an overview of Asian art represented in the new galleries, including lesser known works of art.   

February 12     

Photography Remix   

On the occasion of the exhibition Aperture Remix, Aperture deputy director Sarah McNear talks about the historical importance of the selected photographs and Aperture’s contributions to the world of photography. She has organized over forty exhibitions, and has held positions at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Allentown Art Museum, the LaSalle Bank Photography Collection, and the Museum of Modern Art, where she was the Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Fellow in Photography. Most recently, McNear served as the deputy director of the 92nd Street YMCA’s School of the Arts, as well as the director of its Art Center.     

March 12   

How Public Art Builds Community   

A graduate of the art history program at the University of Southern California, Ms. Ross has been producing public art projects for almost a decade. She was the founding director of Public Art Indianapolis for the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Since 2003, she has been the owner of Art Strategies LLC, a fine art consulting agency that works with clients in both the public and private sector. Prior to moving to Indianapolis, Ms. Ross was the Director of Eckert Fine Art, Naples, Florida, where she represented artists such as the late Robert Rauschenberg.    

April 9   

The Heart of Art Education   

Although a growing body of literature on holistic teaching and learning abounds, little has been written specifically for art educators. In the visual arts, holistic education begins with the recognition, now widely accepted, that each dimension of the individual can be educationally involved in making and/or studying art. This focus on comprehensive, or holistic, development through meaning-making is “the heart of art education.”  


May 14   

Cincinnati Art Museum Trip   

Join fellow Alliance members for a visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum. Learn about a selection of the Art Museum’s masterpieces on a group tour. Then visit on your own to experience art from around the world and from various periods in art history.   

And see the special exhibition From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith will be on view through before it closes on May 18. Inspired by surrealism, biomorphism, and primitivism, Smith was one of the leading modernist jewelers of the mid-twentieth century. His work is dynamic in both size and form. The presentation is enriched by archival materials from the artist’s estate, including sketches, tools, and model photos. Smith was an active supporter of black and gay civil rights, an avid jazz enthusiast, and a supporter of early black modern dance groups.   

Lunch will be provided at the popular Terrace Café inside the Cincinnati Art Museum. Stops in Brookeville, Indiana to see the work of Hoosier Group painters at the Brookeville Carnegie Library and the Hermitage, John Ottis Adams and T.C. Steele’s summer house will be made on the way to and from the Cincinnati Art Museum.   

Cost: $75/person (Alliance member) 

$100 (Friends member) 

$125 (Public—includes Alliance and Friends membership)

For more information about the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University Alliance, visit our membership page, call the museum at (765) 285-5242 or e-mail Peter Blume, director of the museum.

David Owsley Museum of Art
2021 W. Riverside Ave.
Fine Arts Building, Ball State University
Muncie , IN 47306

Hours: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-5242
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