Atrium Gallery

Current Exhibition

Three Plus One: Four Contemporary American Women Metalsmiths 

Showcasing the work of internationally known metalsmiths, this collection of richly detailed jewelry, vessels and sculptures will be on display through Oct. 25 in Ball State University’s Atrium Gallery as part of a new exhibition Three Plus One: Four Contemporary American Women Metalsmiths.
The 90 works of art on display are the creations of four internationally known metalsmiths, including Ball State’s Patricia Nelson, professor of art. The other artists include Mary Lee Hu, currently working out of her Seattle-based studio; Marilyn da Silva, professor and chair of the jewelry/metals arts program at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and Lynda Watson, whose jewelry can be found in the permanent collections of New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
The artists will be special guests at an Oct. 18 reception at 4 p.m. in the gallery at which President Jo Ann M. Gora will speak. The event is free and open to the public.  

Thomas Riesing, director of the School of Art said the exhibition is an excellent opportunity to bring the work of accomplished artists to the Ball State community and to honor Nelson, who has taught at the university since 1983. Riesing said he is also eager for visitors to experience Three Plus One, along with future exhibitions, in the recently renovated Atrium Gallery. With its freshly painted white walls and new flooring, the improved space offers an enhanced setting for student and professional artists to better showcase their work.The gallery improvements are part of the school’s strategic efforts to expand its programs and reputation both regionally and nationally. “We want to use this gallery to attract accomplished international artists as a way to bring the world to Muncie,” Riesing said, “and expand the scope of what we offer students outside the classroom.”

Patricia Nelson's art is also currently in the exhibition Ann Keister + Pat Nelson: Putting It All Together  at Gordy Fine Art & Framing Gallery, Muncie, Indiana.

About the Atrium Gallery
The mission of the Atrium Gallery is the promotion and appreciation of the visual arts for studio artists, educators, and designers. Closely aligned with the School of Art at Ball State, the gallery serves as an important educational tool as it provides opportunities for students, faculty, and the broader arts community to showcase works and view the artwork of others. Educational benefits for the university community are the purpose of all exhibits.

The Atrium Gallery is located on the first floor of the Art and Journalism Building, adjacent from the Ball State Bookstore and near the building's main elevator and staircase.

Normal Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and all Ball State breaks and holidays.

Photography and Video Policy in Atrium Gallery
Visitors are not permitted to photograph or record videos in the Atrium Gallery. 

All of the artworks exhibited in the gallery are either on loan to the gallery, which means the gallery does not have exclusive rights to the artworks, or under current copyright with the living artists.  Photographers and videographers who seek exception to this rule need to contact the Gallery Associate in advance of their visit. 
Student artworks exhibited in the Atrium Gallery may be photographed or otherwise preserved by Ball State University and Ball State University Libraries for historic documentation, educational use, promotional materials, and other purposes.

Ball State University Student Art in the Digital Media Repository
Ball State University Libraries has a digital collection titled Ball State University Student Art compiled and accessible online in the Digital Media Repository. This digital image collection includes a history of artworks created by Ball State University art students in all media types and from many different courses.

ATTENTION students with artworks exhibited in the Atrium Gallery:
If you would like your artworks to be included in the Univeristy Libraries' digital collection then you must complete and return the Ball State University Libraries' Electronic Publication Rights Statement (PDF) to the Gallery Associate. You will need to complete a statement for each artwork on display.

You may return these statements to any Atrium Gallery assistant on duty in the gallery, to the main art office (AJ 401), or to the current Gallery Associate’s office (AJ 212). For more information about this form, please contact Tom Riesing, School of Art Director.

Giving to the Atrium Gallery
Your support is critical to our efforts to attract talented students and enhance the exhibition gallery.

Please consider making a gift to the following Ball State University Foundation account:

Atrium Art Gallery, Art and Journalism Building (Account 723)

Gifts can be made online or by check to the Ball State University Foundation. Please specify the account of your choice. Find out more about Giving to Ball State.

Atrium Gallery Floor Plan 
Atrium Gallery Floor Plan (PDF)

For more information about the gallery, please contact Tom Riesing, School of Art Director.

School of Art
Art and Journalism Building (AJ)
Room 401
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5838
Fax: 765-285-5275
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