Creatures of the Sea and Sky

Lobster Creel with Lid
Lobster Creel with Lid, 1993
Sally Tuffin Dennis
Vase
Gift of David T. Owsley via
the Alconda-Owsley Foundation
in memory of Lucy Ball Owsley
Who hasn’t wanted to be a bird? Who hasn’t wanted to be able to fly without the restraints of noisy airplanes, to soar through clouds and sky without a care? Birds are inspiring creatures, and their myriad colors, shapes, and sizes have fascinated people, particularly artists, since the beginning of time. The same can be said of fish, those slippery big-eyed beings, as they wander effortlessly into the intriguing mysteries of the deepest ocean. Submarines may be an adequate substitute, but the experience of being a fish has never been truly replicated by human beings.

These captivating truths are paramount in Creatures of the Sea and Sky , a new special exhibition opened Friday, May 19, 2006. Ruta Saliklis, associate director of the David Owsley Museum of Art Ball State University, has devoted months to selecting and presenting some very special works from the museum’s collection to create this extraordinary compilation.

Spanning many artistic styles and regions across the globe, the works of art in Creatures of the Sea and Sky are a fun, educational treat for the young (and young at heart). Colorful sculptures, detailed paintings, and many more works will undoubtedly capture the imaginations of not only children, but their families and friends as well.

As a special enhancement for this exhibition, listen carefully for the sounds of chirping birds throughout the gallery! People of all ages are welcome to enjoy this whimsical gathering of a diverse range of styles and artistic methods.

 

Exhibition Date: May 19, 2006 - November 5, 2006