Upcoming Exhibitions


Main Gallery Exhibition Pays Tribute to the Preservation of Nature

December 14, 2014 – March 8, 2015

Presented in partnership with PHYLLIS R. & WILLIAM C. H. GRIMM, JR.


ON NAT URE’S TERMS: THE WILDERNESS PAINTINGS OF THOMAS PAQUETTE is a contemplation of special places where nature dominates. Fifty years after the Wilderness Act was signed into law in 1964, this exhibition celebrates the places preserved by that law – places that thrive not by industry and scientific progress but by the forces of nature alone, protected from significant human intrusion. Pennsylvania artist Thomas Paquette was inspired to create the collection by his visits to federal wilderness areas all around the country during the last two years. The diversity and vitality of the environments that comprise the National Wilderness Preservation System – from southwest canyons and high peaks, to east and west seashores, and lowland swamps and deserts – are reflected in these oil and gouache paintings. In addition to the December 14, 2014 – March 8, 2015 presentation at the Evansville Museum, the exhibition will be shown in California and New York during 2014 and 2015.


Jean-Jacques du Plessis Explores New Directions

October 5 – November 30



From October 5 – November 30, the Main Gallery will be the setting for the paintings of Jean-Jacques du Plessis. Born in 1984 in Cape Town, South Africa, du Plessis earned his Master of Fine Arts at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He received a post-baccalaureate degree from Brandeis University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from Ohio Wesleyan University. In 2012, du Plessis attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He has had solo exhibitions in Rome, Italy and Philadelphia and has participated in group exhibitions in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Rome. This fall du Plessis will exhibit a body of recent work that continues to explore his interest in painting, and also addresses ideas about the ways in which paintings function within space and in terms of signage, personal expression and traditional notions of place.


Mid-States Art Exhibition Featured In Old Gallery

December 14, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Presented in partnership with


The 57th MID-STATES ART EXHIBITION will be presented in the Old Gallery from December 14, 2014 – January 25, 2015. The exhibition is a regional competition open to artists in a six state area including Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. Over $10,000 in purchase and merit awards, underwritten by Evansville individuals, corporations, foundations and philanthropic organizations will be presented on the December 13 awards evening. Purchase awards allow the Museum to acquire works for the contemporary art collection, and merit awards are important for the encouragement and recognition of regional artists. Juror for the competition is artist and educator Ephraim Rubenstein. After receiving his BA in Art History from Columbia University, Rubenstein earned his MFA in Painting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He has had ten solo exhibitions in New York at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co. and most recently at the George Billis Gallery. From 1987-1998 he was associate professor of art at the University of Richmond. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and he is currently on the faculty at Columbia University, the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League.


Margaret McMullan will Discuss Holocaust Research through the Lens of her own Family Members



Author and University of Evansville professor Margaret McMullan will talk about her search for a forgotten family member, Richárd Engel de Jánosi. De Jánosi died at Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Mauthausen, Austria. On Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 p.m., McMullan will discuss the journey that led her to Israel, Hungary, and finally to Mauthausen. In the course of her research, McMullan was able to piece together the life of her great uncle de Jánosi, one of 4,000 Hungarian Jews who were taken to concentration camps and murdered during the last months of World War II. 64 years later, McMullan returned to Pécs, Hungary, with her own family to learn about de Janosi’s life so that he might be properly remembered. Margaret wrote about the Engel de Jánosi family in her forthcoming memoir, Where The Angels Lived.

Margaret McMullan is the author of six awardwinning adult and young adult novels including In My Mother’s House, a Pen/Faulkner nominee and Sources of Light, which was nominated for the National Book Award. Margaret has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in literature and a Fulbright grant to research and teach at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary. She is the National Author Winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and she currently holds the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Recently, she edited Every Father’s Daughter, an anthology of essays about fathers by daughters with an introduction by Phillip Lopate, due out in spring 2015. Her novel-in-stories Aftermath Lounge is also due in spring 2015.





The Holocaust & World War II


This summer and fall, the Tri-State area will have the unique opportunity to experience a multi-faceted educational and cultural program focusing on the Holocaust and World War II. CYPRESS (Committee to Promote Respect in Schools) is coordinating this collaborative effort between many of the area’s major organizations and institutions. The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, the Evansville- Vanderburgh Public Library, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Public Education Foundation, the Arts Council of Southwest Indiana, Temple Adath B’nai Israel, the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, and other community partners will contribute their expertise and resources to create this rich and varied tapestry of experiences to commemorate the Holocaust and World War II:


Wednesday, September 17, 6 pm

USI – Kleymeyer Hall (Liberal Arts 0101)

Film: Nasty Girls (1990; dir. Michael

Verhoeven): Introduction and discussion

by Dr. Silvia Rode, Associate Professor

of German; Chair, World Languages and

Cultures, USI


Saturday, September 20, (Time TBD)

Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

HeART and Story workshop


Monday, September 22, 9 pm

WNIN PBS (Channel 9)

Film: Orchestra of Exiles


Wednesday, September 24, 6 pm

USI – Kleymeyer Hall (Liberal Arts 0101)

Film: KZ (2006; dir.Rex Bloomstein):

Introduction and discussion by Dr. Casey

Harison, Professor of History, director for the

Center for Communal Studies, USI


Sunday, September 28, 3 pm

WNIN PBS (Channel 9)

Film: Orchestra of Exiles


Friday, October 3, 8 pm

WNIN Cable 12

Film: Escape From a Nazi Death Camp


Friday, October 10, 7 pm

UE – Eykamp University Center – Room 251

Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture: Speaker:

Professor Theodore Wilson, University

of Kansas, “The GI Generation: Sending

American Soldiers into Battle in WW II”


Friday, October 10, 8 pm

WNIN Cable 12

Documentary: Through

The Eye of the Needle


Sunday, October 12, 2 pm

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

Eykamp String Quartet Performance


Friday, October 17, 1 pm

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

Speaker: Jon Kay, Department of Folklore

and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University and

Director of Traditional Arts Indiana, “Memory,

Art and Aging”

Exhibition “Tell People the Story: The Art of

Gustav Potthoff” on loan from Traditional

Arts Indiana


Friday, October 17, 8 pm

WNIN Cable 12

Film: Orchestra of Exiles


Thursday, October 23, (Time TBD)

UE – Neu Chapel

UE Interfaith Committee

Remembrance/Memorial Service


Sunday, October 26, 2 pm

Evansville Museum of Arts,

History & Science

Speaker: Margaret McMullen, Melvin Peterson

Endowed Chair in Creative Writing and

Literature, University of Evansville, discusses

her upcoming book Where the Angels Lived


Tuesday, October 28, 7:30 pm

Victory Theatre

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s One

Book One Community: “In the Garden of

Beasts”; Erik Larson, author


Saturday, November 15, 7 pm

Victory Theatre

Evansville Philharmonic Classics Series:

Britten’s War Requiem; A Tribute to

American Veterans


Sunday, November 16, 3 pm

Temple Adath B’nai Israel

Speaker: Dr. Mark Roseman, Director of

Jewish Studies, Indiana University


Late August

Place: TBD “Echoes and Reflections”

Holocaust Education Workshop for


Coordinated by CYPRESS