USI Master Teacher Series
Katie Water & USI Alumni
September 13 - October 25, 2015
Artist Katie Waters has taught painting and drawing at the University of Southern Indiana since the fall of 1981. She also served as Art Department Chair for seventeen years, and as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in 2003 - 2004. In August 2009 she was appointed Director of the Kenneth P. McCutchan Art Center/Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries on the USI campus.
Waters earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Ohio University and her Bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the recipient of a number of awards for her creative work, including a Midwest National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, the Clowes Fellowship in Painting at the Vermont Studio Center, two Indiana Arts Commission Master Fellowships, and the 2004 Artist of the Year Award at the Mayor’s Arts Awards, Evansville, Indiana. She has been chosen for artist residencies at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and the Ragdale Foundation. In spring 2003 she taught at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, and was granted USI Faculty Research and Creative Work Awards to conduct creative research there in 2009 and 2013. In 2013 she was honored with the USI Phenomenal Woman Faculty Award, and with the USI Distinguished Professor Award in 2015.
Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited widely at the regional, national and international levels, and are found in many corporate, university, museum, and private collections.
Quilts of Indiana's Present and Past
October 24, 2015 - January 10, 2016
The October 24 – January 10, 2016 Old Gallery exhibition, NINETEEN STARS: QUILTS OF INDIANA’S PRESENT AND PAST, begins the Evansville Museum’s celebration of Indiana’s upcoming Bicentennial. The theme is drawn from the 19 stars depicted in the state flag that commemorate Indiana’s position as the 19th state to join the Union.
Stars were favored quilt patterns in the 19th and 20th centuries and appeared in many variations. The 19 historic quilts in the exhibition span 150 years of Indiana quiltmaking from the 1830s to the 1980s and were selected from the collection of the Indiana State Museum.
The 19 contemporary works, which were created specifically for this exhibition by some of Indiana’s outstanding quilt artists, incorporate the star theme in a number of ways, from overt to illusory. The artists’ techniques vary widely, from traditional piecework and appliqué to improvisational collage, layering, digital media or richly textural thread painting.
44th Mid-States Craft Exhibition
January 17, 2016 - March 6, 2016
The 44TH MID-STATES CRAFT EXHIBITION will be featured in the Old Gallery from January 17 – March 6, 2016. Open to artists residing in the six states of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Missouri, the competition will feature ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork, wood and mixed media. Over $10,000 in purchase and merit awards underwritten by individuals, corporations, foundations, and philanthropic organizations will be presented at the January 23 awards reception.
Juror for this year’s competition is Julia Black Andrews, Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art (Florida). Andrews joined the Museum in 2013, as the Education and Public Programs Director and in 2015, she was named Director of the Museum. She was Curator and Program Manager for ArtServe in Ft. Lauderdale, a multi-purpose facility with artist studios, performance and meeting spaces and classrooms for nonprofit organizations. An artist as well as an arts administrator, Ms. Andrews is a member of the City of Pompano Beach Public Art Committee.