Curatorial staff research and organize a major exhibition each fall, generally late August through September, from the Permanent Art Collection. Visit the exhibitions & events page for this year's schedule. Exhibition catalogs and group tours are available upon request.
Schedule a free group tour at least three weeks prior to the anticipated date. Clubs, civic groups, and college classes of ten or more people may request a tour. Available tours are:
Guided tours require a reservation and are subject to the availability of staff. No fee is charged for tours. Contact Grace Pringle at (812) 237-3720 with questions or to make a reservation.
School groups may request any of the above tours. Tours are age appropriate for 4th to 12th grade students and address Indiana’s academic standards in the visual arts and Illinois’ fine arts learning standards. Curatorial staff and students will discuss the style, period, and cultural characteristics of a variety of artwork and/or analyze works based on subject matter or the elements of art and design principles.
The WPA tour will support high school social studies standards related to the Great Depression and World War II. Students will go beyond their history textbook to witness that time period through the eyes of artists who suffered the same hardships as the 15 million unemployed. Many artists became activists for fair wages and against the rise of Nazism and Communism. Click here for a full list of tours.
Tours are free. Funds for bus transportation are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To book a tour, fill out and submit our School Tour Request Form.
Anyone may request information or access to original works for legitimate research projects. Visit the PAC Inventory page to search the database of works. Research access is limited to normal operating hours of the Permanent Art Collection and availability of curatorial staff to monitor access. A written request for access to collections or collection records must be submitted to the University Curator and must state the purpose of the inquiry.
ISU professors and adjunct instructors may request artwork from the Permanent Art Collection to enhance a lecture or seminar. Requests must be specific. The University Curator or Assistant Curator will deliver artwork to the classroom shortly before the class begins and pick up the work at the end of the time period. Curatorial staff may also be available to give a presentation about the artwork. Artwork cannot remain in the classroom beyond the class period. No more than three works may be requested at one time. Large, heavy, fragile, and high value works will not be considered. This service is also limited to the availability of curatorial staff.
Requests for Permanent Art Collection images or documents must be in writing, and all costs will be the responsibility of the applicant. Methods of reproduction may be limited in order to protect the originals from possible damage. Confidential information will not be released.
To schedule a tour or submit a request, contact Grace Pringle at 812-237-3720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.