Neo-Classicism and Other Trends: Turn of the Century Fine and Decorative Arts at the Crossroads of America.

March 7 2006

The Indiana State University Art Gallery will host "Neo-Classicism and Other Trends: Turn of the Century Fine and Decorative Arts at the Crossroads of America" now through April 7.

The Gallery will host a reception Thursday, March 30 from 4:30-7 p.m. Refreshments and snacks will be served. The reception is free and open to the public.

Curated by Stephen Smithers of the ISU department of art, "Neo-Classicism and Other Trends: Turn of the Century Fine and Decorative Arts at the Crossroads of America," coincides with the centennial celebration of Fairbanks Hall, but also celebrates Terre Haute and its sister communities in Indiana as they evolved into major cities. The exhibition embraces examples of both the fine, decorative and folk arts of the turn of the 20th century.

Emphasis will be placed on pieces from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that best exemplify the political climate of the time, its major political figures, and the philanthropy of prominent citizens that contributed to the physical and intellectual growth of their Indiana communities. Paintings, sculptures, painted and sculpted portraits, furniture, ornament, clothing, and quilts on loan from regional institutions such as the Vigo County Historical Museum, the Swope Art Museum, and the Permanent Collection of Indiana State University will be used to present a holistic view of this crucial point in history.

Two lectures by visiting scholar, Dimitri Liakos, will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit.

"The Pedimental Sculptures of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia: Connecting Past and Present" will be presented by Liakos, professor of art history and archeology at Northern Illinois University Thursday, March 30 at 5 p.m. in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

In addition to his background in teaching, he is president of the Art Institute of Chicago Classical Society and curator of the Ancient Art Collection. Specializing in Greek and Roman Art, Liakos has presented hundreds of lectures around the world, published many articles and is the recipient of numerous awards.

On Friday, March 31at 12:00 noon Liakos will present "The Athenian Parthenon--Democracy, Power and Empire Revealed through the Eloquence of Marble: Connecting Past and Present" in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

The University Art Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. The gallery is located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts on Chestnut Street at North 7th Street. For additional information about the exhibit, go to www.indstate.edu/artgallery or call (812) 237-3720.

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Contact: Kaz McCue, Gallery Director, (812) 237-3787 or arkaz@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or devmeyer@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Indiana State University Art Gallery will host "Neo-Classicism and Other Trends: Turn of the Century Fine and Decorative Arts at the Crossroads of America" now through April 7.

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