Exhibit celebrates Hoosier artists

The work of an iconic print-maker and a Hoosier fashion designer will be among the celebrated works at an upcoming exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

In honor of the Indiana bicentennial, the museum is highlighting the work of Hoosier artists including T.C. Steele, Robert Indiana, Michael Graves, Bill Blass and others in the exhibition, “19 Stars of Indiana Art: A Bicentennial Celebration.” The exhibit opens May 15.

The largest of the IMA’s Bicentennial exhibitions, 19 Stars of Indiana Art will take guests through 200 years of Indiana history and present the accomplishments of 19 artists who were born in Indiana, such as Steele, Indiana, Graves and Blass, along with those were raised or worked in Indiana. The exhibition highlights the work of well-known figures such as David Smith and Garo Antreasian as well as less-celebrated artists such as Felrath Hines, Wilhelmina Seegmiller and Frank Hohenberger.

Paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, fashion design and other works from the IMA’s permanent collection will be on display.

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Exhibition highlights include:

•“No Cybernetic Exit” (1984), a kinetic sculpture by South Bend native George Rickey.

•Fashion design including Bill Blass’ evening dress (1980s) and evening ensemble (1970s) by Halston, who grew up in Evansville.

•“LOVE” (1966), the original painting by Hoosier artist Robert Indiana that inspired his iconic LOVE sculpture on the IMA’s Dudley and Mary Louise Sutphin Mall.

•“Tea & Coffee Piazza Service” (1983) and “Nanna” teapot” (2000) by architect, designer and Indianapolis native Michael Graves.

•Brown County portraits and landscapes (about 1920-40) by photographer Frank Hohenberger.

An interactive map of Indiana and a specially designed video gallery will invite guests to further explore the artists’ connections to the state and their important legacies.

In conjunction with the show, the IMA will host an interactive scavenger hunt around the 152-acre campus. “Follow the Stars” encourages visitors to discover artwork, natural elements and exhibitions with special Indiana ties and share their experience on social media using the hashtag #IMAFollowtheStars.

19 Stars of Indiana Art runs through Jan. 8 and is included with general admission. The exhibition is free for IMA members.

For more information regarding the exhibition and other Bicentennial events at the IMA, please visit imamuseum.org.