Update on Jasper Cultural Center

A few weeks ago I eagerly posted some preliminary photos of the new Jasper Cultural Center in Jasper, Indiana.  Well, they weren’t quite ready for release yet so I took the post down.  However, even though they’re still not quite ready, some of the portions of the Cultural Center are now open.  So I’m giving you a preview of those parts.

The three galleries in the center are open to the public.  These are really awesome galleries, very large with clearstory windows.  They are located in the arts section of the Cultural Center.  The idea is to have staggered two-month exhibits featuring local, regional and national artists.  The first exhibits this year are John Mellencamp, Gerry Wubben, and a group show featuring local and regional artists.  Let me just say, everything looks wonderful in these galleries and Emily Colluci-Peak, the Visual Arts Coordinator, has done a marvelous job of hanging the exhibits. If you have some time, take a drive out to see the exhibits.

John Mellencamp is well-known for his music but many people don’t realize that he’s also an accomplished painter, too. An Indiana native, he graciously agreed to help us kick off the arts part of the cultural center. We weren’t planning on a pandemic, but the show is amazing and inspiring to view. Worth the visit from wherever you are.
Mellencamp, gallery view 2
Mellencamp gallery view 3

They’re still finalizing the classroom spaces.  The atrium between the library and the arts section has no furniture yet but it looks ready to go.  And the library is waiting for some shelving which is on back order. But the whole shebang will be open in another few weeks. I’ll be sure to post some more updates then.

Gerry Wubben’s enormous and awesome drawings. You can’t believe the details of these artworks until you see them in person.
More of Gerry Wubben’s drawings.
Group show featuring local and regional artists.
Group show 2
Group show 3

If you’re feeling housebound these days and looking for a place to go for a drive, I highly recommend that you plan a trip to Jasper in southern Indiana.  The new cultural center is at 100 Third Avenue right in downtown Jasper, near the river and many other interesting places to visit.  Plenty of parking in the rear of the building (turn north on Mill Street, then east on Fourth Street).  And many fine restaurants and shopping areas to visit.  Admission is free.

Jasper is a small Midwestern town of only about 15,000.  But the whole town came together to build this wonderful site…after many years of planning.  Initiated by a major challenge grant from some significant local donors, local businesses and private donors jumped in to help.  A decade-long community project has been finally realized. 

If you are an artist looking to exhibit in such a fine space, contact Emily Colluci-Peak at Jasper Arts Center. The submission deadline for 2022 is February 12th of this year. Check out this link here. Click here to take a virtual tour of the three exhibits.

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