Traditional Arts Indiana is proud to announce the opening of an exhibit that celebrates Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016. The staff at TAI has been hard at work putting together a traveling series of panels that showcases the work of Indiana artisans from around the state.
The exhibit titled, Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation, opens Sunday, April 24th at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures with a special reception from 1:30 to 4:30pm.
Before the exhibit begins its travels across Indiana, the MMWC will present it to the IU Bloomington campus and local communities, and will celebrate the opening on April 24th with an afternoon of traditional arts demonstrations, craft discussions, and live music. Folk artists from around the state will join us for this special gathering, and at 2 p.m. we’ll serve free root beer floats! The event will be free and open to the public, and the exhibit will be on display through July 29, 2016.
Here is a first look at the introductory panel: “For more than 200 years, Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. Through telling the stories of specific artists, this bicentennial exhibit highlights the important work of individuals in the continuation of traditional arts in our state. While some create art based on skills they learned from their family or in their community, others have reinvented established forms, talking them in new directions. From beadwork and blacksmithing to rug weaving and limestone carving, the artisans featured here represent a few of the many threads within the creative fabric of Indiana.”
To learn more about folk arts in Indiana, please join us on Sunday, April 24th at the Mathers Museum in Bloomington! We hope to see you there!