Over 75 years ago, Herman B Wells (1902–2000) hired Henry R. Hope (1905–1989) to chair Indiana University’s art department and to create an art museum for IU. Wells, Hope, and a handful of faculty advisors determined that the museum’s collection would encompass the full spectrum of humankind’s activities in the visual arts—“from antiquity to contemporary, from west to east,” as Henry Hope put it—and that it should support the whole constellation of teaching and scholarship offered on the Bloomington campus.
Today, thanks to support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Eskenazi Museum of Art is focused on fulfilling the promise of Wells’s vision. We invite you to consider the Art Museum in your teaching plans each semester with a customized curriculum-based program or viewings of artworks that are in storage or in the works on paper collection.
Curriculum Structured Gallery Programs
The museum is pleased to offer professors and associate instructors from all areas of study an innovative approach to engage students by incorporating the museum’s collections into their courses through the Curriculum-Structured Gallery Program. In collaboration with faculty members, the museum’s education and curatorial staff create in-gallery customized programs that enhance and build upon themes, issues, and ideas presented in class lectures and readings. Due to the extra planning involved, please allow at least four weeks for us to create a curriculum structured gallery program for your class.
Eskenazi Museum of Art in the Classroom
In the past, the museum’s area curators (African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian; Ancient; Asian; Western Art before and after 1800; and Works on Paper), educators, editors, designers, photographers, fabricators, conservators, administrators, and fundraisers have presented in-classroom talks and lectures in their areas of specialization. We welcome further opportunities to collaborate with university educators in the future.
On Your Own
Faculty and Associate Instructors are welcome to bring their classes into the museum on their own. Before your visit, please email the museum’s tour manager Patsy Rahn at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that your class won’t overlap with another group that has been scheduled.