Art Spaces logo Artist Bill Wolfe with "Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads"Upcoming Events


Turn to the River

Turn to the River is a comprehensive plan to reconnect downtown Terre Haute with the Wabash River through public art and design.It is an Our Town creative placemaking project, made possible with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment, a City of Terre Haute Arts Grant, Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College, and Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability.

Art Spaces recently completed the two-year project and plans to move to the design phase for several key components of Turn to River in fall 2014 or spring 2015. Community engagement will be a critical component of this phase, as it was throughout the planning process, and partnerships will be essential in moving the plan forward.

Turn to the River actively contributes to the economic vitality and livability of Terre Haute and the west-central region of the Wabash Valley. Anyone seeking more information or involvement is encouraged to contact Art Spaces at 812-235-2801 or


Reeve Hall Sculpture Project

Art Spaces is working with Indiana State University to provide a unique outdoor sculpture to be located on the center island in the wide corridor between the two four-story buildings comprising Reeve Hall, a new residential facility on the campus. Madeline Weiner of Denver, Colorado was recently selected as the artist for this project, which will be completed and dedicated in April 2015.

The sculpture will be in a location where it will be enjoyed by residents of Reeve Hall as well as other students, faculty, staff and the public.

Public Dedication of "A Song for Indiana" Sculpture Oct. 15th

A new Art Spaces sculpture by Teresa Clark celebrating Paul Dresser, Indiana's state song, and the Wabash River was dedicated Wed. October 15th in Fairbanks Park. There were around 120 people in attendence. The program of speakers included Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, Senator Tim Skinner, Troy Fears of Terre Haute Rotary Club, Beth Tevlin of 100+ Women Who Care Vigo County, Marylee Hagan Executive Director of Vigo County Historical Society, Mary Kramer Excutive Director of Art Spaces and the artist, Teresa Clark. Tom Roznowski sang "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" with the attendees joining in on the chorus refrain.

The new sculpture is located just west of downtown and is situated near the Wabash River adjacent to the childhood home of Paul Dresser, a world renowned musician (1858 - 1906) from Terre Haute who wrote "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away". The song was declared Indiana's official state song by the General Assembly on March 14, 1913.

Art Spaces anticipates this sculpture will become a destination site, attracting visitors as well as local residents and students. Learn more about this project.

Check out the youtube video link which showingcases the dedication, per courtesy of Neil Garrison.

Recent Terre Haute Trib- Star articles about the sculpture and dedication can be found on the Sept. 30th and Oct. 2nd front pages and the Oct. 17th page A12 editorial.

For more information about Paul Dresser, visit one of these websites:
Songwriters Hall of Fame: Paul Dresser
Paul Dresser: Popular Songwriter Crafted State Song
Indiana History: Paul Dresser

2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition Winners Announced

Art Spaces, Inc. and ISU Community School of the Arts are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition.

The Elementary School Winners are Jason Parsons, Katie Collins and Ariel Keep. Middle School Winners are Jessie Clark, Megan Freeman and Brooke Bertram. High School Winners are Colin Dombrowski, Blaine Scroggs and Madison King.

Adult Winners are Grand Prize, Frances Hubbs; Second Prize, Patrick Barcus; and Third Prize, John Davidson. Rachelle Martin Wilburn received the Art Spaces Choice Award and Kevin Hoolehan received the ISU Community School of the Arts Award.

Individuals living, working, or attending school in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties were encouraged to submit poems inspired by this year's theme Treasures. 270 poems were received from 228 people with the competition being adjudicated by Jayne Marek, Indiana author, photographer, and teacher.

The Awards Ceremony to honor the winners was held at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College April 16th. The 2014 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition was sponsored by St. Mary-of-the-Woods College with additional support from Arts Illiana, Barnes & Noble at ISU, Big Picture, Center for Community Engagement at ISU, Creative Writing Committee of ISU's Department of English, Delta Kappa Gamma, Downtown Terre Haute, Inc. The Golden Frame, River Wools, Vigo County Historical Society and Wise Pies.


"The Wabash: Volume II"

Following the success of the CD, The Wabash, musicians and composers were inspired to create The Wabash: Volume II.

This fresh collection of songs about the Wabash River performed by musicians with roots to the Wabash Valley of West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois include new songs and old favorites.

Both CD's are available through Art Spaces for $10 each and at various shops and venues including in Terre Haute: Baesler's Market, The Corner Grind, Barnes & Noble at ISU, Arts Illiana, Headstone Friends, American Tile & Sales, Pro Trade Tool & Supply; in Lafayette, IN the Tippecanoe Arts Federation; Wabash Coffee Shop in Hudsonville, IL and online at CD Baby

Both CDs were produced to raise funds for "The Paul Dresser Project", which will honor the world-renowned composer and Terre Haute native, with a sculpture near his boyhood home in Fairbanks Park. His best known work, "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" was adopted as the state song of Indiana in 1913.

"2013 Year of the River"
Provided an Impressive Array of Events

2013 Year of the River logo

2013 Year of the River a community-wide initiative based in West Central Indiana provided arts, cultural, environmental and educational events throughout 2013 that were focused on the Wabash River, and rivers and water as they affect our lives. It was spearheaded by: Art Spaces, Inc. - Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection; Arts Illiana; and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Permanent Art Collections, all located in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The arts offer extraordinary avenues for engagement and understanding and in 2013 Year of the River, the arts were active in inspiring, connecting, engaging and revitalizing the Wabash Valley.

Many organizations came together to reclaim, enhance and protect this valuable natural resource. In recent years, the City of Terre Haute, Wabash Valley Riverscape, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Indiana State University, have focused their attentions on the Wabash River, looking at its current realities and future possibilities.

Wabashiki, a recently designated 2400 acre site bordering the Wabash River at the western edge of the city offers a unique attribute that not many communities have so near to a metropolitan center. This area will now be able to positively function as a wetlands, and will encourage a focus on sustainability as Terre Haute grows and develops in ways that make sense for a bright and lively city in the 21st Century.

More than 90 groups, organizations and individuals participated in presenting 312 events including a Big Read, a Native American mound celebration, concerts, plays, nature walks, an outdoor art festival, cleanup projects, poetry competition, art exhibits, historical exhibits, group prayer sessions, murals, discussion series, lectures, tree planting, duck race, a midnight run, photo contest, artists lectures, hands on classes and more.

2013 Year of the River is already having a positive impact beyond 2013 and involved groups in the Wabash Valley area already are discussing another community-wide initiative for 2015!





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