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Art Spaces Featured in Arts Illiana's Spectrum Quarterly Magazine


Click Here to read about Art Spaces History, Collection, Celebration Events featured throughout the Summer Edition of Spectrum Magazine. Check out articles by Steve Kash and Mary Kramer too.


The 2015 Turn to the River Design Charrette

Design Phase sessions held March 31st - April 2nd at the Hilton Garden Inn in Terre Haute with artist Stacy Levy and landscape architect John Jackson .To view the schedule of sessions and other information on the charrette click: turntotheriver. To view the WTHI newscast of the event go to

Turn to the River Design Phase was made possible by Terre Haute Department of Redevelopment and Indiana State University with the added support from Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission and Hilton Garden Inn.

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 email:


Art Chatter: Exploring topics in Public Art brought to you by Art Spaces this summer at Terre Haute's Hilton Garden Inn
Art Spaces in this past ten years has installed 15 sculptures!

At the June 18th Art Chatter event ideas for the next decade of public sculpture in the Wabash Valley was explored. Presenters Mary Kramer and Petra Nyendick gave an overview Power Point of the current collection and works in progress. The large group of attendees were invited to share their ideas for the future of public sculpture in the Wabash Valley.

Topic of the July 16th Art Chatter Event was "What is so special about public art". Public art contributes to the economic vitality and livability of our community! But what are some of the ways in which public sculpture may impact an individual life?

Terre Haute's newest art leaders: Susan Baley ( Executive Director of Swope Art Museum) and Jason Krueger (Curator of Indiana State University"s Permanent Art Collection) shared images and ideas about public works of art that have been important to their own lives. Attendees added to the open discussion with stories and suggestions about public art that they found meaningful.

Attendees of both event sessions shared many ideas on the topics. An Art Chatter survey was taken by most of the attendees and their ideas and feedback will be added to our website soon.



2015 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony
April 27, 2015

Art Spaces in partnership with ISU Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition. Click to read winners poems : Here

Elementary School Winners are Braydon Killion (DeVaney Elementary School), Elianna Boyd (Cloverdale Elementary School) and Ernest Cooley (Rural Community Academy).

Middle School Winners are Addeline Moeller (Otter Creek Middle School), Jason Parsons (Rural Community Academy) and MacKenzie Slawson (Rural Community Academy).

High School Winners are Colin Dombrowski (Greencastle High School), Lillian Boyd (Cloverdale High School) and Madison King (South Vigo High School).

Adult Winners are Mark Minster (Terre Haute) -Grand Prize, Cole Hardman (Terre Haute) - Second Prize and Nicole Bailey (Terre Haute) - Third Prize.

Michael Lunsford (Rosedale) received the Art Spaces Choice Award and Divya Ramesh (Terre Haute) received the ISU Community School of Arts Award.

The theme of this year's competition was "This Corner of the World" with 162 poems submitted. The competition was adjudicated by Donald Platt, a published author, poet and teacher. The Awards Ceremony to honor the winners was held at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. Winners read their poems and Dr. Platt read from his own works. Awards included cash prizes and gift certificates to Barnes & Noble at ISU.

The competition is sponsored by St. Mary-of-the-Woods College with additional support from Arts Illiana, Big Picture, Center for Community Engagement at Indiana State University, Creative Writing Committee of the Indiana State University Department of English, Downtown Terre Haute, Inc., River Wools, Vigo County Historical Society and Wise Pies..

Through this project Art Spaces and the ISU Community School of the Arts encourage the writing of new poetry as a contemporary art form deeply rooted in tradition, promoting connections between art forms, and honoring Max Ehrmann, a treasured regional poet whose works were inspired by a love for his own community, its natural surroundings and the people in it. A life-size bronze sculpture of this nationally renowned writer, by West Terre Haute artist Bill Wolfe, was installed in Terre Haute in 2010 as part of the Art Spaces collection.

The theme for the 2016 competition is You are a Child of the Universe:Poems of Belonging and Not Belonging. "You are a child of the universe" is a phrase from Erhmann's poem Desiderata. The entire poem, which is known throughout the world, is installed in downtown Terre Haute at the corner of 7th St. and Wabash Ave. adjacent to the Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads sculpture.

For more information, please call Art Spaces at (812) 235-2801 or ISU Community School of the Arts at (812) 237-2528 or email:



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