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Arts Illiana opens small art exhibition on Friday | Local News

Arts Illiana Inc. in Terre Haute will open its small annual art exhibition on Friday October 1, coordinated by Cassandra Cook, its new gallery director.

The gallery at 23 N. Sixth St. will be open to visitors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Face masks will be required.

The call for small art exhibition was open only to artists living in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana and Edgar and Clarke counties in Illinois. Artists could submit up to five pieces without a registration fee.

Guest curator Ian Carey has selected 90 pieces by 46 artists for inclusion in the exhibition. “First, I would like to thank all of the artists who were on the show and congratulate them for their hard work and creativity,” said Carey. Second, I wanted my picks to celebrate the tremendous talent that lives in Terre Haute and the surrounding communities of my selections. Third, I was amazed at the different approaches and experiments I saw from each chosen artist.

Small works of art include a variety of mediums ranging from digital photography to analog, drawing, pen, ink, oil and acrylic paints, glass, ceramics and gluing. The small art exhibit is always a favorite and a great opportunity to purchase quirky and unique holiday gifts. The “small” aspect of art is the requirement that all works shown in the exhibit measure no more than 12 “by 12” (or 12 “x 12” x 12 “for 3D pieces.)

Carey’s work will be on display in the North Gallery for the Small Art Race. He is Curator of Permanent Collections at Indiana State University.

Cook began his gallery duties with the Small Art Exhibition and looks forward to working with artists and continuing the quality art exhibitions that the public has enjoyed in the Arts Illiana Gallery. After the small art show, Cook looks forward to the popular Crow Show exhibit. Cook received his BFA from Indiana State University in 2016 with a concentration in photography and painting and a minor in art history. She received her master of fine arts; visual studies focus on photography and painting and video installation from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

After the small art opening night, the gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Arts Illiana is the Wabash Valley Arts Council and a regional arts partner of the Indiana Arts Commission.

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