Design Development for Turn to the River is now underway.  Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group of Indianapolis is currently conducting design related meetings and activities on and off site.  Draft designs will be available for public review in fall 2018.

Turn to the River is a project of Art Spaces to reconnect Terre Haute’s downtown with the Wabash River through public art and design.  It is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.  To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities visit

Matching funds are provided by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation through the Wabash River Regional Development Authority.

Concepts for a walking promenade traverse the city/county government campus, the site of Terre Haute’s original downtown.  Long before European settlers came to this area various groups of Native Americans had settled in the area including the Wea, Kickapoo and Miami.  As Art Spaces considers the cultural history of the Turn to the River focus area, visiting artist Chris Cornelius will be in residency in Terre Haute for several days to meet with Art Spaces and members of Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group.  The arts are at the core of this urban design project.

Chris is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including a seminar on visual thinking and mapping.  An enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, he focuses his research and practice on the architectural translation of culture; in particular, American Indian culture. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design and consulting practice serving American Indian clients.

He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has previously taught at the University of Virginia. He served as a cultural consultant and design collaborator with Antoine Predock on the Indian Community School of Milwaukee which won the AIA Design Excellence award from the Committee on Architecture for Education.  Chris is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the inaugural J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize and an Artist in Residence Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.

Chris will be presenting images of his own work, and discussing his ideas about Turn to the River at ART CHATTER, a public conversation series hosted by Art Spaces, taking place on July 12, 2018 at the Terre Haute Brewing Company in Terre Haute.  The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for sale from the Brewery menu.  The event begins at 5:15 pm. For more information about Art Spaces or Art Chatter, please call 812-235-2801, write, or visit us on Facebook.