Art Spaces recently held several public events:

September 18  at the Hilton Garden Inn in Terre Haute, Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group presented Refined Concepts/Beginning Designs for Turn to the River.

September 25  visiting artists Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter lead a charrette for the ISU community as well as the public.  It took place in Hulman Memorial Student Union in DeDe II.

September 25 Art Spaces presented Art Chatter with presenters Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter.  Art Chatter is a public conversation series hosted by Art Spaces, taking place at the Terre Haute Brewing Company in Terre Haute. For more information about Art Chatter, please call 812-235-2801 or visit us on Facebook.

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 www.arts.gov.nea-lockup-A

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 visiting architect Chris Cornelius was in residency in Terre Haute for several days in July 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.  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.