Theo and His Brother Paul, A Play Honoring Theodore Dreiser

Art Spaces and Vigo County Public Library are pleased to present

A New Play in One Act by D. S. Weatherston
Staged Reading – Directed by Arthur Feinsod
Thursday, March 9 at 5:00 p.m.
The Indiana Theater, 683 Ohio Street, Terre Haute

5:00 p.m. – Doors open – Cash Bar
5:30 p.m. – “Early Dreiser” – A talk by Arthur Feinsod
6:00 p.m. – Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar
6:30 p.m. – Staged Reading of Theo and His Brother Paul
7:10 p.m. – Mingle with the Authors, Director and Actors

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Tickets are $30.00 and may be purchased by clicking on the link above, in person at Art Spaces, Inc., 669 Ohio Street, Terre Haute, IN, or by phone: 812-235-2801.

Proceeds from the event will support Courage in Language and Thought – The Dreiser Legacy, a new Art Spaces sculpture to honor Theodore Dreiser, to be placed adjacent to the north (Walnut Street) entrance of Vigo County Public Library.

Dreiser (1871-1945), born in Terre Haute, is widely considered to be the “Father of American Naturalism.” His work helped defined a movement that influenced many other writers from his time to today.  Art Spaces previously honored Dreiser’s brother and well known composer Paul Dresser, with a A Song For Indiana, a sculpture by Teresa Clark, installed in Fairbanks Park.

The staged reading of Theo and His Brother Paul is produced and performed by courtesy of Theater 7 and is sponsored by Arts Illiana, Big Picture, Casey’s General Stores, Inc., Indiana State University Department of English and Creative Writing Program, the Indiana Theater and Vigo County Historical Society.

Art Spaces brings together people and business and art to build a vibrant city.  For more information: 812-235-2801 or

Looking at Theodore Dreiser in the Spirit of His Time

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Dreiser in his later years

A Talk by Dr. Arthur Feinsod

Sponsored by Art Spaces, Inc. and Vigo County Public Library – Free and open to the public

August 16, 2016 – 5:00-6:15 p.m.  – Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level

For event information: Vigo County Public Library: 812-645-3631 or Art Spaces, Inc.:  812-235-2801 or

Arthur Feinsod is a playwright, director and Professor of Theater at Indiana State University where he also teaches honors courses in the humanities.  One of his recent plays, Coming to See Aunt Sophie, toured Germany and Poland and was performed in Terre Haute, Bloomington and Chicago in 2014. Dr. Feinsod is also co-founder and Associate Director of Theater 7, a newly formed professional theater company working in downtown Terre Haute.

Theodore Dreiser, born in Terre Haute, was known as the “Father of American Naturalism.”  Dr. Feinsod will be discussing Dreiser in the context of Naturalism in the arts in Europe and the United States.  Attendees will learn how Dreiser’s writing relates to naturalist theory as well as the art, philosophy and theater of his time.

Art Spaces is currently raising funds for a sculpture to honor Dreiser adjacent to the north entrance of the library on Walnut Street. This talk offers an opportunity to understand how Dreiser’s work helped defined a movement that energized many other writers of his time. In fact, many writers of Dreiser’s era and later believed that his writing paved the way, allowing writers to depict life as they saw it.

Naturalism, however, was not unique to Dreiser, since the movement was already active in Europe. Dr. Feinsod will offer insights into the connecting links between the continents, and the various art forms that fit under the banner of Naturalism.

Open House for Turn to the River

Everyone is invited to join Art Spaces and partners for an Open House on Thursday, July 28 any time between 12:00-6:00 p.m.  The event will take place in the Mayflower Room on the second floor of the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Terre Haute.

Art Spaces Staff and Board Members, as well as members of the Turn to the River Planning Team, will welcome attendees to various stations throughout the room, each representing a specific location between downtown and the river including:

  • An Overview of Turn to the River
  • A Walking Promenade
  • The Civic Plaza
  • A Multi-Use Parking Lot
  • One Wabash – a riverside green space and overlook.

The historically and culturally significant sites that comprise the focus area for Turn to the River offer enormous potential for positive public use.  Attendees will have multiple opportunities to share ideas in writing, drawing, electronically or verbally.

Light refreshments will be provided.  Attendees coming during the lunch hour may bring their own lunch.

For more information on the project:


Annual Dinner Scheduled for October 15


Old National Wealth Management Presents: It Was a Very Good Year, a taste of wines with dinner, will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Sycamore Banquet Center.

As Art Spaces begins a second decade of bringing together people, business and art to build a vibrant city, we welcome our generous long-time supporters and new friends to join us for a festive and flavorful evening, featuring a new roster of celebrity sommeliers.

Everyone attending helps play a part in building a collection of outdoor sculptures for generations to enjoy. There are now eighteen original works located throughout Terre Haute, freely accessed by residents and visitors at all times.

Dinner sponsorships are $850.00 and provide you with a table of eight and logo placement in the dinner program.

A table for eight is $600.00 and individual tickets are $80.00 each. Early reservations may be made by calling 812-235-2801. Invitations will be mailed in August.

To receive an invitation or make a reservation, call 812-235-2801 or write

2016 Annual Dinner Save the Date

2016 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competition Announcement

Art Spaces in partnership with ISU Community School of the Arts is pleased to announce the theme of the 2016 Max Ehrmann Poetry Competion, You ar a Child of the Universe: Poems of Belonging and Not Belonging.

This year’s theme is based on a line from Max Ehrmann’s best known poem, Desiderata, “You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars you have a right to be here”.

Max held to a philosophy of inclusion, for people of any background, religious persuasion, or even personality. We ask that people submitting works to this year’s competition consider ideas of belonging and /or not belonging.

No more than 2 poems per contestant will be accepted. Entries recieved or postmarked after February 19 will not be accepted.

Open to individuals of all ages living, working or attending school in Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties.

For further information and to download Entry Form click .

The competition will be judged by an Indiana poet. There will be prizes awarded to the elementary, middle school, high school and over 18 yrs of age winners.