Impressions of Love: J. Ottis and Winifred Brady Adams, a Ball State University Centennial Exhibition
January 24–May 19, 2019
(Scroll down for a list of related public programs. Please note: DOMA is closed on May 4th due to the commencement ceremony on the Arts Terrace.)
The David Owsley Museum of Art commemorates Ball State University’s centennial by celebrating the art and marriage of noted Indiana Impressionist painters John Ottis Adams (1851-1927) and Winifred Brady Adams (1871-1955). The congenial, artistic couple, whose art was fostered and collected by the Ball family, awakened community interest in the visual arts that eventually led to the founding of the museum. Arousing a regional consciousness, their landscape, still life, and portrait paintings pay homage to the beauty and splendor of the Indiana environs and American small-town life of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
A talented, academically trained painter, Winifred Brady Adams’s career and artistic accomplishments have been overshadowed by her husband’s legacy. Appearing as a footnote in most early Indiana history publications, Winifred finally receives the attention she deserves in this major exhibition and its accompanying catalogue.
A large number of paintings and drawings by both artists has been assembled from significant regional institutions and private collections, including the greatest quantity of works by Winifred Brady Adams ever displayed, many of which have been seldom seen by the public. For more information on this exhibition, visit the Ball State News Center.
A full-color, exhaustive catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Copies are available for purchase for $20 at the museum's front desk during open hours, or may be reserved online here for pickup. (Shipping is not available at this time.)
John Ottis Adams, American (1851-1927), In Poppyland, 1901, oil on canvas, Frank C. Ball Collection, gift of the Ball Brothers Foundation, 1995.035.040
DOMA regularly schedules programs related to special exhibitions. For Impressions of Love, the following events are offered to enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of this extensive show.
February 6, 4pm: Educator Exhibition Overview (One CEU available for K-12 teachers; $5 or free for BSU affiliates. Space is limited and registration required.)
February 14, 6pm: Music in the Museum (a 5pm reception precedes the performance of love songs and the exhibition will remain open until 8pm)
February 16, 1:30–4:30pm: Couples Painting Workshop ($30 per person or $25 for BSU affiliate, $20 for DOMA Friends member.)
March 29, 6–9pm: Final Friday: LOVE—Enjoy an after-hours look at Impressions of Love as well as music, refreshments, presentations, and activities at this free event.
April 11, 5–8pm: Petty Memorial Lecture: Curator Shaun Dingwerth on Impressions of Love
April 13, 1:30–4:30pm: Adult Painting Workshop (This event has reached capacity and registration is closed.)
April 19, 3pm: Meditation in the Impressions of Love exhibition with Dr. George Wolfe
April 26, 6–9pm: Final Friday: BEAUTY—Enjoy an after-hours look at Impressions of Love as well as music, refreshments, presentations, and activities at this free event.
April 27, 2:30pm: Docent's Choice Tour of Impressions of Love (Free and open to the public; no registration required.)