Do you have a passion for various types of artwork? Lucky for you, Greater Lafayette is a very art-oriented community and doesn’t fall short when it comes to showcasing local artists to artists from around the globe. If you’re interested in exploring the art scene here in Greater Lafayette, we’ve put together a list of some of the places and events you’ll want to check out!
Art Museum Of Greater Lafayette
102 S 10th St, Lafayette 47905
Located in downtown Lafayette, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette has been a staple in the community for well over 100 years. The museum is known to feature a variety of different exhibits at any given time. The museum also offers programs including artist talks, classes, and free concerts, some of which have been held virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Admission is free, but you must make a reservation at least 24 hours ahead of time at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entry-reservations-tickets-135165512687
Haan Museum Of Indiana Art
920 State St, Lafayette 47905
Nestled near the corner of South Ninth and State Streets in Lafayette’s historic Ninth Street Hill neighborhood, the 15,000 square foot building was originally known as the Connecticut Building featured at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. It was relocated to Lafayette after the fair and in 1984, it was purchased by Bob and Ellie Haan. The Haan Museum features a variety of Hoosier artwork including ceramics, paintings, bronzes, and stone sculptures. Antique furniture is also featured in the museum. The backyard features a sculpture garden, and the museum also has a one-mile nature and six-mile mountain bike trail on its grounds.
To make a reservation for a self-guided tour, visit https://haanmuseum.org/self-guided-tours/
Purdue University Galleries
552 W Wood Street, West Lafayette 47907
Purdue University Galleries feature artwork from artists all around the globe as well as a permanent galleries collection. These exhibits rotate several times throughout the year.
Public Art Displays
Greater Lafayette is home to a plethora of public displays of art. For a list of public art and locations, visit https://www.homeofpurdue.com/things-to-do/arts-and-entertainment/public-art/?view=grid&sort=qualityScore&skip=12
First Friday Lafayette – Starting May 7th!
New this year, First Friday is a monthly event hosted by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, aimed at boasting Lafayette’s arts and cultural scene, encouraging community support for small businesses located downtown. Enjoy works from regional artists, live music, and specials at more than two dozen businesses and restaurants. More information will soon be available at https://tippecanoearts.org/firstfriday/
Round The Fountain Art Fair
Saturday May 29, 2021 – Downtown Lafayette
The COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the 2020 art fair, but as of right now, the 48th annual event is scheduled to take place the Saturday before Memorial Day. The art fair features up to 100 artists from around the nation and their work in a variety of different art forms. Proceeds from the event support art programs at local schools and a variety of restoration and enhancement projects around Greater Lafayette.
Art On The Wabash
Sunday September 26, 2021 – Tapawingo Park, West Lafayette
This annual event, presented by the City of West Lafayette, features artwork from artists that live in the Greater Lafayette region. Admission is free. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re encouraged to keep an eye out for updates regarding this year’s event at the website above.