Art can be loud. Art can be quiet. Above all else though it seems that art perpetually fascinates. Whether it’s the juxtaposition of color in a Jackson Pollock painting or the quiet intrigue of a Van Gough portrait, there is no denying the affect in which art has continually had over individuals throughout the centuries.
There’s no question that art surrounds us in our daily lives. Whether it’s the opening of a new exhibit at a major museum such as the Art Institute of Chicago or the eclectic design of a new Apple advertisement art is behind much of what the masses marvel at every day.
With that being said, Northwest Indiana is no stranger to the art scene the geographic region features an interesting array of museums, galleries and storefronts all dedicated to showcasing the work of both local and famous artists.
The Brauer Museum of Art located on the Valparaiso University campus is a prominent museum within NWI that features 19th and 20th century American artist collections including works from Georgia O’ Keefe. For more information on the Brauer Museum, check out their website.
Next up in the line of noteworthy museums in NWI is the Curious Kids Museum located in St. Joseph, Michigan. This museum is very much geared toward being kid friendly, fun and dynamic. All museum staff encourages onlookers to touch, feel and play with their displays and exhibits. For more information on the Curious Kids museum check out their website.
The Dillinger Museum in Hammond, IN is another museum for both guests and onlookers to venture to and learn more about the thieving days of mastermind criminal John Dillinger and other infamous gangsters. Visitors can marvel at everything from clothing and artifacts from the 1930s and too indulge in facts and trivia about the rise of bank robbers after the stock market crash in 1929. For more information on the Dillinger Museum, check out their website.
Also in keeping with the crime motif is the Porter County Museum of History. This museum is located in Valparaiso, IN and is housed in the former Porter County Jailhouse. Historic and full of old world charm, this museum houses a variety of significant and noteworthy artifacts all specific to Northwest Indiana’s rich and vivid history.For more information on the Porter County Museum of History, check out their website.
Art can be loud. Art can be quiet. In the end it seems that art within NWI is sure to amuse many onlookers and locals as the region features juxtaposition between old world charm and modern cosmopolitan edge.