Through natural artifacts and contemporary visual art, “State of Nature: Picturing Indiana Biodiversity” will encourage an aesthetic appreciation of the natural world in Indiana. Debuting at IU’s Grunwald Gallery in Fall 2020, the exhibit will include samples and specimens related to Indiana’s prehistory from several Indiana University collections. Specimens chosen by the Indiana State Museum’s paleobiologists will also be featured. The artifacts will be accompanied by scholarly, but accessible, information written with the assistance of state museum curators.
An IU Bicentennial Project, a number of programs, a full-color catalog, and various communications will accompany the exhibit as it ultimately moves to the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis in 2021.
To promote a deeper understanding of the Indiana environment, Betsy Stiratt of the Grunwald Gallery of Art and Mark Ruschman of the Indiana State Museum selected artwork by Indiana artists or artists with connections to Indiana. The artwork will be accompanied by artifacts selected by the Indiana State Museum’s Damon Lowe, creating an out-of-the-ordinary learning experience for visitors.