Photo Museums: Indiana  

Bloomington
1133 East 7th Street
Bloomington, Indiana - IN47405
The photography collection includes the archives of Henry Holmes Smith and Art Sinsabaugh. The museum has over five thousand prints, drawings, and photographs in storage. An inventory of the works-on-paper collection (with the exception of the Art Sinsabaugh and Henry Holmes Smith photo archives) is available in three red binders in the Fine Arts Library's red reference section, call number N518.B4 A63 (vols. 1-3). These binders are kept on one of the reference carrels in the library reading room.
 
Indianapolis
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana - IN46204
The contemporary collection represents diversity in the truest sense of the word. The collection consists of copious materials from photographs, beadwork, works on paper and canvas, to beaver fur and hides, traditional paintings and large installation pieces incorporating several mediums. The diverse nature of the materials is a reflection of the range of artists and cultural traditions found in the collection. African American artists Alison Saar and James Watkins share the experience and manifestations the caldron had on their lives. Latino traditions are rooted firmly in the Santero carving of Sergia Tapia’s Offrenda, commemorating September 11 bombing of the World Trade Tours. The collection recognizes any artist working in the West today doing any type of work they desire. While there is recognizable imagery in a lot of the work, it also represents works that are non-representational such as the work of Harry Fonseca (Maidu/Niseman, Portuguese, Hawaiian) who’s painting is inspired by Navajo blankets or James Lavadour’s (Walla Walla) multifaceted landscapes influenced by hiking through the mountains. One of the great strengths of the collection is the Native American contemporary art collected through our biennial program, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. Since 1999 the Eiteljorg Museum has awarded nearly one million dollars directly to artists, produced seven catalogs, employed many Native and non-Native scholars as writers and presenters and purchased over 200 works of art from 40 Native American and First Nations artists. This has given the museum what is considered one of the most important collections of Native contemporary art in the world. The unique nature of the Eiteljorg contemporary collection lies in the cultural, geographic and traditions represented.
 
Indianapolis
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, Indiana - IN46208
With more than 26,000 works on paper, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary photographs, IMA’s collection of prints, drawings and photographs is its largest permanent collection. With more than 26,000 works on paper, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary photographs, IMA’s collection of prints, drawings and photographs is its largest permanent collection. Photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Alexander Rodchenko, Brassai, Robert Frank and Diane Arbus.
 
Notre Dame
100 Moose Krause Circle
Notre Dame, Indiana - IN46556
The majority of this 10,000-plus piece collection is comprised of the Janos Scholz Collection of 19th-century European photographs, which includes some fine early prints by Henry Talbot Fox, David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson, Gustave Le Gray, Julia Margaret Cameron, Robert MacPherson, and other pioneers of the art form. Other specialty areas include the Civil War and the exploration of the American West. The Museum continues to annually acquire prints thanks to the generosity of Milly and Fritz Kaeser, and other donors. Recent acquisitions include images by Eugène Atget, Eadweard Muybridge, Timothy O'Sullivan, Doris Ulmann, Frederick Sommer and Lauren Greenfield.
 
Valparaiso
1700 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, Indiana - IN46383
The Brauer Museum of Art collection focuses on 19th- and 20th-century American art and also includes world religious art and Midwestern regional art. Paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs are represented. Selections from the permanent collection are always on view in two of the museum's seven galleries and are frequently included in special exhibitions. Virtual exhibitions that highlight aspects of the collection are always available on the website, and a project to make a full listing of our holdings available online is well underway.
 
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