In the heart of downtown Elkhart's Arts and Entertainment District is a 25,000 square foot neo-classical building which plays host to the Midwest Museum of American Art. The museum boasts seven galleries including the old vault (the building was previously a bank) which contains part of the museum's permanent collection featuring American art from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The permanent collection, consisting of approximately 3,100 works with about 850 on display at a time, includes paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, sculpture, and photographs. On the second story of the museum, there is quite an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell lithographs which have been hand-signed by the artist.
There are also temporary and traveling exhibits, one being the "Youth Art in Elkhart," which happened to be on display the day I stopped in. What a treat to see works of art in various mediums by local young people. Viewing the talent of these students was inspiring and gave me a glimpse into where the world of art may be headed in the near future.
Being a public foundation, the museum offers tours ($3 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for students up to 15 years old, 5 and under are free), which will lead you through the major American Art movements. There are also workshops, lectures, and films offered throughout the year.
A museum of this quality is a true treasure for Elkhart. Since opening in 1979 it has become one of Indiana's most important art institutions and pillar of culture in our community. Whether you are a novice or expert in the art world, there is certainly something to be learned at the Midwest Museum of American Art and I hope you will share in the experience that this local gem has to offer!
Midwest Museum of American Art 429 South Main St. Elkhart, IN 46514]