The Midwest Museum of American Art showcases various works from 19th and 20th century American artists. Its 25,000 square feet of gallery space displays over 900 pieces of art and the total number of pieces in its collection numbers over 6,000. Housed in a 1921, neo-classical former bank building, the museum features nine galleries that contain various art forms to include sculptures, lithographs, pottery, drawings, paintings, prints and watercolors that trace the history of American Midwestern art.
galleries, one of which is housed in the former bank’s vault, feature works
from various American schools such as Abstract Expressionism, Chicago Imagists,
American Impressionism, and the Ashcan School.
Two of the more popular artists featured at the museum are Norman
Rockwell and Anna Mary Robertson Moses, aka Grandma Moses. Its Rockwell collection is home to his 1917
oil on canvas, “No Credit Given,” and numerous hand-signed lithographs and
artists featured are Hans Hoffman, Edward Moran, Roger Brown, and Grant
Wood. Featured works include “Sheaves of
Corn” by Grant Wood, Andy Warhol’s 1956 “Grasshopper Heaven from the Bottom of
my Garden,” “Seacoast” by Edward Moran, and Hans Hoffman’s abstract work “Untitled
#5.” The museum is also home to the R.
Douglas and Barbara Grant Family Gallery that houses the world’s largest public
collection of Art Pottery.
recent rotating exhibit, “Under the Big Top,” explored the circus as a theme in
American art. The museum offers group
tours by reservation, Noon-time Talks every Thursday, and special lectures and
films throughout the year. Finally, the
museum hosts its annual Elkhart Juried Regional Art Exhibition in which local
artists display their works for sale and possible awards.