Kaleidoscope Arts and Autism Program Reception

On October 26, 2017, from 4:30–7:00 PM, the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science will host the Kaleidoscope, an Arts and Autism Program, reception at the Evansville Museum Transportation Center (EMTRAC). The Kaleidoscope project provided art experiences for children on the Autism Spectrum. Throughout six workshops, children created works of art that are on display at the reception, accompanied with a presentation by Mark Osteen, “Grow Your Brain!: Art on the Autism Spectrum.”

In partnership with St. Vincent’s Center for Children and the Culver Family Learning Center with major funding by Mother Bear Foundation, the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science conducted, Kaleidoscope, an Arts and Autism Program this fall. Across the nation the Arts and Autism programs have proven to be therapeutic for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It provides a way for them to express themselves when communication is difficult. Many children with ASD develop repetitive body movements that stimulate sensory receptors and have insufficiencies with fine motor skills. The art projects can be a soothing activity and provide an outlet to learn new things.

This past fall the preschool students of the Culver Family Learning Center with special needs participated in Kaleidoscope at the Evansville Museum. They have unfettered access to experience different art projects as artists demonstrated how to do the activity and then each child participated at their own pace, skill level and attention span. In addition to creating artwork individually, the children were offered an opportunity to work together on a piece of artwork and practice their social skills. The resulting artwork will be exhibited at the Museum and then at St. Vincent’s Campus for their “Art and Science of Autism Spectrum” Conference on Friday, October 27, 2017.


Museum Ball

The Eykamp Pavilion at the Evansville Museum is the perfect backdrop for the 2017 Museum Ball.

The committee and museum staff have been working diligently on each detail to ensure a memorable event. We know there will not be a dull moment starting with the VIP champagne reception through the five course gourmet meal. The evening will culminate with a dynamic, non-stop 3 hour show by the Atlanta based band, the Celebrity AllStars. Their energy and music will bring the house down.

We extend a special thank you to our sponsors and underwriters. Without you, this event would not be possible. The last piece of the puzzle to make this an evening to remember is your presence. Please join us in supporting one of our community’s best assets, the Evansville Museum.

  • Alan & Stephanie Clark, Museum Ball Chairmen 


Platinum Table Sponsor


Gold Table Sponsor


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Patron Sponsor

$350 Silver Patron ($700/couple)

$450 Gold Patron ($900/couple)

$600 Platinum Patron ($1,200/couple)


$175 per person

$350 per couple

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Join National Geographic on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb to a 400-year-old hurricane to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth! Audiences will fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter.

Sea Monsters

Journey 80 million years back in time to an age when mighty dinosaurs dominated the land – and an equally astonishing assortment of ferocious creatures swam, hunted, and fought for survival beneath the vast, mysterious prehistoric seas. Stunning photo-realistic imagery re-creates the perilous underwater realm of two young, dolphin-sized marine reptiles called Dolichorhynchops, or Dollies, and follows their incredible journey through waters ruled by some of the most awesome predators ever to prowl the Earth’s oceans.

Back to the Moon for Good

Flight of the Butterflies

Flight of the Butterflies is an interconnected scientific adventure story that spans not only thousands of miles, but generations. It’s about the remarkable Monarch butterfly migration, the most incredible migration on Earth, and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter

Thursdays After Rush Hour

Every Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00 pm the Museum offers Thursdays After Rush Hour! This program delivers not only free admission to the Museum but also to lectures, family activities, workshops and other fun activities to the general public! This program is made possible with a generous grant from the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.



The Thursdays After Rush Hour do not include admission into opening receptions. However, if there is another activity occurring at that time, guests can attend the activity for free just not the reception. If a guest would like to attend the opening reception, there is $10 charge per guest.


Brew Ha Ha 2017

The Evansville Museum Contemporaries are proud to present their annual Brew Ha Ha for the 19th consecutive year. This year the event will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 PM. All of the tri-state’s favorite local brewers will be in attendance. Brew Ha Ha is an excellent opportunity to try a wide variety of micro, specialty, homemade and imported beers, as well as appetizers and live entertainment. Everyone 21 and older is welcome to attend.

Ticket Pricing

Member Price: $30

Not-Yet Member Price: $35

At the Door Price: $40

Food & Entertainment: $25


Mid-States Call for Entries

Now in its 45th year, the Mid-States Craft Exhibition was originally organized to showcase emerging artists from the Evansville area. Over the years, the show has grown to include artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee.  There are more than $10,000 in awards, including a $5,000 Best of Show purchase award, and multiple purchase and merit awards.  The exhibition is open to any artist residing in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, or Tennessee.  All work must be original, completed within the last three years, and not previously exhibited in the Mid-States Craft Exhibition. The competition is open for the following categories: ceramics, glass, textiles, metals, wood, enamel and mixed media.  This years’ Juror isPerry A. Price, Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas.

For more information and to see the complete prospectus, visit https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4602

First Thursdays with Jonathan McAfee

First Thursdays with Jonathan McAfee will be on February 1, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This free event is taking placing at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in downtown Evansville, Indiana.  

First Thursdays are open to the public for free with an opportunity to meet the artist and converse with him/her about their artwork and inspirations.  There will be appetizers and a cash bar. 

Artist Bio

Jonathan McAfee approaches his art as an abstract impressionistic painter who just happens to paint people he finds fascinating and because he enjoys painting them. He uses energetic painting techniques to lay down paint quickly with rapid brush strokes using vibrant colors. He is about the process of painting. Keeping the method loose, he can develop a painting’s composition in about 4 to 5 hours on a good day. He then builds on layers with texture and brush stroke squiggles that create the abstracted image when looking at a close proximity. Further away the paintings appear more as portraiture.

Artistically speaking, Portraiture painting is a representation of the subject. An image created to represent the person using clues as to whom that person is and what they might enjoy doing. It can portray that person’s personality. As McAfee approaches his subjects, they lend him their features or expressions. He creates an image that is compelling and relatable to the viewer. The images have personality that he has applied to them.

Originally a native of Indianapolis, Jonathan McAfee decided he had achieved all he was going to there so he quit his day job as a Marketing/PR person. As he and his wife were looking for a new hometown, they visited Denver and fell in love. Now, he is a full-time artist and continues to make strides with his work. In the beginning, his paintings were very much about the representation and now he is breaking down the image. As he continues to hone his skills, the artistic results have morphed and grown.

McAfee attended the Herron School of Art and Design (Indiana University) earning a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting. He has had numerous exhibitions, group and solo. He is an established artist with work in public and private collections here and abroad. His most recent creations will be on display in the Museum Gift Shop Art Sales Gallery starting February 1, 2018 until April 4, 2018. For more information contact Joycelyn Todisco at 812 425-2406 ext. 238 or jtodisco@emuseum.org.