Galleries and Collections
Melvin Peterson Gallery
Located at 1935 Lincoln Avenue, the Melvin Peterson Gallery was dedicated in 2010 and is the University of Evansville's newest exhibit space. It features changing exhibits of artwork by local and regional artists, alumni, and students. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. when the University is in session, or by appointment. Call the Department of Art at 812-488-2043 with inquiries about exhibits or gallery access.
Changing exhibits by students and professional artists are featured in this gallery located in the lobby of the Krannert Hall of Fine Arts. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon - 11 p.m. when the University is in session. Call the Department of Art at 812-488-2043 with inquiries about exhibits or gallery access.
The University of Evansville's permanent collection includes several thousand pieces of art representing student work and a number of distinctive collections. These collections include:
James Dicke Collection
James Dicke II, a prominent business executive from Ohio, made a gift to the University in 2008 of a portion of his private collection. Paintings and works in other media from the Dicke Collection can be viewed in the Schroeder School of Business Building and many other campus locations.
Karl Kae Knecht Collection
An editorial cartoonist for the Evansville Courier & Press whose career spanned from 1906 until his retirement in 1960, Knecht donated 3,400 of his original cartoons to the UE permanent collection because of his love for the University, which occasionally served as his subject. Due to the fragility of the works, only a few of his framed cartoons are displayed on campus, while most of the collection is safely protected in the library archives.
Merrill Snethen Collection
Merrill Snethen was a prominent artist in the region and a highly respected art instructor at Bosse High School for many years. Following his death, the family donated a significant number of his paintings and drawings to the University's collection. Over the span of this career, Snethen produced work in a variety of styles including realism, expressionism, cubism, and abstraction. His work has become increasingly appreciated in recent years and can be seen in numerous buildings on campus.