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The Visiting Artist Program

With the support of the Lechleiter Indiana Visiting Artist Fund, The Children's Museum is able to continue programming for the Visiting Artist Program.

Each year, the museum recruits one or two exceptional artists with Indiana ties to publicly present and teach on their work. The artist(s) will interact and inspire children and families with art exhibitions, displays, and artist-student interactions. Visiting Artists work in a variety of spaces around the museum including the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS), Sunburst Atrium, Playscape® Art Studio, the Mann Properties Gallery of Paleo Art, and more.

This year’s Visiting Artist

Rita Spalding featured artist in the Visiting Artist Program at The Children's Museum of IndianapolisRita Spalding
Indiana artist Rita Spalding will be the second featured artist to participate in our Visiting Artist Program.  Spalding will showcase her “dreamy realism” work and host public workshops several times a year. For programming in Playscape and Corteva Agriscience ScienceWorks, Spalding’s workshops will focus on observational painting tied to natural science and objects from the Museum’s collections. Fine art programming in NAMOS will focus on painting the expression and movement of dance.

Spalding shared, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing my artwork in such a prestigious and world-class venue as The Children’s Museum. I’m looking forward to helping kids and their families to see on a new and deeper level, and to translate those observations into meaningful foundational artistic skills. By being present in the moment and engaging the right brain, we’ll study how light falls across objects, and use that information to create beautiful and believable paintings.”

A myriad of recent studies indicate direct and indirect links between arts education and positive child development. Johns Hopkins researchers concluded students motivated to practice and spend time with a specific art form increased their attention spans and improved their IQ scores. 

The Visiting Artist Program is a project of the Lechleiter Indiana Visiting Artist Fund with support provided by The White Oak Foundation, Sarah and John Lechleiter.

Upcoming Events

Visiting Artist Rita Spalding: Critters to Canvas

Join extraordinary Visiting Artist, Rita Spalding, for a hands-on painting workshop in Playscape! Details

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Visiting Artist Rita Spalding: Painting Expression and Movement of Dance

Join extraordinary Visiting Artist, Rita Spalding, for a hands-on painting workshop! Details

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Visiting Artist Rita Spalding: Natural Science painting

Join Visiting Artist Rita Spalding as she explores Natural Science still life painting influenced by Gene Stratton-Porter Details

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