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The Visiting Artist Program

The Visiting Artist Program

With an extraordinary gift from the White Oak Foundation (Sarah and John Lechleiter), The Children’s Museum is able to establish and continue programming for the Visiting Artist Program.

Each year, the museum recruits 1-2 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, Sunburst Atrium, Playscape Art Studio, the Mann Properties Gallery of Paleo Art, and more. Learn more about this year's visiting artist and see class and demonstration details in the calendar events below.

This year’s Visiting Artist(s)

C.W. Mundy
Born in Indianapolis in 1945, C.W. Mundy loved art from a very young age. But he also loved sports—especially basketball, making his high school and college teams. In 1978, he set up shop as an illustrator, and soon he was creating illustrations for the Indiana University men’s basketball program and the Professional Golfer’s Association, painting portraits of National Basketball Association players, and doing commissioned work for the Cincinnati Reds.

By the mid-1990s he shifted the focus of his art to landscapes, still-lifes, and figure paintings in the Impressionist style for which he is now known.

“This is the museum I want to hang in. I want to be there to give kids hope that they can pursue their dreams. That’s what Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell did for me,” said C.W. Mundy.

You can see some of C.W. Mundy’s work in the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS). Mundy will periodically visit the museum to offer hands-on art classes to visitors. Due to length, programs available are recommended for families with children age 6 or older.

Harlem Globetrotters
Pencil on paper, 1984

Paul Westphal of the Phoenix Suns
Print on hardwood basketball flooring, ca. 1981

Ray Harroun 
(Note: The painting on the race car driver and his car and “1911”)
Oil on canvas, ca. 1981
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