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Current Exhibits

Each year, the Peeler Art Center gallery program presents a wide range of exhibitions and related programming. From traveling exhibitions of national and international significance to shows featuring the work of current students, faculty, and alumni, the gallery program strives to offer a dynamic schedule of interdisciplinary visual experiences.


Putnam County: Marvin Evens Trust Barn
Oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches
On loan from the artist

Heritage Barns: An Artist's Passion

May 31 - August 1, 2016

Peeler Art Center Galleries

Gwen Gutwein has been a successful artist since graduating from Indiana University in the early 80’s.  She has exhibited her paintings in galleries and museums in Indiana and throughout the United States. Her paintings continue to achieve acknowledgements and awards.

In 2004 Gwen started a painting project trademarked Heritage Barns. She has completed the process of selecting historic barns from each of Indiana's 92 counties, doing most paintings on location. More exhibits from this series of paintings are currently on tour.

The Heritage Barns of Indiana Project has been honored as a Bicentennial Legacy Project.


Chairman Mao is the red sun in our hearts
Lithograph on paper


FEBRUARY 1 – August 1, 2016

Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper level)

Drawn exclusively from the DePauw University Permanent Art Collection, The Red Sun in Our Hearts surveys the mid-20th century Socialist Realism art movement from mainland China. Throughout the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, nearly everything from the visual arts and literature to music and theatrical production was created under the watchful eye of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Socialist Realism rejected classical Chinese design elements and Western abstraction in favor of Soviet-inspired aesthetics and function. The CCP printed millions of political posters for decades, covering a wide range of social, economic, and political themes. This exhibition features 38 original political posters as well as stamps, film, and objects from the Cultural Revolution.