Button Menu

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.

fist pump  
(detail) Fist Pump
plastic party acrylic paint with
plastic party table covers and 
plastic party painting tarps
Size: XXXL, 1981

Keith Allyn Spencer
October 25 - December 9, 2018
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

KEITH ALLYN SPENCER, was born and raised in the American desert Southwest border region. An emphasis with the middle letter of my name helps diminish the perpetual mix-ups with similar named persons: Kevin, Karl, Kurt, Kenny, Kanye, and Pete. Currently, I reside with my family (wife, 2 sons, and a black Wiener dog mix) in Granville, Ohio navigating towards long-term job security, cul-de-sacs, and organic groceries.

Kent received his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (2011) and a BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso (2003). Recent group exhibitions consist of Skylab Gallery (Columbus), Present Company (NYC), New Galerie at Yves Klein Archives (Paris), Simon Oldfield Gallery (London), and BigMedium (Austin). Recent solo shows include Ditch Projects (Oregon), The Composing Rooms (Berlin), Welcome Screen (London), Juicys Gallery (NYC), OFG.XXX (Dallas), Target (Indiana), and Domino's Pizza (Rhode Island).

“Me As a Parent”
Keith Allyn Spencer explores painting expansively. Party table covers, fabric softener sheets, clay hardened by heat, fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion, and junk drawer items rendezvous. Spencer’s works catalyze ways to meander, poke around, test, & trespass.

Funding for this exhibition is generously provided by the Efroymson Family Fund.

Efroymson Family Fund logo 

  Mohamad Hafez_A Refugee Nation

Mohamad Hafez
A Refugee Nation, 2015
Plaster, pain, antique type writer case, 
found objects, mp3 media player, 
rigid foam 
14 x 30 x 12 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Baggage Claim
September 1 - December 9, 2018
Peeler Art Center, University Gallery (upper and lower levels)

This exhibition presents the work of an international group of 18 artists who explore the impact of the vast scale of population mobility. While baggage has always symbolized migration and freedom, in the context of the current global atmosphere it has become an emblem of uncertainty, fear, and change. On an intimate level, baggage transports and holds personal belongings, and by implication is a rich metaphor for individual and family histories. The term baggage also carries significant psychological meaning, referring to the burdens or blessings of those things in life that cannot be left behind. Baggage Claims is the first exhibition to present a new body of work by contemporary artists who are examining these timely themes.

Baggage Claims is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art and curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, c2 - curatorsquared. The exhibition began a national tour in 2018.This presentation of Baggage Claims is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Efroymson Family Fund, The Janet E. Prindle Institute for Ethics, the Asian Studies Program at DePauw University, and the Peace & Conflict Studies Program at DePauw University.

Efroymson Family Fund logoIndiana Arts CommissionNational Endowment for the Arts logo


IPod Ecosystem #11a, 
mixed media
8-5/8 (L)  x 13-1/4 (W) x 12-3/8 (H) inches

The Machine Continues
Works from the DePauw University Permanent Art
Collection on Display
Fall 2018
2nd Floor Display Case

On your way to the second-floor classrooms at the Peeler Art Center, stop by the display case and check out works from the DePauw University Permanent Art Collection. Assistant Curator Alexandra Chamberlain has gathered a few works from the collection that coincide with themes present in E.M. Forster’s acclaimed short story The Machine Stops. If interested in scheduling a class visit to the display for further discussion, feel free to reach out to Alexandra Chamberlain at alexandrachamberlain@depauw.edu for details.