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Exhibitions and Events at the Haan Museum in Lafayette, Indiana

Exhibitions and Events


St. Louis World's Fair: Celebrating 115 Years

January 26 through April 20, 2019

Experience a small slice of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair at the Haan Museum as they celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Fair. The Colonial Revival mansion served as the Connecticut Building in St. Louis, and now houses a collection of major artifacts from the Fair. Three massive vases exhibited by Weller Pottery at the Fair, including a 7-foot vase that won a gold prize for the Arts, are always on display. Paintings by TC Steele and Charles Connor that were chosen for the Center Arts Palace are also featured.

The exhibition will also include paintings from the Indiana Building and Fine Arts Palace, andirons, a mandolin, zither, accordion, telephone, blow gun, stereoptics, a Majolica statue, and a 1760 candle stand. There are also aluminum playing cards, with each card featuring a different building at the Fair.

The Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, celebrated the centennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. It had the largest footprint of any Fair in history, covering 1200 acres, and attracted over 19 million visitors. The Fair was immortalized in Judy Garland’s song, “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

Sponsored in part by DK Construction, Inc.




Tuesday on the Trail

April 23, 2019
6 to 7 PM

Get a closer look at nature as a guide leads you on an educational walk along our Nature Trail. The Haan Museum rests on five acres near downtown Lafayette, which includes a three acre woods behind the mansion. The nature trail starts at the edge of the woods and winds down to the bottom of the property at Valley Street before returning to the top by another route. Thirty different species of trees native to Indiana are identified with educational signs. Other signs are written about non-native and invasive species, fruits of different trees, and other subjects.

The upper part of the trail is a little too difficult to be called easy, and some agility is required as it passes over rocks, inclines, and narrow paths. The lower part of the trail is more rugged and requires better conditioning. The loop trail is about a mile long and feels very much like a wilderness experience in the middle of town.

Nature Walks are the fourth Tuesday of every month April through October from 6-7 PM. Meet at the Nature Trail Entrance located on the south side of the Carriage house just off the parking lot.

FEE: Free




Sweet on Art

April 26, 2019
6 to 8 PM

Enjoy sweet treats and live jazz at Sweet on Art at the Haan Museum. Guests will be surrounded by Indiana art and rare antiques as they savor heavy hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts, chocolates and wine.

Be among the first to see a portrait of John Purdue by George Winter and a John Purdue sculpture by Tuck Langland as they are unveiled.

Guests can Adopt a Masterpiece from the collection of paintings, furniture, ceramic or bronze treasures. Each adopter’s name will be displayed in the Museum, next to the art, for a year; and the adopter will receive a picture with their adopted artwork and an adoption certificate.

A few items will be offered through a live auction, including the opportunity to adopt the John Purdue portrait or the John Purdue sculpture; and dinner for eight at the Haan Museum, prepared and served by the Board, along with a tour by Bob and Ellie Haan.

JoAnn Brouillette and Gary Lehman are the Honorary Co-Chairpersons for this special event.

Tickets are $25 per person.

Sponsored in part by Stall & Kessler's.




Karl Martz and the Legacy of Indiana University Ceramics

Exhibition: May 4 - July 27, 2019
Opening Reception: May 3, 6 to 8 PM

Martz’s influence spread throughout Indiana and beyond through the ceramics program that he established at IU in 1945, and through his students. The comprehensive exhibition features major works by Karl Martz, his wife Becky Brown, faculty that taught (or still teach) in the IU Ceramics Department, and MFA students who went on to establish successful careers in ceramics.

Karl and his wife, Becky Brown, were important in the lives of his students and others who worked with him. Virginia Scotchie says: “I feel so honored to have known Karl Martz and his wife …such talented and fantastic people.”

The Haan Museum will host a Lunch and Learn event related to the exhibition on June 4. Check back for additional activities and more details.



More About Karl Martz

The following information is from Wikipedia, MartzPots, and Clay Times Three.

Martz’s first experience with pottery was when Karl, who was then a chemistry student at IU, was asked for advice on improving the glazes for Brown County Pottery. A six-week course in ceramics at Ohio State University in 1931 sparked his interest in ceramics. Ceramics classes were not offered, but he squeezed in as many art classes as he could. After graduating in 1933, he worked at Brown County Pottery for the summer. He returned in 1934 as an apprentice, earning $5 a week.

Martz married Becky Brown in 1935, and decided to start his own pottery. His first kiln was a 20-gallon crock with the bottom knocked out to create a draft. He dripped oil into a pan under the crock to create a big flame. He got nice glazes, but the kiln created heavy smoke, so Karl’s dad financed a real kiln. He sold his pottery through the Brown County Folks Shop.

Times were lean until Scott Murphy, from Marion Indiana, saw Karl’s work in 1937, and helped Martz move his studio to the Pink House. It was closer to town and accessible to tourists, and Murphy created an artistic ambiance. Martz finally had a comfortable, well-equipped space that allowed him to become a master potter and glaze expert. He received wide acclaim for his one-of-a-kind pieces.

Martz and his family, which now included two sons, moved to Chicago in 1942 when he accepted a job there. Karl worked at a ceramic testing lab for a few months, and then became assistant ceramist for Armour Research Foundation. He taught pottery classes to keep his creative side busy.

Martz accepted an offer to start a ceramics program in the new Fine Arts Department at Indiana University in 1945. He also taught pottery classes to the public during the summer recreation classes. His classes were so popular that IU had to add two evening classes, one of which was taught by Karl’s student, Dave Hostetler. Martz was the only full-time ceramics instructor until John Goodheart joined the faculty in 1974.

Martz purchased property near Brown County State Park in 1947, and the family lived on the property in two tents during the summer of 1949. The family moved back to Nashville in 1950 to build a house, which was a work in process for 10 years. They opened the Martz Studio in 1950, and Karl commuted to Bloomington to continue teaching. Becky was able to try new things and make more creative pottery. Both Karl and Becky contributed greatly to the quality of life, as well as the quality of art, wherever they went.