Art Museum of Greater Lafayette In-Person EXHIBIT: It Goes Without Saying: Works by Joe Rohrman

102 S. 10th Street, Lafayette, IN 47905
  • Presented By: Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
  • Dates: September 19, 2020 - November 28, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Time: Reservations required 24 hours in advance! Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 11-4pm & Sunday 1-4pm
  • Price: FREE, advance ticket registration is required for entry to the galleries. See our website for tickets and more information, under the VISIT tab.
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PLEASE NOTE: The museum is now open to visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays and requires free advance ticket registration for entry to the galleries. See our website for tickets and more information, under the VISIT tab.

To create something that has never been here before is one of the deepest yearnings of any artist. Beginning with nothing more than an idea, concept, and vision, artists will then use various media to achieve their desired final product. In whatever form used, serious artists consistently attempt to deliver expected results with maybe an element of surprise. My medium of choice has been clay for the past forty years of my career and I have attempted to create three-dimensional, unique, representational, art that speaks, in a quirky way, to a wide audience.

The largest portion of the artwork included in this exhibit consists of figurative clay sculptures. The cast of characters on display are loosely based on individuals I have chronicled over the decades. Like the art of caricature, humor and satire enter my narrative in the form of exaggeration and distortion. Thus, those who are physically nondescript, and conversely, those considered beautiful or handsome are not subjects that interest me. They simply do not communicate the characteristics and disposition I attempt to convey. My art attracts people because my people are unattractive.

As a whole, there is an element of social leveling at work here that all these figurative pieces collectively share. They are essentially my historical account of contemporary society. There is no pretense, no smiling for the camera, just folks caught in a moment that hasn’t necessarily caught up to the 21st century. My aim is that there is little or no ambiguity in the message of my art, that “it goes without saying”. Just enjoy and leave the analysis for your therapist. - Joe Rohrman

Artist Bio

A native Hoosier, Joe Rohrman was born January 17,1950, Indianapolis, IN.; graduated Southport High School (Indianapolis.),1968; received his BS Degree in Arts and Crafts,1975, and Masters of Art Education,1980, from Herron School of Art/Indiana University. He spent most of his career creating his art in a small lakeside studio at his home northeast of Indianapolis. More recently, having relocated to Noblesville, IN, he now enjoys a larger space within the home itself.

Joe taught elementary art for 30 years. He retired from Franklin Township Community School Corporation in 2005 and has been working full time on his art since. Recognized as an Educator that has most influenced the Academic Excellence of Franklin Central High School Students, 1998, 2000, 2003-05; he was a Shining Star Nominee Award, for Excellence in Teaching, WTHR Channel 13 and Star Financial Bank, April, 1993. His wife, Sarah, is a painter who also holds two degrees from Herron and is a retired art teacher.

Joe discovered his interest in ceramic clay as a medium while working on his master’s degree in the late 70’s and went from painter to clay sculptor. He began exhibiting in 1978 and has since competed and received awards in numerous local, regional and national juried exhibitions. He has been featured in several newspaper and magazine articles, some regarding his unique art and others about his work in art education. He’s been represented by a number of galleries, has participated in group and solo shows, and has created pieces for corporate and individual commission requests. His work is placed in various private and public collections including permanent collections in the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Sheldon Swope Art Gallery, Anderson Art Museum, and Richmond Art Museum.

Reservations required 24 hours in advance! Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 11-4pm & Sunday 1-4pm