Evans Woollen: The Art of Architecture

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Opening Friday, June 4 at 6 p.m.

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) will open a photography exhibition focused on the six-decade career of one of Indianapolis’s most accomplished architects. Evans Woollen: The Art of Architecture will open at 6 p.m. on June 4 in iMOCA’s gallery in the Murphy Art Center.

Woollen is an internationally recognized architect responsible for significant projects around the country. However, Woollen had the most impact shaping the landscape of his native Indianapolis, with buildings ranging from progressively modern homes to notable local landmarks including Clowes Hall, the Minton-Capehart Federal Building and the recent expansion of the Indianapolis-Marion County Central Library. The show, curated by Mary Ellen Gadski and iMOCA board members Brandon Judkins (Board President) and Tom Vriesman (Board Secretary), will feature photographs spanning Woollen’s entire career from world-renowned photographers including Balthazar Korab, Ezra Stoller, and Timothy Hursley – as well as the local talent of Wilbur Montgomery, Craig McCormick, and Serge Melki.

“From the beginning, iMOCA’s mission has been centered on connecting contemporary art with everyday life,” Judkins said. “Over the past six decades, Evans has created, and continues to create, work of true artistic expression that touches the daily lives of countless people in our city. By bringing images of his important work together in one space, people will hopefully walk away with a better sense of the impact Evans’s work has made on our daily routines and rituals.”

In addition to his architectural work, Woollen has spent a great deal of time developing his skill as a painter. A collection of twelve of Woollen’s abstract paintings, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, will be on display upstairs in Mt. Comfort Gallery.

Evans Woollen: The Art of Architecture will run through July 24th with hours Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The exhibit is part of a series of events that will occur across the city focused on Woollen’s work. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) will begin the events with a lecture by Woollen on June 3rd at 7 p.m. titled “To Build in Context.” Then, the day after iMOCA’s reception, Indiana Landmarks will offer a tour of six of Woollen’s early homes. The tour takes place on June 5th and runs from 1 – 6 p.m., with the tour headquarters at Butler University’s Clowes Hall.

About Evans Woollen

Woollen was born into a prominent Indianapolis family whose forbearers first settled here in the 1820’s. He attended high school at the prestigious Hotchkiss School (Lakeview, Connecticut), and then went on to study architecture at Yale. After graduating from Yale (1952), Woollen worked in the office of architectural and artistic giant Philip Johnson (Pritzker Prize winner and architect for such projects as the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, Crystal Cathedral, and his seminal “Glass House”). After working for Johnson in Connecticut, Woollen returned to Indianapolis in 1955. He began his practice in Indianapolis with a flurry of modest, but progressive and modern residential projects. In 1963, Clowes Hall, designed by Woollen in collaboration with John Johansen, opened and proved to be a breakthrough in his career. In the decades that followed, Woollen, and his partners at Woollen Mozlan & Partners, Inc., developed innovative libraries, churches, government building, and performing arts venues around the country. Woollen has now returned to residential work. His latest project, finished earlier this year, is a complex of three homes on densely wooded land in Carmel.

article reposted by permission from iMOCA

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