Hey students, come on down! The Office of First Year Experiences has added Rob Shakespeare’s Light Totem to their IU Bucket List! (See bullet point #17: “At night, lay on the ground and watch the lights change on the side of the IU Art Museum.”)

Our 70-foot-tall structure has been magnetizing students and visitors since its installation in 2007 to celebrate the Art Museum’s 25th anniversary. Originally only supposed to be up for three months, Totem delighted students, visitors, and passerby’s so much that its “contract” was extended for three years. In 2010, the IU Board of Trustees approved the Light Totem for permanent installation. Shakespeare and his team outfitted Totem for permenance over the summer of 2011.

So before you graduate, bring your friends and come out to the IU Art Museum to enjoy Totem’s light!


Do you love beer? And art? Well it’s about time you mesh the two. Students and members of the community are invited to join the IU Art Museum in celebrating the mash-up of local microbreweries and a collection of beer-themed artwork. The museum’s first-ever fundraiser, Art on Tap, will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 in the museum’s outdoor Sculpture Terrace.

The event will offer guests the opportunity to sample local craft beers while also enjoying live music and entertainment by the sixties cover band The Vallures and the Kali Ma Fire Troupe. Beer will be provided by Bloomington Brewing Company, Cutters Brewing Company, and Upland Brewing Company. Oliver Winery will provide samples of their hard cider, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well. Food pairings will also be provided by One World Catering and Happy Pig Street Food. Have you tasted their mac n’ cheese? Well if not, it’s about time!

Tickets to the event cost $35 and can be purchased at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office, IU Art Museum, Lennie’s Bloomington Brewing Company, and Upland Brewery/Restaurant. They are also available online at

And students, if you’re really feeling in the spirit, you can ever join the Art on Tap Street Team and volunteer! You must be 21 or older in order to volunteer. You’ll be responsible for helping to promote the event by hanging posters, handing out flyers and chalking. If you’re interested, contact Ann Fields,

Hope to see you all there!


Don’t you remember the first drawing you did in art class? Was it a shoe? Mine was! Well come celebrate a bit of nostalgia this month. From March 1-31, the IU Art Museum will be hosting the MCCSC Exhibition in the Thomas T. Solley Atrium on the second floor. Featured artists will include K-6 Monroe County students, who were selected and submitted by area art teachers. A reception for the opening of the exhibition will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 3 in the Thomas T. Solley Atrium on the first floor.