Coffee House Nights at the Art Museum

Fusion of art, music, and coffee


Starting the year off right, guests gathered at the IU Art Museum’s first Coffee House Night of the season. Visitors began the night sampling an assortment of cookies and chocolate covered strawberries. The sweet treats paired with a selection of tea and coffee provided by the IU Art Museum’s very own Angles Café (located on the second floor).

Cofffee Music

Taking a step into the Gallery of the Arts of Asia and the Ancient Western World, visitors were immersed in dreadlocks, beads, and good spirits. Local Bloomington musicians “banded” together for a night of musical collaboration and traditional Indian tunes.

Scavenger Hunt

Inside the gallery, visitors also enjoyed a scavenger hunt. Given clues and hints, visitors paced around the gallery in hopes to be the first one done.

Did you miss this week’s Coffee House Night? Good news! The IU Art Museum will be hosting two more on September 16 and on September 25 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Come join the festivities!


Open Sketch Night: Traveling the Silk Road

Collaborating with the Uralic National Resource Center, the Chinese Calligraphy Club, henna artists, and the local Bloomington band Plateau Below, the night was filled with exploration covering many artistic mediums.


The Gallery of the Art of Asia and the Ancient Western World was open after hours for this special event. This month’s theme focused on the globalization and influx of ideas that spread as a result of the Silk Road, connecting Asia to the rest of Europe. With a pencil and a pad of paper in hand, visitors were free to roam around the gallery and take what they were seeing before their eyes and turn them into their own masterpiece

Callig Liked what you saw in the galleries? Great! Visitors took their sketches and rendered them into their very own personalized postcard designs. The Chinese Calligraphy Club also made their mark, literally. With ink and paper visitors learned how to translate English words into Chinese characters. You could even keep some of the art with you, or maybe I should say, on you. Henna artists joined the crew to add to the night of many art forms.


Filling the atrium with their own unique sound, Plateau Below graced the atrium’s stage. A local Bloomington band, these four boys are not shy to let loose and put on a quirky and entertaining show.

If you missed this month’s Open Sketch Night, not to worry, the IU Art Museum has two more coming this semester! Mark your calendars from 8:00-10:00 p.m. for October 3 as the museum takes on the “Great Greeks” and November 7 with the “Birth of Modern Art.”  Admission, food, refreshments, art activities, and live performances are all free!