Southern Indiana Arts Council, in conjunction with the
Louisville Slugger Museum, invited 30 southern Indiana
artists to create "baseball bat" works of
art in celebration of the 125 Annkiversary of the Louisville
Newspaper Feature Story of June 13
THAT SWINGS - A
fundraising event on August 1 recognized all participating
artists and the three most popular bats will receive
a cash prize.
bat was one of two selected to be sold in the
Silent Auction. The high bidder paid $750 for
other creative bats were awarded to the Event
benefit THE ARTS COUNCIL OF SOUTHERN INDIANA serving
students, artists, educators, schools, libraries,
and nonprofit organizations in six counties.
more information about the Arts Council of Southern
Indiana, call 812-949-4238
See newspaper story below!
INDIANA ARTS COUNCIL HOPING FOR A HOME RUN
Bat art on display at Slugger Museum
Southern Indiana Arts Council is teaming up with Louisville
Slugger Museum to bring a new kind of bat to the city
famous for the most recognized brand of lumber in baseball.
Thirty decorated bats, 29 from Southern Indiana artists,
make up the Art That Swings exhibit that went on display
at the start of the month. Works include quilts, sculptures
and paintings. Arts Council Executive Director Andrea
Grossman called the exhibit a unique showcase for area
artists. “These amazing bats show the range of creativity
of these talented artists who come from New Albany to
Madison,” she said.
The exhibit coincides with the Slugger’s 125th birthday.
Former Providence High School art teacher Ray Day
said he was inspired by two favorites for his bat. “Baseball
is legendarily the American pastime and my favorite
pastime is gardening,” said Day, a New Albany resident.
“In order to combine the two concepts together, I have
the Slugger bat growing out of a pot, a large round
pot I painted to look like a baseball.” His piece, titled
“America’s Favorite Pastimes: Slugger Lilies,” includes
artificial lilies that appear to be growing out of the
bat. In addition, he used peanuts and Cracker Jack as
mulch, two staples of a trip to the ball park.
70, said the idea of starting with a bat was a curveball
to him, even though he decorated a horse while at Providence
for Gallopalooza. He said the idea took two or three
weeks to come up with. “I thought, ‘What on earth should
I do with a bat?’ Pigs, horses and cows, they stand
on their own four feet, but a bat generally does not,
so you also have the issue of how you are going to display
at the display, patrons can vote for their favorite
bat, and the top three artists will receive cash prizes.
The bats will remain at the museum until Aug. 1, concluding
with a charity event which benefits the Arts Council.
The event will include a silent auction of five of the
bats that show “spectacular ingenuity,” according to
the council. The display’s sponsors each will receive
a bat as well. Additional bats will be raffled off during
the event, said Edie Luther, the council’s program manager.
The display’s primary sponsor is Duke Energy.
YOU GO • Tickets for the Aug. 1 event are $35. It will
include a silent auction of five of the decorated Louisville
Slugger bats with proceeds benefiting the Southern Indiana
Arts Council. For more information or tickets, call
the council at 812-949-4238.