The Wabash River has literally and metaphorically shaped the Greater Lafayette community, so it’s safe to say the waterway is a common thread in our daily lives. Aside from its natural beauty, there is a lot artists find inspirational.
Beyond Tippecanoe County, the Wabash River Watershed drains most of the state of Indiana. The river’s headwaters are in western Ohio, and it winds its way through 20 different Indiana counties to outflow into the Ohio River. Its name comes from the indigenous Miami-Illinois name for the Wabash River, waapaahšiiki, that roughly translates to “water over white stones.”
To help raise awareness of local conservation efforts and highlight the river's beautiful landscape, The Arts Federation hosted an open call for this exhibition. Inspired by the title of our state's song, On the Banks of the Wabash River features a total of 22 artworks selected by a panel of community members and individuals affiliated with the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) and the Tippecanoe County Partnership for Water Quality.
Image Credit: Christina Slayton, River View
Hannah Bamonti Rena Brower Bekki Canine Kathryn Clark Susan Doster Kimberly Free Marta Istok Lilwen Jones Doris Kemler
Jeff Klinker Brigid Manning-Hamilton Dillon Mills Sandra Pizzola Andrea Schmidt Christina Slayton Sue Waibel Janet Winters
Volunteers assist with water sample collection throughout the Region of the Great Bend of the Wabash River watershed. Each season, this helps create a snapshot assessment of water quality and the impacts of conservation efforts.
Join WREC on a walking tour to see a wide array of urban green infrastructure that improves the Wabash River and helps to strengthen our community. You'll stop at three places and hear from urban gardeners, soil health experts, condo residents, local farmers, and finally, The Arts Federation to watch LAND VALUES and see TAF's river-themed exhibition.
A Documentary about Big Pine Creek The Big Pine Creek and its watershed empties directly into the Wabash River just north of Attica. In 2001, Flatland Films released a documentary directed "Your Land Man" Johnny Klemme called LAND VALUES. The beautifully-shot, 20-minute film illustrates the collective efforts of farmers, landowners, & stakeholders in our community. Watch the trailer >>
An Album by Scott Greeson & Kevin Ludwig Released in 2009, “Wabash Gypsies” is a collection of instrumental music by local musician Scott Greeson and Trouble with Monday band partner, Kevin Ludwig. It is inspired by both the natural landscape and life events. Listen on Spotify >>