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Indiana University Northwest’s Latest Art Exhibit Doesn’t Live Up To The Course.

The only art exhibit you can play through comes at IUN in Gary.

The John W. Anderson Library Conference Center at Indiana University Northwest and the School of the Arts offers the “Mini-Golf Course Challenge”, an interactive miniature golf course comprised of playable artwork that was previously on display at Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois. It features five pieces from “Par Excellence: Redux: The Front 9”, which was curated by Colossal founding editor Christopher Jobson.

It was a reimagining of the “very popular 1988 Par Excellence exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago designed by Chicago artist Mike O’Brien with a special display of ephemera, clippings of newspapers, photos and a hole recreated by designer Annalee Koehn.

Five custom-built miniature golf courses currently on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum will be loaned to IUN.

“I am continually humbled and amazed by the kindness and generosity of my creative community,” said Lauren Pacheco, director of arts programming and engagement at IU Northwest’s School of the Arts. “Inter-institutional partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration are essential to my art and professional practice. So earlier this semester, Libre Booker, Dean of the Library, and I discussed our shared vision to reimagine the library as a campus. and community space reflecting current and genuinely welcoming realities for all members of our regional community Organizing a miniature golf course in the library, a sacred space, seemed like the perfect first project to defy formalities, create new identities and generate excitement through the arts could mean that Libre and I are interested in changing the way we do things on campus for the benefit of the greater Northwest Indiana region.”

The pop-up exhibit will be displayed at the Anderson Conference Center at IU Northwest between November 17 and January 29. People can book tee times online from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The exhibit was funded by the 2021 Legacy Foundation COVID-19 Innovation Response Grant.


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