University of Southern Indiana

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art

Detox December 7, 2019 - January 25, 2020 Juried and curated by bridget eckerle 2019 james sanders gallery fellow new harmony gallery of contemporary art

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art latest exhibition, Detox, will be on display Saturday, December 7 through Saturday, January 25. The exhibition was curated by USI student, Bridget Eckerle ’20 public relations and advertising and art, and the 2019 James Sanders Gallery Fellow. 

Out of over 100 submissions, 36 artists and 7 authors were selected for the exhibit. The artists in the show represent regional, national, and international backgrounds, and include many USI students as well as faculty. A reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, December 7 in conjunction with Christmas in New Harmony.

Detox is an exhibition focusing on the environment. Artists and authors were encouraged to reflect on their experiences in nature, which resulted in many different interpretations. A variety of environmental issues such as pollution, destruction of natural resources, animal endangerment, and deforestation are depicted in the artwork as well as imagery of Earth’s natural beauty.

The materials and media used in this exhibition assist in telling the story by using reclaimed objects, recycled materials, and local pollutants. This show combines traditional media with new media and 2-d work with 3-d work to create a dynamic and engaging show.

Eckerle, who completed her fellowship in fall 2019, spent a year learning exhibition design, publicity, curation, and management through supervised applied training at the Kenneth P. McCutchan Art Center / Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries on the USI campus and the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art.

During her fellowship, Eckerle developed the prospectus for an open-call exhibition, created supplementary graphics relating to the show, juried over 100 submissions, curated the exhibition and turned the exhibition into a collaborative published book made available through Amazon Prime and Amazon Kindle.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the  Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is an outreach partner of the University of Southern Indiana. The gallery is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, contact Garry Holstein, director, at 812-682-3156 or go to

This exhibition reflects the curatorial strategies of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in that all shows are selected based on the three primary goals of providing opportunity, the creation of dialogue, and building connectivity within the region.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.


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