Modern Art Is Alive And Well In Greencastle, Indiana

Low Road Gallery is proving that this small Midwestern town is hungry for modern art.

Low Road Gallery front door

Photo: Julie Rooney

Low Road Gallery is located on the square in Greencastle, halfway between downtown and DePauw University's campus.

Event Information

Environments (B)

The final show in a four-part series of contemporary Indiana artists. Ceramics and sculptures by Keira Norton, Adams Puryear, Ben Valentine, and Sarah Wilson.


111 West Washington Street, Greencastle, IN

Through April 29 (Monday-Friday: 6:00-8:00pm)

Low Road Gallery

Contemporary art lives in Indiana – and not just in Indianapolis or Bloomington. Thanks to a couple of ambitious DePauw University graduates, Greencastle boasts an active modern art space that has people talking.

Modern Art In The Midwest

Low Road Gallery has taken it upon itself to debunk some myths about contemporary artwork and the Midwesterners who love it. According to the gallery’s director Julie Rooney, the stereotype is “this isn’t New York, there isn’t contemporary art, and there isn’t a space for something that isn’t an oil painting.”

She says this simply isn’t the case. Since its opening two years ago, she has found that Greencastle is hungry for modern art. “We never dumb it down. We just bring in good work, and people really respond to it.”

Hoosier Artists

The latest show is the final installment in a four-part series featuring artists from Indiana. Environments (B) includes sculptures and ceramics. It was preceded by another sculpture show and then two shows featuring paintings and photos.

Listening to Rooney talk gives you the impression that they could have programmed four additional shows featuring even more local artists. She says there are so many great artists in the area creating great work that it was difficult to choose who to show.

Bridging The Communities

24-year-old Rooney founded the gallery two years ago with Lukas Schooler when they were both seniors at DePauw University. It was through the generosity of some folks in the arts department at DePauw that they were able to score the gallery’s prime, albeit quirky, location.

The building is halfway underground, which is how it earned its name. As they were remodeling the space, they discovered various treasures stored in the back rooms – saddles, an old un-tuned piano, and a printing press – perhaps from its days as a J.C. Penny store.

Most importantly, it is located between town and campus, so they are able to pull audiences from both. Rooney says the Galleries at Peeler display great work, but there was no gallery that was purely Greencastle and not DePauw.

“Everyone told us, ‘Move to Bloomington. Move to Terre Haute. Move to Indianapolis.’ We said, ‘You know, Greencastle needs something like that, too.’”

  • Low Road Gallery front door

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    Photo: Julie Rooney

    Low Road Gallery is located on the square in Greencastle, halfway between downtown and DePauw University's campus.

  • Group Gathers At Low Road Gallery

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    Photo: Sarah Wilson

    Low Road Gallery director Julie Rooney (in blue) shuffles her notes during the Artist Talk at an opening reception while assistant director Justin Schwab fiddles with a pipe that occasionally falls from the ceiling.

  • Artist talk at Low Road Gallery

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    Photo: Sarah Wilson

    Artist Rachel Seed (foreground, left) talks about her recent body of work during the opening reception for the "2D (B)" exhibition. One of the gallery’s missions is to facilitate conversations between the artists and the viewers.

  • Girl Listening To Interactive Video/Sound Art

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    Photo: Sarah Wilson

    Kyla Scheuermann listens to an interactive video/sound art piece by artist Rachel Weaver at the "Environments (B)" exhibition.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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  • Anon

    Low Road is an up and coming space.. great to see it recognized here!

  • Jessica

    I love the Low Road – the art is superb, and the setting is at once relaxed, friendly, and serious about art. It’s truly one of a kind!

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