It's About Time

It's About Time: The Artwork of Felrath Hines

June 22  – September 29
Included with general admission

Abstract Art: Experience, Experiment and Understand It.


In this experience, there is no ‘right way’ to interact with abstract art.

It’s About Time shares the story of Hoosier artist Felrath Hines (1913-1993), who grew up on Indianapolis’ west side, attended Saturday youth art classes at the John Herron School of Art and graduated from Crispus Attucks High School. An abstract artist who used different shapes and colors to communicate, Hines lived in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. and worked as a professional art conservator for both the Smithsonian and noted artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

Have a seat and spend time with one of Hines’ paintings. Grab some headphones and learn a bit about how to take in abstract art. You may just pick up some tips to use during the rest of your visit here.

Immerse yourself in his world by exploring his art and learning about his involvement in the civil rights movement. See how his Midwestern roots and his love of 1950s jazz music contributed to his artistic development. In fact, check out the playlist on Spotify beforehand!

Inspect pieces that illustrate his unique use of shape, then discover how you communicate shape as you work with a friend on a hands-on art challenge. Similarly, use Hines’ color palette to play with color yourself. 

Go behind the scenes of abstract art to understand how techniques – including Hines’ use of unique colors, askew shapes, pristine surfaces and methodically planned compositions – impact the ultimate creation.

One painting, two responses:  Responses to art are limitless. In It’s About Time, you'll also read poems by two local literary artists responding to Hines’ piece, Quarry. Adrian Matejka, is the sixth Poet Laurate for the state of Indiana. He was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Allyson Horton is a native of Indianapolis who graduated from Indiana University and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Butler University.

With even more ways to interact with art, It’s About Time offers a modern approach to exploring an artist’s creative path and celebrates Hines as one of Indiana’s own.

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