Montague/Urschel Gallery

Montague/Urschel Gallery The Montague/Urschel Gallery (MUG) of the PoCo Muse exhibits works of art representing Porter County, Indiana. There is no general admission fee to visit the Montague/Urschel Gallery (MUG), but there are a few requirements:

• Visiting parties should maintain an appropriate distance between one another.

• Anyone feeling unwell should postpone visiting.

• Space is limited.

Remember some items—including large bags, backpacks, shopping bags, and food—are not allowed.

Operating as usual

Stop in today (10/9) and tomorrow (10/10) to say hello to Quinn and see “On the Scene” one final time before it closes f...
10/09/2021

Stop in today (10/9) and tomorrow (10/10) to say hello to Quinn and see “On the Scene” one final time before it closes forever at 4p this Sunday. #onthescene #themug #pocomuse #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #historicalart #nwihistory #wearepoco

Stop in today (10/9) and tomorrow (10/10) to say hello to Quinn and see “On the Scene” one final time before it closes forever at 4p this Sunday. #onthescene #themug #pocomuse #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #historicalart #nwihistory #wearepoco

Take a closer look at this watercolor by Edna Agar and many other historical works of local art in “On the Scene” today,...
10/08/2021

Take a closer look at this watercolor by Edna Agar and many other historical works of local art in “On the Scene” today, tomorrow, and Sunday between 11a and 4p before the exhibit closes forever.

Become a member at mypoco.org to access Agar’s fascinating life story in the current issue of PoCo Muse Magazine. #onthescene #ednaagar #themug #pocomuse #nwiart #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #watercolor #wearepoco

Take a closer look at this watercolor by Edna Agar and many other historical works of local art in “On the Scene” today, tomorrow, and Sunday between 11a and 4p before the exhibit closes forever.

Become a member at mypoco.org to access Agar’s fascinating life story in the current issue of PoCo Muse Magazine. #onthescene #ednaagar #themug #pocomuse #nwiart #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #watercolor #wearepoco

“People use art to mark significant occasions. Poetry is read at weddings and funerals. Music announces another annivers...
10/03/2021

“People use art to mark significant occasions. Poetry is read at weddings and funerals. Music announces another anniversary or heralds the arrival of ships and queens. Art celebrates. It documents. Here in our region, artists have been called upon to memorialize the successes of individual careers and cooperative business efforts…”

This exhibit closes forever on October 10, so visit today until 4p to see works of art that commemorate and document history in Porter County. #onthescene #commemoration #documentation #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #pocomuse #localart #nwindiana #wearepoco

“People use art to mark significant occasions. Poetry is read at weddings and funerals. Music announces another anniversary or heralds the arrival of ships and queens. Art celebrates. It documents. Here in our region, artists have been called upon to memorialize the successes of individual careers and cooperative business efforts…”

This exhibit closes forever on October 10, so visit today until 4p to see works of art that commemorate and document history in Porter County. #onthescene #commemoration #documentation #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #pocomuse #localart #nwindiana #wearepoco

“The strong creative spirit of the people of this area has, over centuries, woven a diverse and textured tapestry of art...
10/02/2021

“The strong creative spirit of the people of this area has, over centuries, woven a diverse and textured tapestry of artists. The memory of the place one calls home is often a compelling subject of this creative expression…”

Visit today until 4p to see works of art by Hannell, Tuttle, Davis, and many others that embody a sense of memory and imagination. #onthescene #memoryandimagination #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #pocomuse #localart #nwindiana #wearepoco

“The strong creative spirit of the people of this area has, over centuries, woven a diverse and textured tapestry of artists. The memory of the place one calls home is often a compelling subject of this creative expression…”

Visit today until 4p to see works of art by Hannell, Tuttle, Davis, and many others that embody a sense of memory and imagination. #onthescene #memoryandimagination #portercounty #valparaisoindiana #pocomuse #localart #nwindiana #wearepoco

We apologize for any inconvenience, but the Montague/Urschel Gallery of the Porter County Museum will be closed during t...
09/10/2021

We apologize for any inconvenience, but the Montague/Urschel Gallery of the Porter County Museum will be closed during the Popcorn Festival on Saturday, September 11.

Do you recall these "Poppin Fest" art creations from the festival back in 1981?

We apologize for any inconvenience, but the Montague/Urschel Gallery of the Porter County Museum will be closed during the Popcorn Festival on Saturday, September 11.

Do you recall these "Poppin Fest" art creations from the festival back in 1981?

We are open late with free admission tonight until 7p, so be sure to stop by at 6p for a complimentary thirty-minute tou...
08/05/2021

We are open late with free admission tonight until 7p, so be sure to stop by at 6p for a complimentary thirty-minute tour of "On the Scene" with PoCo Muse Executive Director Kevin Pazour.

We are open late with free admission tonight until 7p, so be sure to stop by at 6p for a complimentary thirty-minute tour of "On the Scene" with PoCo Muse Executive Director Kevin Pazour.

We believe this particular work by Hannell was one of the first pieces of art accepted into the PoCo Muse Collection tha...
07/29/2021

We believe this particular work by Hannell was one of the first pieces of art accepted into the PoCo Muse Collection thanks to a notecard from the first official inventory in the mid-1960s.

Read Asa Kerr's "Big Fish" to learn about artist Henry Hiram Cross and his connection to Valparaiso. It's not too late t...
07/28/2021

Read Asa Kerr's "Big Fish" to learn about artist Henry Hiram Cross and his connection to Valparaiso. It's not too late to become a PoCo Muse member to receive the story in our digital version of the brand new PoCo Muse Magazine, arriving via email this Saturday.

Cross is pictured in the upper left corner of this composite with other "Valparaiso Artists" who appeared on page 38 of the "Valparaiso: The City of Homes, Schools & Churches" publication by The Reading Studio in 1905.

Read Asa Kerr's "Big Fish" to learn about artist Henry Hiram Cross and his connection to Valparaiso. It's not too late to become a PoCo Muse member to receive the story in our digital version of the brand new PoCo Muse Magazine, arriving via email this Saturday.

Cross is pictured in the upper left corner of this composite with other "Valparaiso Artists" who appeared on page 38 of the "Valparaiso: The City of Homes, Schools & Churches" publication by The Reading Studio in 1905.

We are closed today, but hope to see you on Thursday, July 8, when we resume normal hours and are open late until 7p.
07/04/2021

We are closed today, but hope to see you on Thursday, July 8, when we resume normal hours and are open late until 7p.

We hope you have a safe and patriotic Independence Day.

Our Montague/Urschel Gallery is closed today, but will resume normal hours on 7/8 at 10a for our members and 11a for the general public.

This rare image at the intersection of Main (now Lincolnway) and Lafayette Streets in downtown Valparaiso offers a glimpse of the south side of the road on the Fourth of July. Every single building pictured, from the Spindler Hotel at right to the massive courthouse towering above, is now gone.

Stop in for a visit until 4p today. Enter the MUG through the door on the south facade at 20 Indiana Avenue in downtown ...
07/02/2021

Stop in for a visit until 4p today. Enter the MUG through the door on the south facade at 20 Indiana Avenue in downtown Valparaiso.

Visit our Montague/Urschel Gallery until 4p today to examine this woodblock print on paper of an anemone by local artist Hazel Hannell (1895-2002).

View other exceptional works of local art in "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection."
Credit to Albert Photographic for the fantastic image of this print.

Take a closer look at this watercolor by Harriet Rex Smith (1921-2017) when you visit today between now and 4p. We belie...
06/27/2021

Take a closer look at this watercolor by Harriet Rex Smith (1921-2017) when you visit today between now and 4p. We believe this work may have been exhibited by the artist at Eastern Illinois University for the regional "Seven for 76" exhibition in 1976.

Access the MUG through the ramped door on the south facade of the building at 20 Indiana Avenue in downtown Valparaiso.

Our Montague/Urschel Gallery, the art museum of the PoCo Muse, occupies its own 1,500-square-foot-space across the street from the building that's depicted in this watercolor by Harriett Rex Smith.

Stop in between 10a and 4p for free admission during the Valparaiso Art Festival by Amdur Productions and Valparaiso Events to see twenty-seven exceptional works of local art in "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection."

Credit to Albert Photographic for the fantastic image of this work of art.

Stop by today (6/26) and tomorrow (6/27) during Valparaiso Events Valparaiso Art Festival for free admission between 10a...
06/26/2021

Stop by today (6/26) and tomorrow (6/27) during Valparaiso Events Valparaiso Art Festival for free admission between 10a and 4p to view "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection."

In honor of Valparaiso Events Valparaiso Art Festival, our Montague/Urschel Gallery is open with free admission today and tomorrow between 10a and 4p.

Take a break from the rain to see Charlotte Strietelmeier's untitled watercolor and twenty-six other works of local art in "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection."

Credit to Albert Photographic for the exceptional image of this work of art.

Dr. Carl Davis loved to paint as a hobby, but did you know he had to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad, wait tables at ...
06/06/2021
Dr. Carl Davis To Be Honored — Porter County Museum

Dr. Carl Davis loved to paint as a hobby, but did you know he had to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad, wait tables at a Lambda Chi fraternity house, and sell shoes on Saturday afternoons just to put himself through medical school?

Read this story to learn more about Dr. Davis' "day job" in Porter County and come see his painting of the Bailly Chapel at the MUG in "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection."

Originally published in The Vidette-Messenger on June 25, 1971. The Masonic 50-year Award for membership will be presented Saturday to Dr. Carl Davis for 45 years a Valparaiso physician. The award presentation at the Masonic Lodge, 113 Lincolnway, at 8 p.m., will be open to the public as a tribu

Have you ever hiked out at the Bailly Homestead on a hot summer day? We chose this detail of the Bailly Chapel in the ac...
06/06/2021

Have you ever hiked out at the Bailly Homestead on a hot summer day? We chose this detail of the Bailly Chapel in the acrylic work by Dr. Carl Davis because of its folksy rendering of the structure against a lightly-clouded blue sky.

Take a break from the heat and stop by the climate-controlled MUG to view this work and others in "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection" until 4p today.

Have you ever hiked out at the Bailly Homestead on a hot summer day? We chose this detail of the Bailly Chapel in the acrylic work by Dr. Carl Davis because of its folksy rendering of the structure against a lightly-clouded blue sky.

Take a break from the heat and stop by the climate-controlled MUG to view this work and others in "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection" until 4p today.

How does this detail of Harriet Rex Smith's 1976 watercolor of the old Porter County Jail (now PoCo Muse) compare to a s...
06/05/2021

How does this detail of Harriet Rex Smith's 1976 watercolor of the old Porter County Jail (now PoCo Muse) compare to a similar detail from Dorie Tuttle's 1978 watercolor of the same building? What do you notice that is different?

Visit the MUG today until 4p to take a closer look at all of the works of local art on display.

Want to know more of the story behind the Maxwell Farm aerial photograph on display in the MUG?Read this story about how...
06/04/2021
MAXWELL BRINGS SIGNIFICANT HONOR — Porter County Museum

Want to know more of the story behind the Maxwell Farm aerial photograph on display in the MUG?

Read this story about how Phillip Maxwell (1934-1999) brought significant honor to Porter County when he was recognized as the Indiana Jaycees' 1970 Outstanding Young Farmer.

This story originally appeared as a V-M Viewpoint in The Vidette-Messenger on March 12, 1970. A 35-year-old Morgan Township resident has brought significant honor to local agriculture and to Porter County. Phillip A. Maxwell, who lives on Indiana 49 a mile south of U. S. 30, has just been acclai

What do you notice in this detail of the Maxwell Farm aerial photography? Can you tell where textures and colors have be...
06/04/2021

What do you notice in this detail of the Maxwell Farm aerial photography? Can you tell where textures and colors have been manipulated? Compare this with M. M. Mudge's "Over the Sandhills" hand-colorized photograph during your next visit to the MUG.

What do you notice in this detail of the Maxwell Farm aerial photography? Can you tell where textures and colors have been manipulated? Compare this with M. M. Mudge's "Over the Sandhills" hand-colorized photograph during your next visit to the MUG.

Visit the MUG tonight until 7p to see Frank Dudley's untitled painting of the Indiana Dunes and watch this segment from ...
06/03/2021
Chicago Tonight | A Look at Rare Paintings from Frank Dudley | Season 2015

Visit the MUG tonight until 7p to see Frank Dudley's untitled painting of the Indiana Dunes and watch this segment from WTTW Channel 11's Chicago Tonight to learn more about this iconic painter and his passion for preservation.

Chicago Tonight looks at the enduring impact of Dudley's dramatic oil paintings.

What do you notice in this detail of Frank Dudley's untitled dunescape? Take a closer look at his work on display in "On...
06/03/2021

What do you notice in this detail of Frank Dudley's untitled dunescape? Take a closer look at his work on display in "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection" at the Montague/Urschel Gallery tonight until 7p.

What do you notice in this detail of Frank Dudley's untitled dunescape? Take a closer look at his work on display in "On the Scene: Selections from the Permanent Collection" at the Montague/Urschel Gallery tonight until 7p.

Did you know the MUG is open to the public from 11a until 7p today? Members get exclusive access to view "On the Scene" ...
06/03/2021

Did you know the MUG is open to the public from 11a until 7p today? Members get exclusive access to view "On the Scene" from 10-11a every normal day of operation. #mug #localart #portercounty #historicalart #valparaisoindiana #onthescene

Credit to Albert Photographic for the exceptional photography.

Did you know the MUG is open to the public from 11a until 7p today? Members get exclusive access to view "On the Scene" from 10-11a every normal day of operation. #mug #localart #portercounty #historicalart #valparaisoindiana #onthescene

Credit to Albert Photographic for the exceptional photography.

Have you looked closely at Dorie Tuttle's September 1978 watercolor of the Porter County Courthouse? You might have noti...
05/30/2021

Have you looked closely at Dorie Tuttle's September 1978 watercolor of the Porter County Courthouse? You might have noticed Fred Frey's "Caritas" sculpture, which was present on the north courthouse lawn until 1995.

Members and their guests can take a closer look at this work today between 10-11:30a. There is free admission for the general public between 11:30a and 4p. #localart #portercountyindiana #onthescene #themug #mug #valparaisoindiana #artmuseums #dorietuttle #watercolor #caritas #fredfrey

Have you looked closely at Dorie Tuttle's September 1978 watercolor of the Porter County Courthouse? You might have noticed Fred Frey's "Caritas" sculpture, which was present on the north courthouse lawn until 1995.

Members and their guests can take a closer look at this work today between 10-11:30a. There is free admission for the general public between 11:30a and 4p. #localart #portercountyindiana #onthescene #themug #mug #valparaisoindiana #artmuseums #dorietuttle #watercolor #caritas #fredfrey

"Asked about his reaction to the public furor over Caritas, (Fred) Frey said he believes people will eventually like the...
05/30/2021
FREY PUTS FAITH AND HOPE IN ‘CHARITY’ — Porter County Museum

"Asked about his reaction to the public furor over Caritas, (Fred) Frey said he believes people will eventually like the sculpture. "As it becomes familiar, it will grow on them,” he said, adding that some people have told him this already has happened with them."

Do you remember when "Caritas" was on the northeast courthouse lawn between 1978 and 1995?

This story by Mary Henrichs originally appeared in The Vidette-Messenger on April 15, 1978. Caritas . The Latin word for “charity.” Sculptor Fred Frey likes the sound of the Latin word. It reminds him of our classical heritage. And his sculpture sits in front of a neoclassical building. Fiv

Have you ever looked closely at Noah Wineland’s large charcoal and ink sketch of the T. S. Bull farm and apiary? You mig...
05/29/2021

Have you ever looked closely at Noah Wineland’s large charcoal and ink sketch of the T. S. Bull farm and apiary? You might have noticed some great small details, like this simple water pump.

Members can take a closer look at the work today between 10-11:30a and the public is welcome to do the same between 11:30a and 4p. #localart #portercountyindiana #onthescene #themug #mug #valparaisoindiana #artmuseums #noahwineland #inkandcharcoal #historicaldrawing #apiary

Have you ever looked closely at Noah Wineland’s large charcoal and ink sketch of the T. S. Bull farm and apiary? You might have noticed some great small details, like this simple water pump.

Members can take a closer look at the work today between 10-11:30a and the public is welcome to do the same between 11:30a and 4p. #localart #portercountyindiana #onthescene #themug #mug #valparaisoindiana #artmuseums #noahwineland #inkandcharcoal #historicaldrawing #apiary

“His apiary was kept in a very neat matter, as was his excellent farm. His methods and systematic management were admire...
05/29/2021
LOVE OF BEES RECALLED IN HISTORY OF FARMER FROM LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — Porter County Museum

“His apiary was kept in a very neat matter, as was his excellent farm. His methods and systematic management were admired by all its visitors. It afforded him the greatest pleasure to show his hives and explain his methods.”

Read this article to learn the history behind T. S. Bull's beekeeping and stop in for a visit at the MUG to view Noah Wineland's circa 1876 charcoal and ink drawing on paper of the farm and apiary.

Members and their guests can visit exclusively between 10a and 11:30a and the general public is welcomed to stop by today at any point between 11:30a and 4p.

This story by Rollie Bernhart originally appeared in The Vidette-Messenger on March 23, 1964. More than a century ago, Theodore S. Bull achieved a reputation as a beekeeper of note. His apiary on the family farm in Liberty Township, across the road from what is now Moss Lake CYO camp, was known

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