March 4, 2019

Purdue Galleries to present ‘Return to Entry’

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing and the 150th anniversary of Purdue University, Purdue University Galleries has invited three artists to explore and find inspiration in Purdue’s Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives.  Their work, along with archival material from the Neil A. Armstrong collection, will be on display in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in Stewart Center.  This exhibition will open March 25 and runs through May 11, with a reception and panel talk in the gallery at 5:30 p.m. April 4.

For this exhibition, titled “Return to Entry,” the artists’ challenge was to bring art, engineering and science together to imagine new horizons informed by archival documents and artifacts contained in the Neil A. Armstrong Papers and the papers of other astronauts and engineers. This exhibition will feature work by Frances Gallardo, Michael Oatman and Jennifer Scheuer. It is presented in collaboration with Purdue University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections.

Gallardo received a Master of Fine Arts in studio art from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and humanities from the University of Puerto Rico, and has exhibited internationally. Her work can be found at

Oatman received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and his Master of Fine Arts from the University at Albany. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of Vermont, the University of Albany St. Michael’s College and Vermont College. He is currently a faculty member in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His work can be viewed at

Scheuer is a visiting assistant professor at Purdue University, teaching printmaking as well as serving as the foundations drawing coordinator. Scheuer received her Master of Fine Arts in studio arts and printmaking at the University of Tennessee, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Minnesota State University. Her work can be found at

Ringel Gallery is located in Stewart Center, 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, and is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. All Purdue Galleries exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For class and group visits, contact Erika Kvam at Purdue Galleries at 765-494-3061. For more information, visit or follow @PurdueGalleries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Purdue News Service: Joe Paul, 765-494-9541,

Source: Erika Kvam, Visitor Services & Program Coordinator for Purdue Galleries, 765-494-3061,

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