The Purdue University Northwest Art Gallery opened March 3, 2016. Located in Hammond’s Hessville neighborhood at 6725 Kennedy Ave., the gallery is the latest example of growing Purdue University Northwest partnerships with the city of Hammond.
The university is leasing space for the gallery from owners Jocelyn and Tom Prue and their partners who operate the White Ripple gallery next door.
The gallery is a joint endeavor of the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Dept. of Communication and Creative Arts. It seeks to celebrate the talent of students, faculty and community residents, according to Associate Professor and Head of the Dept. of Communication and Creative Arts Tom Roach.
“One of our objectives is to display the talents of our students and staff in ways that appeal to prospective students,” he said. ”We also want to have shows for local artists and at least one open invitation show a year that involves the community.”
Purdue Northwest’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, which includes the Dept. of Communication and Creative Arts, plans to host events in the gallery. Weekly poetry reading and open microphone events for students are planned, according to Roach.