The Purdue University Northwest CHESS Art Gallery opened March 3, 2016 in Hammond’s Hessville neighborhood and has recently relocated to 7011 Indianapolis Blvd. The gallery is another example of growing Purdue University Northwest partnerships with the city of Hammond.
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.”
Last Spring, the gallery hosted a juried exhibition for area high school students. There were over 90 submission from nine different schools. Art forms included ceramics, photography, paint, and mixed media.
Other gallery events include weekly open mic night every Thursday evening, and an annual poetry slam.