Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana
Current Exhibit



Eric Renschler and Patti McCrory


9-9-16 through 10-5-16, Closing Reception Friday September 30th, 5:30 – 7 pm


With over 300 stage designs to his credit, Eric’s work has been seen throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His Broadway designs include scenery for As Long As You Both Shall Laugh (including a national tour and PBS special) and Mamaloshen.

Off-Broadway credits include designs at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Circle Repertory Company, Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and The Juilliard School. Regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse, Chautauqua Opera, Barrington Stage Company, Adirondack Theater Festival, the Hangar Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

As an associate designer, Eric contributed to over 40 Broadway productions and tours including: The Color Purple, Doubt, Chicago, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Footloose, Proof, Wonderful Town, The Redwood Curtain, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Internationally, Eric has supervised more than a dozen productions as the Associate Scenic Designer of the hit musical Chicago, including productions in London, Paris, Moscow, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Mexico City, Utrecht, Berlin, and Vienna.

In New York City, Eric was among the first designers invited to join the famed Circle Repertory Lab Company where he designed more than two dozen productions, was a founding member of the Circle East Theatre Company, and was involved with 30 classic musicals in City Center’s Encores series.

In 2006, after nearly 20 years working on and off-Broadway, Eric returned to the University of Evansville, where he received his early training. He teaches courses in design and director/designer collaboration, and currently serves as department chair.

In 2011, the UE Institute for Global Enterprise named Eric a Global Scholar Award recipient. He used his award to expand his experience in the international design arena with a year–long comparative study of national design aesthetics as exhibited through theatrical scenography.

He is a former board member of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, a member of the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission, and a frequent grant reviewer for the Indiana Arts Commission.

Eric and his wife Robin are the parents of two daughters—Alisha, a graduate student at Indiana University, and Zoe, a freshman at Butler University.

Eric Renschler


Patti McCrory, costume designer and professor, received her BA from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, her MA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and joined United Scenic Artists in 1990, two years after she began teaching at the University of Evansville. Before coming to campus, she designed and taught at Indiana State University, the University of California Los Angeles Summer Intensive, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Earlier in the decade, Patti spent a month drawing at the Italia Accademia in Florence, Italy.

She received the 2004 Kennedy Center American College Theatre National Design Fellowship, the 2010 Region III Faculty Service Award for Indiana, and, in January 2011, received the Gold Medallion Award for extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre. Patti has mentored many UE students who have garnered regional and national awards for their costume and make-up design.

She has two unimaginably handsome and talented twin boys and one beautiful and gifted daughter-in-law who live in New York City and Los Angeles. They call Roy Arnold, her dear companion of six years, “The Colonel.”

Retiring in May 2017 from UE, this is Professor McCrory’s 29th year at the University of Evansville and her 40th in academic theatre.





sponsored by St. Mary’s Center for Children & the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center 

Please click the link below for a prospectus:

Art of Autism Prospectus

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, in partnership with the St. Mary’s Center for Children, the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, and the ARC of Evansville will proudly present The Art of Autism from October 13th through 27th, 2016.  The exhibit will feature artwork by individuals on the autism spectrum and will highlight their talent and creativity from childhood through adulthood.  

The arts have the capacity to inspire and enrich all lives, regardless of condition or diagnosis.  Opening up arts spaces to individuals on the autism spectrum, giving them a unique platform for self-expression and storytelling, and celebrating their valuable and purposeful lives, is to the benefit of our entire community.

The exhibit, part of the Art and Science of Autism Spectrum Conference presented by St. Mary’s Center for Children, will open with a free, public reception and brief presentation by Dr. Mark Osteen.  The gallery will open from 5-7:30 PM on Thursday, October 13.  Dr. Osteen will speak at 6 PM for approximately thirty minutes on the topic of autism spectrum and the visual arts.  The exhibit will remain open until October 27.  For more information about the exhibit, including additional information on submissions, please contact the Arts Council at (812) 422-2111.

10-13-16 through 10-27-16, Opening Reception Thursday, October 13th



11-12-16 through 11-18-16. Opening Reception and Special Event Saturday, November 12



11-26-16 through 12-23-16, Opening Reception on Small Business Saturday, November 26th