for the Public Arts & Humanities


A multidisciplinary hub for research and creative activity at IU Bloomington, the Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities is a welcoming campus space for art exhibitions, performances, conferences, community engagement, and so much more. The Cook Center seeks to make transformative experiences in the arts and humanities accessible to all people on campus, in the city of Bloomington, and throughout Indiana.

The center is named in honor of Gayle Karch Cook, a 1956 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of IU with a B.A. in fine arts. She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1993 and, in 2015, was recognized with the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award, just one of her many awards and honors from IU.


Located inside Maxwell Hall

750 E. Kirkwood Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47405



Current Hours: Tues–Fri 12:00pm – 4:00pm, group visits by appointment


  • Visitors are required to follow Indiana University's policies and procedures regarding COVID-19.

  • Visitors must wear masks at all times inside the Cook Center.

  • Visitors must check in with a Cook Center staff member in Maxwell Hall 100 before entering exhibition spaces.

  • A limited number of visitors at a time will be allowed into the exhibition spaces in the Process Gallery and Grand Hall.

  • IU instructors are encouraged to schedule class visits at least one week in advance. 

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Artists at Work


The Cook Center for the Public Arts & Humanities

Exhibit Dates:
September 22–October 23, 2021


Opening Reception:

October 1 from 5–8 pm



Artists at Work features an electic mix of creative works by artists who have all participated in the On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator program run by the Indiana Arts Commission. In August 2021, the Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts & Humanities hosted sections of the On-Ramp program in collaboration with the Indiana Arts Commission, the IU Arts & Humanities Council, and the Center for Rural Engagement. 

On-Ramp teaches entrepreneurship skills to artists and creative professionals by focusing on a portfolio career, key business concepts, and a community-engaged artistic practice. This exhibit aims to highlight various works of the participants in celebration of their work during the program. 



The exhibit is free and open to the public.