Wonderland Way Collection
THE JAMES L. RUSSELL WONDERLAND WAY COLLECTION AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST: PRESERVING A PIECE OF SOUTHERN INDIANA HISTORY
The James L. Russell Wonderland Way Collection, housed in the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center on the campus of Indiana University Southeast, is named in honor of the man who founded the Wonderland Way Art Club in New Albany, Ind. The collection is comprised of donated works created by Wonderland Way artists and is supported through generous contributions to the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center Endowment Fund.
Kathy Russell Smith, granddaughter of James L. Russell, and her husband, Don Smith, desired that a permanent collection of works by Wonderland Way Artists be available for the benefit of our region. They personally have spearheaded efforts in making the James L. Russell Wonderland Way Collection a reality. This collection has provided an opportunity to those interested in preserving the history and heritage of the art of the region.
Pieces from the collection are now on display in the lobby of the Ogle Center and can be viewed Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays when there are events in the Ogle Center starting 90 minutes prior to show time. The Ogle Center lobby is closed when the campus is closed for holidays, weather closings, etc.