PLEASE NOTE: The museum is open to visitors Sundays (1-4PM), and 11am-4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. FREE advance reservations and masks are required for entry to the museum galleries. See our website for tickets and more information, under the VISIT tab. Dan Annarino’s primary focus has been contemporary landscape painting, specifically the Indiana landscape. Finding inspiration isn’t a real challenge, sometimes it’s as easy as taking a drive on the roads less traveled or a quiet hike through the woods of north central Indiana, especially the NICHES Land Trust properties. The composition of the rural elements– the relationships between the land, horizon, sky, fields, tree lines, roads, outbuildings, and waterways– have a distinct graphic quality to them. And the complexities of deep woods, creeks and ravines provide a creative contrast. He is especially inspired when hiking by what he sees next to the trail; the dense vegetation, trees, flowers, vines, etc. Dan is intrigued by the total chaos it presents but at the same time, it’s in total harmony. There is a quiet beauty and a sense of nostalgia about the varieties of our landscape that offers nourishment for the senses and the spirit. In his paintings, Dan attempts to tap into that spirit, translate it, and share it with others. Dan Annarino was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana where he now resides. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MA from Purdue University. Over a thirty year career, he has taught at Purdue University, worked in various businesses as a graphic designer for print and video production, and a fifteen-year career as a graphic designer for Purdue. Throughout the years, Dan continually worked and exhibited as a professional artist with a focus on painting. He currently works as a full-time artist and maintains a studio in downtown Lafayette, Indiana. Dan continues to exhibit his paintings throughout the Midwest.