Current Exhibits

A History of Champions: CHS Excellence in Basketball

CCHS is kicking off 2017 by exhibiting the rich history of Carmel High School boys and girls basketball from 1900 to the present! Memorabilia from the Shepherd family, the Heady family, and the 1977 championship team will be on display. The exhibit will also highlight the girls 2008 championship as well as the boys back to back wins in 2012 and 2013 with video segments of games and interviews with past coaches. Interactive displays have been designed for younger visitors.

Forever Young: Young Women of Carmel, 1975-2015 – Opening July 14

Our exhibit, Forever Young: Young Women of Carmel 1975-2015, showcases the art of retired Carmel High School teacher Dan Shoop. His first easel was a card table. He never had any formal artistic training, and he is partially color blind. Yet, Shoop created beautiful renderings of people, places and animals. His single largest body of work is comprised of 57 portraits of Carmel High School students created over the course of his 46-year teaching and coaching career.

Shoop was a World History teacher at CHS and coach of the girls track and cross country teams. As such, he knew his subjects as students and athletes and painted them as such. He portrayed the runners as they competed, reacted after a stunning win, or prepared to sprint a race. The emotions of those moments are palatable in his brush strokes. “Each painting has a story behind it,” and they are all in his head. None of it is written down. He knows where his subjects teach school today, which ones work with Nobel Prize winners, which modeled in Spain. . . .

CCHS members are invited to preview the exhibit on July 13 from 6-8pm at the Monon Depot. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit opens to the public on July 14 during regular museum hours.