Pop! Goes Purdue

Pop! Goes Purdue is a portrait project that looks at former Purdue students who have gone on to have an impact on popular culture in the U.S. The community is generally aware of the astronauts and athletes that attended Purdue, but this project highlights the actors, comedians, writers, cartoonists, punk rock icons, popcorn magnates, and even professional wrestlers who have also walked the West Lafayette campus.

Sixteen Purdue notable subjects have been selected for portrayal with new artworks from twelve local artists.

The Indiana Bicentennial Commission has awarded this Legacy Project status, in celebration of 200 years of Indiana statehood.

gaffigan                 Ruth Siems

  Comedian Jim Gaffigan                     Stovetop Stuffing Creator Ruth Siems

         by Orie Shafer                                       by Aaron Bumgarner

            dow jones and the industrials

                 Influential punk band Dow Jones & the Industrials

                                                 by Carrie Wing

carrie newcomer                 kenneth choi

Folk Musician Carrie Newcomer                          Actor Kenneth Choi

       by Buffy Rogers                                        by Tammy Murakami-Baxter

george ade                 john mccutcheon               

        Writer George Ade                                     Cartoonist John T. McCutcheon

             by John Frigo                                                    by Dave Sattler

stephen henderson                 ted allen

   Actor Stephen Henderson                             Food Network host Ted Allen

          by Susan Doster                                       by Tammy Murakami-Baxter

dick the bruiser                 george peppard

Pro Wrestling legend Dick the Bruiser                    Actor George Peppard

           by Mike Altman                                                  by Gwyne Bahler

sully                 mercedes lackey

Famed Pilot Chelsea Sullenberger                  Fantasy author Mercedes Lackey

         by James Werner                                                  by James Werner

moira gunn                 orville redenbacher

      NPR host Moira Gunn                             Popcorn magnate Orville Redenbacher

          by Susan Doster                                                   by Kaleb Lucas


                                  callie khouri

                                   Writer/Producer Callie Khouri

                                            by Gwyne Bahler