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August 26, 2013


Picturing Little Orphant Annie

It was Will Vawter's introduction in 1893 to poet James Whitcomb Riley that would put Vawter’s art in the public eye.

March 11, 2013


Steele’s Magnolia

In the spring of 1908, Selma Steele began planting gardens—a passion that would become her own artistic contribution to the House of the Singing Winds.

September 8, 2008


Peaceful Valley

Having marked Nashville’s centennial as “The Art Colony of the Midwest” in 2007, it’s easy to forget that the Brown County village was not always the epicenter of the visual arts in Indiana. A significant regional school of painting developed in the Wayne County town of Richmond in the late nineteenth century, of which the Richmond Palette Club and the Richmond Prize were manifestations.

June 2, 2008


Bill Monroe

Every June, a tiny hamlet in the rolling hills in Southern Indiana attracts pickers and grinners from around the country. The Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is the genre’s premier event, and was recognized in 2001 as a Local Legacy, meriting a permanent exhibition in the Library of Congress.

April 25, 2005


T.C. Steele

Theodore Clement “T.C.” Steele is part of the “Hoosier Group of impressionist painters” that transformed art in Indiana by promoting the idea of painting “out in the open.”

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