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2016 Annual Hoosier Salon 92nd Exhibition

The first annual Hoosier salon exhibition began in 1925 by the Daughter's of Indiana, a group of women who were born in Indiana but lived in the Chicago area. The annual Hoosier Salon exhibition grew into one of the most prestigious juried art shows in Indiana. Opening with a preview event on July 27th, the 2016 the Hoosier Salon's 92nd Exhibition hosted by the Indiana History Center did not disappoint in terms of the quality of art on display. Located along the canal in downtown Indianapolis, the history center is a great location for the event.  If you want to make a day of your visit to Indianapolis there are multiple sites to see within walking distance, including the Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

C. W. Mundy won Best of Show for his oil painting title "Pond Yachts in the Studio", he received $5,000 in prize money. The Juror's Prize of Distinction was awarded to Peter Lupkin for an oil titled "Found" and was awarded $2,500 for his effort. A fabric collage titled "The Lily Pond" received the juror's award of merit along with $1,500 to the artist Joel Fremion.  

Additional Artist Awards

Award for Traditional Landscape - award of $300 went to Rick Wilson, Oil, titled "September Sunset"
Award for Non Traditional Landscape - award of $300 went to Will Carpenter", Oil, titled "Judgement"
Outstanding Traditional Landscape - award of $500 went to Forrest Formsma, Oil, titled "Florentine Carriage Ride"
Outstanding Non Traditional Landscape - award o $500 went to Justin C. Vining", Acrylic, titled "And Let That Be Enough"
Best Non Traditional Landscape - award of $1,000 went to Peg Copenhaver, Oil, titled "First Snow on the Mountain"
Best Traditional Landscape - award of $1,000 wn to Wyatt Legrand, Oil, titled "Burnt-Out"

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T. C. Steele Studio Centennial Party

T. C. Steele State Historic site celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Steele's building the dream studio in 1916. The studio which is the large barn studio on the grounds of the historic site provided the artist with gallery space and large north facing windows creating ideal indoor lighting for the artist. As part of the celebration, storyteller Lou Ann Homan presented a story based on the Steele's life. Lou Ann told a 60 minute story from the perspective of the three women in the artist's life, his first wife Libby, daughter Daisy and his second wife Selma. The large crowd in the studio was captivated by Lou Ann's ability to make you feel as if you were hearing the story directly from the women. The focus of the story was the love the women had for Steele and their undying support in helping him further his career and become the most well know of the Indiana artists of his time. It was was an hour well spent for those who are interested in the history of Indiana art and the most famous artist of the Hoosier Group. After Lou Ann finished, the attendees were able to celebrate the occasion with birthday cake, ice cream and lemonade provided by the State Historic Site.  The second part of the celebration was the release of the 50th anniversary edition of the "House of the Singing Winds". Rachel Berenson Perry gave a presentation based on the new essay of Selma's life which is included in the new edition. As in past presentations and through her books, Rachel provided a lot of good information and insight into the life of Selma and the Steeles. For those who have not visited the T.C Steele State Historic site it is well worth the trip to Brown County Indiana to tour the grounds, house and studio.


  Lou Ann Homan as Selma Steele    T. C. Steele paint box 


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