Hoosier Group Biographies

Theodore Clemet Steele, Richard Gruelle, William Forsyth, John Ottis Adams and Otto Stark

The Hoosier Group was a group of well known Indiana Impressionist painters that worked in the late and early 19th century and consisted of five artists Theodore Clemet Steele, Richard Gruelle, William Forsyth, John Ottis Adams and Otto Stark. The group first received their name in 1894 by Chicago art critic Hamlin Garland during an exhibition at the Denison Hotel in Indianapolis Indiana. Garland named them the Hoosier Group and sponsored the same show in Chicago a month later. The artist were not only part of the impressionistic movement but were also regionalists due to their decision to paint around their homes in Indiana.  By 1904, The Hoosier Group was famous across the nation, and an entire building at the World’s Fair in St. Louis was provided their group exhibition

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