Embrace Tradition… through the art of T.C. Steele

Portrait of T.C. Steele by Wayman Adams, 1883-1959

In 1907, noted Hoosier impressionist painter Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926), became the first major artist to make a home in Brown County, Indiana. The picturesque landscape (and Steele’s prominence) drew in other artists, establishing the Art Colony of the Midwest.

Follow this link to the Indiana State Museum collection of Steele’s work to View the Art

Today, over 50 paintings on display in the Large Studio and House of the Singing Winds, provide a glimpse of southern Indiana as it appeared more than a century ago.

T. C. Steele State Historic Site keeps tradition alive year-round, through guided tours, art-related events and workshops led by contemporary artists.

 

Experience Tranquility… in the hills of Brown County

The Formal Garden in autumn

Enjoy the beauty of each season, and see it reflected in the paintings of T.C. Steele and the historic gardens of his wife Selma. Wander the site’s five hiking trails. Imagine the expansive vistas and quiet forests that Steele captured on canvas.

When the Steeles moved to Brown County, they found hillsides nearly bare of trees, but full of inspiration. Although the forest has since grown, the qualities that drew them here remain much the same today.

Enjoy Your Visit… and return soon

Mr. and Mrs. Steele relaxing

Selma and Theodore Steele. Photo courtesy Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

The Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site invite you to experience this hidden gem—through the eyes of an artist. Never tiring of their surroundings, the Steeles described their home as a sanctuary, and have left it to you.

The Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc. is a non-profit support group of volunteers, dedicated to preserving and developing one of Indiana’s most scenic and historic places. The diversity of the Friends membership speaks to the variety awaiting discovery, at T.C. Steele State Historic Site.
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