What’s Happening at T.C. Steele

Activity and serenity coexist naturally at T.C. Steele State Historic Site. Art- and nature-related programs and events fit well into this peaceful and inspiring setting, providing a variety of year-round activities for all ages.



T.C. Steele’s Bloomington

An Indiana Masterpiece project, October 7th & 8th, 2016, Bloomington, Indiana

As Indiana University’s first Artist in Residence, T.C. Steele paved the way for professional artists to take their place within the university and in academic communities throughout Indiana. “T.C. Steele’s Bloomington” is a two day event.  All scheduled events are free and open to all!


Schedule for Friday, October 7, 2016

12:00 p.m.          Noon talk by Nan Brewer on T.C. Steele’s days as an art student in Munich, Eskenazi Museum of Art at IU

1:00-3:00 p.m.  Plein air painting demonstration by Lyle Denney, Dunn Meadow

1:00-3:00 p.m.  Plein air painting demonstration by Jerry Smith, Dunn Meadow

4:00 p.m.          Keynote address, “T.C. Steele: Artist in Residence at Indiana University” by Rachel Berenson Perry, The President’s Room at The University Club, Indiana Memorial Union


Schedule for Saturday, October 8, 2016

7-11:00 a.m.      Artist check-in in Dunn Meadow (no stamps to participate, just information on parking, etc.)

7-3:00 p.m.        Artists work on the IU campus and in the historic downtown (landscape subjects: the Bloomington of 2016)

3-5:00 p.m.        Artists bring newly created artwork to Dunn meadow tent for a reception, open to artists and the general public. Want to buy art and support the artists? Bring your checkbook to buy an original piece!

3:15; 4:15 p.m.   Docent-led tours of Steele paintings in the IMU will be available at 3:15 and 4:15 p.m.


Artists of all mediums and skill levels are invited to bring their supplies to campus and downtown Bloomington to create new work that reflects the landscape of Bloomington in 2016. Artists who wish to participate should email (tcsteeleshs@indianamuseum.org) or call the site (812-988-2785) to indicate their interest and learn more about the project. It is free to participate and open to all! Artist check-in will held in Dunn Meadow from 7am-11am, and artists will work from early morning until 3pm, when everyone is invited to a reception in Dunn Meadow for light refreshments, and to view the artwork created that day. Docents will be available to lead tours of the Steele paintings in the IMU at 3:15 and 4:15pm, and the afternoon will conclude at 5pm.

This activity is a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission. Thanks also to the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, The School of Art and Design at Indiana University, The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University, the IU Bicentennial Committee, the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, and the Brown County Community Foundation.

November Friends Member Art Show

November 1-30, 2016

Show theme: “What God thinks of beauty we know in that he has made it so universal.” – T.C. Steele

Deadline to register for the show: October 20, 2016. The registration form and guidelines can be downloaded here:  http://www.tcsteele.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Member-Show-GUIDELIINES-2016.docx




October 28, 2016, 3:00pm-4:30 pm, Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, IN

Watercolor Pencil Workshop and Art Tote Giveaway

Call the site now (812-988-2785) to register for a  free watercolor pencil workshop at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington on October 28th! Registration is required; limit 8 participants. This free public program is open only to low-income seniors, and includes a free tote bag filled with basic art supplies to take home. A senior is anyone 60 years old or more, and low-income is defined as living in low-income housing, or being on other public assistance programs. We have 8 spots, plus a short wait list, and spaces are filling up; first come, first served! This program is open to residents of Monroe County, and is made possible by grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Brown County Community Foundation, and the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site!



Mark your calendars for our upcoming events at the site!

Sunday at Home: Gustave Baumann Talk and Printmaking Demo, April 10, 2016, 2-4:30pm

31st Annual Wildflower Foray, April 22-24, 2016

Festival of Flowers PaintOut,  Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7am-4pm.

Studio Centennial Party, Saturday, June 4, 2016** Special Bicentennial site event! 12-4pm

Spring Mill State Park Plein Air Painting Workshop, Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sunday at Home: Limestone Carving Demo with Cheryl Anne Lorance, July 3, 2016

The 28th Great Outdoor Art Contest, Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7am-4pm; Registration forms here:   http://www.tcsteele.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/GOAC-16_revised.pdf

T.C. Steele’s Bloomington, Friday and Saturday, October 7 & 8, 2016** Special Bicentennial event in Bloomington!

Friends Member Art Show and Sale, November 1-30, 2016, http://www.tcsteele.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Member-Show-GUIDELIINES-2016.docx

Steele’s Country Christmas Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1-4pm

Please call the site 812/988-2785 for questions.