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.


Friends Member Art Show, Nov. 1-30, 2017

Calling all Friends Member Artists! The Friends Member Art Show is coming up in November, and we want YOUR artwork in the Large Studio. This year’s theme and Steele quote comes from “The Artist’s Way of Seeing”:

“There is no universal or standard way of seeing. Each sees for himself and what he sees and how he sees is governed by the quality of his mind.”

–T.C. Steele

The entry form and guidelines are downloadable here:

Entry forms are due, with payment, by October 24th.

Artist drop off days are October 26th and 27th between 10am-4pm.

The show will open Nov. 1st and be up until Nov. 30th. Sunday, November 5th is the opening reception and the Friends annual meeting, from 5-7:00pm. Friends and family welcome!

Artist pick-up days are Nov. 29th and 30th, between 10am-4pm.

Artwork sold during the Friends Show is sold on consignment, with the artist retaining 80% of the purchase price, and the Friends retaining 20%.

Winners from the 29th Great Outdoor Art Contest on September 9th at T.C. Steele Historic Site have been announced. See list below. Congratulations, everyone!

Teens Age 13 through 18

First Place: Anna Kelson, Bloomington, Ind.

Second Place: Hope Cockerham, Seymour, Ind.

Third Place: James Szalkie, Indianapolis


Children Age 12 and Under

First Place: Barrett Timmons, Bloomington, Ind.

Second Place: Emma Szalkie, Indianapolis

Third Place: Remi Timmons, Bloomington, Ind.

Honorable Mention: Thomas Kinder, Nashville, Ind.


Adult Oil

First Place: Tricia Hillenburg, Bedford, Ind.

Second Place: Thomas Himsel, Brownsburg, Ind.

Third Place: Donna Shortt, Indianapolis

Honorable Mention: Eric Brock, Morgantown, Ind; Ann Fahey, Columbus, Ind; Sondra Cromwell, Arcadia, Ind.; Todd Derr, Owensboro, KY; James Stahlhut, Franklin, Ind.; Scott Cotton, Morgantown, Ind.


Adult Acrylic

First Place: Rand McKamey, Nashville, Ind.

Second Place: Anna Oresko, Bloomington, Ind.

Third Place: Steve Miller, Westfield, Ind.


Adult Watercolor

First Place:   Joyce Lupresto, Elizabethtown, KY

Second Place: Cassidy Young, Bloomington, Ind.

Third Place: Tereasa Laakman. Bloomington, Ind.

Honorable Mention: Ronald Hermeling, Indianapolis; Candace Bailey, Bloomington, Ind.; Donna Whitsitt, Morgantown, Ind.


Adult Mixed Media/Drawing/Other

First Place: Lory Winford, Nashville, Ind.

Second Place: Mary Ann Davis, Indianapolis

Third Place: Drew Buys, Indianapolis

Honorable Mention: Corrine Hull, Indianapolis; Kim Brock, Martinsville, Ind.


People’s Choice, selected through secret ballot by artists and visitors in both the child/teen categories and separately in the adult categories, was awarded to the first place Child Mixed Media by Barrett Timmons, and the first place Adult Oil by Tricia Hillenburg. Prizes for the First Place and People’s Choice winners were donated by Blick Art Materials, Cardinal Stage Company, Jack Richeson & Co, Inc., and Pygmalion’s Art Supplies. Painting demonstrations by PaintOut judges Dale Popovich and Maggie Rapp were sponsored by Marsha Bradford. Raffles for a set of watercolor brushes and an online watercolor course with Dale Popovich were drawn during the award ceremony.

More than 60 artists participated. First-place and People’s Choice winning artwork is now on display through September 30 in the Brown County Art Guild in downtown Nashville.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges in six categories. Adult artists were divided by media and children and teen artists were divided by age.

This year’s event was co-sponsored by the Friends of T. C. Steele State Historic Site. To see the winning artwork online, please visit the site’s Facebook page:

Mark your calendars for our upcoming programs and events at the site!



October 2017. Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour. Month-long self-guided tour. Discount tour admission for participants.

October 20 & 21, 2017. Friends of T.C. Steele Murder Mysteries. Please call 812-988-2785 to register.


November 2017. Friends Member Art Show and Sale. Month-long display in the Large Studio. Free with standard admission.

November 5, 2017. Opening night and annual Friends Member meeting, 5-7pm.


December 3, 2017. Steele’s Country Christmas, 1-4pm. Free with standard admission.

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