Programs

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.

CURRENT & UPCOMING SITE WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS

The 30th Great Outdoor Art Contest, Winners Announced!

NASHVILLE, Ind. — Winners from this past weekend’s 30th Great Outdoor Art Contest at T.C. Steele Historic Site have been announced. To see photographs of the winning art, visit the Brown County Art Guild between now and September 30, 2018, or check the site’s Facebook page. See list below.

 

Teens Age 13 through 18

First Place: Avery Dellinger, Indianapolis

 

Children Age 12 and Under

First Place: Thomas Kinder, Nashville, Ind.

Second Place: Liam Dellinger, Indianapolis

Third Place: Grace Whittemore, Yorktown, Ind.

Honorable Mention: Harper Dellinger, Indianapolis; Lauren Dellinger, Indianapolis; Violet Whittemore, Yorktown, Ind.; Barrett Timmons, Bloomington, Ind.

 

Adult Oil

First Place: Joel Knapp, Gallatin, TN

Second Place: Tricia Hillenburg, Bedford, Ind.

Third Place: Todd Derr, Owensboro, KY

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Neel, Zionsville, Ind; Mary Ann Davis, Indianapolis; Clenna Perkins, Nashville, Ind.; Avery Dellinger, Indianapolis; Eric Brock, Morgantown, Ind.

 

Adult Acrylic

First Place: David Voelpel, Indianapolis

 

Adult Watercolor

First Place:   Brad Fields, Fishers, Ind.

Second Place: Betty Wagoner, Bloomington, Ind.

Third Place: Kay Fox, Seymour, Ind.

 

Adult Mixed Media/Drawing/Other

First Place: Kim Brock, Martinsville, Ind.

Second Place: Virginia Kramer, Dillsboro, Ind.

Third Place: Christine Whittemore, Yorktown, 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 Watercolor by Thomas Kinder and the second place Adult Oil by Tricia Hillenburg. Prizes for the First Place and People’s Choice winners were gift certificates donated by the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Jack Richeson & Co, Inc., and a prize donated by the Toy Chest, Nashville. The PaintOut on Saturday was the rainiest on record for the historic site, but even so, more than 40 artists participated. Due to the weather, the concert and award ceremony took place in Steele’s Large Studio. 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 judges Jeanne McLeish and Mark Burkett 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 and the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.

 


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

April

April 22, 2018. Arts of the Earth Day, 1-4pm. Join us for a Paint-Along for kids (16 and under) in the Formal Garden with award-winning Impressionist painter Patricia Rhoden Bartels, then witness stone transformed into artwork with Bohemian Hobbit Studios’ Sidney Bolam, our April Artist in Residence! Pre-registration for the Paint-Along is REQUIRED! Please call the site to register: 812-988-2785. All materials, demos and instruction FREE! Made possible by a generous grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Brown County Community Foundation, the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, and the National Endowment for the Arts!

April 27-29, 2018. The 33rd Annual Wildflower Foray! Stay tuned for hike schedules, coming at the beginning of April.

May

May 12, 2018. Daily Bread & Butter concert, Arts in the Park, 12-2pm. Free. Less common instruments and traditional music from Indiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

June

June 3, 2018. Sunday at Home, Daren Redman Shawl Dyeing and Thread Painting workshop, 1-4pm. Free. Pre-registration required. Call 812-988-2785. Limit 10 people. *This Workshop Currently Full–Please see July 1st listing* **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

June 16, 2018. Pick Your Poison, sponsored by Cardinal Spirits, featuring herbs from Indiana gardens. Participants will enjoy refreshments and sample two cocktails made with local ingredients. 21 and older. $20 per person, limit 20 people. Advance tickets required. Please call the site to register: 812-988-2785.

 

July

July 1st, 2018. Sunday at Home, Daren Redman Shawl Dyeing and Thread Painting workshop, 12:30-4:30pm. Pre-registration required. Please call 812-988-2785. Limit 10 people. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

July 14, 2018. Mad Tea Party and Hat Decorating workshop with AIR Susan Freese, 11am-12:30pm. Bring out your inner Alice at this children’s tea and workshop with Artist in Residence and Hatter Susan Freese! Children will decorate a hat for a beloved doll or teddy bear using ribbons and other decorating pieces; “tea” and cookies will be served. Tickets include the Tea Party and a tour of the historic buildings afterwards. $8 per ticket for one child and adult; each additional child is $5. One hat per child. Limit 12 participants. Please call the site to register: 812-988-2785.

July 14, 2018. Daily Bread & Butter concert by the garden, Arts in the Park, 12-2pm. Free. Less common instruments and traditional music from Indiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

August

August 19, 2018. Hoosier Songbook concert with Tom Roznowski. 2-3:30pm. Free. The Hoosier Songbook, like the Hoosier School of Literature, reflects the state’s enduring contributions to American culture. This concert will include songs by a variety of Indiana composers. The performances by Tom Roznowski (vocals) and Mike Lucas (piano) will feature material that resonates with our challenges as a nation and a planet. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

September

September 8, 2018. 30th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest. The oldest plein air art contest in Indiana is for old and young, beginners and established artists! Part of Brown County Art Colony Weekend in Nashville, and a tradition of Indiana artists for decades. Registration materials available for download on this website August 1st (Register by August 31 for early bird rates! Day-of registration is allowed! Brozinni Pizzeria and Salt Creek Brewery will be here from 11:30am-3pm! Parking $3 for the general public. Co-sponsored by the Friends of T.C. Steele, IPAPA, Jack Richeson & Co Inc., and the Toy Chest.

October

October 13, 2018. Falling Leaves. 1-2pm. Free. Paula Chambers, Indiana performance artist and choreographer will present a dance performance entitled “Falling Leaves,” a solo work featuring lyrical hoop dance. Following the performance Paula will host a Q and A session, and give a talk about the health, wellness, and spiritual benefits of lyrical hoop dance. A range of topics will be discussed and will be tailored to the attending audience. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

October 13, 2018. High Spirits at T.C. Steele, 5-7pm. $25 members/$30 non-members, 21 and over. Join us in the Large Studio for a spooky evening of cocktails, a magic show by the Whisky Wizard, Richard Darshwood, and Victorian Spiritualism. More information forthcoming! Limit 30 guests. Sponsored by Heaven Hill.

October 20, 2018. Join the Circus for a Day! 1-3pm. Free. The Hudsucker Posse flow arts collective troupe will present a short performance demonstrating all of their skill props including (hula) hoops, staff, poi, juggling clubs, rings and balls for the audience. Following the demonstration, audience members will try the props in a series of fun challenges and engaging activities. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

October 28, 2018. Singing Winds Visitor Center Open House, and the Opening of the Traveling Studio Wagon Camp! 2-4pm. Free. Enjoy a light reception, explore the new building and the new outdoor experience, and watch artist Patricia Rhoden Bartels do a painting demo of the new Wagon Camp!

November

November 4, 2018. Friends of T.C. Steele Member Annual Meeting and Art Show Reception and Celebration of the Traveling Studio Wagon, 2-4pm. Singing Winds Visitor Center. Open to Friends members and their guests.

November 1-30, 2018. Friends of T.C. Steele Member Art Show. Free with standard admission.

December

December 2, 2018. Steele’s Country Christmas, 1-4pm. Celebrate Christmas the way the Steeles did, one hundred years ago! The Studio and House will be decorated for the holiday, and Christmas cookies, cider, crafts and music will be part of the festivities! A visit from St. Nicholas and Belsnickel completes this family tradition. Free with standard admission.

December 9, 2018. Daily Bread & Butter concert in the Large Studio, 12-2pm. Free. Less common instruments and traditional music in Indiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. In the three performances (20 May, 14 July, 9 December), less commonly known instruments and traditional music of 18th and 19th century Indiana is played. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission