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.


Mystery Tree Challenge

Saturday, August 2; 9:30am -4pm

               9:30-11:30am    Mystery Tree Challenge

                  12:30-4pm       Creative Corner

$5 per person, for a whole day of funTour admission not included.

Stroll Through Woods by T.C. SteeleStroll Through Woods by T.C. Steele

The event will feature two educational sessions offering helpful tips to identifying trees. During Mystery Tree Challenge, participants will learn the basics in using a tree id guide and then take the knowledge to the trails and identify trees on the property.  Creative Corner provides participants a chance to discover more tips to identifying trees using the leaves, then take the knowledge combined with imagination and create art with basic leave shapes. Come out and attend one or both sessions; full-day participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Both programs will proceed rain or shine.


Sunday at Home: Liar’s Bench

August 17, 1-4pm

$7 per person, free tour admission included.

This lively program engages audiences of all ages as they are confronted by a variety of objects representing the museum’s collection. The audience will hear three stories about each object, and then must decide which is true. Appropriate for all ages.

Great Outdoor Art Contest and Local Tastings

September 13; 7 a.m-4 p.m

Early Bird Registration (Aug.1-31): $10 for adults; $9 Friends members; $5 Kids

Regular Registration (Sept 1-9): $15 for adults; $14 Friends members; $10 Kids

Mixing palates and palettes as food and art converge to celebrate the birthday of Historic Site namesake Theodore Clement Steele.  This event integrates history, art and nature as people come together to watch and support artists while enjoying various crafts and food tastings provided by local vendors. Artists and visitors are provided with a unique insight into T.C. Steele’s art and method of painting, en plein air (out-of-doors). The event has been lauded the granddaddy of Indiana PaintOuts by the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA).

Whether you are just starting out or consider yourself a professional, we encourage artists of all ages to participate in the contest! Participating artists must be pre-registered for the art contest. Artist registration forms will be available to download  on August 1.  The event is free of charge to the public, but there is a suggested parking donation to support the event.

Day at a Glance:

7 a.m.              Gates open, artist check-in begins

11:30 a.m.      Lunch available to purchase

1:00 p.m.        Local Tastings begins with Outdoor concert

2 p.m.              Judging of art begins




T.C. Steele State Historic Site offers a range of art-related workshops each year. Our seasonal Artists-in-Residence share their expertise with both workshop participants and visitors to the site. Local and regional artists offer instruction at all skill levels throughout the year.

Wyatt LeGrand

Stroll Through Woods by T.C. Steele

Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson, Edinburgh, IN


Interested in teaching a workshop at the historic site? Contact our Arts Program Developer, Megan Richards at mrichards@indianamuseum.org, to see how you can be part of the Steele tradition of mentoring the arts.


Friends of T.C. Steele Annual Member Show and Sale

November 1-30, 2014

Stay tuned for more information.

On the T.C. Steele Trail

From May 20, 2012

A recent gift acquisition provides a look at a Boy Scout neckerchief and badges earned while hiking the T.C. Steele Memorial Trail (est. 1963). The display also includes a map of this former commemorative trail.


2014 Artists-in-Residence Announcement

Joshua Mark Phillippe: June-September 2014

Staying on the property: June 27-29; July 11-13; July 18-20

Joshua Mark Phillippe, Summer 2014 Artists-in-Residence

That Red Barn by Joshua Mark Phillippe

Joshua Mark Phillippe is a photographer, painter and printmaker living in Indianapolis, IN.  Throughout the residency, he will be documenting people and places along Indiana State Road 46 between Bloomington and Columbus and invites the public to do the same.  Hashtag all your great discoveries along this historic cultural district with #Indiana46 on Instagram.  Updates will be posted on the T.C. Steele State Historic Site Facebook page as well.  All of Joshua’s images from the residency will be exhibited this fall, so stay tuned for more information about his “Photographic Journey #Indiana46″ and feel free to join in on the fun.

Joshua studied Studio Art and Art History at Indiana University Bloomington and received his MFA from the City College of New York / CUNY. He has been a featured artist on DKNY.com and his work has appeared on newyorktimes.comWhitehot Magazine and in the Magazine Studio a publication of The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Gillian Harris: May 9-May 18, 2014

Gillian Harris, May 2014 Artists-in-Residence

May 2014 Artists in Residence, Gillian Harris

Artist Statement: I work at the intersection of art and nature: as a natural science illustrator, a botanical artist, amateur naturalist and as an Indiana native who draws inspiration and enormous pleasure from exploring and observing the natural world.

For more information about Gillian and to view her portfolio, please visit http://yellowwood.net/artist/.

Thank you to our 2013 Artists in Residence

Dick and Dixie Ferrer: May 18-June 1, 2013

Justin Chase Lane: June 17-24, 2013

Elizabeth Busey: June 28-30, 2013

The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program promotes the awareness of the fine arts in Indiana and illustrates how the natural elements of the site inspire artistic creativity. Artists reside on the property, creating original art and interacting with visitors.

Artist-in-Residence opportunities are offered four times a year, coinciding with the changing seasons that captured Steele’s imagination. The program was established in 2007, and uses hands-on experiences and personal interactions with working artists to:

  • Promote the historic site and the works of T.C. Steele
  • Cultivate and encourage contemporary fine art and artists
  • Create opportunities for and exchange among artists, students and the community


Funding for the Artist in Residence Program is provided by:

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Brown County Community Foundation logo
National Endowment for the Arts Logo
Indiana Arts Commission logo
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