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.


29th Annual Wildflower Foray

April 25-27; time and location will vary.

Hikes are free, some programs require registration so please check schedule.

During a three-day period, guest can enjoy 24 different hikes and programs that focus on the natural history and environmental concerns of Brown County, especially as they relate to wildflower and bird populations. Included are wildflower and bird walks, wetland hikes, a boat trip on Lake Monroe, nature photography and more.  Hikes and programs will be on established trails throughout the T.C. Steele property and at other nearby natural areas including DNR properties, Hoosier National Forest. Indiana University, Sycamore Land Trust and Nature Conservancy lands.

To link directly with the Wildflower Foray webpage, click on the Wildflower Foray logo on the left sidebar.

Please click here for the   ON-LINE SCHEDULE and WILDFLOWER CHECKLIST (print-friendy PDFs).

Need help identifying wildflowers?  Coming soon:  Indiana Plant Finders!  These downloadable PDFs are designed for use on computers, laptops and hand-held devices (smartphones, tablets and mini-tablets).  To find out more, or to add you email list to be notified when they are available, contact Kay Yatskievych [Kay.Yatskievych@mobot.org].

Festival of Flowers Paint Out

May 17; 7 a.m-4 p.m

Registration forms are here!  To register, please review the guidelines and then call the site 812.988.2785 to register over the phone with credit card or print off the 3rd page and mail to the site with a check.  Please contact the office with any questions.

Schedule of Activities:

Hoosier Darling

Hoosier Darling, Bloomington, IN

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

11:30 a.m.      Bloomingfoods will begin selling lunch.  Box lunches include your choice from a variety of burritos and chips and salsa for $5; soda and cookies will be available for $1 a piece.  Yum Yum!

1:15 p.m.         Hoosier Darling perform outdoor concert

2 p.m.              Judging of art beings

The Indiana State Museum will be here in the afternoon to provide a fun activity for the children and young at heart.

Spring Tea with Artist-in-Residence, Gillian Harris

May 18; 3 p.m-5 p.m 

Free; Registration Required

Join AIR Gillian Harris for a short hike around the grounds where she will be identifying her favorite natural features of the site. Afterwards, Gillian will share her thoughts and experience as the artist in residence over tea and snacks.

Sponsored by Sweetea’s Tea Shop of Nashville, IN

To register, please contact our Arts Program Developer, Megan Richards at mrichards@indianamuseum.org or call 812-988-2785



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.

Artist-in-Residence, Gillian  Harris, Botanical Drawing

May 10th; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

$35; Registration Required

Drawing a flower brings us a deeper understanding and appreciation of it than does observation alone, while knowledge of botanical structure is central to creating a flower drawing that is  both aesthetic and accurate. In this one-day workshop we will explore both the anatomy of a flower and its beauty by learning the basic techniques of botanical drawing from life with graphite pencil.

Please bring a sack lunch and drawing pencils: 2H, HB, B.  All other supplies will be provided.

To register, please contact our Arts Program Developer, Megan Richards at mrichards@indianamuseum.org or call 812-988-2785

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.


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

Gillian Harris: May 9-May 18, 2014

May 2014 Artists in Residence, Gillian Harris

Gillian Harris, May 2014 Artists-in-Residence

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

Download AIR Application Guidelines and Procedures (PDF)

Funding for the Artist in Residence Program is provided by:

Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, inc. Logo
Brown County Community Foundation logo
National Endowment for the Arts Logo
Indiana Arts Commission logo
Community Foundation of Bloomington Logo
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