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.



The Studio Centennial Party! 12-4 pm, Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Site Bicentennial Event! All events in the Large Studio, excepting the cake and ice cream, outside the Studio

12-1pm, Storyteller Lou Ann Homan of Storytelling Arts of Indiana presents an original story about T.C. Steele

1-2pm, Cake and ice cream served to commemorative the Studio’s 100th birthday

2-3pm, Rachel Berenson Perry presents on her new Introduction to the 50th Anniversary edition of The House of the Singing Winds

3:30, Book signing and Reception

3:30-4:00pm, Performance of select songs from “The Breeze Bends the Grass” by Amanda Biggs and Krista Detor. “The Breeze Bends the Grass” will play for two weekends in October 2016 at The Brown County Playhouse.


The public is invited to a birthday party for T.C. Steele’s Large Studio, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The Studio Centennial Party at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Brown County on Saturday, June 4th, runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Storytelling Arts of Indiana and The Brown County Playhouse are c0-sponsoring this event, and sharing their performers with us, so we can make this event special for Indiana’s Bicentennial. We’re incredibly fortunate to have so many talented people working with us to make June 4th a fun and exciting day.


All Studio Centennial Party programs are included with the cost of standard site admission. For more information on this event, please contact Cate Whetzel, program developer at 812.988-2785 or cwhetzel@indianamuseum.org.




RESULTS from the 17th Annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut

First-place winning artwork created during the Festival of Flowers PaintOut will be displayed in the Brown County Art Gallery in downtown Nashville through June 8 for all to enjoy.  Winners of the PaintOut were chosen by a panel of judges in six categories.  Adult artists were divided by media, and child and teen artists were divided by age. 

Teens Age 13 through 18

First Place:  Donnie Mattos, Bloomington

Second Place:  James Szalkie, Indianapolis

Third Place: Lillian Wooten, Morgantown

Honorable Mention: Jacob Wooten, Morgantown; Jesse Ann Miller, Martinsville


Children Age 12 and Under

First Place:  Drew Lybolt-Wagner, Indianapolis

Second Place:  Emma Szalkie, Indianapolis

Third Place:  Elizabeth Mattos, Bloomington

Honorable Mention:  Barrett Timmons, Emerson Timmons, Bella Uppinghouse, Kate Uppinghouse, Bloomington; Audrey Eikenberry, Claire Eikenberry, Simon Lybolt-Wagner, Indianapolis


Adult Oil

First Place:  James Stahlhut, Franklin

Second Place:  Steve Warner, Indianapolis

Third Place:  Anne-Karine Bley, Bloomington

Honorable Mention:  Don Geyra, Rita Orcelletto, Bloomington; Ann Fahey, Columbus; Mary Ann Davis, Josh Rush, Indianapolis; Scott Cotton, Morgantown; Dylan Quackenbush, Nashville


Adult Acrylic

First Place:  Anabel Hopkins, Nashville

Second Place:  Lydia Burris, Indianapolis

Third Place:  Jennifer Christian, Bloomington

Honorable Mention:  Dave Voelpel, Indianapolis; Karen Quackenbush, Nashville


Adult Watercolor

First Place:   Tereasa Laakman, Bloomington

Second Place:  Robert Burris, Columbus

Third Place:  Carol Riley, Ossian


Adult Mixed Media/Drawing/Other

First Place:  Donna Shortt, Indianapolis

Second Place:  Corrine Hull, Indianapolis

Third Place:  Kevin Carlson, Madison

Honorable Mention:  Betty Wagoner, Bloomington; Kathy Bianco, R.A. Buys, Indianapolis

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 Teen Watercolor painting by Donnie Mattos, and the first place Adult Pastel by Donna Shortt.


“Indiana Impressions” show and release of the 50th Anniversary edition of The House of the Singing Winds!

April 21-July 9, 2016 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis

The release of the 50th Anniversary edition of The House of the Singing Winds is almost here! It features new color pictures, a new introduction by Rachel Berenson Perry, and a new size: a coffee table book. Happy 200th birthday, Indiana!  The Indiana Historical Society has a show not to be missed, featuring 43 of Steele’s paintings in the show “Indiana Impressions: The Art of T.C. Steele” at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. The show opens April 21st and closes July 9th!



June Artist in Residence Cheryl Anne Lorance will lead a plein air painting workshop at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana on Saturday, June 18th (rain date June 25), from 1-4pm. This workshop is free and open to the public; supplies will be provided. The Artist in Residence program and all related workshops and demonstrations are made possible by generous grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Brown County Community Foundation, and by the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site. More information TBA. Registration for this workshop is OPEN. CALL THE SITE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! Registration is required and space will be limited to 10 participants. Call the site for more information: 812-988-2785. Gate fees to Spring Mill State Park may apply and are the responsibility of the participant.


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. Registration materials available for download here: http://www.tcsteele.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/FOF-registration-form_revised-2016.pdf

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, 1-4pm**Registration required. Program in Mitchell, Indiana

Sunday at Home: Limestone Carving Demo with June Artist in Residence, Cheryl Anne Lorance, July 3, 2016

The Great Outdoor Art Contest, Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7am-4pm

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, 2016.

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

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