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 28th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7am-4pm


The cornerstone event of Art Colony weekend is back! Come watch the artists work in the plein air tradition Steele favored on Saturday, September 10th, from 7am-2pm. Come visit the new paintings in the Large Studio, and view artwork by the PaintOut judges, Mary Ann Davis, Donna Shortt, and Rick Wilson, on display for one day only! Registration materials for the Fall PaintOut are available to download on this website. Early bird (discount) registration runs August 1-31st. Regular registration rates will apply September 1st-10th. The first twenty artists to register will receive commemorative Brown County Redware mugs in late summer and fall themes by Susy O’Donnell, as a thank you for speedy registration! Click on the link below, or paste the web address into your browser to download your registration form and guidelines: http://www.tcsteele.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/GOAC-16_revised.pdf  The GOAC’s First place and People’s Choice winners will be displayed at the Brown County Art Guild following the PaintOut through September 30th.

At 1:30pm Celtica, a progressive Celtic band from Nashville, playing traditional instruments, will play an outdoor concert until 3:15pm. Ralph and Ava’s will have lunch to sell, and the beer tent will be back! Grand Junction Brewing Co. from Westfield, IN will serve beer from 11:3am-4pm.  Rumor has it that kettle corn will also be available for purchase from Brown County Kettle Corn! Awards will be announced at 3:15pm. Parking for the general public is $3.


T.C. Steele’s Bloomington

An Indiana Masterpiece project, October 7th & 8th, 2016, Bloomington, Indiana

As Indiana University’s first Artist in Residence, T.C. Steele paved the way for professional artists to take their place within the university and in academic communities throughout Indiana. “T.C. Steele’s Bloomington,” a two day event in Bloomington celebrating Steele as Indiana University’s first Artist in Residence.  All scheduled events are free and open to all!


Schedule for Friday, October 7, 2016

12:00 p.m.          Noon talk by Nan Brewer on T.C. Steele’s days as an art student in Munich, Eskenazi Museum of Art at IU

1:00-3:00 p.m.  Plein air painting demonstration by Lyle Denney, Dunn Meadow

1:00-3:00 p.m.  Plein air painting demonstration by Jerry Smith, Dunn Meadow

4:00 p.m.          Keynote address, “T.C. Steele: Artist in Residence at Indiana University” by Rachel Berenson Perry, The President’s Room at The University Club, Indiana Memorial Union


Schedule for Saturday, October 8, 2016

7-11:00 a.m.      Artist check-in in Dunn Meadow

7-3:00 p.m.        Artists work on the IU campus and in the historic downtown (landscape subjects: the Bloomington of 2016)

3-5:00 p.m.        Artists bring newly created artwork to Dunn meadow tent for a reception, open to artists and the general public. Want to buy art and support the artists? Bring your checkbook to buy an original piece!

3:15; 4:15 p.m.   Docent-led tours of Steele paintings in the IMU will be available at 3:15 and 4:15 p.m.


Artists of all mediums and skill levels are invited to bring their supplies to campus and downtown Bloomington to create new work that reflects the landscape of Bloomington in 2016. Artists who wish to participate should email (tcsteeleshs@indianamuseum.org) or call the site (812-988-2785) to indicate their interest and learn more about the project. It is free to participate and open to all! Artist check-in will held in Dunn Meadow from 7am-11am, and artists will work from early morning until 3pm, when everyone is invited to a reception in Dunn Meadow for light refreshments, and to view the artwork created that day. Docents will be available to lead tours of the Steele paintings in the IMU at 3:15 and 4:15pm, and the afternoon will conclude at 5pm.

This activity is a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission. Thanks also to the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, The School of Art and Design at Indiana University, The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University, the IU Bicentennial Committee, the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, and the Brown County Community Foundation.





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.

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

Sunday at Home: Limestone Carving Demo with Cheryl Anne Lorance, July 3, 2016

The 28th Great Outdoor Art Contest, Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7am-4pm; Registration forms here:   http://www.tcsteele.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/GOAC-16_revised.pdf

T.C. Steele’s Bloomington, Friday and Saturday, October 7 & 8, 2016** Special Bicentennial event in Bloomington!

Friends Member Art Show and Sale, November 1-30, 2016

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

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