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.



August 17; 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

$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.  The event is free of charge to the public, but there is a suggested parking donation to support the event.

CLICK HERE to download the artist registration form.

Day at a Glance:

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

11:30 a.m.      Lunch available to purchase from Mike’s Dance Barn (BBQ chicken and pork with side options)

1:00 p.m.        Local Tastings begins with special guests, Bier Brewery

Outdoor concerts by the Hazelwood String Band

2 p.m.              Judging of art begins


Featuring Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA) for the  Back Roads of Brown County Fall Tour

October Saturdays 1p.m. -3p.m.; Check schedule for artists demonstrations below

Free; buildings tour not included.

Members of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association will be painting the Brown County landscape that inspired the artist, T.C. Steele from 1907-1926.  All demonstrations are scheduled on Saturday from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.  Please note that there will be NO demonstrations on October 18 to honor the Brookville PaintOut.  Please visit IPAPA’s website for more information about how this group of painters keep the tradition of painting Indiana landscapes alive and thriving.


Oct. 4: Ron Mack and Corrine Hull

Oct. 11: Donna Shortt and Pam Newell

Oct. 25: Bill Borden and Larry Rudolech


Celtica in Concert

Oct. 12; 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.

$10 per person

Come experience an intimate afternoon concert with Celtica in the beautiful acoustics and setting  in T.C. Steele’s historic Large Studio.  Celtica is a progressive celtic band consisting of musical founder Tammera Lane and guitarist Tim Dooley who create a mood and sound that is uniquely their own.  Please visit http://www.celticaband.com/ to preview their music.

Call the site 812.988.2785 to reserve your spot.



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.