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.



16th Annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut, May 16th, 2015!

Join the Festival of Flowers PaintOut, a plein air art contest at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, and create your own original artwork. Compete with other artists to have your work displayed in the Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau and enjoy a day on our beautiful grounds!

The Festival of Flowers is for everyone. Come visit the flowers, watch the woodpeckers, and hike the trails, or come to see artists at the easels and enjoy a 1 o’clock plein air concert by Mel Chance and the Noteables, Big Band music of the 30s and 40s. Buy lunch from a Bloomingfoods food truck and take a tour of the house and large studio, then stop by the museum shop to check out our new, locally-sourced jewelry, ceramics and glass. There will be a $2 parking fee for the general public.

Artists must pre-register and provide their own supplies to compete in the art contest. Adult categories include oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and drawing. Teen and Child categories may be any medium. Registration materials are available for download (see the link in Current & Upcoming Events), and registration is open to adults, teens, and children 12 and under. Gift certificates for art-related prizes for the teen, child, and youth People’s Choice winners have been generously donated by Pygmalion’s Art Supplies (of Bloomington) and Papertrix and Ferrer Gallery (both of Nashville)! Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention in each category, along with a “People’s Choice” winner. First place and People’s Choice winners’ artwork will be displayed from May 18-June 30, 2015 at the Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau in downtown Nashville, Indiana.


Stay tuned for 2015 schedule.

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.


Mark your calendars for our upcoming events at the site!

PaintOut registration has begun! Get a discount with early bird registration, April 1-30th. Regular registration runs May 1-16th.

Festival of Flowers PaintOut May 16, 2015

27th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest and Local Tastings Sep 12, 2015

Member Art Show and Sale Nov 01, 2015

Steele’s Country Christmas Dec 05, 2015

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


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.