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.



17th Annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut

May 21, 2016

7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Come out to the historic site on Saturday, May 21st, for the 17th annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut, a plein air painting competition. The judges this year are Troy Kilgore, Dixie Ferrer, and Virginia Kramer. Work by the Festival judges will be on display in the Large Studio. Parking for the general public is $2 per car.

The schedule this year is as follows:

7 a.m. Gates open. Artist registration begins. Artists may pick up parking passes and welcome packets. Canvases and pads will be stamped in the site Classroom. The first twenty artists to have registered for the Festival will be able to pick out a commemorative Brown County Redware mug.

11 a.m. Artist registration moves from the Classroom to the Hospitality tent by the Formal Garden.

11:30 a.m. Hotel Nashville begins serving lunch.

2:00 p.m. All artwork to be considered by the judges must be in the judging area beside the Formal Garden; People’s Choice voting begins.

2:00 p.m. Appalatin plays an outdoor concert

3:15 p.m. Judges announce Youth and Teen winners of the PaintOut. 1st Place and People’s Choice winners receive Redware mugs.

3:30 p.m. Judges announce Adult winners of the PaintOut. 1st Place and People’s Choice winners receive Redware mugs.

4:00 p.m. All first place and People’s Choice winners bring their work to the Large Studio. This artwork will be taken by site staff to the Brown County Art Gallery to be on display until June 8th.

5:00 p.m. Historic Site closes.

**Festival of Flowers PaintOut Registration is now OPEN! Early bird discounts April 1-30th. The first 20 registrants will receive a commemorative mug from Brown County Redware in honor of the Bicentennial. See the “Current & Upcoming Site Programs” for a downloadable form. I want to draw your attention to two potential issues on the reg form.
1) There’s no “Oil” category on the registration form. This is a mistake–we apologize for any confusion. Oil painters, we welcome you!
2) The bulk mail post mark cannot be used to mail downloaded forms back to us. Please use a postage stamp to ensure your form arrives here safely with your check!

“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 will open on May 1, 2016. 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.


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.