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 27th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest and Local Tastings

The GOAC honors the birthday of Steele, born September 11, 1847. This year the GOAC will be on Saturday, September 12th from 7am-4pm, the cornerstone event of Brown County Artist Colony Weekend, September 11-13th. The Fall PaintOut, a plein air art contest, is open to adults, teens and children, professional, intermediate, and beginning artists. Artists and visitors can check out the Large Studio and see the latest painting rotation of Steele’s work, installed this summer. In the Studio, guests will also be able to check out the work of the PaintOut judges, Patricia Bartels, Diane Davis-Deckard, and Wyatt LeGrand, on view for one day only.


7am: Gates open; artist registration begins! BarisGo arrives in the morning to begin serving coffee and pastries.

11:30am: Food trucks Gimmie Sum Moe, Gerrick’s BBQ, and The Nashville Candy Store begin serving; Quaff On! Brewing opens the beer garden.

2pm: All artwork needs to be in the judging area for PaintOut judges.

2pm: The Jefferson St. Parade Band, rising stars from Bloomington, with a sound like an exuberant New Orleans-style Second Line, performs.

3:30 pm: Youth categories awards announced, followed by adult categories.

4pm: Closing of the beer garden and departure of food trucks.

5pm: The site closes.

Contest registration is required, and early bird discounts run the month of August. Regular registration rates will apply for September  1-12th. Adult categories include oil—professional/advanced; oil—beginner/intermediate; acrylic, watercolor, mixed media/drawing/other. Child (12 and under) and Teen categories may be any media. This year’s first place and People’s Choice winners will be displayed at the Brown Art Guild in downtown Nashville, from September 13th-October 14th, 2015.  Prizes for youth and teen categories include six free passes to the WonderLab and a gift certificate for paint supplies to Bear Hardware. Thanks to our generous sponsors!

All PaintOut entries must be created the day of the contest at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site or in Brown County.  The site will open at 7 a.m. the day of the contest, and artists must have their blank canvases or pages stamped prior to beginning their work. The judging of the artwork begins at 2 pm.  There will be a $2 parking fee for the general public.  PaintOut registration forms and guidelines are available to download here under Current and Upcoming events. Artists who wish to register via the phone may call the site: (812/988-2785). Please mail completed registration forms, along with the entry fee, to the site address at T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Attn: PaintOut, 4220 T.C. Steele Rd, Nashville, IN 47448.


Outdoor Yoga Classes: Exploring the Landscape of the Body: T.C. Steele-Inspired Yoga  …

How can our connection with the Brown County landscape, as experienced at the T.C. Steele State Memorial, become a doorway into yoga asana and pranayama?  How can T.C. Steele’s artistic observations inform that practice? Join Lee Edgren, MS, ERYT500, Thursdays this Fall from 2-3pm for a painterly, all-levels class. Those without yoga experience are especially welcome.  Bring a yoga mat or blanket. Wear comfortable clothing that is loose or stretchy around the waist, and be prepared to take off your shoes.  We will be getting down to and up from the ground.   Those with specific questions are welcome to call Lee at 812-988-9642.

Yoga class dates are most Thursdays in September and October from 2-3pm. Each class is $10, payable to Lee. The first class will be September 10th. Classes following: September 17, October 1, 8, 22 & 29.



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!

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

Early bird registration for the GOAC is open! GOAC 15 registration materials can be downloaded here.

Member Art Show and Sale Nov 01, 2015

Steele’s Country Christmas Dec 05, 2015

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