Released July 31, 2018

94th annual Hoosier Salon returns to Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (July 12, 2018) – The annual Hoosier Salon exhibition, featuring artwork from more than 120 Indiana artists, returns to the Indiana State Museum for its 94th run beginning Aug. 3. The competition is Indiana’s longest-running art exhibition and is considered to be the preeminent juried exhibition of Indiana art by Indiana artists. While the art will be on display to the public Aug. 3 through Oct. 14, it will also be for sale – and the bidding begins on Aug. 2 at a special preview event that starts at 6 p.m.

During the preview event, the winners will be announced for this year’s show, and the artwork will officially go on sale. Tickets for the preview event can be purchased online through July 27 at

This year, more than 250 artists applied to the show, including several who are in their 20s, and the show has more young and up-and-coming artists than in previous years.

“The jurors did an excellent job,” said Jim May, executive director of the Hoosier Salon. “In addition to bringing back some long-time participants, 22 of the artists selected are first-timers, helping us to gain ground on our goal of getting new and younger artists from across the state to become members and enter.”

This is the second year back at the Indiana State Museum after a five-year run at the Indiana Historical Society, and the museum is honored to host the show once again.

“We are delighted to partner with the Hoosier Salon again this year at the Indiana State Museum,” said Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “The show offers us an opportunity to give visitors access to the best art representing Indiana artists from across the state and around the country.”

In conjunction with the Hoosier Salon exhibition, a kids’ show will be on display in the museum: the Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ Calendar of Student Art Contest. This show features artwork from K-12 students that will be displayed in the cooperative’s annual wall calendar, with a first-place winner selected from each grade to go into the calendar. The winners of the kids’ show will also be announced on Aug. 2 during a 2 p.m. event.

The cost of both shows is included with the purchase of general museum admission, which is free for Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites members.

Photos of the art in this year’s show can be downloaded for media use here: 

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The Hoosier Salon is a statewide, nonprofit artist-service organization whose mission is to create an appreciation of visual art by promoting Indiana artists and their work. The organization has locations in Carmel and New Harmony. 

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.