Released October 4, 2016

Bicentennial program to take place in Bloomington


Contact: Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, [email protected]

NASHVILLE, Ind. — The public is invited to an art-filled weekend in Bloomington, Ind. as T.C. Steele State Historic Site hosts T.C. Steele’s Bloomington on October 7 and 8.

As Indiana University’s first Artist-in-Residence, American Impressionist painter T.C. Steele paved the way for professional artists to take their place within the university and in academic communities throughout Indiana.

The program, endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, is a celebration of Indiana art history and T.C. Steele’s enduring legacy.

All scheduled events detailed below are free and open to all ages.

Friday, Oct. 7

Talk by Nan Brewer on T.C. Steele’s days as an art student in Munich, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University

1 to 3 p.m.
Plein air painting demonstration by Lyle Denney, Dunn Meadow

1 to 3 p.m.
Plein air painting demonstration by Jerry Smith, Dunn Meadow

4 p.m.
Keynote address, T.C. Steele: Artist in Residence at Indiana University by Rachel Berenson Perry, The President’s Room at The University Club, Indiana Memorial Union

Saturday, Oct. 8

7 to 11 a.m.
Artist check-in in Dunn Meadow, no stamps needed to participate

7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Artists work on the IU campus and in the historic downtown, Landscape subjects: The Bloomington of 2016

3 to 5 p.m.
Artists bring newly created artwork to Dunn meadow tent for a reception, open to artists and the general public. Artwork will be available for purchase.

3:15; 4:15 p.m.
Docent-led tours of Steele paintings in the IMU will be available at 3:15 and 4:15 p.m.

This activity is an Indiana Masterpiece Project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission. This program is also supported by the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, The School of Art and Design at Indiana University, The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University, the IU Bicentennial Committee, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University and the Brown County Community Foundation.

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T.C. Steele State Historic Site is located on Hwy 46 just west of Nashville in the heart of artistic Brown County. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, the site is where nature’s beauty meets the artist’s canvas. The home, studio and gardens of this noted Hoosier artist still provide inspiration today through site tours, outdoor painting competitions and artist-in-residence programs. For more information, call 812.988.2785 or visit