Indiana Heritage Arts of Nashville, IN is announcing its 38th annual art exhibition will now run a month from June 11 until July 2 at the newly expanded Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive.
The show and sale of paintings, one of the largest in the Midwest, attracts thousands of art lovers to the free show. Hours daily are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Over 130 artists enter art work to be juried and selected for hanging. All paintings are for sale. Between prize money and purchase awards, artists in 2015 received some $53,000.
The popular People's Choice award of $500 will be awarded at the close of this year's show to the artist garnering the most votes from the viewing audience. New this year are sponsors Michael Fulton and Judith Stewart of Brown County.
The IHA Directors' Purchase Award this year will honor the late Dick Ferrer, a former board member and artist whose work often hung in past years in the annual shows. Indiana Heritage Arts has acquired a permanent collection of more than 15 paintings that hang in the IHA space in the Brown County Art Gallery.
Jim Ross, Indianapolis gallery owner and long-time IHA show organizer, said, "Our show's goal is to encourage artists of today who are working in the traditional style made renown by Hoosier artists painting in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Brown County." He added that it was an honor for IHA to recognize outstanding artists.
The judge for this year's show is a nationally known plein air and American impressionist painter, Anne Blair Browne of Nashville, TN. "We work to find jurors whose work relates to what our artists are doing. She is an excellent example of the traditional style that appeals to art patrons of today," he said.
An awards presentation will take place at the gallery Friday, June 10.
IHA is a non-profit organization which has a gallery and sales space at Brown County Art Gallery.