An annual juried fine art exhibition and sale of traditional and representational
Indiana art

Past Presidents

PAST PRESIDENTS             YEARS                          
Pat Lloyd Present
Kathy Anderson 2015-2017
Rick Kelly 2012-2014
Donna Tackett 2010-2011
Cathy Martin 2007-2009
Wayne Waldron 2006
Carla English 2001
Jay Carter 2000, 2002-2005
William Smoot 1996, 1998, 1999
Neil Munn 1997
Dick Hess 1994-1995
Pat Siddiq 1992-1993
Pat Blevins 1998-1992
Bill Root 1985-1986
George Bredewater 1984
Larry Sartin 1983
Maxine Hurd 1982
Joanne Carpenter 1980-1981, 1987
Frances Rogers 1979
Neil Dunnigan 1979

About IHA

In the late 1970s, a group of local artists organized Indiana Heritage Arts to support the current members of the Brown County art community. The principal activity of this non-profit group was an annual, juried art competition to take place each June.

Today, IHA makes its home at the historic Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville. What started as a local competition has grown statewide, open to any artist with ties to Indiana. The annual June exhibition and sale is one of the largest art competitions in the midwest, handing out as much as $80,000 in prize money and purchase awards to the winners.

IHA continues to honor the legacy of the early artists by supporting today’s Hoosier Masters. IHA leases a room in the Brown County Art Gallery to provide year round exhibition space to prize-winning artists, where they can offer paintings for sale. IHA sponsors artist workshops by bringing in the country’s top instructors, providing workshop space and administrative services. IHA also supports an annual student art competition held at the Gallery by providing prize money to the area's top art teachers.

An elected Board of Directors administers all of IHA’s activities. In recent years, the Board began buying major works of art from each year’s show to build a Permanent Collection for future generations to enjoy.

IHA has a statewide membership of artists and patrons and depends on generous donors including corporate sponsors, local merchants, along with loyal collectors, to continue the mission of supporting Indiana’s top artists.