State Museum Art Exhibit Includes Local Artists

INDIANAPOLIS — Local artists Mary Gretsinger of Columbus, Rick D. Wilson of Edinburgh and Teresa Schultz of Nashville are among nearly 130 artists from across Indiana who now have their work on display at the Indiana State Museum through Oct. 23 in part of the 98th Annual Hoosier Arts Fair Exhibition.

Gretsinger twice won Best Show honors at the annual show.

This year’s exhibition presents 155 works by 129 artists in eight categories: figure, still life, abstract, three-dimensional work, watercolour, portrait, landscape and original work or print on paper.

Twenty-two artists are featured for the first time and seven former Best of Show winners have worked in the exhibition.

“The Indiana State Museum is once again honored to host this important exhibit,” said Mark Ruschman, senior curator of art and culture at Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “This is a great opportunity for our visitors to see incredible artistry from across the state, showcasing a wide variety of media, techniques and subject matter.”

To be eligible for the contest, an artist must be a member of the Hoosier Salon and must have lived in Indiana for at least one year at any point in their life.

All works in the exhibition are available for sale through October 23 online at

“You might think you’ve seen it all after 98 years of the annual Hoosier Salon, but that’s not true,” said Michael Quinn, chairman of the Hoosier Art Salon board. “Indiana artists continue to amaze us with new ways to truly see and appreciate nature, objects, people, and experiences. This is the perfect opportunity to discover new artists and experience a wide range of works by Indiana artists in one place.

The legacy of the Hoosier Salon began in 1925 when the Indiana Girls opened the doors to the first exhibition of contemporary Indiana artists at the Marshall Field and Company Galleries in Chicago. In 1942 the exhibit moved to downtown Indianapolis – first to William H. Block Co. (until 1977), then LS Ayres and Company (1978-89). In 1990, the Hoosier Salon exhibit came to the Indiana State Museum, where it has remained ever since, except for a stint at the Indiana Historical Society from 2005 to 2010.

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