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Welcome to the Brown County Art Gallery

An important project is wrapping up at here the Gallery, one that takes a major step in preserving our Permanent Collection. Thanks to a sizable grant from the Indiana State Historical Society, funded by Lilly, the Gallery Foundation began the work of creating a comprehensive inventory of the entire Foundation owned Permanent Collection, and the Henshaw Trust Collection. Beginning last August, with the hiring of IU Grad student Leslie Winter and the purchase of a special computer and museum cataloguing software, we began digitizing information about every painting, print, and artifact in the two collections. Entries include artist biography, description, and history of each item, condition report and donor information.

The final work phase has been completed with Leslie, Leo Miller, and Lyn Letsinger-Miller photographing every single item, numbering over 450. All the information is stored in hard drives and backed up in Cloud servers. New painting labels, with a new numbering system will be printed along with new informational walltags and a binder, making our Collections more accessible. The digital inventory allows us to sort through the collections, print photos or share on the web. We will also be able to add more items as they arrive.

The Lilly Grant was attached to the Bicentennial Celebration with a purpose of archiving Indiana history and administered through the Indiana State Historical Society. The project is ongoing and we plan to apply for funds to conserve and reframe the pieces we identified during the cataloguing process. The Historical Society is also funding the conservation and framing of 12 rare Will Vawter sketches that we're created in Brown County for the James Whitcomb Riley books. They were purchased at auction and donated to the Foundation by Tom Cornwell of Bloomington, a friend and supporter. We are grateful for this partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and the generosity of Lilly. This important work would not be possible for small organizations like the Gallery. Next on the list....New storage racks for the vaults! And our dear Leslie is graduating with her new new Masters in Library Science...to go with her Masters in Art History. She is beginning her job search and some employer out there is going to get a real treasure.

Some events to look forward to this summer include the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale in June, an exhibit of early Brown County Pottery in July, and "Art with a Purpose" featuring Brown County baskets in August.
We are also featuring our Permanent Collection this summer and the Art Association has a full schedule of new work. Lots of reasons to visit the Gallery. We do have some road construction underway and you will find more info below.

Brown County Art Gallery Annual Meeting | Thursday, May 25 | 10 am

The Brown County Art Gallery will hold it's annual meeting on Thursday, May 25 beginning at 10 am. The meeting will be held at the Art Gallery and the scheduled business will include:

  • Election of Board Members ( nominations accepted from the floor)
  • Report on 2016 Activities
  • Review of Board's Actions 2016
  • Business Proposed from Floor

You participation will be appreciated - we look forward to having you attend.

Lyn Letsinger-Miller, Board President

State Road 135 Closures | 7 Bridges Receiving Work

135 Bridge Work

Traveling to Brown County may become a little more challenging this season....our best advice is to take I65 to State Road 46, head west to Brown County and Nashville. Road repairs are a necessity and planning ahead will save everyone from stressful detours.

7 BRIDGES ON SR 135!

MORGAN, BROWN & JACKSON COUNTIES—A number of bridge closures in Morgan, Brown and Jackson Counties will detour State Road 135 traffic this year. According to Indiana Department of Transportation officials, the state has awarded contracts to three different contractors for rehabilitating or replacing seven structures along S.R. 135. At some sites, work is scheduled to begin April 4.

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Family Treasures: Time to Share Exhibit

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"A Dusty Road" by Georges LaChance
This is one of the paintings that is offered for sale

Our annual “Family Treasures Sale: Time to Share” is still ongoing with new additions still coming in. View our newest additions under Consignment Art or visit the gallery open daily. All paintings are for sale and partial proceeds support the Gallery Foundation.