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Welcome to the Brown County Art Gallery

Spring has arrived and our gallery is full of wonderful artwork from the Brown County Artists Association and Indiana Heritage Arts. There are lots of exhibits and events taking place, please plan to stop in during your next visit to Brown County, Indiana. 

We have extended the Printmakers exhibit due to an overwhelming response through May 28.

Indiana Heritage Arts annual 2018 Exhibition and Sale will be held June 9 - 30, 2018.  

Following in the tradition of Brown County Floral painters, the Gallery is celebrating “Paint and Petals” – a collaboration of gardeners and flower arrangers showing off their artistic skills in a competition while members of the Brown County Art Association present a special collection of floral paintings. Opening reception and awards will be held July 7 at 2 pm. Click on the calendar listing for complete details.  

Three major workshops have been scheduled this summer featuring three nationally recognized artists, John Michael Carter in July, Bill Farnsworth in August, and Carolyn Anderson in October. Reservations are rolling in, so artists save your space.

This fall, we have a special event celebrating Marty Krause's newest Baumann Project. "Gustave Baumann's Of A County Called Brown". This wonderful new book will premier at the Gallery along with an exhibit and a program. Put October 27 on your calendar!

We hope everyone plans a visit to Brown County this spring. We are open 7 days a week, admission and parking are always free. 

The Cousins from Richmond are Coming! Get out the Good Dishes!

Celebrating three early Brown County potteries | Brown County Pottery, Brown County Hills Pottery, Karl Martz and Becky Brown.

A wonderful exhibit of Brown County Pottery is being assembled as well as consignment pottery that will be offered for sale.

Many of you know that the Richmond Art Museum is closed for renovations. We are pleased to be providing a temporary home for our Richmond cousins. An exhibit of work from the Richmond Museum will open in conjunction with the pottery display.

Saturday, July 8 | Join us for a wine and cheese reception and a pottery program. Exhibition opens at 1:00 pm · Reception 2:00 pm — includes pottery program, wine and cheese. Cost $10 per person

Proceeds benefit the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation.


19th Annual Mabel B. Annis Student Art Competition

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This prestigious competition is held at the historic Brown County Art Gallery and is an excellent opportunity to reward young artists and highlight their creative efforts. This year we had 177 pieces submitted for the competition.

The Student Art Competition is on display through Sunday, May 7, 2017. All 7th - 12th graders from Bartholomew, Brown, Greene, Jackson, Johnson, Morgan and Monroe county schools were eligible to participate. Home school students were also able to participate if they are under the guidance of a licensed Art Teacher.

The Competition is judged and includes six categories: Painting | Drawing | 3-D | Print | Photography | Video

There will be over $1500 awarded in prize money and Indiana Heritage Arts will again be presenting a "$150 IHA Teacher of the Year" award in both the Junior High and Senior High Divisions.

Congratulations to the Best in Show:

Larissa Bota | Tri-North Middle School | Jr. High
Sarah Sackman | Bloomington High School | Photography
Chloee Robinson | Brown County High School | Senior High






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.


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.


"Art with a Purpose: Brown County Baskets"




The Bohall and Hovis families of Brown County wove their distinctive white oak baskets for neighbors and friends to carry corn and other necessities of life. By the 1920's, the early basket weavers were discovered by tourists who snapped up the baskets for souvenirs, creating a new cottage industry. They are now highly prized by collectors.The story of the basket weavers will be told in a special exhibit held at the Brown County Art Gallery, with support from our partners; the Mather's Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington and professor Dr. Jon Kay, Director of Traditional Arts Indiana.

Presentation Program | Saturday, August 5 | 2 pm
Dr. Kay will present a program about the baskets and their makers on Saturday, August 5th at 2 pm at the Brown County Art Gallery. Refreshments will follow, and this program is free to the public.

Please join us for this fascinating presentation on another part of Brown County's artistic history which features baskets, early photographs, and artifacts. Exhibit is open daily from August 5 - September 4.








Collector's Showcase 2018 | : “Steele and Shulz, a Brown County Partnership"

This exhibit of paintings by Steele and Shulz celebrates their relationship which led to the founding of the Brown County Art Gallery.

The Collector's Showcase 2018 exhibit will run October 16 through October 28.


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