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Welcome to the Brown County Art Gallery

The winter continues but the Gallery is a lovely place to see snow scenes on the wall instead of in your driveway. Be sure to view our Permanent Collection which is on full display.

Planning is underway for the Annual Victorian Tea on April 8 and the Mabel B. Annis Student Art Competition.

Mark your calendar for two exciting events...our first is opening May 5 called "Indiana Printmakers Get Their Due", featuring the Gallery's freshly restored etching collection, along with rare Vawter sketches and over 30 printmakers from across Indiana.

This fall, 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 stays warm, come for a visit, we are open 7 days a week, admission and parking are always free. 

2018 Annual Donor Campaign

We have officially launched our 2018 Annual Donor Campaign.

2017 brought a year focused on Brown County History, early potteries and basket makers, along with a celebration of important local landmarks. And thanks to a sponsorship from Sarah and John Lechleiter, as well as other donors, we were able to create a new one! Next year we will bring back our amazing tour of the Studios of Locust Lane, with some major additions. We are also working on a major exhibit of 18 rare Will Vawter sketches of Brown County folks created for the Riley books, along with the Foundation's newly restored print collection. Collector's Showcase 2018 explores the link between the Art Gallery and T.C Steele.

Support our events along with the annual Annis Student Art Competition, and our continuing work to preserve and upgrade our Permanent Collection. We remain debt free, continue to build our endowment and keep the admission to the Gallery free. Every dollar we receive will be carefully spent.

Click here to read more about the campaign and to donate online

Thank You for your support,
Lyn Letsinger-Miller
Brown County Art Gallery Foundation

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.








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