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"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 2017 | Spirit of Stonehead: Our Brown County Icons


Collector's Showcase 2017 is focusing on six Brown County Icons and will raise money to replace the lost icon: Stonehead.

Brown County Icons:

Brown County Art Gallery
Brown County State Park
Brown County Courthouse
Bean Blossom Covered Bridge
Old Log Jail
T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Using paintings, past and present, etchings, and old and new photographs, the Gallery will show the history and current status of the 7 icons and reveal a new marker plan for the Stonehead site. Other participants will include.the Brown County Historical Society and Peaceful Valley Preservation.

Collector's Showcase 2017 exhibit remains open through October 30th. More events during this period are being planned including installation of the new Stonehead marker.



We have visitors from all over the country. Here are a few routes from some of our most visited cities:

Road Closures and Detours: Please click here to view all current road closures including IN 135 in both directions just north of Brown County in Morgantown.

Indiana Travel Alerts: Please check this real-time traffic condition website before traveling through Indiana. It provides traffic updates and major road projects and closures including the bridge work on State Road 135.

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40th annual Indiana Heritage Arts Annual Exhibit


Indiana Heritage Arts is a month long exhibit show and sale of paintings, one of the largest in the Midwest, that attracts thousands of art lovers. Over 130 artists enter art work to be juried and selected for hanging and all paintings are for sale.

The popular People's Choice award of $500 will be awarded at the close of this year's show to the artist garnering the most votes from the viewing audience. The 2017 IHA Directors' Purchase Award  honored the late Fran Rogers, a founding member of IHA and second president of the organization. Indiana Heritage Arts has acquired a permanent collection of more than 15 paintings that hang in the IHA space in the Brown County Art Gallery.

We would like to congratulate the accepted entrants in the 2017 Exhibition:

Kathy Blankenheim
Andrea Bojrab
William Borden
Roy Boswell
Jeffery Bottom
Eric Brock
Rebecca Brody
Rena Brouwer
Char Brown
Charlene M. Brown
Luke Buck
Ken Bucklew
Dan Bulleit
Ron Burgess
Mark Burkett
Judy A. Burst
Wayne Campbell
Kevin Carlson
Jodie Cole
David Dale
Steve Dodge
Fred Doloresco
Jed Dorsey
Lynn Dunbar
Stephen Edwards
Charlene George
Karen Graeser
Bruce Gray
Tim Greatbatch
Chris Griffin-Woods
Thomas A. Himsel
Lynn Lynch Hughes
Corrine Hull
Bill Inman
Troy Kilgore
Jeff Klinker
Wyatt LeGrand
Judith S. Lewis
Diane Lyon
A. Cassia Margolis
Jeanne McLeish
C. W. Mundy
Bruce Neckar
Pam Newell
Chris Newlund
Maureen O’Hara Pesta
Dale Popovich
Mark Ratzlaff
Cheri Rol
Lawrence Rudolech
Douglas Runyan
Nancy Shake
Donna Shortt
Jerry Smith
Elizabeth von der Lohe
Carol Strock Wasson
Libby Whipple
Rick Wilson
Marilyn J. Witt
Dan Woodson
Tom Woodson

Download a PDF of the Accepted Entrants List




Nashville Paint Out

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Thursday - Saturday, June 23 - 25

Calling all artists! Our annual Nashville Paint Out is June 23-25; the Brown County Art Gallery will be home base.

You can set up and paint throughout Nashville for one day, two days or all three days. All paintings that are brought to the Gallery will be on display available for purchase in our gorgeous new Art Education Studio. All sales will include a 20% Commission to the Gallery Foundation.

Registration is free; please call the Gallery at 812.988.4609 to sign up.

Nashville Paint Out Artist Sale and BBQ – June 25...

Enjoy an evening in the studio viewing the artist’s paintings from the Paint Out, purchase your favorite ones, commissions from the sales will benefit the Gallery Foundation. BBQ, Beer and Brown County Winery Wine available | $10 per person.


Children's Summer Art Camp | Garden Art

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Amanda Mathis is a fine artist working mostly in acrylics. She lives, paints and exhibits in the historic artists' colony of Nashville, Indiana. The style of work has been labeled "primitive" but Mathis prefers the term "educated primitive."

Amanda also has a 30 year career as a teacher, specializing in children and beginner adults.

Amanda will be bringing her talents to the Art Gallery this summer as our art instructor for the Art Education Studio, teaching both students and beginners.

Amanda Mathis will be leading our new children's summer art camp "Brown County Garden Art", for children ages K-6th grade. Young artists will gather inspiration from the abounding natural beauty of our surroundings, as all artist do that visit Brown County. Found objects and painting media will be used.
Observation of the natural art around us, use of media, and how the creation of art brings fun and enjoyment will be emphasized during this week of art.

DATES:July 18 - 22 | Rescheduled for a later date in 2016.....
TIMES: 9am - Noon
BRING: Snack
COST: $72 per child, sibling discount available
SIGN UP: Call the Gallery at 812.988.4609 for more details