The Brown County Art Gallery is an important venue for those who want to buy or sell early Indiana Art. Consignment art is available on a regular basis and provides valuable income to the Gallery’s non-profit Foundation.
Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association
The Brown County Art Gallery Artist Association was formed in 1926 by the early colony artists and continues today as a membership organization for professional artists. Its 45 members stage four exhibitions a year in the Association Exhibition Hall.
Indiana Heritage Arts
Indiana Heritage Arts was formed in the late 1970s to support local Brown County artists by staging an annual juried art competition each June. Today IHA has grown into a statewide organization and its June Exhibition and Sale attracts artists from across Indiana to compete for $30,000 in prize money. It is one of the largest art competitions in the Midwest.
IHA artists also can exhibit in the Brown County Art Gallery year-round in the Rapp Room giving this important art organization a constant presence.
Rita Spalding’s paintings have been shown in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Her work has been acquired by public organizations, corporations, museums, schools, local businesses, and many private collectors.
Ms. Spalding is the recipient of numerous local, regional, and national awards and honors from prestigious associations, such as the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Indiana Heritage Arts, and The Hoosier Salon. She was the Artist in Residence at the nationally acclaimed Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in 2018 and 2019 and has received The People’s Choice at the Hoosier Salon’s Annual Exhibition three out of the last three years that she participated.
See many of her still-life paintings at the Brown County Art Gallery starting October 7th as she is featured in the 2023 Collectors’ Showcase: Perfectly Placed The Art and Artifacts of Rita Spalding. Many of these works are for sale.
The passing of this legendary Indiana artist left a huge hole in the art world. Starting in the early ’90s, this highly trained artist began selling her work in a small gallery in Indianapolis, signing with just her initials because she was afraid no one would buy the work of a woman. Through hard work and tremendous talent, she created a world of art and a legion of followers who love her paintings of children, animals, and angels. Her paintings hang in national museums, embassies across the globe and in the homes of celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford.
The Brown County Art Gallery is an exclusive representative of her work which is on display and available for sale daily.