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Around Circle
This oil painting by Mary Gretsinger, Behind the Circle, won the Richard E. Ford Memorial Award - Best in Show - at the 2014 Hoosier Salon.

The familiar work of Indiana’s revered Hoosier Group artists was leading edge in its time. Indiana artists helped expand the “modern” style of Impressionism across the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century. Ninety-one years after the Hoosier Group displayed their work in the Hoosier Salon’s first exhibition in Chicago, Indiana’s artists are still making contemporary art – building upon what is now tradition while also forging new directions.

The Hoosier Salon 91st Annual Exhibition opens July 30 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, and it will feature the beautiful Indiana scenes you might expect. But it is going to also surprise you. You will see a myriad of styles, subjects and scales, ranging from tiny watercolor still lifes to massive sculptural constructions. There will be something that will speak to each visitor’s individual taste and personal preferences.

The annual show is Indiana’s longest-running art exhibition, considered the best of Indiana art by Indiana artists. You might say it is the state of the state’s art and reflects the artist-serving mission of Hoosier Salon, the sponsoring organization.

The competition attracts professional artists as well as artists who have recently started out. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of the artists accepted into the Hoosier Salon annual exhibition are first-time exhibitors, making it a great place to discover new talent.

“We want artists to grow and we want artists to work here in Indiana. It’s important that the art for this show be judged fairly so we bring in out-of-state jurors who can evaluate the nearly 500 entries freshly,” says Jim May, who became Hoosier Salon’s new executive director in March. “It’s an annual temperature reading of the arts in Indiana.”