Zach Evans

Zach Evans is the Community Director for the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Zach performs regionally in the band Corduroy Orbison. He also enjoys graphic design and photography.

Evansville Day School

Take a look at the creativity of more than 250 young artists in this new exhibit

There is never a more colorful show in the Arts Council’s gallery than the annual “Young at Art” exhibit. More than 250 regional K-8 artists submitted their wildly creative, colorful and inventive entries into the exhibit this year, and you can view all the entries in the virtual exhibit below.

“Young at Art” is on display now through March 31 in the Arts Council’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery at 212 Main St. in Downtown Evansville. If you have any questions about this exhibit or other exhibits, please contact Gallery Director Andrea Adams ([email protected]).

If you have a young artist you think would enjoy being part of future “Young at Art” exhibits, use this link to sign-up for the Arts Council’s email list for future exhibit opportunities.

Links to other virtual galleries:

RED (2023)
La Vida (2022)
On Ramp (2022)
Juneteenth (2022)
Art in the City (2022)
Art Noir (2022)


Apply now to be a First Friday vendor for 2023

(Here’s the link for those who want to skip ahead to the First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner application)

First Friday at Haynie’s Corner returns this spring, and artists are invited to apply for this special Evansville event.

What are First Friday events?

First Friday at Haynie’s Corner is a seasonal arts and community fair in the center of the Haynie’s Corner Arts District neighborhood near Downtown Evansville from 5:30 – 9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. The monthly event draws thousands of people to experience the art vendors, live music, adult beverages and good community vibes.

There are more than 50 art vendors that setup for First Fridays through the season. ARTSWIN staff help curate the art vendors that setup at First Fridays. If you have some items you want to sell or want to setup a booth to market your art, the first thing you need to do is apply.

First Fridays at Haynie’s Corner Application

Click here to view the online application form. This is a Google form. If you need other accommodations to apply, please contact us at the Arts Council at 812-303-3178 or by email at [email protected].

Apply before the deadline

The first deadline to apply is April 7. Applying by April 7 ensures your fee to setup for the season is only $40 (one-time payment for all six events) if you’re approved to be a vendor. If you apply after the deadline, the fee goes up to $55 — which is still a bargain, but why not apply on time.

After you apply, ARTSWIN staff will vet your application and let you know within a week whether your application was approved. And by April 17, ARTSWIN will assign you an area to setup for the first event on Friday, May 5.

ARTSWIN and Haynie’s Corner Arts District Association staff and volunteers are always available to help or answer any questions you may have about First Fridays.

First Friday Schedule

All events are 5:30 – 9 p.m.

May 5
June 2
July 7
Aug. 4
Sept. 1
Oct. 6

Where are First Friday events?

First Friday is in the Haynie’s Corner Arts District neighborhood near Downtown Evansville. The event is centered around the area of the historic Alhambra Theatre and Haynie’s Corner Fountain. There are seven bars are restaurants in the immediate area of the event.

Other opportunities for artists

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is the place for artists to find opportunities locally and regionally. Be sure to regularly stop by the calls for artists page to see find new ways to exhibit your work.

View of Osnabrück. Photo by Hans Knöchel on Unsplash

Celebrate Evansville’s Sister City’s 375 years of peace with a gigantic international art project

To commemorate the 375 years of peace since the end of the Thirty Years War, Sister Cities of Osnabrück, Germany will assemble a collaborative textile art installation this summer.

Evansville is one of Osnabrück’s 11 Sister Cities, since uniting in 1991. The two cities became cultural and commerce partners in 1983.

Artists from the Sister Cities are asked to submit a 20 x 20 cm (~7 3/4 inch) textile square. The square should represent something that participants associate with the theme of happiness or something that makes them happy. All the submitted squares will be assembled and displayed in Osnabrück this summer. Organizers hope to receive 375 squares to represent the 375 years of peace for Osnabrück.

Regional entries are due to the Arts Council by May 2. The pieces will be displayed this summer in Osnabrück. The pieces will not be returned to the artists. Organizers will stitch the squares to together to create to blankets that will be donated to those in need after the exhibition.

The full guidelines are listed in the call for artists which can be found here.


Students can submit work for the “Young at Art” exhibit this month

Area students have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery in March.

The Arts Council is asking for submissions to “Young at Art,” the organizations’ annual K-8 art exhibit. The yearly show features hundreds of entries from regional students. Each artist is allowed one piece, 2D or 3D. This exhibit is not limited to K-8 students in public schools — private, charter and homeschool students are welcome to enter the exhibit.

Drop off begins Tuesday, Feb. 21. The full slate of dates and information is available below.

Young at Art Info and Dates

Exhibit dates: March 14 – March 31

Artists Reception: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18

Open to all students in grades: Kindergarten – 8th in any school district. Homeschoolers are welcome!

Drop artwork off at: 212 Main St. Downtown Evansville, Indiana.

Drop off dates: Feb. 21 – 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Feb. 28 – March 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Click here for the full submission guidelines and needed paperwork.

S. Leann Watson

Don’t leave this new exhibit on “RED”

Artists featured in this exciting new Arts Council exhibit were given one parameter — the only color they could use was red.

The result was “RED,” a striking new style of exhibit in Downtown Evansville. Thirty-seven artists created the 47 entries you can see below or in-person at the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery.

This juried exhibit is available to view in-person until March 2. The next exhibits in the gallery include “Young at Art,” “Caliber,” and “Literally.”

If you are interested in purchasing the pieces below, or have any questions, please contact Gallery Director Andrea Adams ([email protected])

Award winners for “RED”

  • 1st: “Back and Forth,” (mixed media) by Jesse Ross. Available for purchase at $375
  • 2nd: “Mystery of it All,” (porcelain) by Cathy Cozart. Not for sale.
  • 3rd: “Red Barn Door,” (acrylic on canvas) S. Leann Watson. Offers accepted by artist.

Links to other virtual galleries:

La Vida (2022)
On Ramp (2022)
Juneteenth (2022)
Art in the City (2022)
Art Noir (2022)


You “Literally” don’t want to miss this upcoming ARTSWIN exhibit

Visual art and works of literature are not far from one another. Both take their audience to new worlds, new points of view, and new ways of thinking. “Literally” is an exciting new exhibit that gives visual artists the opportunity to reinterpret famous literary works to showcase at the Arts Council’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery in Downtown Evansville.

Registered artists will select a literary work from a predetermined list created by the Arts Council — check out the list below. Despite the exhibit name, artists do not have to interpret their assignment literally. Submissions may be created in any media, 2D or 3D, and may be literal or metaphorical representations of the assigned literary work.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 21. The assignment list will be opened to artists at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. To ensure there are no repeated entries, when an artist chooses a literary assignment, it will be removed from the list.

Artists will have until April 15 to complete the work. The exhibit opens Thursday, April 20 and runs until Thursday, May 25. A public artists reception is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

Interested artists can register online here or register with a paper entry here.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 21: Registration Deadline (midnight)
  • Feb. 22: Literature selection form goes live (6 p.m.)
  • April 14 & April 15: Artwork dropoff (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
  • April 20-May 25: Exhibit dates
  • April 29: Artist reception (5:30 – 7 p.m.)
  • May 26: Artwork pickup (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Lists of “Literally” books

  • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, 1988, nonfiction
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, 2016, fiction
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, 1980, nonfiction
  • A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver, 2013, poetry
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 1943, fiction
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, 2014, fiction
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman, 2001, fiction
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell, 1945, fiction
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison, 1987, fiction
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015, nonfiction
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1932, fiction
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, 1970, nonfiction
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, 1951, fiction
  • Circe by Madeline Miller , 2018, fiction
  • Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, 1848, nonfiction
  • Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, 1986, fiction
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, 1968, fiction
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, 2009, fiction
  • Epic of Gilgamesh by N/A, 2100 BC, fiction
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 1953, fiction
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schossler, 2001, nonfiction
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, 1972, nonfiction
  • Florida by Lauren Groff, 2018, short stories
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 1818, fiction
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, 1947, fiction
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, 1960, fiction
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2006, fiction
  • Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, 1981, fiction
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, 2000, fiction
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, 1969, nonfiction
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 1966, nonfiction
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, 2017, nonfiction
  • Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, 1651, nonfiction
  • Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, 1954, fiction
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, 2005, fiction
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin, 1955, nonfiction
  • On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, 1859, nonfiction
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac, 1957, fiction
  • Perks of Being a Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky, 1999, fiction
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, 2000, nonfiction
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, 1813, fiction
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, 1984, fiction
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, 1922, fiction
  • Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman, 1971, nonfiction
  • The Art of War by Sun Zi, 500 BC, nonfiction
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 1963, fiction
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 1982, fiction
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, 2003, fiction
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, 1947, nonfiction
  • The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley, 1954, nonfiction
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe, 1968, nonfiction
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, 1964, fiction
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, 1985, fiction
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, 1949, nonfiction
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, 1991, fiction
  • The Iliad by Homer, 800 BC, fiction
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, 2010, nonfiction
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, 2003, fiction
  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, 1948, fiction
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, 1979, nonfiction
  • The Shining by Stephen King, 1977, fiction
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus, 1942, fiction
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, 1844, fiction
  • The Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, 1986, fiction
  • The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776, nonfiction
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, 2016, nonfiction
  • Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda, 1924, poetry
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau, 1854, nonfiction
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, 1963, fiction
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith, 2000, fiction
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